Tulamben | USAT Liberty Wreck | Diving Guide in Bali

Here in Tulamben, the sea is generally calm, which provides easier and more relaxing snorkeling and dives sessions in Tulamben. This place is world-renowned amongst divers, and is particularly famous for the USAT Liberty wreck.

We recommend dive in Tulamben as your first diving experience in Bali : the spot is ideal to discover the marine life.

You will travel by mini bus to the north eastern corner of Bali (about 2h20),  to the tiny fishing village of Tulamben; one of the most renowned and most frequented locations in Bali for scuba diving.   For this dive in Tulamben, You will have the opportunity to observe a multitude of species of fish and corals known to inhabit the seas of Indonesia.

The rich biodiversity of the sea floor attracts underwater photographers, naturalists, and divers passionated about marine biology.  Dive in Tulamben is recommended for both macro lovers and ambiance photographers, as the colorful marine life stands out against the volcanic black sand sea bed.

DIVING INFORMATION 

USAT LIBERTY WRECK

The Liberty wreck is one of the most easily dived wrecks in the world.  Located just 25 metres from shore, and resting between 5 – 30 metres deep, it is accessible to all levels and variety of divers:  introduction (1st time) divers, beginners, experienced, freedivers, and snorkelers can all enjoy this enchanting wreck.

In 1942, the USAT Liberty, a United States military cargo ship, was torpedoed by the Japanese while stationing off the strait of Lombok.  Damaged, the Unites States towed the ship towards Bali, hoping to make it to the northern region of Singaraja, but the ship began to break apart and instead was beached onto the shore of Tulamben.

In 1963, the earthquakes caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung pushed the ship into the sea where it sank onto its side and was forgotten until the early 1980’s. During the last 50 years it remained underwater, and a marine life of all colors, shapes, and sizes have colonized the 120 metre- long vessel. Night dives are also unforgettable! Each night the numerous Parrot fish arrives on the wreck and sleep there together as one big family (there are about 20 individ

 CORAL GARDEN

From the beach, just south of the wreck, macro-life and photography enthusiasts will be delighted ! The flora and fauna here is very rich and also abundant, even in the shallows (4-10m).

A number of artificial reef structures attract a large quantity of fishes, including species such as damselfish, butterfly fish, and surgeonfish, and also important numbers of “cleaning stations” where morays, groupers, snappers and other species come to partake in a symbiotic relationship with the shrimps that “clean off” or eat the parasites living on their bodies.  This is an ideal location for a night dive.

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Coral reef, PADI course, night, photography, marine biology, navigation, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5- 25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Introduction dive (not certified), certified diver (Open Water or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 -30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, honeycomb moray, ribbon eel, garden eel, blue spotted and kuhl’s stingrays, cleaner shrimps, grouper, peacock mantis shrimp, lion fish, clownfish, triggerfish, ghost pipefish, leaf scorpion fish, frog fish, stone fish, pufferfish, boxfish, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

THE DROP OFF OF TULAMBEN

The large wall of Tulamben, fittingly called Drop Off, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. The reef descends from 3 metres down to 70 metres deep; the sheer wall was created by the lava flow from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.

This wall is covered by a great number of corals, gorgonians, and sponges.  The topography of the site is incredible thanks to its sheer underwater cliffs, where you can encounter “cleaning stations”,as well as a multitude of enormous, vibrantly colored sponges and gorgonians.  The dive continues to an undulating plateau of coral where you can find morays, mantis shrimp, and varieties of pipefish hiding in the crevices.

 DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Wall, PADI course, deep, photography, biology, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5 -60 metres
  • Certification level required: Certified diver  (Open Water Diver or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, snowflake moray, grouper, lion fish, triggerfish, humphead parrotfish, leaf scorpion fish, stone fish, pipefish, pufferfish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

SERAYA SECRET

Seraya is a particulary great site for “muck diving”.  It’s a paradise for macro-life, and therefore more recommended to photographers and divers who love the tiniest of creatures.  Here we can find strange and rare creatures, such as the famous harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, nudibranch, frogfish, dragonets, and a myriad of cleaning stations where you’ll find morays and a diverse array of colorful fish.

