We read an article on White Sand Critter Diving in Paya Beach Resort and booked a 3-nite stay. We were assured by the resort's dive operator that all arrangements for our stay were confirmed. Upon arrival we checked at the dive centre and found that the one and only person in charge was not expecting us and had no clue about critter diving. She had her hands full with scuba course students and casual resort guests who wanted an introduction to scuba. The next day proved no better when the person assigned to take us out failed to show up. We gave up and checked out one day earlier.
As for the resort, our superior beach front rooms were next to a construction site/rubbish dump. Other than a good satay stall, the resort food was very average. If you have the misfortune to be stuck in this resort, you would do much better at the Paya Beach Seafood restaurant outside the resort beyond the jetty.
The final straw was having to wait 1-1/2 hours for the ferry back to the mainland, only to be told (although we had tickets) that the ferry was full. We had to push our way through to the upper deck and refused to budge. Despite the crew's protests that the ferry was full, we saw a ticket being sold to a passenger who had boarded without a ticket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to one of the world’s oldest mangrove swamps and the Tropical Rain Forest, this Beach Front Resort also boasts having a spectacular House Coral reef. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort is the perfect getaway on the Tioman Island, the infamous volcanic island covered in rainforest, white sands, turquoise water, and unforgettable experiences. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort is ideal for visitors who seek to enjoy the nature’s gift, nestled in a secluded beach with rooms overlooking South China Sea. The wide range of facilities at the hotel includes spa, outdoor pool, beach bar, Grill, conference and meeting rooms, restaurant, and PADI Dive Centre. Moreover, fishing, Snorkeling and Ecological trekking tours of the Mangrove Swamp and the Rain Forest can be arranged at the Activities Centre. Restaurant and Grill is driven by a passionate Executive Chef with the team who create the works of gastronomic art in the only open kitchen in Tioman Island. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort invites all visitors to come and experience the unforgettable experience of picturesque view of the sea from our rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paya Beach Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Paya Beach Pulau Tioman