Tioman Island to host scuba diving event under 1Malaysia Green 1Malaysia Clean initiative
The Malaysian island of Tioman has always been very popular with aquatic adventurers. Adding to the excitement is the upcoming scuba diving event titled START in Tioman , from July 11 to 13, 2014. An initiative of the Tourism and Culture office of the state of Pahang, this scuba-diving event invites international divers from across the globe in a conservation program to save the island of Tioman’s majestic reefs and undersea wonders. Hosted under the 1 Malaysia Green 1 Malaysia Clean Initiative, this event is also an opportunity for dive enthusiasts to obtain their diving licenses, encouraging scuba diving activities on this island.
“Tioman Island is a favorite amongst divers as well as international visitors. There are some great holiday resorts to stay and people have a good time on the beaches, when not diving or snorkeling. Ranked amongst the best islands to visit in Malaysia by CNN, Tioman Island adds to the fun and adventure, Malaysia has to offer,” says Mr. ManoharanPeriasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India.
The marine life in Tioman waters is abundant with big school of fishes, turtles, rays, reef sharks and beautiful coral reefs. A famous spot for scuba divers is the Tiger Reef, with a brilliant variety of hard and soft coral. Most of the coral is in good shape and the reef is shallow and accessible by all divers. The topography of the dive sites is fascinating with swim-through between granite boulders, and small caves and canyons like the Fan Canyon spot. PulauTioman is also a good diving destination for underwater photography as the coral gardens are very colorful and one can easily find a vast and exotic sea life to capture through the lenses. Some of the popular diving sites in TiomanIsland include Bahara Rocks, Renggis Island, Malang Rock, Tulai Island, PulaiLabas, Soyak Island, TelukKador and Soyak Wreck. Best time to visit Tioman for diving is March to May and from September to November.
While the island attracts divers from across the globe, Tioman has also been listed by CNN travel as one of the top best islands for a Malaysian Holiday. Also referred to as one of the world’s best kept travel secrets, the island shot to fame, when the dramatic topography of its teardrop- shape in the South China Sea was used as a backdrop in 1958 movie ‘South Pacific’ starring Mitzy Gaynor. Time Magazine named it one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the 1970’s. The island still retains, where many of its south East Asian contemporaries have lost theirs – the natural environment, aquatic and wildlife, which once made it famous.
Tioman lies off the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia, an hour’s flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur. The best way of reaching and moving around the island is to use the Mersing / Tioman Bluewater expressway ferry service.
Explore an unexplored world in the seabeds of Tioman Island.
About Tourism Malaysia India
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
In 2014, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.