We have finally caught up with the rally on Pulau Tioman. Might I say, the islands of the east coast of Malaysia are just gorgeous. Palm fringed rocky island and islets, so so coral with evidence of bleaching, lots of fish and beche de mer indicating reasonably healthy reefs and clear water. There are very few pleasure boats apart from the 40 or so rally yachts. The winds have been generally light and apart from a few squalls pretty OK weather. Looks like ideal chartering grounds..but no marinas..so none of those. There are lots of resorts of all sorts of standards. The clientele appear to be Singaporean divers.
Our first stop was Pulau Sibu. On the north coast there is a beautiful, palm fringed bay with the low key Rimba Resort. Unfortunately, the prices at the bar were Singaporean but the outlook from the thatched building with bean bags was worth it. We met up with the yachts , Kokomo, Nefertiti, Amity, Psychopus, Court Jester and Evolution NT and enjoyed some nice snorkelling on the house reef. Not a lot but some beautiful blue anenomes with clownfish. We got together with Sue and Barry from Nefertiti and Karen and Frank from Kokomo for a BBQ on board the Rover. We spent another day there and whilst sitting in the cockpit both Catrina and I heard a big swish in the water and the tail end of a seal like creature. Dugong, we think. We then headed east , first to Pulau Lima Besar for snorkelling . It is an uninhabited islet with a stunning white sand beach and a small reef. On the way, I was standing on the pulpit, looking for reef and saw a turtle the size of a card table. Our anchorage was at Pulau Tinggi behind a reef. We anchored over what what we thought was reef. Sea grass actually with little white anemones and mum and dad nemos . Anchor chain may have wiped out a few. Today, on the way to P. Tioman we saw 2 dolphins. That is more wildlife than the entire trip from Phuket.
Tioman is the largest island in the area. Beautiful clear water and a reef. Luckily , I was keeping a lookout as we approached bubbles near the anchorage from divers with NO indication via flag or buoy. Maybe some diving tomoz.