Paya Village

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Paya Village, Tioman

Tioman Island has a number of villages in its western side, and one such village is Paya Village. Paya Village finds itself between Genting Village and Tekek Village and is thus located on the route that the passenger boats take to go to the other villages on the island. Paya village makes it on the list of the Tioman Travel Guide since it has one of the best beaches in the island which is made up of golden sand and also the mountains here are high and majestic adding further aesthetic value to the village. Paya Island also has some excellent resorts and hotels which offer amazing services coupled with delicious food and refreshing drinks.

How to get to Paya Village

Getting to Paya Village is relatively simple and easy because it is located on the main route that ferries and passenger boats take to go to the other villages on the island. As such after reaching the village of Mersing from Kuala Lumpur, visitors can take the Bluewater express which operates from Mersing village to Tioman Island wherein it will make a halt at Paya Village. Consequently, if you are in Genting Village, you can trek to Paya village with the help of a local guide since they are located close to each other.

Paya Village Accommodation

Since Paya is a small village with a tiny population, the accommodation services that it provides are also not plenty. Paya Village as such is frequented by domestic tourists and a good amount of foreign tourists as well. Paya village has two main resorts which provide modern accommodation facilities such as a gym, karaoke lounge, spa etc. and they are Paya Beach Resort and Tioman Paya Resort. Besides these two resorts, there is also a small hotel which provides chalet accommodation and is reasonably cheap compared to the other two resorts.

Paya Village Food

There are many restaurants, cafes and bars in Paya village which will provide you with the food to appease your appetite. Malaysian cuisine is the majority food item that is served here, however besides this restaurants will also serve you with Chinese and Singaporean food and at the same time, you will also get a few western food items as well. Some of the popular places from where you can get food and drinks in Paya Village are Rama Rama Restaurant, Tioman Paya Resort Restaurant and Beach Club Bar. Besides these places, there are also some local stalls and restaurant which will provide you with local delicacies as well.

The Unique things to do in Paya Village

Paya Village is well known on the island of Tioman because it is regarded as one of the best villages for having a good time and engaging in various activities. Paya Village is blessed with beautiful beaches which stretch for half a kilometre, thick and beautiful jungle with some of the highest mountains on the island and even a unique marine ecosystem. As such there are a lot of things which one can do in Paya village and some of them are as follows.

1. Sunbathe and Relax on Paya Beach:

The little village of Paya is known for having one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in all of Tioman Island. This beach is known as the Paya Beach, and it is made of golden sand which is complemented by the clear blue sea and the beautiful forest landscape in the background, making it quite a sight to behold. No wonder many people flock to this beach to relax, sunbathe and soak in the view that Paya Beach has to offer. Just near Paya beach is the famous Paya beach resort from where you can avail a rejuvenating spa or enjoy a cold cocktail while you drown yourself in the beach’s beauty.

2. Hike Mount Kajang:

Paya Village is home to some of the highest mountains in all of Tioman Island, and this includes Mount Kajang which is also known as Mount Gunung Kajang. Mount Kajang also happens to be the tallest mountain in Tioman Island and stands at an incredible 1038 metres high making it a challenging hike. Reaching the peak of the mountain and coming back will take a combined time of ten hours, however, if you wish to take things slower the guides can also accommodate for an overnight camp in the jungle too. The hike to Mount Kajang will no doubt test your limits; however, once you get to the top, the view is breathtaking and worth it.

3. Go Snorkelling and Diving:

Snorkelling and diving in and around the beaches of Paya Village is also a delight because it the marine life in them is rich and diverse. As such if you fancy for a quick snorkel or a quick dive, then the waters around Paya beach is the perfect place for you to engage in snorkelling. However, if you wish to take things further the neighbouring island of Tomok is the perfect area for free diving and Snorkelling, with its waters boasting of rich and colourful reefs of coral, a wide variety of marine life which includes multiple species of fish, turtles, jellyfish and even sharks too. This makes Paya village a haven for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

4. Go Fishing:


As mentioned above Tioman Island has an abundant marine life, and things are no different with Paya village too. Paya village is also rich in marine life, and the fact that most of the locals are fishermen also proves this fact. Hence, if you wish to learn fishing and at the same time catch some for food then, going on a fishing trip in Paya village is a great idea. As such you can charter a fishing boat from any of the locals and start fishing. However, one thing to keep in mind is that you are only allowed to go twenty-five kilometres from the island’s coast.

The village of Paya though tiny it may be is still filled with tons of things to do if you wish to stay there. From its beautiful and relaxing golden beaches to the majestic and awe-inspiring mountains along with its rich biodiversity, there are many things to like about Paya Village. All these combine to make Paya village a unique place in Tioman Island and is a must visit for visitors to the Tioman Islands. After you finish your stay here some of the other beautiful villages you can visit are Air Batang, Juara and Salang.[/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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Salang Village

Salang Village, Tioman

Among the many small villages that are scattered around Tioman Island, Salang Village is also one of them, and it is located on the northern side of Tioman Island. Salang Village is the northernmost village in Tioman Island, and it is not that large compared to the other villages. The one thing that makes Salang village unique is that it is not developed like most of the other villages in the island; instead, it still retains the traditional appeal, and this is why Salang finds a place in the Tioman Travel Guide. Besides, Salang is also widely regarded by many as the divers’ den because it has some of the clearest waters and there are too many small reefs, islands and canyons in and around Salang, making it a hotspot for diving enthusiasts. Though Salang may not be as modernised as the other villages, however, it still comes with a few modern touches which include a couple of resorts, hotels, restaurants and pubs.

