Tioman Island in Malaysia : Coral Reefs – Part 1

Tioman Island is a small island that is situated about 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Overview of Tioman Island

• It is in the state of Pahang.
• It is about 39 km long and 12 km wide.
• It has eight main villages.
• The largest and most populous village is Kampung Tekek which is in the north.
• The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited.
• It is surrounded by numerous coral reefs.
• This island makes a popular scuba diving spot.
• There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island.
• They have a duty free status.
• TIME Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in 1970s.
• It has a diverse marine life.
• The inland rain forest area is spread approximately 8,296 hectares.
• Tioman is a strictly enforced nature reserve.
• There are several protected species of mammals on the island. These include:
– Binturong
– Long-tailed Macaque
– Slow Loris
– Black Giant Squirrel
– Red Giant Flying Squirrel
– Mouse deer
– Brush-tailed Porcupine
– Common Palm Civet
• There are a total of 45 species of mammals and 138 species of birds.
• This includes the majestic Frigatebird.
• Tioman has species that are endemic to its shores.
• The soft-shelled turtle and the Tioman walking catfish are both unique.
• They can be seen on rain forest walks.
• The island is served by ferries from the Malaysian mainland.

It is also served by a propeller plane service by:
– Berjaya Air from the Changi Airport in Singapore
– Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor.

Pulau Tioman is a part of Rompin district of Pahang. Within Tioman island has 4 kampung:
– Salang
– Tekek
– Juara
– Air Batang

Interesting places in Tioman

Tioman Island
• Midday Beach
• Funny River
• Tioman Airport
• Panuba Bay
• Salang
• Tekek Village
• Minang Cove – The only cove of Tioman Island
• Asah Waterfall
• Bagus Place Retreat- The most Eco-Friendly area on Tioman Island
• Juara Turtle Project- volunteer Sea Turtle and Environmental Conservation
• Golden City – part of Salang village

What is Around Tioman?

• Poseidon’s House
• Tulai Island
• Secret Building
• Three Little Islands
• Sepoi Island – Island where store the money
• Labas Island – The Duplicate of Tioman Island
• Soyak Island – Deep Doze Island

Activities in Tioman

1. Scuba Diving
• Tioman one of the most popular diving destinations in Malaysia.
• This is because of the prevalent marine life.
• There are many dive operators on the island offering boat and shore dives.
• They also provide instruction and certification.
• There are over twenty dive sites on Tioman.
• There underwater topography is diverse.
• Tioman is also one of the few places in Malaysia where you come across schools of dolphins.

2. Rock Climbing
• Advanced climbers can attempt the full five-day climb to the top of the twin peaks.
• Sleep in hammocks at dizzying heights along the way.

3. Jungle Trekking
• The best known, and probably the toughest jungle trek stretches across the middle of the island, through the hilly terrain and rain forest between the villages of Tekek and Juara.
• This is a 7km, four-hour trek.
• Encounter monkeys, monitor lizards, scores of birds and insects.
• Pass the waterfalls and tall trees that are hundreds of years old.
• Paths connect the villages of Genting and Paya as well as Air Batang and Salang.
• There is a Tekek-Juara trail.
• There are sightings of Tioman’s massive monitor lizards and monkeys here.
• There are some strenuous uphill climbs.

Best time to visit/climate

• The monsoon season peaks between November and March every year.
• Frequency of ferry services are reduced during this time.
• Some resorts are closed for the months of December and January.
• It typically re-opens from Chinese New Year (late January or early February) on wards.
• Those that remain open often offer reduced rates during this time.
• Tioman is very popular with Malaysian and Singaporean holidaymakers.
• It is highly recommended to book well in advance for weekends and the public and school holidays of Malaysia and Singapore.
• Equatorial with fairly uniform temperatures year-round, ranging from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Humidity is high (85-95%).
• Annual rainfall varies from 2,000 mm to 2,500 mm.
• Most rain can be expected between November and February.

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How to get there?

• Tioman is off the south-east coast of peninsular Malaysia.
• This is just north of the Johor-Pahang state borders.
• It is reachable by speedboat or ferry from the coastal town of Mersing or from Tanjung Gemuk.

1. Fly to Tioman
• Berjaya Air has direct 40minute flights from Singapore (Seletar Airport) and Kuala Lumpur (Subang Airport) to the airport at Tekek Village on Tioman.
• A large number of international and regional airlines fly to Singapore’s Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
• One can take a short cab ride to either Seletar or Subang airports from here.
• The closest airports to Mersing are the Senai airport in Johor Bahru and Changi airport in Singapore.
• Senai airport is serviced by Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines.
• It serves with flights from various national and regional destinations.
• Long-haul international flights to Johor Bahru connect through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

2. Ferries to Tioman
• Ferries depart from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok.
• If you are booking a package stay on Tioman, a return ferry transfer is almost always included.
• From Mersing, the ferries (150 passengers) can take up to 3 hours.
• Tickets cost RM 35 each way.
• They leave every two to three hours between 07:30 and 18:00.
• Ferry and boat services are less frequent from Tanjung Gemuk.

3. Getting to Tanjung Gemuk
• Tanjung Gemuk is best reached by car.
• For those coming from Singapore and Johor Bahru it is more convenient to reach Tioman from Mersing.

4. Driving from Kuala Lumpur
• Kuala Lumpur – Kuantan – Pekan – Rompin – Tg Gemuk
– Take the East coast Highway (E8) from KL to Kuantan.
– Route No 3 southwards through Pekan and Rompin to Tanjung Gemuk.

• Kuala Lumpur – Seremban – Bahau – Muadzam Shah – Rompin – Tg Gemok
– Take the PLUS Highway (E2) south from KL to Seremban.
– Route No 51 eastwards to Bahau.
– Route No 11 eastwards and route No 12 north-east to Muadzam Shah.
– Route No 63 east to Rompin and Route No 3 south to Tanjung Gemuk.

5. Driving from Melaka
• Melaka – Tangkak – Segamat – Muadzam Shah – Rompin – Tg Gemok
– Take the PLUS Highway (E2) south to Tangkak.
– Route No 23 east to Segamat.
– Route No 12 north-east to Muadzam Sha.
– Route No 63 east to Rompin and Route No 3 south to Tanjung Gemuk.

6. Driving from Kuantan
• Kuantan – Pekan – Rompin – Tg Gemok
– Travel south along Route No 3.

7. Driving from Singapore and Johor Bahru
• Follow directions to Mersing.
• Continue travelling north to Tanjung Gemuk along Route 3.

8. Take a bus
• From Johor Bahru (Larkin Bus terminal) take the Causeway Link, Transnational or S&S Express bus to Mersing
• 2.5-3 hours.
• About RM 10 each way.

Some Travel Books on Malaysia

Malaysia and Singapore Malaysia Singapore & Brunei Floating on a Malayan Breeze

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at tioman.com.my
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs/Sites about Tioman Island – Malaysia

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at travelblog.org
blogs at travbuddy.com
blogs and reviews at tioman.com.my

Images and photos of Tioman Island – Malaysia

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at travelblog.org
Images at tioman.com.my

Videos of Tioman Island – Malaysia

Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island), Malaysia by PaulPetey

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