B&J Diving Centre
B&J Diving Centre
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
B&J Diving Centre on Tioman Island has been established in 1986 and is run by a Malay/German/Swiss management team. It stands for quality and service without cutting corners on safety. B&J is a PADI 5 Star IDC Facility that conducts all PADI Dive Courses as well as daily dive trips to the best dives sites around Tioman Island. Tioman Dive Resort and B&J Dormitories are owned and operated by B&J. Certified divers join up to 3 boat dives per day plus night dives. The 2 morning dives bring you to dive sites in the vicinity of famous Coral Island, whereas the single afternoon dive will be at a dive site closer to Tioman Island. Distance by boat to the 20+ sites is between 5min to 20min. Group sizes for leisure diving and courses are always kept small with a maximum of 4 divers per PADI professional.
Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Wadi Zukri
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I stumbled across the B&J Dive Center to explore Tioman's diving options. This is a great dive shop. The team there is knowledgeable, attentive, and so much fun. They named me Laura, an excellent personal instructor. And she's adorable, but a lil bit strict :P

I have no complaints in her demeanor or professionalism. Great teaching. Learned what I wanted to. Nothing to cheat on. She inspires interest within me to learn about fish identification, which I initially declined. I 'm blessed now because of her I've learned a lot about wildlife I saw during diving.

Overall, I 'm definitely recommend diving at the B&J Dive Center, and they've created a fantastic experience for me! A great group to dive with!
The people in the shop, on the boat, and the dive instructors were all really pleasant, competent about the area, and they had a lot of energy. If you're looking for a great dive experience, this dive shop should be your first choice.
Written July 28, 2020
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Foong Yee
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I had a great time learning and taking my Open Water Dive course (4D3N) at B&J Diving Centre. The crew there are very friendly and helpful. The TDR (accommodation) offered by this diving centre is also very clean, spacious and comfortable.

Nevertheless, I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to our instructor, Mr Mok Tai Wah who is really helpful and patient in guiding and teaching us with the necessary skills needed in order for us to finish our OWD course.

Overall, I would definitely recommend diving at the B&J Diving Center as they’ve created an awesome experience for us.
Written September 1, 2020
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whichwayswest
Geraldton, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Through the efforts of Reef Check Malaysia and this dive centre, Tioman Island is a spot of environmental hope amid the despair of the rest of Malaysia. To get here you leave on a ferry from Mersing, a trash choked ocean town than leaves you depressed, but once you arrive to ABC Beach where this dive shop is located all that changes. They recycle, there is filtered water available without having to buy plastic water bottles, and they work together to remove the rubbish that washed up from elsewhere (including massive ghost nets). The dive shop reports to reef Check Malaysia to help protect this beautiful island and the efforts have made a difference- the diving is good, there is still healthy reef left, and the fish populations are recovering. I definitely recommend diving with B&J if you dive because you love the ocean and want to protect it, because they practice what they preach. I was very impressed.
Written May 1, 2022
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Hi, we're so happy that you recognize our efforts to protect the precious environment! It was great having you guys with us and assist us too with our efforts.
Written May 4, 2022
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c.s
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Front desk staff are friendly, dive centre is clean, neat & relax. However, there are few reason you need to consider before coming. The training pool is really, really small… The time when i was here, the pool was full hence it delayed our learning. Secondly, if you’re a slower learner, i think you should consider other dive center, instructors here are mainly foreigners and the teaching style might not suitable or the best for you as a Malaysian. Do not come here if you don’t understand English well too. Tioman Dive Resort is not bad, clean and comfortable room, but the price is expensive, you can find better resort with lower price in other beach like Paya. Another thing, Air Batang (ABC) is a small village, food choice here are not that much, more than half stalls closed during our visit, only Malay cuisine and some western cuisine are available here, do consider if you prefer a more variety of food selection, and if you don’t mind to walk for 10-20 mins. And also keep in mind if you prefer more entertainment or activity, as ABC is a peaceful village, only 1 bar available at night for a chill drink (the price is on expensive side in this Duty Free island). It’s not recommended to come to ABC if you’re come along with friends or family that do not dive, because other than diving and snorkelling , you have nothing to do there, they might be bored (not even swimming or playing around in the beach, as many little and big stones on the shore). And be prepared there’s totally no cellphone signal inside the rooms, and wifi is very weak sometimes unusable. but in the beach area or dive centre the wifi and cellular is ok.
Written October 5, 2022
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Hi, thanks for your visit and constructive review. Actually we have a mix of local and international instructors and languages spoken include Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Cantonese, English, German and French. ABC (Air Batang) is surely not for everyone as there is no shopping over here, nor are there roads with cars, traffic jam or high rise buildings, which is exactly where ABC gets it's charm from. Best wishes, Martin Ritter, Director
Written October 27, 2022
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Ho TE
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My husband and I, both age 52, decided to join my daughter for the Open Water certificate. Mok was the dive master / instructor who had patiently showed us all the techniques and skills to scuba diving. He was very knowledgeable and with his vast experience, he had planned the course so well... the practices done in the pool gave us the confident in the open water. We felt nervous whenever we had to perform a new skill but Mok was very reassuring and didn't rush us. We enjoyed very much esp in our last 2 dives to Labas and Chebeh... swimming together with Mok at ease! Mok also paid attention to the little things ie our need to long sleeves & socks. Chill at the bar with other divers is definitely a good way to end a tired day!

