Payar Marine Park

Although at times the plankton-rich waters can reduce visibility, the abundance of fish makes up for it. Black tip sharks, barracudas and groupers are sighted on a regular basis. No form of accommodations on the island available and only the marine park center occupies its all one beach. The strict preservation of laws, which are forced by the Marine park around the island.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Pulau Payar

Pulau Payar is located 30 km south east of Langkawi and north of Penang Island. This marine park extends over a number of islands with Pulau Payar being the largest. It takes an hour to get there from the Kuah Jetty by speedboat. There is a floating platform moored off Pulau Payar which has a restaurant and underwater observation chamber to view the marine life surrounding a reef. It is a good area for snorkelling or taking rides in glass-bottomed boats. The best diving is to be found from the Western tip to the Southern and Eastern portion of Pulau Payar.

Coral Garden

Coral garden is located on the western tip of Pulau Payar. This dive site features both hard and soft corals along the island's rocky terrain with depths from 5 to 15 metres. Huge boulders carpeted with dendronephythya soft corals offer numerous crevices that attract marine life seeking refuge from predators. Fish life is abundant, with damsels, fusiliers, lionfish, schooling jack and occasional huge groupers.

Grouper Farm

Suitably named, this dive site located towards the Southern end of Pulau Payar is home to small schooling fish nervously darting about due to the presence of numerous groupers. Hard corals dominate the seascape with the reef top gradually sloping down to about 15 meters to the sandy bottom. If a slight current is present, a drift dive is the best approach to this site, but watch out for spiny sea urchins.

Pulau Kaca

Situated towards the east of Pulau Payar is some easy wreck diving off Pulau Kaca. Dozens of sunken fishing trawlers are found around Pulau Kaca creating artificial reefs. Rocky topside topography gives way to hard coral growth at 5 metres and slopes to a sandy bottom at about 18 metres. A diver does not require any bearings to locate the wrecks, as he is bound to encounter the scattered vessels in almost any direction. Coral blocks on the sandy bottom are inhabited by abundant small reef fishes, mollusks and nudibranchs. Try to maintain good buoyancy, as the sandy seabed is littered with sea urchins.

Pulau Segantang

This twin rocky outcrop is located 13 kilometres towards the west of Pulau Payar. Pulau Segantang features steep rocky terrain plunging into the sea to a sandy bottom at 20 metres. Nurse sharks, barracudas and jacks are very common here. Fusiliers will swim curiously around intruding divers. Here, hard corals and sea fans are found on the slopes between 15 to 20 metres. Lobsters, moray eels and mollusks are also commonly observed.

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Terengganu Marine Park

Among the most popular sites are the "Big Mount" (a large coral pillar), "Picture Wall" (a small coral facade brimming with sea fans and corals) and "Cathedral Arches" (a magnificently varied canyon network patrolled by huge groupers). Turtle Bay, at the northern end of the island, is a good place to spot large groups of sea turtles. It is approximately 45 minutes jetty ride. from Merang (Jetty port) to Redang island. Temperature range from 31 to 34 degrees Celsius during the day. With a strong breeze of wind will still keep a cooling circling air to the island. Shining white beach sand with crystal clear light blue sea water give an unforgettable soothing relaxation sensation to people at the Redang island.

DIVE SITES

Redang Island

The adjacent islands of Pulau Pinang, Pulau Ling, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil and Pulau Lima are excellent for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. Redang group of islands offer diver's a true underwater haven with more than 25 dive sites, rich with a diversity of marine life. Islands and dive sites are just a few minutes apart and guests can travel between islands by a variety of boats. Favorite Dives: Big Mount is an oval seamount completely submerge and is located 50 meters towards the northern tip of P. Lima. The shallowest portion of this reef at 20 meters and the boulder terrain drops to 30 meters. Divers has the opportunity to observe macro life forms to possible encounters with the huge clownfish, sea cucumbers, starfishes, stonefish, groupers and parrotfish., Mini Mount. Situated 100 meters east of P. Kerengga Besar, with the deepest portion at about 20 meters. The faces of the boulders are carpeted with a variety of soft corals, tubastrea corals, sea squirts, sponges and stinging hydroids. Popular choice for night dive where divers are rewarded with an abundance of night creatures foraging for food around the reef. Terumbu Kiri. The rocky seascape is encrusted with both hard and soft corals at about 15 meters, and slopes down to 20 meters at the sandy bottom. Fish life includes cardinal fish, damselfish, chromis, snappers, parrotfish and soldierfish. While in the open water you are likely to encounter jacks, fusiliers, yellowtail, batfish and black tip sharks.