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Black sand (or “muck”), macro-life, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  5-25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15-30 metres
  • Current:  None to mild
  • Access:  From shore, or jukung traditional boat
  • Temperature:  26- 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Shrimps, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, dragonet, moray eel, frog fish
  • Best time of year:  All year

KUBU

North of Tulamben, Kubu is a tiny village. Just out from the beach, and positioned upright on the sloping sandy bottom, you can fing a wreck measuring 85 metres in length and asleep between 13 – 30 metres deep.

The ship is still completely intact, and decorated with many interesting features such as Buddhist statues, a war-era Volkswagen convertible car, glass bottles, ceramic pottery, and more. With an interestingambiance, b lack sand, and a coral garden just in the shallows, this is an intriguing dive with very few divers exploring it!

KUBU REEF :

 KUBU WRECK :

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive: Wreck, coral garden, PADI course, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  13- 30 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Moray eel, turtle, grouper, lion fish, napoleon wrasse, triggerfish, leaf scorpion fish, pufferfish, batfish, stone fish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

ALAMANDA

Alamanda, situated in Tulamben Bay, is a few-visited dive site. The place can be reached by Jukung (tradictionnal boats). As one of the most awesome Bali diving sites, Alamanda has plenty to offer including its stunning and rich underwater. To enhance your diving there, Atlantis International crews will guide divers with their professional assistance.

Thanks to its particular topography, the place is well protected from the current. However, the spot is really deep and mostly recommanded to experienced divers.

Alamanda, which the name comes from a sort of exotic flower, is an outstanding diving site, when all conditions have been met: Actually there is an amazing contrast between the white sand and the coral reefs. In that particular spot, you can find a myriad of giant gorgones, hard and soft corals, and so many other species from the submarine fauna and flora: it makes the site be a heavenly place for divers. You can also meet many pelagics there.

DIVING INFORMATION:

  • Type of dive:  Wreck, coral garden, photography, marine biology, deep wall
  • Depth:  40m (max)
  • Certification level required: Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  +25m
  • Current: None or mild
  • Access: Jukung traditionnal boat
  • Temperature: 24° – 29°C
  • Flora and Fauna: Rich underwater, pelagics

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How to Get to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur (KL)

How to Get to Tioman from Singapore

Tioman Island is one of the stunning islands in the world, but it is densely forested without many inhabitants. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it the most sought-after scuba diving destination.

The best season to visit Tioman island is from March to October. You can find resorts of different budgets in the island for accommodation. The island will become almost desolated from October end to March beginning. Most of the resorts will be closed November to February.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Tioman

As Mersing is the gateway to reach Tioman Island, you have to first go to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty from Kuala Lumpur. From any of these jetties, you can take a ferry service to Tioman Island. Ferry service is the only option to reach Tioman from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. The most common options to reach both jetties from Kuala Lumpur are to take a car or bus as the only flight, Berjaya Air, had cancelled all its flights to Tioman Island.

Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing

The most preferred way for tourists to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is:

  1. Take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
  2. Take a ferry from Mersing to Tioman Island

The pick up address for passengers in Kuala Lumpur is TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) and the drop off is Mersing bus terminal. S&S International Express & Transnasional are the preferred buses going to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur.

Buy Bus Tickets Online

Now you can buy bus tickets online if you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. The early morning bus departs at 9AM and the night bus departs at 11:30PM for Mersing. You can buy the bus ticket online here from KL to Mersing. Alternatively, you can also book the bus ticking online by clicking here.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

If you are taking a rental car or taxi from Kuala Lumpur, then the best road to take is the North-South Highway and drive towards south. Exit at Segamat and continue towards east on Route 50 to Kluang and then to Mersing. You can also take East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan and then take Route No: 3 towards South passing through Pekan and Rompin to reach Mersing. The approximate driving time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing is 4 hours.

