That moment when the meaning of the phrase “we live in Malaysia, we can go diving over a weekend if we want to” that we heard on day 1 of arriving to Malaysia fully sinks in. Actually, you know what? We can!
And so we did. We booked the dives, accommodation and ferry tickets with B&J dive shop, booked the bus tickets online and voilà! We were ready to pack the dry bag with masks, booties and log books and hit the road. You can see a detailed post on how to get to Tioman from Kuala Lumpur here. Getting to Tioman can sound tricky, but it’s very straightforward, just takes time and is complex because of all the means of transportation you take and the waiting in between.
I was super excited to try out my new wetsuit I bought in Hong Kong in the outlet mall (of course, of all the things I could have gotten in HK, I found a freakin’ wetsuit). Slowly but steadily we’re on a regular schedule of two dive trips a year and I couldn’t be happier about it.
By the way, this trip also turned me more realistic about this dream I had – to become a divemaster. I found out that you need to renew your status every year and it’s $400! And if you miss 2 renewals, you do the course again and that’s a whopping six weeks and around $2k! But if I ever become a divemaster, I’ll choose clownfish as my fish symbol. I love nemos!
Coming back to Tioman was very exciting and reasuuring – the ABC area stayed the same and better since two years back when we got our dive licences there. B&J built a gorgeous shop, a new hotel and kept the quality high. Tears of joy. And diving was spectacular, as usual.
Then on Saturday, our only full day, it was stormy, but we still managed to do two morning dives and the visibility was actually much better than on a sunny day!
Which was Sunday. Sunny and promising, but underwater it was a bit meh – current and dark (the “snow” on photos is particles swimming around in the current).
Then we jumped on the afternoon ferry straight after the dives and were off to KL. So squeezing in five dives over a long weekend is entirely possible. Yes, you’ll spend a lot of time commuting and waiting in between, but the change of scenery you get is totally worth it.
Anton, thank you so much for taking and editing all the pictures, you are amazing!
Next on: Pom Pom in August. The Diving Saga continues!