LOB Dayang Islands
West of Johor Bahru, lie a dive destination with visibility up to 25 meters and a variety of marine life; Dayang and Aur Islands. Dayang Island has been a getaway island for Singaporean and Malaysian divers since the 90's, until her closure in early 2000. Dayang is much more petite in size as compared to Tioman. With only one resort on Dayang Island and a beach right at the doorstep, it makes for a tranquil weekend getaway with fun family activities such as snorkeling, hiking, scuba diving around the island. Coral reefs and marine life have been untouched and hence very pristine. Expect crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.
Dayang Island Dive Season
The dive season in Dayang Island starts from March and ends in November typically. Travelers and divers are advised to not visit during the monsoon season as waves can get really high and it could be extremely dangerous.
Getting to Dayang Island
On a typical weekend, the liveaboard will depart on Friday evening and back in Singapore by Sunday night, hassle-free.
Dive Sites in Dayang
One of the best dive sites in Dayang-Aur. Sitting at the mouth of the Dayang Channel, this is where the action happens. Divers' tales have consisted of Manta Rays, Whales, Whale sharks. Currents here are strong, and the site is best explored as a drift dive from the boat. North of the rock, lies a beautiful coral garden with sea whips and coral patches while south of the rock lies many grottoes and swim-throughs in between giant granite blocks and boulders.
East of Pulau Lang, there is a bay called "Lang Bay", with its the proximity to resort and sheltered, shallow conditions make Lang Bay a great dive site for training dives, check-out dive and night dive. The western side of Pulau Lang is full of corals at a depth of 10m. At the bottom of the dive site, one can find hermit crab, sponge crab, eel, scorpionfish, and cuttlefish etc. These are just some of the permanent residents residing in this little piece of heaven. Hawksbill Turtles are also common visitors.
Crocodile wreck got its name because it looks like a crocodile’s snout. It is an ideal site for open water students and snorkelers since it is quite shallow. Reef fish are overflowing here with the occasional sightings of emperor and batfish. The current on this dive grounds can whip through the channel quickly, so you need to watch the tide. Crocodile Rock is also ideal for night dives.
In the south east of Dayang lies Pulau Pinang. The island got its name from the Malay word for betel nut palm, Areca Catechu. Here in Pinang you will find the Pinang Channel, the rocky channel running between Pinang and Aur Island. Pulau Pinang offers an exciting dive—large granites can be found at varying depths. There are also swim-throughs, overhangs and grottoes here. The currents around the island can be extremely strong.
The Pinnacle is one of the best sites to dive in Dayang. It is formed by three huge rocks that lies below the surface. It is teeming with different marine species like manta rays, reef and nurse sharks, barracudas and morays. Batfish and large populations of fusiliers and damsels also rove the area. Reef and nurse sharks also frequent this dive site. The Pinnacle also holds the most stunning sea fans and corals.
Telok Jawa is a great spot for new divers as it is not much difficult to dive. It is also teeming with small fish and multi-hued corals. This dive site is close to the surface so it is great for those who have mastered the art of shallow diving. It is also for the same reason that it is well-known with those who fancy underwater photography and videography—the light of the sun beautifully reaches the rocks and corals below. Blue-spotted stingrays lies on sand patches, and frogfish hides between coral breakage here so it is important to look closer. Telok Jawa is also home to morays.
The Channel is what separates Dayang Island and Aur Islands. The currents tend to race through this channel, so it is significant to check the tides before diving—unless you want to embark on an extremely fast drift diving. The bay in front of Dayang Island is perfect for open water diving and training new divers when tides are slack. White morays, reef cuttlefishes and varieties of fish are flourishing in this area.
Captain’s Point is a great dive site with flourishing marine biodiversity. Wide varieties of colorful reef fish can be found here. It is also a place where manta rays and dugongs are sighted occasionally. It is a fun site to dive in different conditions. Captain’s point is great for open water diver students at slack tide. When the tide is quite strong, a drift dive down to Telok Jawa would also work.