People who are familiar with the routes can take shorter and less crowded roads that passes through oil plantations, but recommended to have a daytime driving. One of the shorter routes is from Kuala Lumpur to Kual Pilah and then to the Banda Muadzam Shah. The exit of this route will be between Endau and Mersing, and then continue southwards to Mersing. Another shorter route is to go to Kluang from Kuala Lumpur, and then to NITAR. From NITAR, you can go to Mersing from avoiding the winding roads.

At the Mersing Jetty, you can find a car parking area that charges approximately around RM 8/day. If you’re renting a car from Kuala Lumpur then you might need to get one that has GPS map service in the car. This will help you get to the location easier.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Tanjung Gemok is the nearest jetty, if you are starting your journey from Kuala Lumpur. If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok, take the North-South Highway and exit at Seremban. From there, travel through the Kluang route to Kuala Pilah and Muadzam Shah, and then drive through the coastal road to reach Tanjung Gemok. The traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok by car is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Buses from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

Buses take around 6 hours of traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. Transnational buses are going to and from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing route every day for several times. Buses start from Tasik Selatan Bus Terminal, which is situated in south of Kuala Lumpur and ends the journey at the Mersing Bus Station.

One way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing costs RM 29.80. Buses are available at 9am, 12.30pm, 6pm, and 11.30 pm from Kuala Lumpur. You have to walk for about 10 minutes from the Mersing station to the jetty. If you have lots of luggage, then you can take a taxi to the jetty that costs RM 8 (Ringgit).

When taking the evening bus, you have to keep in mind that you might need to spend a night in Mersing as there are no ferry services that goes to Tioman Island at night.

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Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok

All Transnational buses coming from the Kuala Lumpur stop at Tanjung Gemok while going to Mersing. If you would like to get down at Tanjung Gemok, just inform the bus driver to stop.

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By Ferry from Mersing Jetty & Tanjung Gemok Jetty

If you get down at Tanjung Gemok, you can take the ferry from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman Island. One way ferry ticket to Tioman from Tanjung Gemok is RM 30. The traveling time from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman is 1 hour 30 minutes. The one way ticket cost for the ferry from Mersing Jetty to Tioman is RM 45. The traveling time to reach Tioman from Mersing Jetty is also 1 hour 30 minutes.

Book a Ferry Ticket Online

The traveling time and departing time also depend on the sea conditions. The ferries leave the jetties between 10am and 4pm. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is full of adventure. Do share your adventure with us by adding comments below.

Have a safe trip to Tioman Island!

Diving in Singapore

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Quick Facts

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Think Singapore. Think shopping; think hotels and restaurants; think international business hub. This buzzing metropolis, with five million people from all corners of the globe living on some 710 square kilometres/275 square miles of land, is an interesting and busy spot. Stop by Haji Lane, Sungei Road Thieves’ Market and Ann Siang Road to get a taste of the myriad attractions as diverse as the country’s vibrant culture.

This island-based city-state in Southeast Asia is a beautiful place to visit. But amid all the distractions, there are great diving experiences to be enjoyed and the opportunity for you to complete a range of PADI courses. Singapore is also a great place to shop for dive gear. It is extremely well served by PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Local sites are worth exploring no matter what your level of experience and it’s a perfect place to plan a longer dive trip to some of the world’s best dive sites in nearby countries.

If you want to dive on a budget, Singapore is your best bet. Getting a certification here is an excellent deal, and is highly recommended. It is worth noting, however, that visibility can be rather poor off the coasts of Singapore. Because of the incredible amount of boat traffic and commercial fishing that occur offshore, the water is constantly churned. In some areas, visibility is only around 2 meters of visibility at its best. Many people opt to travel to Malaysia, where diving is first class.

