Our Adventure Cruises were not designed for divers who expect a full-on diving program like on our Andaman Sea and North Sulawesi cruises. The object of our Adventure Cruises is to offer a variety of activities for people who like to enjoy more than just diving only, or divers whose spouse does not want to be “left behind”. Scuba diving is possible every day of the cruise. It is possible to do three or four dives per day, if that is what you like. Meanwhile your travel companion enjoys kayaking, snorkeling, beach combing and jungle trekking. This is not a well-known dive destination but we assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised by the underwater world of Peninsular Malaysia.
Nichi Asu Maru (a.k.a. Kuantan Wreck)
Japanese coastal tanker sunk in the 1960s. Diving depth: 45-80ft / 14-24m. The Kuantan wreck is 260 feet / 80 meters long and lies on her port side on a flat sandy bottom. The wreck is in one piece and even the propeller is still in place. The hull is completely covered in soft corals. At the stern section are nice white and red gorgonian fans.
The wreck lies in open sea and attracts lots of marine life such as: Schooling cobias, tallfin batfishes, big eye / thick lip / golden and orange spotted trevallies, marble rays, Jenkins whip rays, lion and scorpion fishes, tiger and Arabic cowries, queens helmet conch shells, white-eye moray eels, mantis shrimps, porcupine fish, shrimp gobies, flat worms and nudibranchs, possibly turtles, and one resident giant grouper.
Popular with local divers in the weekend but otherwise blissfully quiet. Paddle the narrow channel between Aur and Dayang for a good look at the small “kampong” (villages) on both islands.
Small island made of large granite boulders surrounded by deep water. Diving depth: 10-85ft / 3-25m. Sloping rocky reef with good variety of hard and leather corals. Some large soft corals and gorgonians in the deeper areas.
Marine Life: blue spotted fantail rays, scorpion fishes, zebra lion fishes, six-banded/blue ringed and vermiculate angel fishes, Clark’s and false anemone fishes, spindle cowries, flat worms, nudibranchs, lyre tail slugs, rainbow runners, fusiliers and possibly hawksbill turtles.
Large granite boulder pinnacle rising up to surface. Diving depth: 10-110ft / 3-33m. North side has large granite boulders stacked on top of one another forming small caverns and crevices. Good variety of hard, leather and soft corals. Wire corals and gorgonian fans in the deeper areas.
Marine Life: Napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrot fishes, six-banded/blue ringed/vermiculate and keyhole angel fishes, painted spiny lobsters, many nudibranchs, flat worms, giant clams, golden wenteltrap snails, big eye and black snappers, harlequin and brown sweetlips.
South East Pinnacle
Completely submerged pinnacle made of granite boulders. Diving depth: 45-8 ft / 14-25m. This site is exposed to tidal and surface currents. Good variety of hard, soft, leather, whip and wire corals as well as some gorgonian fans.
Marine Life: Schooling pickhandle barracudas/ big eye snappers and fusiliers, many orange spotted trevallies, scribbled file fish, jelly fish, nudibranchs and flat worms, Clark’s and false anemone fishes, possibly hawksbill turtles.
Most people are familiar with the impressive scenery of Tioman thanks to movies such as “South Pacific” and “King Kong” but nothing prepares you for the real thing: towering, mist shrouded peaks, dense jungle, fabulous bays; Tioman is the quintessential tropical island paradise. The island features a spectacular walk following a well-marked trail and featuring sight most people only see in Bacardi commercials: massive trees, vines, butterflies and wild monkeys, real jungle.
Small granite-boulder island covered with trees. Diving depth: 10-90ft / 3-27m. Beautiful dive site with sloping hard coral and leather coral reef in the shallows. Deeper areas with huge granite boulders, soft corals and hundreds of white and red gorgonian fan corals. Interesting sloping “live bottom” with small soft corals for macro lovers.
Marine Life: Giant, fimbriated and white eye moray eels, brown marbled groupers, octopus, cuttlefish, blue spotted fan tail rays, red snappers, blue ringed and six-banded angel fishes, bat fish, many nudibranchs and flat worms, emperor shrimp, variety of sea cucumbers, possibly hawksbill and green turtles.
A very picturesque stop on our itinerary. A perfectly shaped island with a perfect bay and a perfect beach. Very photogenic. Just relaxing on deck, sipping a beer and taking in the surroundings is an experience in itself. Exploring the coastline by kayak and diving the surrounding reefs is even better.
