Diving in Pulau Tioman – nature’s perfect vacation spot for Open Water Divers
With its powder-white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Malaysia’s Tioman Island is a haven for holidaymakers wanting to relax and explore the area’s thriving sea gardens. Indeed, diving in Pulau Tioman is amongst the best in the world – whether you’ve never tried diving before or are an experienced diver looking for an amazing new adventure.
For those who want to spend some time on dry land, soak up the island’s authentic atmosphere by sampling one of the roadside stalls, often selling fresh seafood and there is an ATM close to the airport in Tekek that comes in handy. Local Malaysian Ramli burgers are easy to grab from a food stand, while anyone after alcohol and cigarettes are in luck as the island is a duty-free haven making indulgent purchases cheap.
You can have all the seafood here at a very cheap price. All the seafood are fresh and from the sea. Sarang Seafood has been around for more than 10 years and still going.
So, why Tioman Island for your vacation?
Pulau Tioman in the South China Sea on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia boasts a Polynesian-esque ambience, with lush green interior and fertile coral-filled waters. And it’s for the latter that many people flock here.
Pulau Tioman’s marine life is a huge draw and it’s the perfect place for new divers to explore, as the underwater worlds are simply teeming with colourful marine life.
Anyone heading to Tioman Island should take the opportunity to strap on some fins, slip into a wetsuit, spit in a face mask and go diving in Pulau Tioman.
Diving in Tioman – with its fertile coral reefs and abundance of marine life – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and everyone should spend at least one day getting wet and blowing bubbles!
We stayed in Berjaya Tioman Resort duing our trip as the other chalets are full. Berjaya Tioman Resort provides us with cosy rooms and close to nature. For those people that wants to have some golfing, tennis and other sorts of games including snooker, pool and foosball. Berjaya also provides free transport from ferry terminal to the hotel.
Where Should I book my Diving Trip?
If you’re tempted to wriggle into your BCD to go diving in Pulau Tioman, then head to the main town of Tekek where the Tioman Dive Center is based. The center is a hotspot for both new and avid aquanauts and they have now opened a new shop in Panuba Inn.
Pop in and ask to speak with fun and friendly dive instructor Harry, or any one of the other friendly staff, to find out about the different courses on offer. They provide a wide range of trips to cater to everyone’s needs, levels and budgets.
Whether you are an experienced diver or you don’t know your dump valve from your jackstay, the Tioman Dive Center focuses on providing all divers with a fun – yet safe – experience.
Lastly, are there any good tips about visiting Tioman Island?
The weather is either dry and hot or wet and hot, so it’s a good idea to take sun screen and sun hats, plus a lightweight rain jacket. Once you’ve seen all the local batfish, found Nemo and swam with the rays; you can wave goodbye to the turtles and play a round of golf.
Juara Jungle is worth the hike, spending a couple of hours with the local monkeys at the aptly-named Monkey Beach is a great photo opportunity and the Asah Waterfall is a refreshing spot for swimming.
The pristine wilderness blends well with the vibrant atmosphere and there are enough hotels, restaurants and shops to cater to everyone but still avoid that dreaded overdeveloped feeling.
No Pulau Tioman holiday is complete without a diving trip and don’t just take our word for it – take the plunge and become part of the underwater buzz at Tioman Island … #VacationLah