North Point is just beyond Tedau as you travel north from Salang village. As the name implies, it stretches up to the most northerly tip of Tioman before you head south to the east coast.
It is not one of Tioman Island’s best dive sites but it is worth a visit. Because it is close to shore it can be very handy when people are catching the afternoon ferry, and it is also a good alternative when the crossing to the major dive sites can be choppy and rough.
Granite boulders litter the slope as it heads out west to a sandy bottom at around 18 – 20 meters. Some of the boulders are huge, ranging down is size in a hap hazard way.
The coral cover is sparse but there are still a good selection of marine inhabitants. Reef sharks sometimes cruise the waters as do the oceanic barracudas when the tide is running. More common species are a good variety of wrasse, parrot and angle fish. Clown fish can be spotted in the odd anemone but not in the abundance that are frequently found at other sites. Blue spotted sting rays are a frequent find and I have heard of bamboo sharks hiding under ledges, but I haven’t been lucky enough to spot then. A sharp eye will also catch a variety of our local nudibranchs.
You do not have to go deep to catch the best bits of North point dive sit, so it is suitable for open water dive students and the site serves well as a third or late afternoon dive.
However, the site should be treated with respect. Sometimes with a northerly current that can give an exciting drift dive care needs to be taken to maintain buddy contact and to avoid getting pushed too far to the north. When I dive there and I notice that the current is strong I always send up my surface marker buoy so that the boat man can see what is happening, and so track the divers and be on hand to pick them up soon after they surface.