Fun Diving on Tioman Island, Malaysia
Salang is blessed with the best shore based fun diving on Tioman Island,Malaysia.
During 2016 the sea has washed away some of the sand from the lower parts of the beach. This has uncovered some of the rocks below and has made the beach more difficult to cross in bare feet. So if you want to shore dive in Salang I strongly advise you to bring a pair of flip flops to wear into the water until we are up to our chests. You can then float, take of your flip flops and put on your fins.
Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:
Salang is the nearest village to the majority of the off shore dive sites, and the best of Tioman diving is found by boat. From the massive granite boulders of Chebeh, to the frequent sightings of black tip reef sharks at Rengis, to the labyrinth of swim throughs at Labas, to the new wreck in Tekek bay, Tioman has enough diving wonders to keep even the most experienced of divers excited.
Overall the corals are still in good condition, and there is a good and varied marine life waiting for you to enjoy. The Marine Park authorities have installed mooring buoys at most of the dive sites and I have never seen a dive boat drop its anchor here. There is some fishing, but no cyanide and no explosives. PADI’s Project Aware Clean Up Days are well attended and many individuals and companies have contributed to the conservation efforts here. For those of us that love the ocean and care about it’s health, it is heartening to see the efforts that are being made to preserve this precious environment. More needs to be done, but a good start has been made.
On all fun diving trips at any of the dive sights you should see a diversity of clown fish, damsels, angel fish, gobies, puffer fish, moray eels, butterfly fish, wrasse, parrot fish and nudibranchs. Giant bumphead parrot fish, green and hawksbill turtles, cuttlefish, squirrel fish, triggers, sweetlips, groupers, rays, snappers, trumpet fish, Moorish idols, scorpion fish, lion fish, barracuda and trevallies are all frequently seen. Less frequently you might be lucky enough to spot barramundi, squid, octopus, hawk fish, or banded sea snakes with a golden forehead.
Most of the operators I work with use speed boats so the furthest of the sites is less than thirty minutes away. That means that you can have two great dives and be back in Salang for a late lunch with the afternoons free to do exactly what you please – top up your tan, swim or snorkel in the bay, finish that novel, go for another dive, or catch up with the world at one of the many outlets that supply free Wi-Fi.
The season runs from the beginning of February until November, depending on just how the monsoon goes. Visibility is best in the early part of the season and can be more than 20 meters. This drops down during the middle part of the season, and then improves again around September. However, wave action and run off after rainy spells can reduce this for shore dives on a temporary basis.