Perhentian Island

The Perhentian islands, comprises of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil lies 20km from the coast of Kuala Besut. On the edge of the Pulau Redang's Marine Park, Perhentian's coral fringed waters provide excellent underwater scenery. For divers, the group of small rocky islets to the northwest of Pulau Perhentian Kecil is a location not to be missed. Common to the area are harp and black corals, while large hard corals are also present. The waters at Perhentian are crystal clear and within the turquoise waters of the islands dwell an amazing variety of marine life. Don't be surprise if you see dolphins and pilot whales in July and August, which is during the peak of the dry season. There are abundant of corals in Perhentian, especially the colorful soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. Favorite Dives: Tokong Laut is a rocky outcrop islet situated on the northwest of P. Perhentian Kecil and is accessible by a 30 minute speedboat ride. The boulder-like terrain gradually sloped down to about 30 metres. Soft corals in all colors and sizes carpet the seascape offering refuge for numerous small reef fish and mollusks. Jacks, barracudas, kingfish, black tip sharks and nurse sharks are usually sighted. North of Pulau Susu. Diving is interesting with good water clarity and abundant reef fish. Expect to see damselfishes, wrasses, triggerfishes and a moray eel peeping out of its lair. Terumbu Tiga. Rated to be one of the top dive sites around Perhentian together with Tokong Laut. Slopes down to about 20 meters at the sandy bottom and visibility fluctuate between 5 to 15 meters. The granite boulders support various corals, sea fans and coral whips. Schools of fusiliers, rainbow runners, jacks and batfishes swim about searching for a feed. Black tip sharks can occasionally be observed at the outer reaches of the reef.

Lang Tengah Island

Pulau Lang Tengah is located in between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia.  According to locals, Lang Tengah takes its name from 'Lang' which comes from helang which means 'eagle' in the Malay language, and tengah, meaning 'middle'. Thus, Lang Tengah means eagles resting on the middle island. The island is small. Very small. A round-island trip by speed boat takes only 10 minutes. The beach is narrow and land is limited. However, Lang Tengah Island gains its advantages from its size. Due to the limitation on the land, there are only 4 resort operators on the island, ensuring a peaceful visit. This away from it all island has a number of beautiful resorts and is fast gaining popularity as a diver's haven. Favorite Dives: Batu Kuching got its name from a squarish boulder perched on top of other boulders that resemble a cat. The boulder terrain plunges down to about 20 meters where sea whips are dominant. Good place to see glass sweepers, wrasses, butterfly fish and snappers.

Terembu Kuning

This site is a rocky outcrop sloping down to the seabed at about 20 meters. Hard corals dominated the seascape providing refuge for groupers, barramundi cods and nurse sharks. Pelagics such as batfish, jacks and fusiliers swims about in the blue water.

Tanjung Nibong Laut

Angular shape rock bottoms out at about 25 meters. Located on the tip of the island, this site is usually swept by currents that attract pelagic such as barracudas, jacks and if you are lucky the whale shark. At the coral garden, reef fishes such as butterfly fish, wrasses, rabbit fish and turtles can be observed

Kapas Island

Pulau Kapas and Pulau Gemia (located to the north of Pulau Kapas) are merely 20 to 30 minutes by speedboat from the mainland off the coastal town of Marang, 15 kilometers south of Kuala Terengganu. Water visibility varies between 5 to 15 metres at best. The close proximity to the mainland makes Pulau Kapas ideal for non-diving tourist. This island is renowned for its pure emerald waters, white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, caves with swallows' nests, dazzling marine life, and superb coral formation. A long kept secret by lovers of the underwater world, this island offers many secluded areas, which are unspoiled and quiet. Activities that can be undertaken here are scuba diving; swimming, snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking, boating, picnicking, or just lazing around.

Tenggol Island Group

The Tenggol group of islands one of the best diving, is the most southerly of Terengganu's Marine Parks. It consists of Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Nyireh (Nyireh Island), Tokong Timur, Tokong Talang, Tokong Burung and Tokong Kemudi. Tenggol is another beautiful diving getaway and lies just 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun in the south of Terengganu. It is small - just 3km long and 2km wide. However, this doesn't prevent it from being a paradise for many people, especially diving enthusiasts. The interior of the island is filled with steep, rocky cliffs. This rocky terrain extends from the interior of the island to the ocean and has created a dramatic 'drop-off' - a sort of vertical canvas of marine life - that divers never seem to tire of. The main island, Pulau Tenggol, is about 50ha in size and is one of the most beautiful and serene islands off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast. It is also famous for its spectacular rocky cliffs that offer many excellent dive sites. Here, one can find pristine coral formations and a number of submerged rocks with excellent coral growths. The deep waters surrounding the island offer good visibility especially during the months of April until June. Marine life that can be seen here includes sharks, rays, nudibranch and a wide variety of hard and soft coral. Favorite Dives: Tokong Air Tawar, a well sheltered bay is excellent for checkout dives and night dives from the shore. Depth gradually increases down the gentle slope to about 20 meters. Hard corals dominate the terrain with sporadic soft corals adding a touch of color to the monochromatic seascape. Shy garden eels can be observed towards the right of the bay at about 10 meters depth on the sandy bottom. Batu Tokong Laut. One of the more popular sites for advance divers seeking out schools of fish. Located in the open sea, the boulder-like terrain features interesting swim through tunnels and crevices for divers to explore. Some of the fish sighted include batfish, fusiliers, jacks and kingfish. Batu Tokong Kamudi. Extending down to slightly more than 30 meters, the seascape has a good mix of hard and soft corals. Christmas tree worms carpet the face of porite mounds. Except to see lots of sea anemone, nudibranchs, butterflyfish, wrasses, parrotfish and large snappers.
Tioman Marine Park