How to get to Salang Village

Getting to Salang involves taking a ferry from the village of Mersing till the last stop of the ferry’s route. Since, Salang village is the northernmost village in Tioman Island, to get to this village involves crossing the villages of Genting, Paya, Tekek and Air Batang. The most popular ferry service that will take you from Mersing to Salang village is known as Bluewater Express, and besides this, there are some other passenger boats which can take you to Salang Village.

Salang Village Accommodation

The Accommodation in Salang village comes in the form of a couple of Resorts, budget-friendly hotels, inns and small chalets with basic amenities. There are four resorts in Salang Village, and they are Salang Sayang Resort, Salang Puska Resort, Salang Indah Resort and Pearl Bay Resort. Both these resorts come with the basic amenities. There is also a traditional inn known as the Kampung Salang Inn which provides you with traditional styled rooms and chalets allowing you to experience the traditional way of life led by the villagers there. There is also a family run inn known as Ella’s Place which provides a warm homely atmosphere to its visitors.

Salang Village Food

Salang village only has a few places to eat and drink, and they are Mini White House Cafe, Salang Dreams, Aina’s Food Style and a few restaurants and bars in the resorts. Almost all the restaurants and hotels will offer you different types of fried rice, noodles, seafood and salads. You can also avail western style breakfasts too. Coming to the drinks, the majority of the restaurants and cafe will offer you common beverages such as tea, coffee, fruit juice etc. One can also buy alcoholic beverages for much cheaper rates as well since the entire island is duty-free.

The Unique things to do in Salang Village

Salang Village, the northernmost village in Tioman Island might not be popular among the masses, unlike the other villages. There are many factors which come into play such as the proximity of the village from the capital, the absence of modern amenities and less number of accommodations etc. However, despite all these issues, Salang village has a lot of hidden secrets starting from its clear waters, awesome diving locations and sites, unique nightlife and many more. As such let us discuss the things to do at Salang Village and why it is unique.

1. The Snorkelling Hub:

Salang is regarded by many as the Snorkelling hub of Tioman Island and rightfully so. This is because the area around the village has some of the best snorkelling and diving sites. There are a lot of beautiful and rich coral reefs teeming with marine life which makes it a very popular site for snorkelling and free diving as well. If you are more on the adventurous and active side, then you can also go and swim in the Coral island which is surrounded with miles of beautiful and colourful coral which also houses a rich and varied array of marine ecosystem which includes both flora and fauna. As such it is no wonder that Salang is considered as the Divers Den.

2. Visit the Monkey Beach:

Another great thing about Salang Village is that it is surrounded by a good number of unique islands and beaches, some of which are the Coral Island and Monkey Beach. The Monkey Beach is a beautiful uninhabited beach which is filled with monkeys and is also one of the most popular beaches in Tioman Island. Getting to Monkey beach from Salang village takes at a good two hours on foot, and this provides for a great hiking experience. After you get to Monkey Beach, there is a footpath which will take you to Monkey Bay which is equally beautiful and attractive. Monkey bay also provides you with great snorkelling opportunities too.

3. Go Kayaking:

Water sports are also abundant in Tioman Island, and one such activity is Kayaking. As such if you are fond of water sports, specifically kayaking then besides Juara village, Salang village also provides you with the opportunity to go sea kayaking from the beach to the clear sea waters. As such while kayaking in the sea, one can also engage in friendly competitions with fellow friends as well. This will add more fun and further add to the overall experience as well.

4. Hiking:
Though Salang might not have the highest peaks or the most challenging jungle trails, it also provides with good hiking opportunities. Salang village as such has a few hiking trails which visitors can undertake along with the help of a guide. The hiking trials will treat you with the diverse and abundant flora and fauna that Salang possesses. Besides, there is also a climbing track which upon climbing it will give you a glimpse of the enchanting beauty of Tioman Island.

These are the few of the things you can do while on your visit to Salang Village. Though Salang village lacks Modern facilities and amenities, it more than makes up for it with its traditional appeal, natural beauty and warm atmosphere. Another bonus is that Salang Village has a vibrant nightlife, wherein its beaches are filled with bars, merry-making and campfires through the night, thus adding more uniqueness to the Village.

Juara Village

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Juara Village

Juara village is a small village which is located on the eastern coast of the Tioman Island and this village also makes its appearance on the Tioman Travel Guide. Juara village finds distinction as the only village situated on the Eastern Coast of Tioman Island, and this makes it the best village for watching the sunrise. Juara village is a small and peaceful village which is mostly untouched by modernisation and as such it has spacious environments which include large beaches, untouched wildlife and unpolluted waters teeming with marine life. The village of Juara also has a small number of shops, hotels and restaurants to accommodate guests.

