Tioman offers some incredible diving….. With its warm waters and varied marine life, it is a place that people return to time and time again.
Harmless black tip reef sharks, hawksbill and/or green turtles on almost every dive, blue spotted stingrays, schools of barracuda (giant and yellowtailed), schools of friendly batfish, impressive reef cuttlefish, the endangered napoleon wrasse with unique facial markings (like human fingerprints), gigantic moray eels, massive groupers, bumphead parrotfish, shoals of trevally and jacks, fusiliers, snappers, multicoloured angelfish, butterflyfish, wrasse and parrotfish everywhere are just some of reasons for Tioman’s popularity.
Divers, if you are bringing your own Regulator with a DIN fitting, please bring along a DIN to yoke adapter as all our tanks are yoke valved which is mainly used in this region.
DIVE SITES OF TIOMAN
Depth : 5-12 m
A breeding ground, the water here is thick with fish most of the time.
Harmless black tip reef sharks often come to feed.
There are also schools of golden trevally, great, chevron and yellowtail barracuda, tuna and giant groupers.
Friendly batfish trail divers.
Also a favourite site to swim along with turtles, green and hawksbill.
Depth: 5-14 m
Similarly a fish breeding ground, Pirate Reef teems with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes.
There is a resident turtle normally found sleeping in his cave on night dives and curious bamboo sharks will approach divers.
Cuttlefish and octopus can be seen here too.
There are also blue spotted stingrays hiding under outcrops. There is also a wreck lying in 21 metres where lives a large black stingray with silver markings on its back, one and a half metres in diameter.
MARINE PARK HQ
Depth: 5-28 m
Confiscated fishing boats belonging to Thai/Vietnamese fishermen illegally fishing in Malaysian waters have been purposely sunk here to create refuge to spawning and schooling fish.
At the time of writing, there are about 15 wrecks waiting to be dived here.
Excellent for night dives, with lionfish and scorpion fish awaiting the avid underwater photographer.
Depth: Down to 31m on a sandy bottom
Two huge wooden Thai fishing boats lay at the bottom of Tekek Bay and is a hot favourite amongst our regular divers.
We normally take our Advanced Students on the Deep Dive to this excellent site that attracts an immense wealth of marine life.
We have seen manta rays, shovelnose rays, frogfish and seahorses and a whaleshark!.
There are sometimes harmless nurse sharks sleeping on deck and splendid lionfish and huge stonefish hiding on deck. Moray eels peer at you from cracks.
Depth : 5m – 28m
Two sunken boat wrecks lie near the island with a huge resident grouper normally in one of them. Both wrecks are covered in soft coral, funnily enough, one wreck is covered with purple soft coral (dendronepthya) and the other, in yellow!
The island itself is surrounded by rocks and coral formations.
Soyak is a very colourful dive with turtles, bump head parrotfish and giant barracuda congregating here.
There are also resident napoleon wrasses; the largest being close to one and a half metres from head to tail, sometimes very curious and coming close to eyeball the diver.
We’ve spotted blacktips, eagle rays and even a whale shark here..
Depth : 5m – 14m
An islet similar to Renggis, Tumuk offers interested underwater landscape with interesting boulder and coral formations and a good dive for shells (conchshells and cowries).
There are occasional large reef and nurse sharks here. For macro lens enthusiasts and those with keen eyes, it is nudibranch country here.
Sweetlips, emperors, huge map puffers, giant moray eels, napoleon wrasse, lionfish and bumphead parrotfish are regularly encountered.
Depth : 16-42 m
Magnificent underwater landscaping with a mass of volcanic rocks rising abruptly from the seabed.
Excellent soft coral varieties especially gorgonian fans make this dive alive with colour.
Lobsters, sting ray and huge groupers can be found hiding in small caves and under rocky outcrops.
If you are lucky, one of our only sites to see grey reef sharks. A resident marble ray accompanied by a school of cobia can sometimes be seen on the deep end on the sandy bottom.
This is nudibranch territory as well and we often spot ones not found in our many guide books.
Depth : 5 – 16 m
Sepoi is a barren rocky island lying on the extremities of an underwater plateau teeming with marine life.
The reef here are rich and diverse. Good spot to spot a pelagic. Schools of jacks and fusiliers gather here.
Depth: 6 – 16 m
Small rocky island on the same underwater plateau as Sepoi, Labas is famous for its caves and swimthroughs.
A colourful dive, watch out for the cobia (shark-like fish) that usually pilot something larger. The occasional shark have been sighted here.
Sometimes, whale sharks frequent the waters off Labas in season..
Depth : 5 – 28 m
Also called Sea Fan Garden, the bay contains clusters of volcanic boulders with soft coral aplenty.
Mantas rays visit this site on a yearly basis. Huge morays can be found in recesses waiting to feed and there are huge scorpionfish lying in wait to lunge at prey.
Napoleon wrasses, blue-spotted stingrays, the barramundi cod and hawksbill turtles await you on this dive. Also a great site for nudibranch.
Depth : 6 – 16 m
Scattered coral heads surround a cluster of huge rocks which protrude from the water.
Hard corals abound at this site which is famous for its schools of jack, trevally and barracuda.
You can find amazing cuttlefish pulsating and changing colours like a UFO and also black tips at Malang Rocks.
Depth: 11-24 m
Underwater pinnacles popular with many divers, there is a variety of soft coral and marine life. Normally, a more challenging dive due to the strong current sweeping through a channel between two islands, Labas and Sepoi. Large schools of yellow tail snappers, glinting trevallies, barracuda and jacks abound here. There are many massive Neptune sponges and also, gorgonian sea fans.
Also a domain of many white eyed moray eels and the most beautiful Indian lionfish with lacy beards.