Tioman Marine Park

Although there are some beaches that operate year round. This white sandy, palm fringed island is blessed with crystal clear warm waters, were you can discover an abundance of marine life. Pulau Tioman certainly is the most beautiful island, few other areas can boast such a spectacular variety of natural environments -deserted beaches, tropical forests, rivers and streams and picturesque fishing villages.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Like many other dive destinations in the world Tioman have suffered much over recent years due to excessive human impact -as one of the major tourist destinations. Nevertheless, for those staying on the island it is not difficult to organize excursions with local diving centers to neighboring islands, which along with Tioman are part of the Pahang Marine Park. The most interesting sites for diving purposes are Pulau Chebeh, Pulau Tulai and Pulau Labas; closer to the mainland are also Pulau Babi Tengah, Pulau Babi Hujung and Pulau Rawa. Here as well, gardens of Acropora are common, along with vigorous colonies of alcyonarians, various species of wrasse, butterflyfish from the genus Chaetodon and various species of large tropical sea anemones with their clownfish from the genus Amphiprion. Pulau Tioman and the surrounding islands are under the jurisdiction of the state of Pahang, although in general those who reach the island via sea set out from the coastal city of Mersing, in the state of Johore. This later port also offers the possibility of reaching good seabeds with lovely coral reefs near the islands of Pulau Aur, Pulau Pemanggil and Pulau Dayang. Nevertheless, Western visitors usually reach Pulau Tioman via the airport which is near the Berjaya Tioman Resort. Indeed, the island's great development as a tourist area, with accommodations choices ranging from rustic chalets to five-star hotels, guarantees its convenient daily flights to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (about a one-hour flight). Tioman is the island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is located in the South China Sea, approximately 32 km from Mersing, the closest mainland port. Measuring some 22 km long and 11 km at the widest point, the island has a total land area of 133.6 sq. km. In its early history, Pulau Tioman was known as a stopover for sailors, fishermen and traders to get fresh water and firewood or simply for evading storms. The island was a settlement for Malay fishermen several hundred years ago and there are now six major villages on the island, mainly on the west coast. Rubber and coconut are the main crops planted on the flat coastal area. Tioman has beautiful beaches with surrounding marine areas. The landscape and the beauty of the island have attracted many tourists, locally as well as from abroad, and the island was once voted one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. In addition to fishing activities, tourism has become a very important income generating activity on the island. Many tourist facilities such as chalets, rest houses and hotels have been built, either by the state government or the private sector. While it is fair to say that development over the last 10 years has had some adverse impact on the islands' environment, it remains a beautiful and restful place. It is the sea which attracts many visitors to Tioman, particularly divers, who come to enjoy the warm clear waters. The reefs around Tioman and the neighbouring islands, which radio-carbon dating shows are nearly 6,000 years old, have many varieties of coral and tropical reef fish, as well as larger species such as turtles and sharks. The rare giant clam is also found here. Immortalised as the fictitious paradise Bali Hai in the 1960's box-office hit musical "South Pacific", many myths and legends surround the island. The most popular one holds that the island is a dragon. The high peaks at the south of the island are in fact:

House Reef : Depth: 2-10

The house reef is an ideal training ground, with calm shallow water, combined and variety of corals on the reef in slightly deeper water. Boulder, staghorn and brain corals, colourful tropical fish and our very own school of small yellow tail barracuda combine to make this a great introduction to diving. Also used for night dives.

Tom Yam Wreck : Depth: 18m

A little further from the beach is our closest wreck, the "Tom Yam". Settled on a sandy bottom, the wreck is dotted with soft corals, barracuda and reef fish.

Marine Park:Depth: 8-25m

This site, located off the beach at the Marine Park headquarters, has 8 wrecks at varying depths. Inquisitive batfish follow divers on their exploration - starting just below the surface as you descend. The wrecks are all connected, so finding your way around is not difficult. Soft corals abound and shoals of fusiliers and trevallys can often be seen at the wrecks.

