If you would like to experience the beautiful underwater view during your stay in Tioman Island but swimming and snorkeling in the deep blue sea somewhat makes you feel nervous, you can always go for kayak-ing instead.
Kayak is a small, narrow boat which is propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. Traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. But the one I used only have one open cockpit and was pretty much modern in design.
That’s me. Kayak-ing towards the sunset in Renggis Island, Tioman with my husband and friends tagging close behind.
Personally, I prefer snorkeling more than kayak-ing. Snorkeling makes me feel that I’m part of the underwater kingdom while kayak-ing makes me feel, well, just human and it is definitely more tiring than snorkeling as pedaling takes up much more energy than floating around while you snorkel.
Pedaling and navigating the kayak is much more difficult than swimming. I was so scared that I will drop the pedal, but luckily for me, I didn’t.
Kayak-ing is great for non-swimmers who wants to to enjoy being close to the marine life, though. It is another must do thing when you are in Tioman Island. But still, kayak-ing has it’s charm. Both my husband and son seems to enjoy kayak-ing more than snorkeling. One great thing about kayak-ing is that you not only can enjoy the view underwater when you pedal the kayak in Tioman, but you can enjoy the abovewater view as well.
Underwater view while kayak-ing
The abovewater view of Renggis Island while kayak-ing.
And here’s the sunset view from Renggis Island while we were kayak-ing. Magnificent, don’t you think?
I was really bad at navigating my kayak. Hence, I did not enjoy it as much as I did snorkeling. I ended up with a nasty cramp on my arms after that but it was an amazing experience nevertheless. Will I do again? Well, yes. But perhaps, next time around I’d take the one with double pedals where I can have someone else share the pedalling load with me.
Wanna experience this yourselves but have no clue on how to pedal and navigate the kayak? Fret not. The dive centre in Berjaya Tioman Island Resort has instructors who will instruct you if you are a first timer, so if you are ever there, just give this a go.
For more information on seasports activities in Berjaya Tioman Resort, head over here: http://www.berjayahotel.com/tioman