Out of the water the story is pretty idyllic. Pulau Tioman is the largest of a group of 64 volcanic islands clustered off the coast of Malaysia in the South China Sea. This truly magnificent sun kissed island is world known for it's stunningly colorful reefs for diving and crystal-clear water for snorkeling and swimming. Scuba-Naut is affiliated with Salang Pusaka, a luxury resort just off the white coral beach of Salang village. Hailed as one of TIME Magazines 10 Most Beautiful Islands in the World, Pulao Tioman's waters are a protected Marine Park and it's land is dense tropical forest. Water taxi's are the only way to beach hop. No cars, no horns, no hustle or bustle – just adventure filled days flowing into picture postcard sunsets and star filled tropical nights.

Legend has it that Pulau Tioman is the resting ground of a beautiful dragon princess who, whilst flying from China to her beloved in Singapore, sought solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Pleased with the island's charms, she discontinued her journey, forsaking her happiness to give pleasure and comfort to passing travellers by turning herself into an island. It was also featured in the Holllywood cinema classic South Pacific as the mystical Bali Hai.

Pulau Tioman is accessible by boat from the jetty in Mersing. The journey takes about 2.5 hours to get to Salang, the last stop on the trip. Or one can also take a plane from either Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kuantan.

 

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