WHY STOP ORGANIZING TRIPS TO TIOMAN
THE REAL REASON BEHIND AND THE FALSE MARKETING BY DIVE CENTRE
Since 1999 to 2014, Orpheus Dive has been organizing weekly PADI Scuba Diving Courses and weekend diving to Pulau Tioman. On one faithful night, while our founder was starring into the stars while on the bow of the boat, he started thinking. Why do we have to put new divers and/or Singapore scuba divers through such hardship diving? This is madness and there must be better way to dive over the weekend.
And that is when we decided to stop organizing all land base trips to Tioman and stayed focus on our weekly trips to Bali.
LONG TRAVELING TIME
There is no better way to describe this so the best way we can educate divers is by stating all the negative reviews we had between 1999 – 2014 about this
- Uncomfortable Land Transfers using mini vans and buses
- Time waste clearing both Singapore and Malaysia Immigration while carrying all the equipment
- Reckless drivers driving at 140km/h along dark winding roads en route to Mersing
- Takes about 4 hours in total from departure time to arrival time at Mersing
- Those taking Bluewater Ferry has to bear with the erratic and highly inaccurate timing, wasting alot of time waiting
- Those taking the standard low-end dive boat transfers have to bear with long and slow journey to Tioman, only arriving in Tioman at 4am in the morning.
Even though, all marketing materials shows that your weekend of diving is 3 days / 2 nights, in realistic timing, that is not true at all.
After departing Singapore on a Friday evening, you only get into Tioman on Saturday morning at 4am, leaving you less than 3 hours to rest. And for those who stays over in Mersing overnight and catching the first ferry to Tioman, you will arrive in Tioman and start diving after lunch.
Everything is in a rush and scuba divers hardly have any proper rest. Instructors are tired, divers are tired, increasing risk.
This is one area that we have the most complains about. For those who have signed up for courses ranging from SGD$ 400 -SGD$600, chances are you will be staying in Salang Indah Quad Sharing Rooms, Genting Island Reef Quad Sharing Rooms or Tioman Sunbeach Chalets. And this is what you will be dealing with
- Extremely low end resorts, mostly two queen size beds
- Unimaginable toilet conditions
- For guys, you will probably be sharing a queen size bed with another guy if you chose not to upgrade.
Due to requirements imposed by the resorts in Tioman, Singapore dive centres generally have to plan their trips in multiple of fours or eights (five or tens for some). You end up having one instructor to 10 students with an assistance or one instructor to 5 students.
We remember the days that we too are subjected to such ratios, and when we have two students with issues, it makes the entire course we are conducting very unpleasant, giving students very little attention they deserve.