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With extensive coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of tropical fish large and small, Tioman also has over a dozen wrecks (mainly scuttled wooden hulled fishing trawlers) offering something for every level of divers.



The shallow, calm waters of dive sites near Tioman, such as Pirate Reef and Renggis Island, are ideal for training and less experienced divers, as well as photography. A little further, sites such as Chebeh and Tiger Reef provide deeper waters, sometimes with challenging currents, plus the chance to see larger species...




Diving Around Tioman Island


House Reef
Depth: 2-10 m; travel time: 1 minute!
In the sheltered waters off Tekek Beach, the house reef is an ideal training ground. The calm shallow water, combined with a variety of corals on the reef in slightly deeper water, serve to give students an exciting introduction to the underwater world. Boulder, staghorn and brain corals, colourful tropical fish and our very own school of small yellow tail barracuda combine to make this a great introduction to diving. Also used for night dives.

Tom Yam Wreck
Depth: 18m; travel time: 3 minutes
A little further from the beach is our closest wreck, the "Tom Yam". Settled on a sandy bottom, the wreck is dotted with soft corals. Barracuda and reef fish call it home.

Marine Park
Depth: 8-25m; travel time: less than 10 minutes
This site, located off the beach at the Marine Park headquarters, has 8 wrecks at varying depths. Inquisitive batfish follow divers on their exploration - starting just below the surface as you descend. The wrecks are all connected, so finding your way around is not difficult. Soft corals abound and shoals of fusiliers and trevallys can often be seen at the wrecks.

Pirate Wreck
Depth: 18 m; travel time: 5 minutes
The wreck is a few minutes swim from Pirate Reef, and the dives are usually combined. Seldom visited, the wreck is in good condition, with a variety of soft corals and sea fans. Home to a large puffer fish and shoals of common reef fish.

Sawadee
Depth: 30 m; travel time: less than 10 minutes
The deepest dive site close to the main island, Sawadee is often used for deep dive training as part of the Advanced Open Water course, as well as for leisure dives. The two wrecks have many soft and hard corals, and large shoals of fusiliers and kingfish are also found here. Small boxfish hover around the lines of the wrecks, and one wreck is home to a stone fish and a small (shy!) octopus.


Diving Around Renggis Island

Renggis Island Reef
Depth: 6-14 m; travel time: less than 10 minutes
A truly wonderful dive site surrounding Renggis island, and always with a surprise. This beautiful reef has many coral varieties - hard and soft - and teems with marine life - puffer fish, angelfish, butterfly fish, sting rays, moray eels, trigger fish, giant grouper and more. Renggis is one of the best sites for seeing turtles, and harmless black tip reef sharks are often spotted. This site is often used for training dives and night dives - when Boris the giant barracuda likes to keep an eye on proceedings - at a distance, of course.

Renggis Wreck
Depth: 20 m; travel time: less than 10 minutes
A short swim from the island itself lies another Tioman wreck. The wreck has colourful soft corals and small barracuda are often sighted. A moray eel lives in the wreck. This site is usually combined with a dive to Renggis island or Hidden Reef.

Hidden Reef
Depth: 10-12 m; travel time: less than 10 minutes
Accessible only from the wreck at Renggis (with the right compass bearing!), this little visited site is covered in hard corals, including blue corals and pavona cactus. Many varieties of tropical reef fish abound at the reef.


Diving Around Soyak Island

Soyak Island
Depth: 5-15 m; travel time: 15 minutes
A small island surrounded by large underwater rocks, with many soft corals. In addition to many tropical reef fish, common sightings include a giant grouper, lion fish, large bump head parrot fish, nudibranchs, a large napoleon fish and turtles

Soyak Wrecks
Depth: 20-26 m; travel time: 15 minutes
These two wrecks are covered with a wide variety of soft corals. A giant grouper is often sighted at the wreck (or nearby Soyak island), as are schools of fusiliers, yellow tail kingfish and trevally. Lyre tailed wrasse follow you around and a black tip reef shark is sometimes seen. Usually combined with a dive to Soyak island.

 




OUTER ISLANDS
Going "out" to the more distant sites (no more than 30 minutes!) is a two dive day trip. Tulai Island itself ("Coral Island" in English) is usually the base for surface intervals. White powder sand and palm trees make this a wonderful tropical interlude. 


Diving Around Tulai Island

Genting Bay
Depth: 5-30 m; travel time: 25-30 minutes
Genting Bay slopes away from Tulai island to depths greater than 30 metres. The site is characterised by large rocks, covered by a variety of corals, including many gorgonian fans, other sea fans, soft corals, whip corals and some black coral. Common marine life include a giant grouper, bump head parrot fish and lion fish.
 
Gador Bay
Depth: 5-18 m; travel time: 25-30 minutes
On the north side of the island, this sheltered bay has a variety of hard corals. Many common reef fish are found here in addition to turtles and blue spotted sting rays.

Malang Rocks
Depth: 6-14 m; travel time: 25-30 minutes
Sheltered on one side by Tulai Island and with deeper water on the other, Malang Rock provides two contrasting environments. On the sheltered side is a coral reef with extensive potato corals and pavona cactus. A school of small barracuda is often found here. On the other side, there are large rocks (an underwater continuation of the above-water island) with a variety of soft and hard corals. Sharks are sometimes seen in the deeper water channel. Other marine life includes turtles, trigger fish, lion fish and nudibranchs.


Diving Around Sepoi / Labas & Chebeh Islands

Golden Reef
Depth: 10-25 m; travel time: 30 minutes
Large rocks covered with a wide variety of soft corals. Numerous reef fish inhabit the site, including angel fish, butterfly fish and coral groupers.

Tiger Reef
Depth: 10-25 m; travel time: 30 minutes
In the channel between Sepoi and Labas islands lies Tiger Reef. A deep, open area with spectacular huge rocks, there are both soft and hard corals including sponges, gorgonian fans, fire corals and plate and table corals. The site has a variety of fish, including trevally, tuna and shoals of yellow tail snapper. Often a strong current makes for a challenging dive!

Labas Island
Depth: 5-25 m; travel time: 25 minutes
Similar to Malang Rock, Labas is essentially a group of large rocks. Tunnels running through the rocks create tunnels to swim through, popular with many divers. Turtles, puffer fish and blue spotted sting rays can be seen here in addition to many common reef fish.
 
Chebeh Island
Depth: 10-30 m; travel time: 30 minutes
Surrounded by enormous volcanic rocks and boulders, Chebeh Island can be dived at different places, depending on conditions. The site is famous for its occasional sightings of whale shark and manta rays during the annual migration (around April and October). Schools of large trevallys and snappers can be found. The rocks create tunnels and passages, making this a challenging site to explore. The site is also known for its trigger fish.
 


RELATED LINKS


Tioman Island Map
Location of Bays, beaches, villages, resorts and landmarks

Tioman Island
Information and Travel guide on Tioman - Located about 80 km northwest off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast.

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