Regardless, there are some gems hidden throughout Singapore that are definitely worth the trip. Local dive shops offer tours to nearby sites. Manta rays are often sighted, on these treks, sometimes in large groups. Sand tiger sharks also cruise along the sandy bottoms, and getting up close to one of these terrific creatures is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Singapore is a great place to learn to dive for those wanting to get their PADI with the PADI Open Water Diver course. For those certified, consider taking the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or a PADI Specialty course to hone skills prior to an expedition to Malaysia or Indonesia. Singapore is also a great destination, right in the heart of Asia, to become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor.

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When to go

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Tropical, hot and humid year round with daytime temperatures about 31°C/88°F. Northeast Monsoon brings frequent rain from December to March.

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Dive Sites in Singapore

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Pulau Hantu – This is the most popular local dive site and it lies just off Singapore’s southwest corner. At low tide, visitors to Pulau Hantu can walk between two islands, Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil. There are hard and soft corals and an abundance of macro life including many different strange and wonderful nudibranchs. Tidal currents are a factor here and alert divers who can manage to look up from the reef may spot sharks or turtles. Don’t expect to have the place to yourself on the weekends or holidays, but ease of access makes this a great local option.

Kusu Island – Its exposure and distance from the mainland mean Kusu Island, which means Turtle Island, is also well known by locals. The shallow reefs boast dense anemone fish populations and rich marine life. Part of the Saint John’s islands, the region has been protected for more than 20 years.

Pulau Jong – Currents can be strong here mandating carefully planned dives. Pulau Jong is a tiny, unspoiled island with a healthy fringing reef. Look for blue-spotted rays and reef sharks.

Singapore Wrecks – The Sudong Wreck lies in 15 metres/50 feet of water. She’s about 50 metres/165 feet long and is basically in one piece. Strong currents make diving at slack tide and local expertise advisable. The Sisters Wreck, or the MV Iran Sarai, is a 50m/165 foot freighter lying upside down at about 18 metres/60 feet very close to Sisters Island. This wreck has seen the ravages of wind and wave and is breaking up slowly. Due to currents and an adjacent shipping lane, this dive is best undertaken at slack tide.

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When to go

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Tropical, hot and humid year round with daytime temperatures about 31°C/88°F. Northeast Monsoon brings frequent rain from December to March.

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About Singapore

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Tucked beneath Malaysia is beautiful Singapore, a prosperous and diverse country of nearly 6 million people. Singapore is made up of one large, main island and many smaller islets, over 60, in all.

Because Singapore is only located one degree north of the equator, the temperature is fairly stable throughout the year, warm and humid.

Singapore has a tumultuous relationship with its northern neighbour, Malaysia, having had an on again, off again relationship for the past several decades. Today, Singapore is one of the most competitive economies in the world; fast growing and innovative.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

While visiting Singapore be sure to hit the city streets, where there is so much to do and see. After a day of shopping and diving, go to some of the many gardens which offer a cooling reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. The best three are the National Orchid Garden, the Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

GETTING THERE

Singapore’s international airport and harbours are some of the busiest in the world, so coming into the country is a casual affair.

Travelling throughout Singapore is just as easy, as the Mass Rapid Transit system is an incredibly efficient way to get around.

Main airport

Note – Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

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Scuba Diving In Batam & Bintan Island

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Are you looking for somewhere new to dive? Are you tired of traveling 7 hours to Tioman from Singapore? Have you heard of the Riau Archipelago? This lesser known island chain in Indonesia is located to the south of Singapore (30min ferry rides) and is home to the islands of Bintan and Batam. These two island groups offer some of the most diverse dive sites and marine life within easy reach of Singapore as well as some intriguing wreck diving opportunities.

Diving Batam Island

Batam Island is well known for its world class golf courses, hotels, spas and stilted waterfront seafood restaurants but there is more to Batam than what is has on offer on land. Submerge yourself in the waters around Batam or its numerous neighbouring islands and you’ll discover a colourful underwater world with diverse and plentiful marine life.