How to get to Juara Village

Juara village is not connected to any of the other villages by waterways and as such the only way to get to Juara is by taking the road from Tekek village to Juara. As such to get to Juara visitors must take the ferry to Tekek Village and then take the taxis which provide transportation from Tekek to Juara Village. Alternately, if you do not wish to take transport, then one also hike from Tekek to Juara which will take around two hours, and during this trek, you will get to witness and encounter some of the rich and varied flora and fauna these villages have to offer.

Juara Village Accommodations

Juara village has a lot of cheap and budget-friendly hotels where you can stay and enjoy the village. Besides there are a lot of chalets and restaurants from where you can eat, have a good time and enjoy the view too. Most of the hotels in Juara will provide you with Budget-friendly and basic accommodations wherein you will get to stay in Traditional Chalets surrounded by beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. Juara Village also has a couple of resorts as well, if you are interested in staying in one. Some of the resorts and chalets are Juara Beach Resort, Rainbow Chalet and Tamara Resort.

Juara Village Food

Santai Bistro

When we talk about the food provided by Juara village, there are a lot of small hotels, Restaurant Santai Bistro and cafes along the beaches which provides you with a variety of food as well as drinks and beverages. The most common type of food served here is Malaysian food; however, you will also find some hotels and restaurants serving Chinese as well as western foods.

The Unique Thing to do in Juara Village

Juara Village is the only village in the eastern side of Tioman Island, and as such, this makes it somewhat isolated from the rest of the villages. As such the village is much calmer, peaceful and also has very little visitors making it a perfect place for people seeking isolation. Though getting to Juara Village might require extra effort, however, after getting there, there are a lot of amazing things to be experienced.

1. Scuba Diving:
Scuba Diving is a must do in Juara. Some our of crew headed over to Juara for an exploration dive trip. We did a couple of shore dives and one boat dive. Viz was wonderful at 15-20m! Marine life was awesome too, as we spotted turtles, porcupine fish, lots of nudibranch, moray eels, stingrays and more.

1. Witness the Majestic Sunrise:
As Juara Village is the only east side facing village in Tioman Island, it is the only village on the island from where you can witness the sunrise. As such the sunrise that you get to witness in Juara Village is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring and this is no doubt a treat for the early risers and can easily be considered as one of the best places to witness the sunrise. There are also many shacks and hotels which provide you with rooms facing the sunrise, and as such, this should also be kept in mind while booking rooms.

2. Surfing:
Juara Village also prides itself as one of the best places in the entire of Tioman Island which provides the best surfing experience. The village is considered by many to have one of the best tides for surfing on the island, and as such, many surfers come here to ride the waves. As such if you wish to surf, there are a few shops in Juara village where you can rent a surfboard, and besides, there is also a local surfer in Juara who can give surfing lessons in case someone is interested.

3. Snorkelling: The Snorkelling experience provided in Juara Village is also nothing short of amazing. There are many beautiful snorkelling locations just off the beach of Juara village wherein you will get to see a lot of beautiful coral reefs, the colourful and rich marine life, making it an unforgettable experience. In case you wish to explore more areas while snorkelling, then one can also arrange for snorkelling tours in and around the village.

4. Visit the Juara Turtle Project Hatchery:
A must visit place for anyone coming to Juara village is the Juara Turtle Project Hatchery. This Turtle Hatchery has been established to protect, preserve as well as rehabilitate the turtle population that comes to this island for laying their eggs. As such, this hatchery acts as a rehabilitation centre wherein it helps rehabilitate turtles to get back into the waters, hatch the turtle eggs and also nurse injured turtles back to health. The Juara Turtle Sanctuary as such is a great place to visit for conservationists and animal lovers. The Hatchery also provides with some volunteering opportunities too.

5. Go Backpacking:
Juara village is also an excellent destination for backpackers and fitness enthusiasts because the village is filled with numerous hiking, backpacking and jungle trials. As such there are numerous trials with varying levels of difficulty wherein you can push your body and mind to its limits. The trials will provide you with breathtaking views, beautiful waterfalls and you will also get a first-hand experience of the rich flora and fauna of this village.

The tiny isolated village of Juara though it might be hard to get to, is worth the visit because of multiple factors. The village has a lot of unique attributes, starting with the fact that it is the only east facing village in the entire of the island, thus gifting you with the beautiful sunrises. The beaches of Juara are also thought to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with it being featured in many magazines and travel books. Lastly, the presence of the Turtle Hatchery adds further appeal to the Village. Besides, Juara, Tioman Island also has many beautiful and equally unique villages, and they are Air Batang, Genting, Paya and Salang Village.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1558966799696{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]


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Tekek Village

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Tekek Village

tekek jetty

The Tioman Island Travel Guide would be incomplete without first mentioning Tekek Village. Tekek village also known as Tekek Tioman is the capital of Tioman Island. This village is located towards the western side of the island and with its coastal area stretching three kilometres long. Though Tekek is referred to as a village it is essentially a town settlement and is much more urbanised than the other villages in the island. Tekek village has retail shops, hotels, highways, airport, banks, a jetty complex and a marina. As such Tekek being the capital is quite popular among the visitors and tourists because of its urbanisation and modern facilities.

