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Pulau Tulai, also called Coral Island, is a small island located near Tioman, Malaysia. The easiest way to visit Pulau Tulai is to book a day trip, which generally includes several snorkeling stops. Genting Point, one of the most visited spots, allows snorkelers to observe a great diversity of colorful fish, above pretty healthy coral beds.

Sling-jaw wrasse at Genting Point
The Latent Sling-Jaw Wrasse is one of the many fish species that can be seen at Genting Point.

How to get to Genting Point snorkeling spot?

Genting Point (also called Genting Bay) is a small bay on the southeastern coast of Pulau Tulai (Coral Island), an islet located northwest of Tioman.

The only option to access this site is by boat. Many tour agencies offer excursions to Coral Island (which generally includes the spots of Genting Bay and Malang Rock, check carefully), Pulau Soyak and another spot among Monkey Bay, Marine Park or Rengis.

The price of boat tours is approximately RM85 per person (2023). There are several starting points: Salang, ABC, Tekek and Paya. It is also possible to organize a private tour to be sure you’ll visit your desired snorkeling stops and arrive on Coral Island before the majority of excursionists (RM700 for approximately 6-8 people, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Genting Point snorkeling map
Genting Point snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Genting Point

As it is usually not possible to land on the beach, the water entrance is directly from the boat, next to the reef.

Genting Point snorkeling exploration tips

Genting Bay is home to an extensive coral reef that begins in the shallows near the beach. The depth ranges from less than 3 feet/1 meter near the shore to around 33 feet/10 meters in the center of the bay, some 100 meters from the beach.

Ocellaris anemonefish at Genting Point
Ocellaris anemonefish at Genting Point.

Unlike other snorkeling spots around Pulau Tulai, such as the Blue Lagoon, the corals here remain in good condition and very colorful, even if some algae have lightly colonized certain parts of the reef.

Steephead-parrotfish at Tioman
A Steephead parrotfish at Genting Point.

Genting Bay is a location where we see a lot of fish. Hundreds of damsels gather around the boats, accustomed to being fed by visitors).

The reef is visited by a variety of parrotfish, butterflyfish and wrasse.

Threespot pompano at Genting Point
The Smallspotted Dart is a common visitor to the bay.

A few surgeonfish, as well as large titan triggerfish, are also often seen at this spot.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

Most day trips include lunch; inquire when booking.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Protected areaPulau Tioman Marine Park
  • Maximum depth16 feet/5 meters over the reef areas
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsCost of a boat snorkeling tour
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

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.