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 Post subject: SCUBAMART INDO < Pulau Tioman >
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:57 pm 
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SCUBAMART Mangga Dua Indonesia

Pulau Tioman Johor Bahru, Malaysia

According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess. Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey. By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travelers.

Like a giant sleeping dragon, the dark green ridges of Tioman Island rise up above the waters of the South China Sea. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the dragon’s dark green scales are in fact giant trees and impenetrable jungle. That the grey claws are giant granite boulders and that the dragon’s horns are twin peaks with smooth, straight cliffs, surrounded with swirls of mist.

Its beaches were depicted in the 1958 movie, South Pacific as Bali Hai. In the 1970s, TIME Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world's most beautiful islands.

Tioman has options for every kind of holiday-maker :
- Families with small children
- Honeymooners
- Scuba divers
- Backpackers
- Round island tour
- Snorkeler
- Rock climber
- Adventure jungle trekking and even those looking for a slice of exclusivity and luxury resort.

Most places to stay are clustered around the villages that are dotted along Tioman’s coastline while there are a few small resorts that are built around private beach coves.

Natural beauty of the island is its biggest attraction, lush tropical jungle covers about 12,000 hectares of the island and countless mountain streams and waterfalls sustain the many protected species of mammals and birds.
There are several protected species of mammals on the island, including the binturong, long-tailed macaque, slow loris, black giant squirrel, red giant flying squirrel, mouse deer, brush-tailed porcupine, and common palm civet, from a total of 45 species of mammals and 138 species of birds, including the majestic frigatebird.

There are over 20 dive sites around Pulau Tioman - Kador Bay, One Tree Bay, Batu Malang, Chebeh island, Labas Island, Magician Rock, Tiger Reef, Golden Reef, Soyah island, Renggis island, Marine Park, Tokong Bahara, Tokong Burong and many-many more.

My Favorite Dive Site:

<Northern Pulau Chebeh> - Large boulders slope down to about 25 meters providing divers with interesting exploration through the many swim-through tunnels. The hard coral terrain is interrupted by numerous soft corals, sea fans and black corals at the deeper end. Blue spotted stingray can be seen at the sandy bottom while moray eels, parrotfish, butterflyfish and sweetlips stay close to the corals

<Tiger Reef> - Regarded as one of the top dive sites in Tioman, this submerged reef is worth the dive despite the stronger currents and enjoy drift dives. The reef is located in the open sea and is accessible only by dive boat. Hard and soft corals make up the seascape. Schools of glass sweepers and cardinal fish seek refuge in crevices while rainbow runners, barracudas, jacks and bumphead parrotfish swim in the blue water.

Have a nice day and dive safe.

<Plan your dive,Dive your plan>

Cheers

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D'X Mike Ooi
PADI Divemaster #323232


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