The majority of Batam’s dive sites feature an even mix of both hard and soft corals. Barrel sponges, sea fans, black corals, sponges and soft corals can be seen at most spots as well as a good distribution of brain, plate and branching hard corals. Beautiful anemones can be found hunkered down on the reefs hosting swarms of clownfish. For those who like macro photography you’ll find nudibranch and a wide variety of small crustaceans. Wreck divers won’t be disappointed as there are a number of World War II wrecks in the area that are easily accessible.

Batam’s nutrient rich waters provide habitat for innumerable common species of smaller to medium sized reef fish including damselfish, angelfish, filefish, parrotfish, sweetlips and fusiliers. If you prefer larger marine species then turtles, sting rays and occasional juvenile sharks can all be found on the reefs.

For wreck diving enthusiasts, Kerang Gelang is a highlight and home to the “Codd Wreck”. This 100 year old steel wreck is completely encrusted in coral and is home to feather stars, sea fans, fusiliers, damselfish, angel fish, parrotfish, pipefish, clownfish, cuttlefish, stingrays, scorpion fish, batfish, frogfish, crabs and nudibranchs. It’s also possible to see turtles, cuttlefish, schools of yellow snappers and even seahorses here.

Diving Bintan Island

The diving around Bintan and its surrounding islands is varied, colourful and packed with marine critters. You’ll find a healthy mix of hard and soft corals which are home to a myriad of reef fish and also attract passing predators.

Pulau Mapor is the largest island in the Bintan group and is a great destination for divers wanting to explore some of the region’s best wreck dives and reefs. Marine life highlights of diving Mapor reefs include batfish, cuttlefish, juvenile sweetlips, passing Spanish mackerel in the blue, large blue spotted rays under the bommies and occasional white-tip reef sharks.

The Igara wreck which sank in 1973 is a great wreck for experienced divers. The Igara was an Italian bulk ore carrier that struck an unmarked rock off the coast of Indonesia only a year after entering service. The Igara now sits between 14-41 metres / 46-135 feet. Some parts of the wreck have been salvaged and the underwater remains attract a myriad of fish including occasional nurse sharks.

So, are you ready for your next dive trip? No matter what level of diver you are, Bintan and Batam are excellent locations for a diving break from the city.

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Air Batang Village (ABC)

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Air Batang Village aka ABC

The Tioman Island Travel guide takes us next to the village of Air Batang. Air Batang Village also is known as ABC village is situated on the west coast of Tioman Island and is located just north of Tekek Village. The village has a beach which stretches for 1.5 kilometres which have white sand, clear emerald waters and lush forest. Unlike Tekek Village which is more on the urbanised and developed side, Air Batang is a rural village, and as such there are very less modern facilities and the population is also few. The island is home to a close-knit community of fishermen, and the accommodation includes a few cheap hotels and some resorts too. This makes it a favourite destination for backpackers and people who are in search of a peaceful vacation.

How to get to Air Batang Village

Since Air Batang Village is centrally located in Tioman Island, getting to it is quite easy. The Village is located on the route of the ferry which plies from Mersing Village to other villages of the Tioman Island such as Genting, Juara, Paya and Salang Village. As such you can take the ferry known as Bluewater express from the village of Genting and then make your stop in Air Batang Village. Air Batang Village is located just north of Tekek Village and as such these two villages are separated by a small hilly cape, which has an accessible pathway. Hence, if you are residing in Tekek village, then you can take a backpacking trip to reach ABC village too.

Air Batang Village Accommodations

Since Air Batang is more of a sleepy village the accommodations that it offers also follows suit. The accommodation facilities are not that diverse as such there are only a few hotels and guesthouses which offer simple shacks, which are reasonably inexpensive. These shacks have the necessities which include running water, a fan, western toilets and a fairly comfortable bed. In case you want some more luxuries, there are some hotels which will offer Air-conditioned rooms too. However, the primary goal of visiting Air Batang should be to experience the rustic way of life that it has to offer. Some of the more popular place of Accommodation is ABC Chalet, Tioman Dive Resort and Tioman House.

