If you are staying at a Tioman resort in Malaysia, the locale has much to offer in terms of wonderful stretches of sandy beaches. Soothing spa experiences are also available from resorts such as the Berjaya Tioman Resort. Malaysia has some of its best snorkelling spots located an island away from Tioman and enthusiasts should definitely make the trip.
Pemanggil Island is located south of Tioman and is one island in an archipelago.According to legend, the guardian spirit living in the large boulder located in the middle of the island called out to people on a passing boat, earning the island the name of ‘Pemanggil’ which means ‘The Caller.’ Fishing enthusiasts are often quick to cite Pemanggil Island as one of the best fishing spots in the whole of Malaysia. The area also attracts deep sea fishermen in search of large catches; such as marlins, sailfish and mackerels. Pemanggil’s popularity with fishermen is an indicator of the abundant marine life in the sea surrounding the island. Unsurprisingly, snorkelling and diving are popular activities in the waters of the island.
Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Pemanggil brings visitors face to face with many varieties of colourful fish, squids and turtles. Lucky visitors may even cross paths with leopard sharks and black tip reef sharks during their excursions. Required snorkelling equipment can be rented from places on the island. After snorkelling, visitors can enjoy the island’s sun kissed beaches and grab some fresh seafood from small restaurants in the area.
It should be noted that Pemanggil Island is affected by the monsoon season spanning from October to March. Consequently, the ideal time to plan your snorkelling excursions is from April to September during the calmer weather. Moreover, if you are planning to travel to Pemanggil Island by boat and not by speed boat, it should be noted that the full moon changes to the tide have an impact boat schedules.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+