DIVING

EXPERIENCE OUR OCEAN

Tioman Island will delight you with its irresistible lure of 21 differnt SCUBA diving sites that will definitely be worth it. Start with the dive site of Pulau Rengis, which lies off Tekek Beach. You’ll find an assortment of reef life. Vast gardens of hard corals, cuttle fish, angelfish, barracuda and turtles are common here.

Deep diving enthusiasts will love Pulau Chebeh, the site of several giant manta sightings. You will relish the thrill of the deep sea and the sight of huge gorgonian sea fans.

Wreck divers will enjoy the Soyak Wreck with its many soft and hard coral adornments. Moorish idols, trevally and angel fish abound here in a sunken hull not more than 20 metres deep. This means plenty of time for exploration.

Labas, or Pirate Island, offers a fascinating topography with its large submerged and semi-submerged boulders.


DIVING DO'S & DONT'S 


TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURE, LEAVE NOTHING BUT BUBBLES

Avoid Touching
Underwater, animals will try to evade your touch so please respect this rule. There is nothing to gain from touching marine life. This applies to turtles, eels, rays and other animals that may appear within reach. Often, animal attacks result out of fear or self-defence when they perceived a threat by humans.

Avoid Harassing
Reef animals are easily stressed so please be mindful about this too. Remember, you are the guest. Harassing animals can disrupt feeding or mating patterns. In the case of turtles, it can drive them away from dive site altogether, depriving other divers of the pleasure of seeing them.

Avoid Littering
Besides spoiling the beautiful scenery, litter can endanger the lives of marine animals. Many a turtle has suffocated to death from empty plastic bags. Cans, bottles and styrofoam take decades or even centuries to degrade in their environment. Throw litter in a bin or take it back with you after a dive trip.

Avoid Collecting Souvenirs
Even dead corals play an important role in the reed ecosystem and should not be taken.


CONSERVATION


Coral reefs are home to many beautiful and fascinating creatures. Snorkelling or diving are great ways to explore this spectacular undersea world but must be done carefully as reefs are very fragile and easily damaged.
You too can do your part by observing basic rules when diving. Firstly, do not touch, break off or scrape coral reefs. The thin membranes covering these animals ensure their survival. It is highly recommended to keep your self-pressure gauges secured onto or strapped within your BCD. Having them dangle below you whilst diving may pose a hazard to corals.
Secondly, check and maintain positive buoyancy throughout your dive in order to prevent snagging or brushing against the corals. Even flapping of fins poses a threat that often goes unnoticed by divers themselves.
Finally do not condone anchoring within marine park perimeters. Anchors can cause great damage to corals and the authorities ensure that buoys are used as markers for dive sites. Please observe these rules and report suspected abuse to the nearest marine park officials.

For more information on the above and other conservation matters, contact DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES MALAYSIA.


Source: Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism (August 2008)