Coral reefs are the underwater equivalent of rainforests, but unlike their earth-bound counter-parts, coral reefs are extremely rare, and account for only 0.1% of the ocean’s surface area. Out of this tiny percentage, over ninety percent of coral reefs are located in the Indo-Pacific region. This is why it is no surprise that one of the most popular diving hotspots in the world is considered to be in the area surrounding Tioman Island, a small landmass located thirty miles off the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula. There is many a Tioman resort that has capitalized on the wondrous coral reefs that surround the island and offer a variety of diving programs. One such resort is Berjaya Tioman Resort that is truly noteworthy for their sheer scale of dive programs.
There are up to twenty dive sites for a visitor to choose from, such as Renggiss Island, Golden REef and Tiger Reef. Each of these sites is teeming with a variety of life, ranging from countless varieties of coral fish to turtles. Divers can further discover the beauty of sub-marine wonders beneath the seas surrounding the Tioman Island by discovering the incredible rock formations that indulgent with soft and hard varieties of coral.
The variety of diving courses available at the Tioman islands is as diverse as the coral and creatures that surround them. The courses range from basic open-water classes, to advanced open-water classes, as well as night-time dives. Safety is paramount and all of these courses are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructiors, also known as PADI. If coral reefs and underwater life do not interest you, then perhaps the dozen plus shipwrecks that are a staple of the diving tours might. The Tioman Island also has a dense rainforest for visitors to explore. So if you happen to be in Malaysia, take a trip to the Tioman Island and witness sights that are truly one of a kind.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.