Capturing the living reefs of Tekek

By Teoh Teik Hoong

Budding and professional underwater photographers will have a chance to pit their skills to help document the rich marine life off Pulau Tioman in Pahang next month. An underwater photography excursion is being planned by a group of diving enthusiasts off Kampung Tekek on the island to capture the wonders of marine diversity. The seas off the island have world-renowned dive sites and are home to many endangered giant clams, 300-year old corals and other marine life which thrive there.

Diver K.L. Kwang, who will co-ordinate the excursion from Feb 25-27, is enthusiastic about the programme. “Many of us dive off Tioman very often and know the place is very rich in marine life. “We are organising the event to help document the area which is earmarked for construction of a marina,” he said.

The marina, to be located off Kampung Tekek, will be in the middle of the marine park surrounding the island, which was once in the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

In 1958, the island was the setting for Bali Hai in the Hollywood musical South Pacific and it recently hosted the Hong Kong TV series The Ultimate Goal. Kwang said the goal of the excursion was to document as much of the coral and marine life as possible.

The three-day event is open to all certified divers. According to Kwang, those who wish to join the event can make arrangements with the three dive shops located along Kampung Tekek: Tioman Dive Centre (www.tioman-divecentre.com), Tioman Reef Diver (www.tiomanreefdivers.com) or Eco-Divers (www.eco-divers.net). For more details, call Kwang at 012-399 0325.

Source: Metro, The Star, 26/1/05

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