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
Diving Around Tioman Island
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Depth: 5-15 m; travel time:
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
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
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
Depth: 5-30 m; travel time:
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.
Depth: 5-18 m; travel time:
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.
Depth: 6-14 m; travel time:
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
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
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!
Depth: 5-25 m; travel time:
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.
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.
Tioman Island Map
Location of Bays, beaches, villages, resorts and landmarks
Information and Travel guide on Tioman - Located about 80 km
northwest off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast.