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Diving in Tioman
When to go to Tioman
The main diving season starts in late January and lasts until middle of November. Water temperature ranges from 27C/80F to 30C/86F.Underwater visibility ranges between 5m-30m/16-98ft, depending on the season, which last from January until November. Best visibility can be expected in spring (February to May) and towards the end of the season (September to November). Rather poor visibility (8m/26ft on average) is expected in the summer months (July/August).
What to see
Turtles, rays and reef sharks are quite common for the area. It is also possible to spot a whale shark. The densely forested island is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, most of the coral is in good shape and the reef is shallow and accessible by all divers. Coming here divers can find angelfish, puffer fish, bat fish, emperors, nurse sharks, black tip sharks, stingrays, moray eels and lion fish.
Scuba diving in Tioman
Tioman Island lies some 36 nautical miles off the southeast coast of peninsular Malaysia. Tioman airport is located here. The closest international airport from which you can get to Tioman is Selangor. Tioman is white sandy palm fringed island that is blessed with crystal clear warm waters where divers can discover an abundance of marine life. There are more than 25 dive sites around the island. The topography of the dive sites is fascinating, with swim-through between granite boulders and small caves and canyons, like the Fan Canyon spot. There are plenty of dive spots for beginners (Salang Jetty, ABC House Reef and others) and for experienced divers (Salang House Wreck, Tiger Reef, Sawadee Wrecks and Soyak island). Tiger reef is a submersed pinnacle between the islands of Labas and Sepoi. It starts at 9m/29ft depth and slopes down to 22m/72ft. This site is one of the major highlights of Tioman’s under water world. The rock formation is simply amazing because everything is covered by soft corals, hard corals and barrel sponges. Due to strong currents large schools of jacks, mackerels, yellow fin barracudas and rainbow can be met. There are also a few good sites for night diving and macro underwater photography where currents are generally weak and do not bother divers much. Tioman is surrounded by smaller islands, which also offer great diving and snorkeling sites. The best known of them is Coral island, lying to the north.