How to get to Tekek Village

Getting to Tekek Village is very easy since the village is situated on the shores of the island, and the modes of transport available to get to Tekek village are Airways and waterways. There is only one airfield in the entire of Tioman Island and it is located in close proximity to Tekek Village. As such one can catch a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tekek Village using the air services provided by Berjaya airlines. The next mode of transport is through waterways and this involves taking a ferry ride from Mersing village to the shores of Tekek Village.

Tekek Village Accommodations

Coming to the accommodations which are available in Tekek Village, the choice is fairly huge. There are a lot of hotels, shacks and a good number of resorts too which are available at different price points. If you wish to experience the simple side of life the village is filled with a lot of low budget hotels and stays which will provide you with the basic amenities. However, if you are in need of luxury then Tekek Village also has a good choice of resorts and hotels which provide world-class services throughout the year. Some of the resorts and hotels are Berjaya Tioman Resort, Peladang Tioman and Selesa Tioman.
Tekek Village Food

There are a lot of hotels and restaurants in Tekek Village which offer you different types of food; however Malaysian food is also the staple and as such forms the majority of it. Besides Malay foods there are also Chinese restaurants which offer many Chinese delicacies too. Besides if you fancy western food then some restaurants as well as resorts also provide western foods as well.

The unique things to do in Tekek Village

Tekek Village has a lot of things to offer to the visitors that come and visit this village during their time in Tioman Island. Let us take you through some things which you can do in Tekek Village.

1. Snorkelling and Diving:
Tioman Island is regarded as one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and scuba diving. True to this claim there are a lot of tourists who flock to this island for snorkelling and diving in the clear blue waters that surrounds Tioman Island. As such Tekek village offers numerous snorkelling and diving plans and packages for the visitors of this village. Tekek is also equipped with multiple diving centres that help new and inexperienced divers to learn how to dive. The coats along Tekek Village have many beautiful coral reefs and marine life which makes Snorkelling a pleasure and unique experience for all. The fees for snorkelling and diving are also relatively cheap and you can also get extra gear if you wish to dive deeper into the sea.

2. Swimming:
Tekek Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastlines in the world. The water along the coast is warm and the beaches also have white stand which adds further visual appeal. As such people can take part in a relaxing swim when the tides are low, or just have a relaxing sun bath on the beaches wherein the sun shines all day long. As such, the beaches of Tekek Village are perfect for those looking for ways to relax and soothe themselves.

3. Shopping and Eating:
Tekek Village offers a unique shopping and eating experience unlike the other villages; this is because the village is equipped with a lot of modern facilities which include many retail stores, hotels and restaurants. As a result Tekek village offers a very unique shopping and culinary experience. The shops in Tekek village offers a lot of souvenirs, gifts and locally made items at very cheap rates, as such one can get themselves many gifts to take home without shelling out a fortune. Coming to the Eating and drinking part of things, Tekek Village has duty free shops and as a result all kinds of alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, whiskey etc, can be bought at very cheap rates. The restaurant in Tekek village also serves different varieties of which include Malaya, Chinese and some western foods as well. As such the culinary experience is something which every visitor in Tekek Village must experience.

4. Jungle Trekking:
More than half of Tioman Island is under forest cover and only a few percentage of it has been urbanised, and as such this jungles provides numerous source of activities for tourists. As such if you have an adventurous spirit then the Tekek Village has numerous jungle treks to satiate your adventure hungry spirit. One such jungle trek is the Tekek-Juara Jungle Trek which spans for a total of seven kilometres and is sure to put your endurance and stamina to the test. Besides, this trek there is other jungle treks which also provide you with the much sought after adrenaline rush.

5. Golfing:
The thought of golfing in a tropical island might sound far-fetched but not in the Tekek Village of Tioman Island. Tekek Village holds distinction as the only village to have a golfing course and this is a delight for golfers. The 18 hole, golf course is offered by Berjaya Resort in Tekek Village, and though it might not be huge, it offers an amazing experience owing to the amazing island atmosphere, the tropical climate and the beautiful sceneries surrounding it.

There is no doubt that Tekek Village is the main attraction of Tioman Island, and this can be attributed to its inclusion of many modern facilities, the duty free shops and the wide choice of fun filled activities. As such if you are searching for an adventure and fun filled location in Tioman Island, then Tekek Village should be your first preference. However, Tekek Village is not the end of Tioman Island but the other villages i.e. Air Batwang Village, Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village also have a lot to offer and are definitely worth checking out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1558966799696{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]


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Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman), Malaysia

If you are in search of the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and drown yourself in the beauty and serenity that nature has to offer, then Tioman Island in Malaysia might be the perfect getaway for you. Malaysia is a South-east Asian country which is blessed with hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful islands, beaches and rainforests. Tioman Island as such is also one among the hundreds of Islands that Malaysia has, and is also quite popular owing to its beauty. Despite having hundreds of Islands, each island in Malaysia is unique and special in its regard. As such, Tioman Island carries with it its uniqueness which makes it special. This Tioman Travel guide will help you explore the beautiful island by informing you of the location, the best time to visit, how to get there, the places to stay, the things to do and many more.

