Tioman Island

Dive Map Tioman Island Pahang Malaysia

Tioman Island Pahang Malaysia

Description :
A tear-shaped island paradise, Tioman island’s beaches were once voted by Time Magazine in the 1970s as one of the world’s most beautiful. Fast-forward a few decades, the island continues to captivate visitors with its warm beaches, lush rainforest, and biodiverse seas. With over 25 dive sites, the underwater seascape is a vast marine treasure trove with vibrant coral gardens, a profusion of seashells, and a myriad of colorful reef fishes.

Local myths say a dragon princess was flying over the South China Sea en route to Singapore when she became enchanted by Tioman’s alluring beauty. Pausing her journey, she decided to make Tioman Island her final resting spot and her silhouette form the undulating hills of the island.

Lodging here ranges anything from shared dormitory to executive suites, catering to every budget. But in all honesty, do not expect to be living in the lap of luxury. Having said that, Tioman island is definitely not a place you will go hungry as there are many stalls selling local delights everywhere. As with any island locale, meals can be a little pricier. But on the flip side, it’s a duty-free zone which somewhat relieves the burn on the wallet.

Where is it :
Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, wreck, night, drift, deep diving
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Coral formations (mixture of hard and soft corals), turtles, black tip sharks, blue spotted rays, moray eels, and KM Sipadan Wreck.

* Insider info: Although rare, whale sharks and mantas have been spotted around Tioman island.

Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F) to 31°C (87.8°F)
Seasonality :
March to early November
Typical Visibility :
5m (16ft) to 30m (98ft)
General Current Conditions :
Low to mild
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, Beach Hopping, Sea Kayak, Jungle Trekking, Golfing.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Yes, located at Tekek Village, but it does not always work.
Availability of Medical Facility :
Island clinic located at Tekek Village.
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Tiger Reef :
• Maximum depth: 24m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Tiger Reef is arguably one of the favourites in Tioman. This submerged pinnacle looks like a crouching tiger from above, hence its name. And is nourished with open water currents and home to a carpet of soft corals, hard corals, barrel sponges, and gorgonian sea fans. You’ll find schools of snappers, batfish, jacks, tuna, barracudas, and if you’re lucky… guitar sharks and whale sharks. Take a peek under overhanging rocks for white tip reef sharks and nurse sharks chilling out.
Chebeh :
• Maximum depth: 26m
• Currents: Mild to moderate
As you descend in this beautiful granite island, you will be greeted by yellowtail fusiliers and batfish, which might even accompany you throughout the dive. The sloping reef is made by volcanic boulders densely covered with hard and brilliant soft corals. There are a few swim-throughs, and a cavern at 20m is home to thousands of tiny glassfish and juvenile barracudas. This site is amazing if the current is pushing, which brings the pelagics. Its resident marine life is too diverse to list here, but it will definitely leave you wanting more.
Malang Rock :
• Maximum depth: 16m
• Currents: Low
This is a small rock collection located in front of the white sandy beach of Coral Island and is known to the locals as Batu Malang – The unfortunate rock – as the top-rock is said to have never touched seawater before. This site is ideal for a relaxing dive which is blessed with an abundance of hard corals. Since the dives here are shallow, you have brilliant light and therefore amazing colours. Marine life here is diverse, where you’ll find turtles, cuttlefish, lionfish, moray eels, wrasses, blue spotted stingrays, butterfly fishes, a host of anemones fishes… just to name a few.
KM Sipadan Wreck :
• Maximum depth: 30m
• Currents: Mild to moderate
This 31m long wreck is a former Royal Navy warship, which served from 1964 to 2005. She was laid to rest in 2012 alongside two old Thai fishing boats (Sawasdee wrecks), to create an artificial reefs which is now home to families of lionfish, crocodile fish, stonefish and nudibranchs. Depending on the season, the wrecks are a nursing place for several different species of juvenile fish like the yellowtail barracudas and fusiliers. Wreck penetration is possible for the experienced wreck diver to explore inside this exciting wreck.
Labas :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Mild to moderate
The swiss cheese of Tioman, due to its abundance of caverns and swim-throughs. Exploring the labyrinth of swim-throughs can be exhilarating while putting your buoyancy skills to the test. Imagine venturing into the caverns full of fishes, and exiting the swim-throughs being greeted by soft corals and gorgonians sea fans. The resident marine life here is diverse, where you can find angelfish, pufferfish, rainbow runners, napoleon wrasse, stingrays, nudibranchs… and keep your eyes peeled for turtles, nurse sharks, and bumphead parrotfish in the deeper parts of the site.
Nearest Jetty :
Mersing Jetty
* Approximately 2hrs ferry ride to Tioman Island
Address :
Jalan Abu Bakar, 86800, Mersing, Johor
Nearest Airport :
Senai (Johor) Airport (IATA: JHB)
Estimated Travel Time from Senai Airport :
2hrs (by car)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Lumpur :
4hrs 45mins (by car), or 5.5hrs (by bus – average one-way fare: ~RM40)
Estimated Travel Time from Johor (Larkin) Bus Terminal :
1hr 45mins by bus (average one-way fare: RM16)
Alternative Jetty :
Tanjung Gemok Jetty
* Approximately 2hrs ferry ride to Tioman Island
Address :
Terminal Jeti Jabatan Laut, 26800, Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia
Nearest Airport :
Senai (Johor) Airport (IATA: JHB)
Estimated Travel Time from Senai Airport :
2.5hrs (by car)
Estimated Travel Time from Kuala Lumpur :
4.5hrs (by car), or 5.5hrs (by bus – average one-way fare: ~RM40)

Kindly take note:

The ferry ride to Tioman can get a little confusing for those wet behind the ears. The uninitiated start to question, “Why are there so many jetties? Which jetty do I get off at?” Experienced divers will tell you to ensure you are certain which jetty or kampong (village) your resort or dive center is located at. The village names are called out when you arrive at Tioman’s various destinations (usually in this order: Genting, Paya, Tekek, Air Batang (also known as ABC), Panuba and Salang). But sometimes the ferry operator might just go the other way round, so keep your ears peeled 🙂

Price reference based on 4D3N diving packages

  • Tioman Island, Pahang, Malaysia

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