Soyak Island

In Boat Dives Close to Tioman Island by Grahame Massicks

Soyak Island Dive Site, Tioman.

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Open Water students at Soyak

Soyak dive site is a collection of granite boulders that have tumbled down onto a sandy bottom at about 14 meters. Best dived north to south when currents allow, it starts with scattered boulders set among hard corals and a variety of bommies. This continues on the west side where it stretches out giving multiple nooks and crannies to explore with a more diverse growth that includes more soft corals, sea whips and gorgonian sea fans. The dive ends over a shallow stag horn coral reef.

Nudibranchs, groupers, batfish, hawksbill turtles, cuttlefish, and a good diversity of butterfly fish and clown fish are found here.

The Soyak reef area is a favourite of mine for Open Water students.  It is also a productive dive for photographers, and is a must see site for visiting fun divers.

Soyak Island Wrecks

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Blue spotted sting ray, Soyak Island, Tioman Island

About twenty meters to the west are two deliberately sunk wooden wrecks that have largely collapsed onto the sand. They were illegal fishing boats captured by the Malaysian authorities and were sunk for the benefit of the environment and the divers that visit Tioman Island. They provide a home for an abundance of marine life. On the way out to the wrecks you frequently find batfish and a school of oceanic barracuda. The depth here is around 20 to 25 meters whilst the reef is mainly at a maximum depth of 14 m.

The rudders, propellers and engines are still visible and this dive site is an ideal introduction to wreck diving and normally yields some treasures for the photographer.

Because this area is deeper it is not so suitable for Open Water students, but is a great dive for Advanced Open Water, and those leisure divers who have an interest in wrecks.  The currents can be strong here so it is not always possible to visit.

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Pink clown fish hiding in host anemone.

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A pair of blue Christmas TreeWorms.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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