Where is Tioman Island Situated?

Tioman Island is situated on the south-eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is one among the group of sixty-four islands that the south-eastern region has. It is also the largest and most popular island in the eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is duly regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia. Tioman Island is situated 278 kilometres away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

When is the best time to visit Tioman Island?

The best time to visit Tioman Island is between March and October as during this season the weather is dry and pleasant. June, July and August are the best months to visit this Island since they are the summer months and the weather is pleasant. Since Tioman Island has a tropical climate; the northeast monsoon arrives during the end of October and continues till early March and brings with it heavy rainfall, making it inaccessible. As a result, the island becomes desolate, and most of the resorts also remain closed. Therefore, it is best not to visit the island during the monsoon season. There are 2 ferry operators in Tioman and you can find out more schedule & pricing details via

How to get to Tioman Island

After Reaching Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, there are two ways in which you can get to Tioman Island. The first way is through Air Transport and the second way is through a combination of land and water transport.

The first and the quickest way to get to Tioman Island is by availing flight services. After reaching Kuala Lumpur, you need to get to Subang International Airport either by bus or taxi and then book a flight to Pulau Tioman Airport. The Air services are provided by Berjaya Air, and the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island takes around an hour. The price of each Air ticket ranges from 180MR to 240MR. However, during the time of this writing it has been found that the flight service to Tioman Island has been discontinued.

The second way to get to Tioman Island involves taking Bus or taxi service from Kuala Lumpur to the village of Mersing which takes around 5 to 6 hours and costs about 30MR. After reaching the village of Mersing, there is ferry service called Bluewater Express that takes you from Mersing to Tioman Island. The Ferry takes around 2 hours to reach the island, however, depending on the weather, it might take longer. The ferry ticket is priced at 35MR.

Where to stay?

When we talk about the accommodation that comes with Tioman Island, it offers some resorts, hotels and motels which are low in number but is well developed since the island thrives on sea tourism. The accommodations range from bungalows, villas and chalets to some luxurious resorts. For people who are on a tight budget, there are a lot of simple bungalows and rooms which can be had for less than $20 per night. However, if you are in search for more luxurious stays, then there are a couple of luxurious and expensive resorts which will offer you everything that is expected from a high-end resort.

The most expensive and luxurious resort in Tioman Island is the Japa Mala Resort which is a 5-star resort and is an excellent stay for people on their honeymoons or who are on a more luxurious vacation. As such though the number of accommodations is a bit on the lower side, however, the pricing is diverse and thus the island can cater to an extensive range of visitors.

The things to do in Tioman Island


Tioman Island is endowed with a lot of beautiful beaches along its coastline along with the beautiful seas and lush forests; as such there is no shortage of activities and the things to do. Some of the things which you can do while you are in Tioman Island are as follows:

1. Scuba Diving: This comes as no surprise since Tioman Island has stunning beaches which have white sand and clear blue waters. As such visitors can dive in the clear, beautiful waters and enjoy the diverse and beautiful marine life that Tioman has to offer. If you wish to engage in deeper dives than you can get hold of equipment as well.

2. Snorkelling: For non-divers, snorkelling can be the next best thing with the island offering numerous snorkelling sites. Each snorkelling site is unique and features the beautiful and unique marine ecosystem which includes coral reefs too. Besides, there are many resorts which have snorkelling tours on offer too.

The Places to visit in Tioman Island

Tioman Island is the largest island in the eastern side of the Malaysian peninsula is filled with numerous places which tourists can visit, and as such, they can go jungle trekking, visit the numerous beautiful beaches, go on boating trips, visit numerous waterfalls etc. One thing unique about Tioman Island is that it is made up of multiple small villages and each village is unique in its way, and they are Tekek Village, Air Batang Village, Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village. As such in this Tioman Travel Guide, we will be talking in detail about these villages of Tioman Island and the uniqueness of each village.

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The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish, and the endangered dugong (sea cow). Like all coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to global warming, so if you’ve always dreamed of diving here, what are you waiting for?

Experience Endless Adventure – Mexico
No matter what kind of adventure you seek, you’ll find it in Mexico. The Caribbean side offers colorful reefs, warm water and an underwater sculpture museum. On the Pacific side you’ll meet friendly seals and may encounter pelagics such as whale sharks and manta rays. Once certified, graduate to adrenaline-fueled cage dives with great whites off Isla Guadalupe, cenote (cavern) dives in Riviera Maya, or cruise the reefs of Cozumel.

