Tioman

Tioman Island - Malaysia

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Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman Island (Malay language: Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited, and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island which has duty free status.Apart from its diverse marine life, the inland rainforest area, encompassing approximately 8,296 hectares, in Tioman is a strictly enforced nature reserve. There are several protected species of mammals on the island, including the Binturong, Long-tailed Macaque, Slow Loris, Black Giant Squirrel, Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Mouse deer, Brush-tailed Porcupine, and Common Palm Civet, from a total of 45 species of mammals and 138 species of birds, including the majestic Frigatebird. Moreover, Tioman has species that are endemic to its shores. The soft-shelled turtle and the Tioman walking catfish are both unique and can be seen on rainforest walks.

Attractions


Diving

Tioman is well known as a diving and snorkeling paradise, just like Redang and Perhentian in the north of Peninsular Malaysia .You can get your Open Water license (PADI) in Tioman Island with minimum requirement of 4 days stay in the island. There are numerous dive operator for example DiveAsia (5 Star IDC), B&J Dive Center, Tioman Dive Centre and Fisherman Divers.

Snorkeling

Non-divers can enjoy a bit of snorkeling at one of the many snorkeling sites around the island. Most resorts have a house reef; where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana. Make sure you check this if you are making reservations beforehand. Many resorts also offer snorkeling tours to secluded areas around Tioman or to uninhabited islands in the vicinity of Tioman (for example Tulai Island and Renggis Island). Snorkeling equipment can be rented at most of the dive shops and also at many resorts. it is not that common anymore to get fins as too many tourists decided to stand on the precious corals. Also, some require you to wear a life vest which forces you to stay above water at all times (again to conserve the coral reefs). Some great places to snorkel around Tioman are: Paya, Tekek and Ayer Batang.

Other Attractions & Activities

Though main activities around Tioman Island are diving and snorkeling; there are many other nice things to do during your stay at the island. Below a list with attractions on the island:

Tioman is popular among those that like fishing. Deep-sea fishing trips can be arranged at many places on the island. Do know that as fishing is prohibited within the marine park; you may only fish at least 25km from the coast.

There are only short village roads on Tioman and there are quite a few interesting jungle tracksaround the island. These are perfect for light jungle treks. Two popular treks are from Tekek to Juara (2hrs) and from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay.

Great beaches are Genting Beach, Tekek Beach and Salang Beach. At these beaches there are aquatic sports operators (kayaking, surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing).

Tioman has many nice waterfalls that you can visit. Some are easily accessible; others require a light trek or a short boat ride. One of the most popular waterfalls on Tioman Island is the Mukut Waterfall; especially during weekends locals hang out here to relax with their friends or families. Don’t forget to bring a towel and swim shorts/bathing suit. Another beautiful waterfall is the Asah Waterfall; the biggest waterfall in Tioman Island and located about 6 kilometers from Mukut Village. You can get there by either doing a 45 minute trek or by arranging a boat trip.

Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that Berjaya Tioman Resort has an 18 holes championship golf course.

  • tioman-map

    Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Tioman Island (Malay language: Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited, and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island which has duty free status.Apart from its diverse marine life, the inland rainforest area, encompassing approximately 8,296 hectares, in Tioman is a strictly enforced nature reserve. There are several protected species of mammals on the island, including the Binturong, Long-tailed Macaque, Slow Loris, Black Giant Squirrel, Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Mouse deer, Brush-tailed Porcupine, and Common Palm Civet, from a total of 45 species of mammals and 138 species of birds, including the majestic Frigatebird. Moreover, Tioman has species that are endemic to its shores. The soft-shelled turtle and the Tioman walking catfish are both unique and can be seen on rainforest walks.

  • Diving

    Tioman is well known as a diving and snorkeling paradise, just like Redang and Perhentian in the north of Peninsular Malaysia .You can get your Open Water license (PADI) in Tioman Island with minimum requirement of 4 days stay in the island. There are numerous dive operator for example DiveAsia (5 Star IDC), B&J Dive Center, Tioman Dive Centre and Fisherman Divers.

    Snorkeling

    Non-divers can enjoy a bit of snorkeling at one of the many snorkeling sites around the island. Most resorts have a house reef; where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana. Make sure you check this if you are making reservations beforehand. Many resorts also offer snorkeling tours to secluded areas around Tioman or to uninhabited islands in the vicinity of Tioman (for example Tulai Island and Renggis Island). Snorkeling equipment can be rented at most of the dive shops and also at many resorts. it is not that common anymore to get fins as too many tourists decided to stand on the precious corals. Also, some require you to wear a life vest which forces you to stay above water at all times (again to conserve the coral reefs). Some great places to snorkel around Tioman are: Paya, Tekek and Ayer Batang.

    Other Attractions & Activities

    Though main activities around Tioman Island are diving and snorkeling; there are many other nice things to do during your stay at the island. Below a list with attractions on the island:

    Tioman is popular among those that like fishing. Deep-sea fishing trips can be arranged at many places on the island. Do know that as fishing is prohibited within the marine park; you may only fish at least 25km from the coast.

    There are only short village roads on Tioman and there are quite a few interesting jungle tracksaround the island. These are perfect for light jungle treks. Two popular treks are from Tekek to Juara (2hrs) and from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay.

    Great beaches are Genting Beach, Tekek Beach and Salang Beach. At these beaches there are aquatic sports operators (kayaking, surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing).

    Tioman has many nice waterfalls that you can visit. Some are easily accessible; others require a light trek or a short boat ride. One of the most popular waterfalls on Tioman Island is the Mukut Waterfall; especially during weekends locals hang out here to relax with their friends or families. Don’t forget to bring a towel and swim shorts/bathing suit. Another beautiful waterfall is the Asah Waterfall; the biggest waterfall in Tioman Island and located about 6 kilometers from Mukut Village. You can get there by either doing a 45 minute trek or by arranging a boat trip.

    Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that Berjaya Tioman Resort has an 18 holes championship golf course.