MALAYSIA - Perentian or Tioman Islands
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 28, 2013 8:23 AM Last Post By: KLB
Feb 27, 2013 11:58 PM
We are riding on bike from Thailand to Malaysia, want to do some snorkeling, and maybe scuba.
Been on Koh Wai and Chang already, left out Koh Tao (too busy).
Now we are deciding between Perentian and Tioman.
Which is better for snorkeling? Which has lesser crowds, and perhaps cheaper bungalows?
Mar 7, 2013 1:31 PM
A few years ago we dived on Perhentian island. If I remember correctly there weren't that many places for snorkeling. Even the diving wasn't that good. If you are an experienced diver maybe think about skipping Perhentian island or just don't go there for the single purpose of diving. As Tioman is in the same region and will probably be the same. If you want to learn diving both places might be good. In our opinion Malaysia is quite expensive if you compare what you get in other countries or the same price.
Mar 7, 2013 6:25 PM
2in my opinion, the best diving at peninsula malaysia can be found at Tenggol Island. It is just a tiny island of the coast of Terengganu. Not as touristy as perhentian and tioman and it caters to mostly divers. the bad thing is there is not much to do on the island other than diving/snorkelling. And there is totally no nightlife.
Mar 10, 2013 12:40 PM
3I've been to Perhentian many years ago. The snorkeling was great, then. The diving was mediocre to say the least. Dive masters were all excited when they found trevallies, to give you one idea.
Snorkeling, I've seen black tip sharks, cuttlefish, lots of turtles and all sort of other fishes, more common, but in great variety. I'm a keen snorkeler and I recommend it.
Having said that, it was many years ago (don't even remember when, but my guess is 10 years ago) and things change. Perhaps now it isn't good anymore.
I'm going back there this summer. I hope it'll be as good as in my first visit.
Mar 28, 2013 8:23 AM
4Snorkeling and diving on Tioman was only so so but it was a pleasant place to stay. The main area had about 20 hotels and guesthouses but the other side of the island was much quieter with just a few places to stay. Haven't been to the perhentians but I hear it's very difficult to get a room in high season. Not a problem on Tioman
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