Tioman Island’s Dive Sites
Scuba diving is suitable for all kind of divers and it is a popular place for diving lessons. It is also a good options for night diving and macro underwater photography. For more advanced open water divers, there are also more challenging dive sites offshore of the main island such as around Soyak island. Another famous spot is Tiger Reef. Have a look how it looks underwater!
All packed up to go for a dive or you’ve always wanted to get a diving license but doesn’t know where to go? Tioman Island is the next destination in your to-dive list! The map of the common dive sites around Tioman Island. This will give you some information of the whereabouts of the dive site and help to plan your trip effortlessly.
Tioman Island Dive Sites
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.
Teeming with juvenile and adult reef fish, Pirate Reef is (together with Renggis Island) one of two main breeding sites at Tioman. Hatching season in March-May sees huge numbers of tiny fish on the reef, with numbers hardly seeming to decrease over the year! There are many hard coral varieties making this busy colorful site ideal for photographers. Also used as a night dive site, when small bamboo sharks are often spotted.
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.
The deepest dive site close to the main island, Sawadee / KM Sipadan 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.
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!
A short swim from the island itself lies another Tioman wreck. The wreck has colorful 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.
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.
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.
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.
Genting Bay slopes away from Tulai island to depths greater than 30 meters. The site is characterized 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.
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.
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.
Large rocks covered with a wide variety of soft corals. Numerous reef fish inhabit the site, including angel fish, butterfly fish and coral groupers.
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!
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.
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
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