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Diving in the Monsoon

Posted Apr 23 2009 5:24pm

Recently, my diving friends called for a dive in Tioman. Surprised, I asked, ” Isn’t it monsoon still?”. “Yes, so?” was their reply. I thought about it like for less than a second and answered spontaneously, “Yes!”

During the monsoon season, there is only a single ferry trip across from Mersing to Tioman. It was a weekend dive, but due to the ferry services, we only managed two dives. Worth it? Yes!


Lizard fish


Nudibranch


another Nudi

And the Gobis

Any issues? Yes - I think the Blue Water Ferry service being the monopoly to these service is wrong as they left about 8 divers and some locals behind at the jetty 5 to 10 minutes before actual departure time. These are the same company who will make you wait an hour or two to fill up the ferry before leaving during peak time and also when there was competition to the service. Then again, this is Malaysia where healthy fair competition is never ever a trademark in service.

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