Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)
"For Underwater Thrills, Rainforest Treks, and Wild Things"
Bursting with natural goodness, Tioman Island remains one of the best wild getaways in Peninsula Malaysia. Located in the blue-green waters of the South China Sea and surrounded by a scattering of 64 islands, Tioman is the largest and most alluring island on the east coast.
A tropical paradise full of secluded coves, soft corals, rugged jungle trails and, of course, sun drenched beaches. Tioman Island's hilly forested interior harbours an wonderful menagerie of biological plant and animal life to merit its distinction as a Wildlife Reserve.
Whether diving among the kalaidoscope of colorful tropical fish or trekking among luxuriant tropical trees adorned with , exploring the biodiversity of coral reefs and tropical rainforests makes a visit to Tioman Island a special nature extravaganza.
So get underwater, trek overland and discover paradise with every sea turtle sighting, flying lizard jump, stangler fig embrace and whatever else crosses your path.
Natural Things To Do
Tioman Island: Map of Main Features
Map Courtesy of Outskirt Outreach
Tioman Island: Nature Activities
Pick a bay, any bay. Sandy beaches ideal for lingering, lounging and sunning are available on any part of the island. Check out the map, find your options and choose your place in the sun:
Diving & Snorkelling
The Seribuat Archipelago comprises all the small dome-shaped isles found within an easy boat ride from the dominant island of Tioman. Good coral reefs fringe many of these satellite islands to offer every visitor a great chance to view marine life.
There are plenty of dive shops to cater to divers' equipment and training needs and ample opportunities for snorkelling off a fishing boat moving to several key locations each trip.
With nearly 200 species of hard and soft coral and an awesome assortment of reef fish, including triggerfish, parrotfish, angelfish, clownfish, barracuda and many others, the endless underwater parade keeps you entralled for hours.
Among the larger residents you might encounter include blacktip reef sharks, green turtles and manta rays, with seasonal whale sharks visiting between March and May. And search for endangered giant sea clams, up to a meter wide, with their colorful interior mosaics. There are many more reasons to get your feet wet with a snorkelling experience or just dive in and enjoy the show.
Tioman Island's spectacular natural heritage has drawn enthusiasts for over 100 years to investigate its diverse habitats and wildlife. Half of the island remains pristine as hill dipterocarp forests fill up the interior to form its natural nucleus.
The slanted slopes rise to over 1000 meters atop Gunung Kajang to transform the island into an ecological haven for small animals to exploit.
An expedition in 1999 found 45 mammals species, 138 bird species and 25 snakes. Later biological surveys searched the outer islands to find more reptiles and amphibians with 37 snakes, 32 lizards, 22 frogs, and one turtle.
The real magic of Tioman Island is that it offers everyone a chance to explore and marvel at its diverse wild creatures. It's not necessary to be a scientist, just go to the Tekek-Juara cross-island jungle trail.
Tekek-Juara is the best marked pathway and a great trail to find snakes, lizards and frogs. It cuts across secondary and primary hill forests to reveal the richness of the island's terrestrial flora and fauna.
Try to arrange one of these recommended jungle trekking routes. Remember all estimated times are for one-way only:
Pulau Tioman Marine Park
Tioman Island is the largest in a group of nine islands (Pulau Tulai, Pulau Labas, Pulau Sepoi, Pulau Seri Buat, Pulau Tokong Bahara, Pulau Gut, Pulau Cebeh and Pulau Sembilang) that form the Tioman Marine Park.
Run by the Department of Fisheries, drop by the centre to ask about any particular places of interest or view the interpretive exhibits, maps, brochures, video shows and talks to increase your appreciation of the marine and island biodiversity.
The centre offers several facilities and services including:
For further information, please contact:
Pusat Taman Laut Pulau Tioman
Tioman Island: Hotels & Accommodations
Resorts and chalets dot the entire west coast of Tioman Island with ferries dropping off visitors at each bay. Budget accommodation consists of wooden chalets, A-frames and basic rooms with fans. Air-con rooms with hot showers are available too.
For those looking for a bit more relaxation and comfort, the resorts offer a nice option to have everything you need in one place.
Berjaya Beach Resort
Surrounded by lush gardens and a rainforest backdrop, Berjaya Tioman Beach fronts transparent turquoise waters teeming with reefs and coral life behind its white sandy beaches.
Nature travelers will enjoy great outdoor experiences such as diving, snorkelling, and jungle trekking.
As the island's only international standard hotel, Berjaya offers 361 chalets and elegant suites spread over 200 acres.
The resort has eight excellent choices of dining outlets and many water sport activities, even a glass bottom boat ride to view the outlying reefs. Miles of sandy white beaches and its surrounding waters promise diving enthusiasts a wondrous oasis.
Rated as one of World Top 10 Ultra Boutique Resorts, JapaMala Resort exudes the local flavor of a Malaysian tropical island. With only a dozen Malay village-style villas and chalets, the resort evokes a fashionably rustic ambiance inspired by nature.
Capturing the mood, even the rooms are called sarangs (Malay for nests). Chalets lie remotely hidden amidst luxuriant jungle, others are perched high on stilts above the turquoise lagoon.
The living spaces and outdoor features like plunge pool, day bed, sun deck and open air bath tubs are structured around the resort's magnificent landscape. And the design keeps the natural features - streams, steep cliff and towering boulders - intact to transcend elegance amidst mother nature.
JapaMala's concept is designed to offer some serious relaxation, and a way of life to escape from your everyday drama. With a strong emphasis on nature and habitat conservation, no trees were felled during the course of building the resort.
Tioman Island: Getting There
Tioman is off the southeast coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is reachable by speedboat or ferry from the coastal towns of Mersing or from Tanjung Gemuk.
Speedboats and Ferries
Speedboats and ferries depart from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok with return fares available.
Bus and Car
Take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to reach Mersing in 5 hours (Tickets RM 23).
Directions from Kuala Lumpur:
Travellers familiar with Malaysian roads can use these less busy backroads. It is advisable to travel on these remote roads during the daytime due to limited services:
In Mersing there are plenty of restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets to stock up on snacks or other items. The jetty to Tioman Island is about a 20 minute walk. There are hotels for overnight stays and access to ATMs and internet cafes. For those who drive, use the secure car park (RM8 per day) next to the jetty.
Arrive by air to Pulau Tioman at the airstrip in Tekek. Berjaya Air flies twice daily to the island from Kuala Lumpur (Subang Airport) and Singapore (Seletar Airport).
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