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Feedback from an actual Sri Tioman guest

A group of my scuba-diving friends stayed here on a scuba-dive safari and the consensus was that Sri Tioman is actually quite good value for money, particularly if you're in Tioman for scuba-diving. Sri Tioman is run by East Divers, the outfit that we were diving with, so obviously combing scuba-diving with accommodation under one roof was convenient for us.

The other thing we liked was he fact that we were collected at the village jetty by a member of Sri Tioman staff. All luggage we had on us, including our heavy dive gear, was transported to our rooms in a little vanette, which enabled us to just stroll to the resort location, about 10 minutes or so from the jetty. Free and easy. Nice!

Sri Tioman is situated right on the beach. In fact, it's a mere few steps away from the waterline. And the view from our chalet window was spellbinding, exactly like the pictures you see in the websites about Tioman Island. Sunsets here are simply stunning. Many a beverage was consumed lounging around the front porch, gazing at the sea's yellow-orange hues turn a peaceful black.

The Sri Tioman rooms are clean. This is a must for us, so way to go Sri Tioman - full marks for cleanliness. As far as we're concerned, the fact that the rest of the rooms is quite basic is just fine. It's important to note that Sri Tioman is not The Waldorf Astoria, so don't expect too much for your budget dollar. That said, you do get air-con and hot-water if this is required, so just let them know when you're doing your booking. Fan-only rooms are available for backpacker-type travelers. By the way, soap and towels are provided also.

Food-wise, Sri Tioman includes a bistro-type establishment and the F&B on offer here is surprisingly delicious for such a modest set-up. We ended up having all our meals here. However, for those interested to explore other kitchens, there are a few eateries within 5 minutes radius that you can try also. But before you do, do have a go at the Sri Tioman BBQ, because the seafood/beef/chicken spread is just divine.

Other amenities near Sri Tioman include a little provisions shop and a duty-free outlet, both a short stroll away. Also drop by Cabana Tioman, a happening little lounge area right off the beach that plays some smooth ambient tunes. We found it a great place to unwind and soak in the lazy Tioman mood.

Whether you're new to scuba-diving, keen to do PADI, or a hard-core scuba pro, Sri Tioman is the place to be. Not only because of the comfy stay, but also because the dive masters here are longstanding professionals with an obvious passion for diving. In fact, the people on this slice of Tioman really make this place the awesome place it is. Will we be back here? Pretty much a no-brainer: Yes, we will.

Tip: Have a look at some of the packages offered by East Divers and Sri Tioman, because they're quite attractively priced. If the sea-facing rooms are fully booked, then opt for a garden room. It's peaceful, great for napping on a hot afternoon. Since Sri Tioman is popular amongst the ever-growing Singapore and Malaysia diving communities, it makes sense to book your chalet early, especially on weekends. For those inclined to book online: Agoda.

Note: Sri Tioman has been renamed Sofia by the Sea.

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Sun-kissed in Tioman: Sri Tioman
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