Bali Hai Divers - Tioman Island, Malaysia
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Wrecks

The south china sea waters around Tioman Island are the last resting place for many great wrecks. Some are world class dive sites and famous in their own right such as WWII Battleships HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales, two of the largest divable intact warships anywhere in the world!

It is not accident that Malaysian waters are so rich in wrecks, the southern tip of the peninsula is the edge of the asian continent. Throughout the centuries, any ship wishing to go between the western or middle eastern world to china, japan or anywhere in the asia-pacific had to pass through here

Close to the island where we do our every day diving there are several smaller wrecks, including over 20 fishing boats sunk as artificial reefs.  We do nearly daily dives on the Soyak wrecks (2 fishing boats in 21 and 28 meters of water), Sawasdee wrecks (2 fishing boats in 30 meters of water) and the Tioman Marine Park artificial reefs (over 15 smaller wrecks can all be done in the same dive - if you swim a lot!).

A bit further out, requiring a bit more planning and often technical diving equipment and training, there is a treasure trove of bigger and more interesting wrecks.

We do daytrips to the closer ones regularly, as well as liveaboard trips and charters to all of these and more. Prebooking is required and seats are limited.

Here are some examples of the wrecks that are great for both Recreational and Technical divers:

WRECK
INFO
DEPTH*
SIZE
Maritime Fidelity      
Bulk Carrier
28-42m14900 ton, 157m
Gyoshin Maru
Japanese Tanker
20m
2854 ton
Seven Skies
Swedish Supertanker 20-65m56600 ton, 262m
HMS Thanet
British Destroyer
20-25m
905 ton, 84m
"Kapal Rompin"
Unknown Coaster20-25m
 ?
"Kapal Timur"
Unknown Steamship30-34m ?
Marvin I Honduran Tanker 10-20m
693 ton, 63m

Here are some examples of the wrecks more suitable for Technical Diving

WRECK
INFO
DEPTH*
SIZE
HMS Repulse British Battle Cruiser 35-55m 33250 ton, 242m 
HMS Prince of Wales British Battle Ship
45-70m
35000 ton, 225m
HMNLS K-17 Dutch Submarine
47-52m
1024 ton, 74m
HMNLS O-16
Dutch Submarine
52-57m896 ton, 78m
HMS Banka
British Minesweeper
50-60m623 ton
Aur Mystery Tanker Unknown
45-64m140+m
Malini
Siamese Cargo
43m
1278 ton, 68m
Sara D
Cargo32-52m 5880 ton, 144m
Altair
Tanker33-68m
12101 ton, 156m

 

*  When two depths are shown, the first value is least diving depth and the second is the maximum bottom depth. As some of the wrecks are VERY big, they can be good for both recreational and technical diving (Seven Skies for example).

 

 
 
 


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