Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on September 10, 2023
Bunot Beach is a jungle-fringed white sand beach, often listed as one of Tioman Island’s most beautiful beaches. Fringed for more than 500 meters by a coral reef, it gives access to a large snorkeling area featuring scattered living corals. Reef fish such as butterflyfish and Ocellaris clownfish are easy to spot at this location.
Bunot Beach is a remote beach on the west coast of Tioman. You can reach it:
You can get in the water wherever you want from the sandy beach. Underwater visibility is not always excellent on this spot. The southern part is often the most recommended because of the clearer waters than towards the north.
Bunot Beach stretches over 500 meters. Corals are found all along the beach, but the southern part (Paya coast) often offers better underwater visibility.
From the beach, the seabed slopes gently down to 6 to 35 ft/2 to 5 meters in the reef areas. Many healthy coral patches (including branching coral) are found on the reef flat, but there are also many dead corals and debris.
Bunot Beach reef is home to magnificent sea anemones (Heteractis magnifica) in which photogenic Ocellaris anemonefish live. There are also many parrotfish, Eastern-triangular butterflyfish and Eightband butterflyfish, monocle bream, wrasse and several varieties of damselfish to spot in the shallows.
Sea urchins abound in the flat, but they are usually found deep enough not to risk stepping on it.
Bunot Beach has no equipment or restaurant. It is a nice place for picnics, but watch out for the monkeys which can be aggressive.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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