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CLEO (Malaysia) - - TRAVEL SPECIAL -

Be­fore you jump off into the deep end, there are things to be ticked off on the to-do list: Theory lessons to learn, quizzes to an­swer and skills to mas­ter. At B&J Div­ing Cen­tre, your in­struc­tors will guide you to achieve th­ese goals. Be­ing over­whelmed with panic may be an in­vol­un­tary re­ac­tion to the fear of the un­known but re­mem­ber it’s also one that’s ab­so­lutely un­nec­es­sary. Start­ing your course in a group of two to four stu­dents per­mits a lot face-time with your in­struc­tors. The course which is per­for­mance-based also al­lows you to learn at your own pace, with the best of the bests, who’ve mi­grated from all across the globe to the tiny is­land off the Jo­hor coast. Since 1986, B&J Div­ing Cen­tre is one of the largest dive cen­tres in Malaysia, cater­ing to more than just am­a­teur divers. As a GoEco op­er­a­tor, GreenFins mem­ber and Project AWARE win­ner, not only is ex­cep­tional cus­tomer ser­vice part of the com­pany cul­ture, pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is also a big part of its DNA. none would come close to Tioman Dive Re­sort (TDR), B&J’s very own re­sort. For a per­son who isn’t ex­actly big on camp­ing, TDR offers the best of both worlds. I was able to in­dulge in the tran­quil­lity of the is­land with­out hav­ing to sac­ri­fice my good night’s sleep or the lux­ury of warm wa­ter. While Pu­lau Tioman, es­pe­cially in the Ayer Batang Bay, isn’t an is­land bustling with nightlife, it’s a nice change of pace from the chaotic city life. When the sun dips into the hori­zon, an air of seren­ity en­velopes the re­sort. You’ll then see the oc­ca­sional stu­dent study­ing for lessons, or dive in­struc­tors cy­cling about, and res­i­dents walk­ing with their gui­tars or qui­etly chat­ting with their neigh­bours.

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