Tioman Island in Malaysia : Coral Reefs – Part 2

Tioman Island is a small island that is situated about 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is in the state of Pahang. It is about 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages.

Attractions/Activities in and around Tioman Island

1. Juara
• The local village is spread back from the little track which follows the line of the sea.
• People live all over the place in simple huts.
• The tourist huts and accommodation is within 20 m of high water mark.
• Juara is a very quiet beach.
• This is located at the east coast.
• There are three rivers coming from the mountains.
• These deliver cold freshwater to the beach.
• This is a chilling alternative to swimming in the sea.
• A path leads to waterfalls in the jungle.
• It is fun and nice for a swim and climb over the large rocks.
• To reach the waterfalls, just follow a marked path for about 30 min.
• The path starts at the south beach.
• This is next to the turtle breeding farm.
• The farm is opposite of the great rocks, which lie on the beach.
• The path is marked by the bottoms of cans, nailed to the trees.
• At the beginning of the path there are three such signs at a tree.
• Walk along the only concrete road towards south to the turtle breeding farm.
• The place itself is divided into two beaches.
• These beaches are separated by a small hill.
• It is said to be the “origin” of Tioman.
• The beach more towards the north where the jetty has very nice sand.
• There are some dead coral in the shallow water.
• Swimming is fine here.
• Walking in the water can be painful.
• At both ends of this beach is the mouth of one of the rivers.
• The beach towards the south is quieter.
• At the south end of this beach the last of the three rivers meets the sea.
• At the southern end of Mrntawak beach, there is a turtle hatchery.
• Phone: 09 419 3244
• Email :contact@juaraturtleproject.com
• Open during the day to visitors.
• It takes 1-2 hour to understand more how live sea turtle and how to preserve them.
• One may see eggs or injured sea turtles.
• Minimum donation of RM 10 as entrance fee.

2. Round Island Tour
• The only way to reach all the attractions of the island is by boat.
• Round Island tours range from RM 80-120 per person.
• One-day round-island tour is offered by many operators to see the island.
Typical stops along the way include:

Asah waterfall just outside of Mukut Village:
– From the jetty, take a short trek through the jungle.
– This will lead to one of the most impressive waterfalls on the island.
– There are pools of cool mountain water.

A chance to photograph the twin peaks
– These are known as the dragon’s horns.
– These are Tioman’s famous peaks.
– The sight is at the southern end of the island.
– It is famous with adventurous rock-climbers.
– Duty free shopping in Tekek
– Snorkeling at the Marine Park headquarters

3. Marine Park
• Tioman and the surrounding smaller islands have been zoned as a Marine Park.
• This is done in order to protect the sensitive eco-systems in the sea here.
• The water in front of the Marine Park Headquarters is situated close to Tekek Village.
• This area has been set aside for snorkeling.
• Clouds of colorful fish gather here.

4. Monkey Bay
• Monkey Bay is tucked between Salang and Air Batang village on the north of the island.
• There is white sandy beach and crystal clear water.
• You are able to reach this spot from Air Batang or Salang village on a pathway that cuts through the jungle.

5. Paya
A group of rocks adjacent from the beach offers a variety of colourful coral and fish.

6. Air Batang
• The best village for snorkeling.
• One can see turtles and a vast garden of yellow coral.

7. Others
• Golfing
• Spa
• Shopping

Snorkeling in Tioman Island

The popular stops for snorkeling outings:
Tulai Island (Coral Island)
• This is one of the most popular stops for scuba diving and snorkeling coming to Tioman.
• Tulai Island is a short boat ride to the north-east of Tioman Island.
• The closest village is Salang.

Renggis Island
• It is situated right in front of the Berjaya Resort.
• This rocky island has some of the most impressive coral formations.
• It is a stop for snorkeling and scuba diving.
• Renggis Island’s attraction lies beneath the water around it.
• Coral polyps have been attaching themselves to the rocks below the water here.
• It is one of the vastest and most colorful coral gardens around Tioman.
• The island is right in front of the Berjaya resort.
• Trips here are usually included in snorkeling outings.
• Boats stop here for about 45 minutes.

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

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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

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

Videos of Tioman Island – Malaysia

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