Tioman Island has a wealth of scuba diving opportunities with over 20 dive sites found along the west side of the island. Salang beach has the highest concentration of dive sites with a few wrecks to dive too. Tioman, a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island.
A tropical paradise in the South China Sea, it is one of the region's most enchanting holiday destinations. Scenic and tranquil, Tioman Island boasts miles of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, charming villages and friendly people. Its crystal clear waters, up to 30 meters’ visibility, teem with spectacular marine life and colourful coral gardens. The twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut provide a prominent landmark to this island, reputed to be one of the most beautiful and idyllic in the world.
There are plenty of dive shops on the island that are more than happy to take you out to the numerous dive sites around the island, most of the dive shops have at least one resident dive instructor if not more so it’s a great place to get your dive certification. Most of the dive centres are PADI accredited. So getting your open water or advanced open water certifications is just a dip in the ocean away.
Tioman is great for a long weekend break Scuba Diving or an ideal spot for back packers to slow down from all that traveling and relax before moving on. There are several budget options for the back packer to choose from and the diving is very reasonably priced as are the dive courses.
Tioman is part of a Marine Park designed to preserve and enhance the fragile marine ecosystem so that the public can enjoy it in perpetuity. Marine Park Rangers patrol the park waters to ensure the marine ecosystem is adequately protected. Only activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and underwater photography that do not harm or destroy marine resources are allowed. Note, there is a marine park fee that due on arrival for visitors.
Breath-taking marine attractions include coral, seashells and limpets, thorny sea urchins, colourful seaweeds and anemones, starfish and a myriad of other aquatic wonders are abundant here. The crystal clear waters make scuba diving and snorkelling in Tioman an experience unlike any other. Tioman has several smaller islands and rocks nearby and are recommended for scuba diving and snorkelling such as Chebeh, Soyak, Tulai, Renggis, Sembilang, Seri Buat and Gut.
When the stress of life's hectic pace gets to you, rejuvenate your mind and body, immerse yourself in this quiet and tranquil getaway. Relax to the cool, refreshing breeze and soothing waves. Bask in the tropical sun or walk along the shores during sunset to experience the beauty of the island. Popular beaches are found around the villages of Tekek, Genting, Salang, Air Batang and Juara.
For golf-lovers, tee off at the 18-hole international-standard golf course set amidst lush tropical greenery. Enjoy the picturesque sight of rustic villages scattered around the island, where the people are charming, friendly and gracious.