For Divers on a Budget – Thailand 
Thailand is known around the world as the spot for learning to scuba dive on a budget, especially Koh Tao. Beautiful dive sites and a high-density of dive operators mean great diving and low prices for your first scuba certification. After class, enjoy non-stop nightlife and meet travelers from around the world. If you’re interested in a more laid-back vibe, or smaller class sizes, consider one of Thailand’s less well-known diving areas such as Koh Chang.

Make the Most of Your Time in Paradise
To get the most out of your vacation time, complete the first part of your PADI Open Water training online before you go. Who wants to spend time in a classroom when there’s a whole ocean to explore?

Save even more time by working with a PADI Dive Center before you travel. Dial in your scuba skills in a local pool so you’ll feel less stressed when you make your first dive in the ocean. The local dive shop may also be able to recommend a dive shop in the area where you plan to travel.

Top 10 Things To Know When Diving In Malaysia





Diving in Malaysia is suitable for all levels of divers as waters are generally calm and reefs are protected. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia can be dived from March to September while diving in East Malaysia is year-round. Water temperature is warm at 82-86°F (28-30°C) and most dive sites can be accessed by speed boats without any need for diving via a liveaboard vessel.

In the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, islands like Redang, Perhentian, Lang Tengah, Tenggol and Tioman are suitable for new divers but also attracts experienced divers. There are many dive operators to choose from and stretches of healthy coral reef to explore as well as some pinnacles and shipwrecks.

In East Malaysia, diving is more exciting. You can head to Miri in the state of Sarawak to dive at the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park. Better yet, go straight to Sabah to access world-class diving at Sipadan Island, Layang-Layang Island and macro dives at Mabul Island. Layang-Layang Island is an area for deep dives of up to 130ft (40m) so make sure you have the right certifications. As for Sipadan Island, make sure to dive with operators with access to diving permits and book your trip in advance to ensure that you secure a permit as there are only 120 permits available per day.


Take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy and PADI Deep Diver courses to help you hover effortlessly along Sipadan’s walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographercourse is a must to capture the beauty of the place. Malaysia is becoming a technical diving destination, so look into PADI TecRec courses, including the PADI Rebreather Diver course, if interested. You can also become a PADI Professional by taking your PADI Divemaster course, Assistant Instructor course or Open Water Scuba Instructor program in beautiful Malaysia.


The weather throughout Malaysia is tropical with air temperatures range from 21-32º C/70-90º F. The wet season runs from November to March, which can affect dive conditions, but diving is available all year.


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Pulau Sibuan, Semporna – One of a few islands and reefs in daytrip range of Semporna, Pulau Sibuan is inhabited only by a few nomadic, seafaring Bajau families. The outstanding muck diving here is sometimes overlooked as divers rush to places with well-known names. But Pulau Sibuan, which lies within the Semporna Marine Park, is a top location to spot mandarin fish, nudibranchs and a plethora of their neighbors.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu – Macro life is the main draw for divers here, but reef sharks, turtles and rays await those who look up and around occasionally. The apex of the dive season is during March and April when whale sharks vie for attention.
Atago Maru Wreck, Miri – This 105-metre/345-foot second world war Japanese merchant ship lies upright and her superstructure is a mere 10 metres/33 feet from the surface. Her coral-encrusted hull has become home to moray eels and predatory trevally, jack and barracuda prowl in her vicinity.
Tiger Reef, Tioman – This submersed pinnacle with an average depth of 15 metres/50 feet has beautiful coral formations, crinoids, sea whips and sea fans. Strong currents bring in large schools of jack, mackerel, barracuda and rainbow runner on almost every dive. Zoom in and out of the canyons checking out the reef fish, stingrays, moray eels and lionfish.
Sugar Wreck, Perhentian Islands – This large sugar hauler sank during a monsoon in 2000 and now lies on its side in 30 metres/100 feet of water. Quickly being overtaken by coral and marine life, it’s now home to reef fish, barracuda and bamboo sharks that hide in the wreck. Big schools of snapper, jack and trevally circle the hull.
WW II Wrecks, Kuching – Several wrecks lie just off the coast of Kuching. Dutch submarines sank these Japanese ships including the Katori Maru, which is well broken up and the intact Hiyoshi Maru. Both wrecks lie about 20 metres/65 feet from the surface and are havens for marine life such as barracuda, batfish and snapper.
Pulau Lima, Redang – This submerged seamount off Pulau Lima has amazing boulder formations that drop down to around 30 metres/100 feet. The current here sometimes brings in large pelagics, such as manta rays and whales. Look for tuna, barracudas, groupers and black-tip sharks. Hard and soft corals, gorgonians, sea anemones and whip coral gardens abound.
Pulau Saga, Lumut – Within a few hours drive of Kuala Lumpur, there’s some diving with excellent macro life at Pulau Saga. Here, divers find nudibranchs, seahorses and anemones hosting clownfish in the shallows. Triggerfish and blue-spotted rays cruise the reef edges and myriad reef fish such as fusiliers, boxfish and Moorish idols populate these sheltered waters.


Diving at islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is rewarding. These islands are frequented by several turtle species including the green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, and if you are very lucky, you might see a leatherback sea turtle.