Pirate Reef: Depth: 4-14 m

Pirates reef is one ot the main breeding sited for adult fish in Tioman. Hatching season in March-May sees huge numbers of tiny fish on the reef, with numbers hardly seeming to decrease over the year! There are many hard coral varieties making this busy colourful site ideal for photographers. Also used as a night dive site, when small bamboo sharks are often spotted.

Pirate Wreck: Depth: 18 m

This site is seldom visited, it conditions is intact and flourish with soft corals and fans. Home to a large puffer fish and shoals of common reef fish.

Sawadee: Depth: 30 m

Sawadee is the deepest dive site close to the main island, often used for deep dive training as part of the Advanced Open Water course, as well as for leisure dives. It has many soft and hard corals, and large shoals of fusiliers and kingfish are also found here.

Renggis Island: Depth: 6-14 m

Renggis island is a truly wonderful dive site surrounding . This beautiful reef has many coral varieties - hard and soft - and teems with marine life - puffer fish, angelfish, butterfly fish, sting rays, moray eels, trigger fish, giant grouper and more. Renggis is one of the best sites for turtles, and harmless black tip reef sharks are often spotted.

Renggis Wreck: Depth: 20 m;

A short swim from the island itself lies another Tioman wreck. The wreck has colourful soft corals and small barracuda and morey eels are often sighted.

Hidden Reef: Depth: 10-12 m

Accessible only from the wreck at Renggis, this rarely visited site covered in hard corals, including blue corals and pavona cactus. Many varieties of tropical reef fish abound at the reef.

Soyak Island & Soyak Wrecks: Depth: 20-26 m

A small island surrounded by large underwater rocks, with many soft corals. and soyak wrecks are covered with a wide variety of soft corals. In addition to many tropical reef fish, common sightings include a giant grouper, lion fish, large bump head parrot fish, nudibranchs, a large napoleon fish and turtles. A giant grouper is often sighted at the wreck (or nearby Soyak island), as are schools of fusiliers, yellow tail kingfish and trevally. Lyre tailed wrasse follow you around and a black tip reef shark is sometimes seen.

Genting Bay: Depth: 5-30 m

Genting Bay slopes away from Tulai island to depths greater than 30 metres. The site is characterized by large rocks, covered by a variety of corals, common marine life include a giant grouper, bump head parrot fish and lion fish including many gorgonian fans, other sea fans, soft corals, whip corals and some black coral. .

Gador Bay: Depth: 5-18 m

On the north side of the island, this sheltered bay has a variety of hard corals. Many common reef fish are found here in addition to turtles and blue spotted sting rays.

Malang Rocks:Depth: 6-14

Malang Rock provides two contrasting environments, sheltered on one side by Tulai Island and with deeper water on the other. On the sheltered side a school of small barracuda is often found within this extensive potato corals and pavona cactus. On the other side, there are large rocks with a variety of soft and hard corals. Sharks are sometimes seen in the deeper water channel. Other marine life includes turtles, trigger fish, lion fish and nudibranchs.

Sepoi Island/Labas Golden Reef: Depth: 10-25 m

Numerous reef fish inhabit this large rocks covered with a wide variety of soft corals including angel fish, butterfly fish and coral groupers.

Tiger Reef: Depth: 10-25 m

Tiger Reef lies In the channel between Sepoi and Labas islands. There are both soft and hard corals including sponges, gorgonian fans, fire corals and plate and table corals in this deep, open area with spectacular huge rocks. The site also have variety of fish, including trevally, tuna and shoals of yellow tail snapper. Often a strong current makes for a challenging dive!

Labas Island: Depth: 5-25

Labas is essentially a group of large rock, Similar to Malang Rock, turtles, puffer fish and blue spotted sting rays can be seen here in addition to many common reef fish and tunnels running through the rocks create make it easy to swim through, this site is very popular with many divers.

Chebeh Island: Depth: 10-30 m

The site is famous for its occasional sightings of whale shark and manta rays during the annual migration (around April and October). Surrounded by enormous volcanic rocks and boulders, Chebeh Island can be dived at different places, depending on conditions. Schools of large trevallys and snappers can be found. The rocks create tunnels and passages, making this a challenging site to explore. The site is also known for its trigger fish.

Pulau Jahat: Depth: 5-25 m

The name of this dive site means Naughty Island. Large boulders surround this rocky island, creating swim through, tunnels, corridors and caves. If you are keen to see sharks or barracuda, the appropriately named Naughty Island is where you'll see them.

Bahara Rock; Depth: 5-25 m

Huge barrel sponges, plus a wide range of fish species features this underwater garden of spectacular colour and formation.

Batu Sepoy: Depth: 10-25 m

A plateau reef providing an excellent drift dive site, with its huge boulder coral and giant bommies.
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