We met many of the B&J staff around TDR (Tioman Dive Resort) and during our Dive trips in open water, all of them were friendly... had interesting conversations with quite a number of them ie Faisal (the Operation Manager with his navy experience)! Feel safe when we know that they are experienced and emphasized a lot on safety.
Written April 27, 2022
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Hi Ho, Thanks a lot for the visit and review! Mok is proud that you recognized his professionalism! Do return in the near future so that we can show you more of our amazing dive sites (and of course also have more interesting conversations). Best fishes!
Written May 4, 2022
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markd01
Austin, TX19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Last week,my wife and I along with our 11 year old son, took the OWD scuba course with Mok at B&J Diving Centre. Thanks to Mok's patience, kindness, and knowledge, we got through the course with confidence. We are now able to work on our equalization, buoyancy, and handling equipment with ease.
Our 11 year old said the whole experience was "awesome and incredibly fun!"
The staff was also nice to keep an eye on our 7 year old son, enabling the three of us to take our course together.
Thank you so much for this amazing experience and new friendships.
Written September 9, 2020
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AzUtazo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I have dived with B&J on Tioman several times. This latest trip again confirmed that they are one of the most professional dive operations on the island: good for both experienced leisure divers like myself, and for learners from beginners upwards to much higher levels. Their facilities, equipment and operations are all of good quality, and well run. And their staff, from owners Ben and Martin downwards, are friendly and generally a delight to deal with.

A further bonus is that they have what is now virtually the only decent bar on the island, right beside the dive centre and their adjacent Tioman Dive Resort. The latter is also a good place to stay at, with well maintained quality rooms (though there are other cheaper options nearby if you are on a budget).
Written May 12, 2022
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Hansje
The Hague, The Netherlands857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
2023 update. What more to add to our earlier reviews? Another two great weeks at B&J Diving Centre. Took us a while to get back because of the pandemic, but it was good to see all our friends at B&J again. They still have fast speedboats, the equipment is well maintained and staying at their own hotel Tioman Dive Resort is absolutely great. The underwater world is varied, with lots of fish, turtles, puffers and even sharks. Prices are some of the most competitive in the world. We'll be back!

2019 update. We went back with the family for another two weeks of diving and relaxing. As I got my divemaster certification two months earlier, there was no longer a need to do dives with a guide. Ask for the special ‘self guiding’ conditions if you also have a professional certification. Staff was once again very accommodating and helpful. The rooms in their hotel are the best in ABC.

2017 was our third time on Tioman Island, but we first went diving with B&J in 2017. We had a great week here and I made 19 dives in total. The whole family liked the stay, so in 2018 we went for two weeks. We did a rescue diver course, two advanced open water courses and loads of fun dives. Professional (and cheery) staff and excellent equipment. Very fast speedboats that get you to the dive sites in 10-15 minutes. Underwater live around Tioman is pretty good and varied; lot of live corral, we saw reefsharks and turtles and millions of other fish. Maybe a tad more expensive than the other dive shops, but highly recommended as the quality warrants the price.
Written August 2, 2023
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Dear Hans, So good to having you with family and friends back after quite a few years of absence! This time there's no reason to wait 4 years for your return. See you soon again on Tioman! Best wishes to the Netherlands from Martin & the rest of the team!
Written December 4, 2023
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Zacchaeus H
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Firstly, the booking process was very smooth and seamless, and Fara was extremely helpful. She was always responsive, provided the right guidance and covered our entire arrangement in great detail via email.

My friends and I booked the Tioman Dive Resort, and for dive center standards, the quality of accommodation was by far the best we have ever stayed in. Excellent work in maintaining the place.

Instructors like Mok and Ramdhan (I hope I am getting his name right) always made us feel at home and part of a larger family, which is great given that we are on a remote island far away from the mainland.

The only reason I am not giving 5 stars, is because of a rude, occasionally vulgar, and unprofessional instructor named Jay. I can empathize if he might be having some personal issues which he needed to resolve, however his overall attitude during our stay was nothing short of horrible. He was on edge most of the time and while it is very unfair to fault the resort solely because of an individual, the unfortunate truth is that one individual is enough to ruin the reputation of an otherwise well-run business. I am not even surprised that this is not the only bad review he is getting on this site. I hope he is able to understand that not everyone is an Open Water Scuba Instructor, and everyone has different diving proficiency levels and skills.
My friends and I are, at the end of the day, just leisure divers and most importantly, paying customers. We are not implying that there needs to be any form of customer service, but to get shouted at every now and then, is simply unacceptable. If there is an equipment fault, we are just as frustrated. Why is there a need to scream at us if there is faulty equipment? Isn't that what the pre-dive safety checks supposed to pick up? The equipment belongs to the resort after all.

Our honest opinion is that if you do plan to go to B&J, please avoid this instructor, otherwise your fun dive will end up becoming a forgettable dive.
Written April 4, 2023
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Diver Yap
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The instructors and dive master are very professional. Open water and Advance Open Water courses are conducted systematically by experienced instructors. Fun diving trip are fun and safe as conducted in small group. Overall experience is memorable.
Written June 16, 2022
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