Granite boulder pinnacle coming up To the surface. Diving depth: 10-110ft / 3-33m. Granite boulders forming a very interesting underwater environment with short walls, rocky slopes, overhangs and caverns. Good variety of soft, leather, whip and wire corals and tunicates. Hard corals in the shallow areas. Large black coral trees in the deeper regions.
Marine Life: Many nudibranchs & flat worms. Blue spotted fantail rays, bumphead parrot fishes, scorpion fishes, six-banded and blue ringed angel fishes, brown marbled groupers, schooling fusiliers and orange spotted trevallies. Possibly hawksbill turtles.
Pulau Tokong Burong
Small granite-boulder islet. Diving depth: 10-85ft / 3-25m. Sloping rocky reef with variety of hard, leather, whip and wire corals. Some soft corals, anemones and gorgonian fans.
Marine Life: Bumphead parrotfishes, scorpion fishes, blue spotted fantail rays, cuttlefish, squid, nudibranchs and flatworms, titan trigger fishes, giant moray eels and possibly hawksbill turtles.
Small granite boulder pinnacle coming up to the surface. Diving depth: 10-85ft / 3-25m. Jumble of granite boulders stacked on top of one another and spread along the sandy bottom. Nice dive site with variety of hard and soft corals but mainly interesting because of its fish life.
Marine Life: Schooling big eye jacks, rainbow runners, robust fusiliers, squid and big eye snappers, six- banded / blue ringed / emperor and keyhole angel fishes, giant moray eels, scorpion fishes, painted spiny lobsters, blue spotted fantail rays, nudibranchs and flat worms. Also many parrot- and butterfly fishes.
Large island with fringing reef. Dive depth: 10-85ft / 3-25m. Shallow areas have large granite boulders covered with corals and anemones. Deeper areas rocky with sandy patches and some soft- and wire corals.
Marine Life: Spotted coral groupers, scorpion fishes, many angelfishes and butterfly fishes, squid, bumphead parrotfishes, nudibranchs and flat worms and possibly hawksbill turtles.
Like all the Malaysian islands on our cruise, Redang is hilly and densely forested with numerous bays, coves and lonely beaches. Redang’s southern part has an interesting Visitor Center.
Dive depth: 10-100ft / 3-30m. One of our all-time favorites, this divesite is as good as any in the Similan Islands. This divesite is a rocky point off Turtle Bay, a turtle preservation area, and features steeply dropping multiple ridges and boulders. A vibrant reef with lots of different corals and gorgonian fans.
Marine Life: Napoleon wrasses, white tip reef shark, spotted guitar fish, cobias, brown sweetlips, brown marbled groupers, sailfin snappers (rare!), schooling golden and orange spotted trevallies, African and Bloch’s pompanos, barramundi cods, blue spotted fantail rays, hawksbill and green turtles, many angel fishes, parrot fishes and butterfly fishes. Also good variety of sea slugs and nudibranchs. We have seen whalesharks and mating(!) leatherback turtles here.
Small islet featuring granite peaks and a lovely white sandy beach. Diving depth: 10-100ft / 3-30m. Good healthy reef all around this islet with in the shallow areas lots of anemones and live hard corals. Deeper areas covered with leather and wire corals. Nice barrel sponges and large soft coral trees.
Marine Life: Clark’s / tomato / false and pink anemone fishes, jelly fishes, scribbled file fish, schooling tallfin bat fishes, orange spotted trevallies, bonitos, fusiliers and smooth tail trevallies, whitetip reef shark, squid, giant and white-eye moray eels, tiger cowries, blue ringed and six-banded angelfishes, many parrotfishes and butterfly fishes, nudibranchs and flat worms.
We anchor in a large sheltered bay that is formed by the two halves of Perhentian island. Here we do a jungle hike that is no walk in the park but a 2-hour trek through lush tropical rainforest. Several interesting animals such the slow Loris, a type of sloth, can be seen here.
In Malay “susu” means “milk” or “breast”. You do not have to be a lonely fisherman to see that this island was aptly named. Small rocky pinnacle rising up to the surface. Dive depth: 0-80ft / 0-24m. Sloping rocky reef with soft corals, anemones, and some hard coral. Sizable black coral trees in the deeper sections.
Marine Life: Bamboo sharks, schooling squid, blue lined barracudas, smooth tail trevallies and fusiliers, blue spotted fantail rays, tiger and Arabic cowries, golden wenteltrap snails, scorpion and zebra lion fishes, crocodile needle fishes, reef stonefish, blue-ringed angelfishes, white-eye and giant moray eels, spotted eagle ray, nudibranchs and flat worms, burr fish.