Besides turtles, expect to find blacktip sharks, leopard sharks and large schools of yellowtail snapper. At Tenggol Island, whale shark sightings are possible during July to August. Macro lovers will have plenty to see in this area, as there are many species of nudibranch, scorpionfish, pipefish, octopus and eels littered around the healthy reefs.

In East Malaysia, Sipadan Island’s steep walls are always bustling with activity. You will see many whitetip sharks and green sea turtles during your dives. A highlight is a dive site called Barracuda Point where a huge school of resident barracuda are often seen swimming in a vortex at the drop-off.

At Layang-Layang Island, the months of April and May are a good time to catch sight of schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks in the depths. For critter hunting, Mabul Island has a treasure trove of critters like nudibranch, stonefish, scorpionfish, filefish, cuttlefish and also the deadly blue-ringed octopus.


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Malaysia is part of Southeast Asia and is divided into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, which are separated by the South China Sea. Malaysia was often identified as a trading port in the first century AD, attracting many traders and settlers from India, China, and the Middle East. The Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, before the British took over in the 18th century. Achieving independence in 1957, Malaysia is today a multiracial country with Islam as the official religion.

Warm and welcoming, Malaysia is a popular tourist destination. Travelers who like metropolitan cities, old colonial architecture and a multitude of culinary delights will enjoy Kuala Lumpur, Penang Island and Malacca in Peninsular Malaysia. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Taman Negara in the state of Pahang, as well as the wild jungles, caves and rivers of Sarawak and Sabah in East Malaysia an absolute delight.

Beach and ocean lovers will be spoilt for choice. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has many idyllic islands with white sand beaches and healthy coral reefs to explore. In East Malaysia, divers can make a beeline to the state of Sabah. Just off Sabah lies Sipadan Island, a world renowned diving destination and the only oceanic island in Malaysia. Besides that, there is Layang-Layang Island which is famous for its congregations of scalloped hammerhead sharks.


Outdoor enthusiast can choose from activities like jungle trekking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and caving. Those who prefer cities and shopping can spend time in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur. For a taste of history and a culinary adventure, Penang Island or Malacca will not disappoint.


Fly into Kuala Lumpur and take connecting flights on Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air and Firefly to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia or to East Malaysia. It is also possible to fly directly to Sabah from places like Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. To get to Sipadan Island, you will need to take a local connecting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.


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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.

Top 10 Things That You Did Not Know About Mola Mola


What is a Mola Mola?

The ocean sunfish, also known as a mola mola, is an odd-looking fish. The word “mola” means millstone in Latin and describes the unusual, disc-like shape of this fish. Their teeth are fused together giving the sunfish a beak-like mouth that is always open, similar to their relative the porcupine fish. Mola mola may be brown, gray, white or spotted and are found in temperate and tropical oceans around the world.

How Big Do They Get?
Mola mola grow to an average size of 11 feet (3.3m) in length and weigh around 2,200 lbs (997 kgs). The largest mola mola ever recorded was a female weighing more than 5,000 lbs (2,268 kgs) – that’s heavier than an average pickup truck.

Check out this massive mola:

Where Does the Name Ocean Sunfish Come From?
The common name “ocean sunfish” may have come about because this creature loves to bask in the sun. This animal is often seen lying on its side near the surface, soaking up the rays. The mola mola may appear to be dead – until you see it waving a dorsal fin.

Scientists aren’t 100% sure why mola mola behave this way, but many believe the fish is warming itself up after a long, deep dive. An additional theory supposes the mola mola wants to attract seabirds from above, and fish from below, to eat parasites from its skin.

Mola mola are often infested with parasites and need help getting rid of them. The fish can jump up to 10 feet (3m) in the air, which scientists believe is an attempt to knock off some of the parasites.

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Are Ocean Sunfish Dangerous?

Mola mola eat jellyfish, algae and zooplankton. They are curious, and may approach divers, but they aren’t aggressive.

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Is the Mola Mola Endangered?
The mola mola’s conservation status is “vulnerable.” They can easily suffocate on plastic bags, which resemble their favorite food (jellyfish). Also, hundreds of thousands of mola mola are victims of bycatch every year. The natural predators of the mola mola include: orcas, California sea lions and great white sharks.

What Does a Baby Mola Mola Look Like?

We’re so glad you asked! This massive animal starts out as a tiny, two millimeter baby fish that grows incredibly fast. The Monterey Bay Aquarium had an individual that gained 822 pounds (373kg) in only 15 months – nearly 2lbs (1kg) per day.

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Want to Dive With a Mola Mola?
Here are some of the best places to find mola mola:

Baja California, Mexico
Bali, Indonesia
Western Spain
Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Learn more about unusual fish and fish families in the AWARE Fish ID specialty. Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll.

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Top 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions When Become A Certified Scuba Diver

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How do I learn to scuba dive?
Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

What to consider when planning dives.
How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
Underwater signals and other diving procedures.
You’ll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning. At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don’t understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You’ll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you’ll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

Setting up your scuba gear.
How to get water out of your mask.
Entering and exiting the water.
Buoyancy control.
Basic underwater navigation.
Safety procedures.
You’ll practice these skills with an instructor until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready, it’s time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you’ll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.