Air Batang Village Food

The choice of food provided in Air Batang village is also somewhat limited; however, that is not to say that it isn’t good. Air Batang Village will serve you with plenty of Malaysian dishes for relatively cheap rates, and some western foods like hamburgers are also available. Coming to the drinks offered, one can get lots of fruit drinks, soft drinks in addition to alcoholic beverages such as beer. One unique thing about Tioman Island is that the beer is much cheaper here than in other parts of Malaysia, and this is because the island is duty-free.

The Unique things to do in Air Batang

Air Batang just like any of the other village in Tioman Island has beautiful beaches, a lush forest filled with flora and fauna coupled with beautiful water bodies. As such there are a lot of things to do in Air Batang Village and some of them are as follows.

1. Go Snorkelling:


An Activity which all visitors to Tioman Island must do is Snorkelling. Air Batang has very clear waters and as such snorkelling here is a treat, where you will get to see a lot of the diverse marine ecosystem that Air Batang has to offer. You will get to see many species of fishes, turtles and come across coral reefs too. Besides, there are a lot of institutes which will teach you how to dive and snorkel in case you don’t know how to.

2. Watch the sunsets:


Watching the sunset from the Air Batang is another beautiful experience, and this is because the village of Air Batang faces the west. As such you can get a beautiful view of the sunset from any part of the village’s coastline. The best places from where you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the sunset are in the jetty and the bars located towards the north of the beach. The sunset can also be enjoyed sitting on the sandy beaches, drinking your favourite tropical treat or cocktail.

3. Watch the wildlife:


Since the village of Air Batang has very lush forests, it is home to many different species of animals which roam freely in the village. Some of the most common animals which you can get to witness in Air Batang are the elusive Monitor Lizards, Macaques, and Pythons. Besides these wild animals, there is also a huge cat population. One thing to keep in mind is to watch out for the mischievous monkeys who will try to steal your food items.

4. Visit the Tioman Marine Park Centre:


The Tioman Marine Park Centre is an information centre which is located in Air Batang. This information centre contains a lot of information regarding marine life in this very region. Besides these, it also has television programs, exhibitions and other educational information regarding flora and fauna of the island as a whole. As such this park centre is a must visit for people who are visiting Air Batang.

5. Go Trekking:

Trekking in Air Batang is also something which must be experienced since Air Batang has very lush and thick forests which are waiting to be explored. As such, there are a lot of trekking trials spanning several kilometres wherein you can test your willpower and your stamina. In most cases, trekking can be done with the help of a local guide.

Besides these activities, Air Batang also has numerous other things to offer if you are willing to explore it more. There are many things which make the tiny village of Air Batang unique starting with its rustic and calm appeal, which makes it a perfect vacation site for people who are looking for a calm and serene getaway to spend quality time with themselves and their loved ones. Air Batang is also a perfect location for nature lovers because the forests are untouched and even the water bodies are unpolluted making it perfect to bond with nature. Some of the other villages which you should check out are Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1558965884672{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

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Genting Village, Tioman

Tioman Island has many small villages which serve as excellent vacation spots and as such Genting Village is also one among them. The village of Genting is another destination which shows up in the Tioman Travel Guide. Genting Village is situated on the southwest side of the island of Tioman and is accessible by ferries and passenger boats. Getting to Genting Village is also quite easy since most of the ferries and boats cross this village while going to the other villages on the island which include Paya, Tekek, Air Batang and Salang village. As such boats and ferries generally make a quick halt in this village. When we talk about its size, it is the third largest village after Tekek Village and Juara Village respectively and has a beach which spans 1.5 Kilometres long. Genting Village is well isolated from the other villages and has a local community of fishermen who lead a simple way of life; as such Genting is more of calm, silent and peaceful retreat for those looking for the perfect getaway.

