30 years B&J Diving Centre

B&J Diving Centre

B&J is one of the leading PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centres in Asia. Providing quality dive experience without cutting any corners is our motto.

Our history

Over 30 years of first class scuba diving service

B&J was established in 1986 as “Ben’s Diving Centre” and was run by our chairman Pak Karim and his sons Ben and Mark. As the business began to expand, Jean-Claude (aka JC) became a new partner and the name was changed to B&J (Ben and JC).

Martin, our Marketing/Sales Director bought over JC’s shares in 2003 and our company and reputation continued to thrive.

Today we are one of the largest dive centres in Malaysia and as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, we offer all courses from beginner to instructor level.

Between 2010 and 2014 we built and expanded our beautiful Tioman Dive Resort to offer our divers some of the nicest rooms in the whole of Tioman.

In 2017 we added to this another building with 4 air-conditioned Dormitory rooms that can sleep 5 persons each.

We place high value on protecting our environment and are a a GoEco operator, GreenFins Member and Project AWARE award winner. We take care of our ocean environment through regular clean up activities plus have a strict no glove and no touch policy.

Our facilities are fully equipped with the best dive equipment available on the market (primarily Scubapro), which is serviced on a regular basis. The Bauer compressors provide the purest air available (we’re the only dive centre in Malaysia that’s Bauer Pure Air Certified) and we’re also the only dive centre on Tioman that provides Nitrox, Oxygen and Helium tank fills. Both our shops have a well-stocked retail section including PADI educational material, dive gear, t-shirts, accessories and tec diving equipment.\

Our dive centre in ABC has a swimming pool, which makes the first step into scuba diving a bit easier for beginners. We’re also operating the B&J Beach Bar for you to relax after a happy day of diving.

Our location

Visit us in Air Batang Bay (aka ABC) on Tioman Island

Our Dive Centre, Tioman Dive Resort and B&J Dormitory are located in Air Batang Bay on Tioman Island.

Find out more on our Tioman Island Page.

Our crew

B&J's 35 strong dive and admin crew make it happen...

B&J is one of the best established dive operators in Malaysia and and alongside our board of directors, we currently employ:

  • 1 PADI Course Director
  • 1 Branch Manager
  • 1 Dive Operations Manager
  • 1 Resort Supervisor
  • 8 PADI Instructors / Master Scuba Diver Trainers
  • 4 PADI Divemasters
  • 10 Boat & Compressor crew
  • 10 Admin, Booking, Accounting and Resort crew

Our hotel & dormitory

Tioman Dive Resort - designed with your comfort in mind.

B&J built Tioman Dive Resort (TDR) between 2010 and 2014 to provide upper class accommodation to divers and non-divers alike.

Find more information on our Tioman Dive Resort page.

We further built a clean and comfortable dormitory to provide more affordable accommodation.

Find more information on our B&J Dormitory page.

Our boats

Dive boats designed by divers for divers

B&J is operating 3 dive boats to bring you to our best dive sites:

Dive Speedboat
BJ1 – 40 Foot Wave Ryder Speedboat

BJ1 aka            Hammerhead:

Our latest addition is this 40 foot Wave Ryder speedboat, powered by twin 225HP four stroke engines. It brings us with up to 20 divers in just minutes to any dive site around Tioman. The boat is equipped with VHF radio, GPS, life vests, Oxygen and Medic First Aid kit.


B&J's Dive Boat BJ2 aka Oceanic White Tip
Dive Boat BJ2 aka Oceanic White Tip

BJ2 aka Oceanic White Tip:

This former 55ft fishing boat has been modified to carry some 18 divers. It has a large sundeck, on-board toilet, 2 fresh water tanks, dive platform, tank racks, VHF radio, GPS, life vests, Oxygen and Medic First Aid kit.


Speedboat for divers
BJ1 – 40 Foot Wave Ryder Speedboat

BJ3 aka Mako:

BJ3 is another 40 foot Wave Ryder speedboat, powered by twin 225HP outboard engines. It can fit up to 20 divers and brings you to any dive destination in just minutes. It has VHF radio, life vests, Oxygen and Medic First Aid kit

Our awards

Some of the awards we've won over the years

Ever since our founding in 1986 we have cared about proper dive education, diver safety and the conservation of our environment.

Over the years we have accumulated numerous awards for our contributions and here are just a few :

2000-2009Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award
2009Winner Marine Environmental Award Asia
2010-2014PADI Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education
2012PADI Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diver Retention
2012PADI Green Star Award Winner
2015GreenFins Top Ten Member Award
2015Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for BnJ Diving Centre
2015Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for Tioman Dive Resort
2015Booking.com Award Winner for Tioman Dive Resort
2015Project AWARE 100% Awesome
2016Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Winner
2016Booking.com Guest Review Award 8.5
2016Project AWARE 100% Awesome
2017Hotels Combined Recognition of Excellence
2017Project AWARE 100% Awesome
2018Project AWARE 100% Awesome
2018Booking.com Guest Review Award 8.4
2019Project AWARE 100% Awesome
2020Agoda Customer Review Award
2020Booking.com Guest Review Award 8.6