How long does it take to get certified?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI dive shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion via PADI eLearning, or other home study options offered by your local dive shop or resort.

Your PADI Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

How much do scuba lessons cost?
Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

a full day of surfing lessons.
a weekend of rock climbing lessons.
a weekend of kayaking lessons.
a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.
about three hours of private golf lessons.
about three hours of private water skiing lessons.
one amazing night out at the pub!
Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that).

From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you can share with friends. And you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning with eLearning and get ready to take your first breaths underwater! For specific costs, ask at the PADI Dive Center or Resort where you’d like to get certified. All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are independently owned and operated, and prices can vary depending on location, class size and other factors.

Some questions you may want to ask are:

Are the course materials included in the price?
What personal dive equipment am I required to have?
Is rental gear included?
Are there any additional fees such as a boat fee or certification fee?
How many student divers will be in the course?
Where will open water training dives take place?
What gear will I need to scuba dive?
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you’ll want your own:

These have a personal fit, and your local PADI dive shop will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Check with your local PADI Resort or dive shop to confirm what equipment is included in your course package. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.
The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most. You may want:

Tropical scuba gear
Temperate scuba equipment
Cold water scuba diving equipment
Technical diving scuba equipment
How do I find the best scuba gear?
There is no “best gear,” but there is the best gear for you. The dive professionals at your local PADI dive shop are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget.

What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?
If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI Diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning.

All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.

Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including:

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials to use during the course and for reference after the course. There are several options available, depending on your learning style and technology preference, including:

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning

PADI Open Water Diver Manual, and watching the Open Water Diver Video on DVD either on your own or with your instructor

Your local PADI dive shop can provide one of the options above as part of the course enrollment process. You’ll also need a logbook and a dive-planning device such as a dive computer, RDP table or eRDPML. Your instructor will have you use the PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate during training, and you’ll find this tool useful once you’re certified.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?
Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you:

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Where is the best place to get certified?
All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide adhere to the same training standards, so no matter where you are there’s likely a PADI Instructor ready to teach you how to scuba dive. Decide where the best place for you is by contacting your local PADI dive shop to find out what options are available or ask friends and family.

Where can I scuba dive?
You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

Experience level
Dive site access and conditions
For example, if you’ve just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably shouldn’t dive under Antarctic ice on your next dive. However, don’t limit yourself. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a purpose-built site, like a large aquarium, or a more natural site like Belize’s Blue Hole or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It’s not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.

The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the training and experience for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

What about sharks?
When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very rare and, with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

How deep do you go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.

What happens if I use up all my air?
Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (mouthpiece) that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you’ll learn in your scuba diving training.

What if I feel claustrophobic?
People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.

I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?
Scuba diving certifications from other diver training organizations can often be used to meet a prerequisite for the next level PADI course. For example, if you have an open water diver or entry-level certification from another diver training organization, you may qualify to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, which is the next level. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.” The best option is to take the next step and continue your education. If you would like to continue your dive training and receive a PADI certification, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to ask about the options you have for obtaining a PADI certification.

I have a professional-level certification with another agency, how do I become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?
If you hold a professional rating from another diver training organization and wish to become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, please contact a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Career Development Center (CDC).

A dive professional in good standing with another diver training organization may meet the prerequisites for the next level PADI certification. For example, a divemaster with another diver training organization may qualify to enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor course or Instructor Development Course (IDC). You could not receive a PADI Divemaster certification unless you completed the PADI Divemaster course. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.”

An instructor in good standing from another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll in an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. This program is shorter than a complete IDC and focuses building upon your teaching skills by introducing you to the PADI System. You must also successfully complete a PADI Instructor Exam (IE) to become a PADI Instructor.


How to redeem PADI online materials


How to redeem – Complete Guides

1. Redemption Email received by student

2. Once materials are redeemed  and you can choose any language you’re familiar with.

3. You can also choose what device to start using the materials on. You may then change to any other devices later on.

Are you using a Computer?

  • Visit
  • Log in using the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process
  • Click on View to access your Materials

iPad Users

Download the Free PADI Library App onto your device via the App Store

Open the PADI Library App and Click Sign In. You will need to enter the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process

Android Users

  • Download the Free PADI Library App onto your Device via Google Play
  • Open the PADI Library App > Click the Menu Option > Click on Sign In. You will need to enter the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process
  • The Menu Option is different for all Androids – below is an example of where you may find the Menu button to then Sign In, it may also be located by tapping on the button to the left of your home button.

Where are the Knowledge Reviews?

The Knowledge Reviews are at the end of each chapter, you just needs to click the arrow at the bottom to turn each page to find the Knowledge Review.

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If you are using a work computer you may receive an ‘Invalid URL’ Error Message when opening up the Manual on your computer. This is due to your Firewall blocking the unexpected IP address. You will need to use a personal computer to open the manual.

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