How to get to Genting Village

Genting village is accessible only by waterways and as such the primary mode of transport is through Ferries and passenger boats. To get to Genting village, one must take boat or ferry services from Mersing village after which it will make a short halt in Genting before it continues to the other villages in Tioman Island. The most popular ferry service is known as the Bluewater Express. One thing to keep in mind is that there are three transportation services which operate in a day in both the directions.

Genting Village Accommodations

Genting Village is filled with multiple types of accommodations which range from cheap budget hotels to a few high-class resorts as well. As such the village has accommodations for a wide variety of people from different backgrounds with different budgets. There are a lot of hotels, small shacks and a few resorts too. Majority of the resorts located in Genting Village are chalet based and thus provide for great views of the beach and the sea. Some of the popular resorts and hotels are Melina Beach Resort, Arguna Resort and Implan Inn.

Genting Village Food

Genting village has a lot of local restaurants, cafes and hotels which are scattered all over its beaches and as such there is no worry about food. The food that is served in Genting Island is a combination of local foods, Malaysian foods and even some western food items too. As such visitors will get to experience a wide variety of food items while on their stay in Genting Village.

The Unique things to do in Genting Village

Genting village is filled to the brim with a lot of activities which will ensure that visitors will never get bored while on their stay in the village. Genting is a hilly and mountainous village, with beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. As such, this terrain brings with a lot of activities which one can take part in, and they are as follows

1. Meet the Fishermen of Genting Village:

The first thing to do after reaching Genting Village is to meet the Fishermen there. Genting village has not been touched by the modern ways of life and as such if you wish to experience a more authentic side of the island, then it is highly advised to meet the local fishermen here. During the early mornings if you visit the beaches, then you will get to witness the local fishermen hauling their catch. This will no doubt give a glimpse into the simple community life of the people in Genting Village.

2. Diving and Snorkelling:

If you are more on the adventurous side than you can go diving and snorkelling in the clear blue waters of Genting. Here you will get a chance to come across the abundant marine life of Tioman Island and at the same time also make great memories. If you are new to diving and snorkelling, then worry not as there are a lot of diving institutes which will train you. You will also get the aid of experienced guide divers as you explore the waters.

3. Relax on the beautiful beaches:

Genting Village is thought to have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Tioman Island. The beaches in Genting Village are made up of Golden sand which is bordered by granite boulders making it stand out from the rest and adding more beauty to it. As such this makes for a perfect place to retreat and relax. As such one can sunbathe during the hot days or sit and enjoy the beautiful sunset with a refreshing drink during the evenings.

4. Explore the village:

Genting Village has a concrete footpath along the coastline which runs across the entire village. This makes it possible for one to explore the entire village by just walking along the footpath. If you are not in the mood to walk, then one can also rent a bike as well. Along the path, one might encounter monkeys, monitor lizards, cats and the continuous chirping of birds and howling of monkeys.

5. Hiking:

The name Genting translates to hilly and mountainous, and just as the name suggests Genting village has many hills and mountains with thick forests. This makes the mountains of Genting village an ideal spot for hikers and backpackers. The forest of the village as such has a lot of trails and hiking spots which allows adventure enthusiasts to satiate their hunger.

Though Genting might not have all the modern facilities and amenities like that of the other villages, it more than makes up for it with other unique activities. Genting village due to its rustic appeal is favoured even by the locals of the region and as such local tourists flock to this village during the weekends. As such its beaches are filled with both local and foreign tourists during the weekends, who come here to enjoy the beautiful beaches, the breathtaking views and also to get a glimpse of village life. Thus, it is this combination of beauty and calmness that makes Genting village a must visit for those looking for a taste of rural life. The other villages which are also worth checking out after your stay in Genting ends are Juara, Paya and Salang Village.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1558965884672{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

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