Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)
If you are in search of the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and drown yourself in the beauty and serenity that nature has to offer, then Tioman Island in Malaysia might be the perfect getaway for you. Malaysia is a South-east Asian country which is blessed with hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful islands, beaches and rainforests. Tioman Island as such is also one among the hundreds of Islands that Malaysia has, and is also quite popular owing to its beauty. Despite having hundreds of Islands, each island in Malaysia is unique and special in its regard. As such, Tioman Island carries with it its uniqueness which makes it special. This Tioman Travel guide will help you explore the beautiful island by informing you of the location, the best time to visit, how to get there, the places to stay, the things to do and many more.
Where is Tioman Island Situated?
Tioman Island is situated on the south-eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is one among the group of sixty-four islands that the south-eastern region has. It is also the largest and most popular island in the eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is duly regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia. Tioman Island is situated 278 kilometres away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
When is the best time to visit Tioman Island?
The best time to visit Tioman Island is between March and October as during this season the weather is dry and pleasant. June, July and August are the best months to visit this Island since they are the summer months and the weather is pleasant. Since Tioman Island has a tropical climate; the northeast monsoon arrives during the end of October and continues till early March and brings with it heavy rainfall, making it inaccessible. As a result, the island becomes desolate, and most of the resorts also remain closed. Therefore, it is best not to visit the island during the monsoon season.
How to get to Tioman Island
After Reaching Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, there are two ways in which you can get to Tioman Island. The first way is through Air Transport and the second way is through a combination of land and water transport.
The first and the quickest way to get to Tioman Island is by availing flight services. After reaching Kuala Lumpur, you need to get to Subang International Airport either by bus or taxi and then book a flight to Pulau Tioman Airport. The Air services are provided by Berjaya Air, and the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island takes around an hour. The price of each Air ticket ranges from 180MR to 240MR. However, during the time of this writing it has been found that the flight service to Tioman Island has been discontinued.
The second way to get to Tioman Island involves taking Bus or taxi service from Kuala Lumpur to the village of Mersing which takes around 5 to 6 hours and costs about 30MR. After reaching the village of Mersing, there is ferry service called Bluewater Express that takes you from Mersing to Tioman Island. The Ferry takes around 2 hours to reach the island, however, depending on the weather, it might take longer. The ferry ticket is priced at 35MR.
Where to stay?
When we talk about the accommodation that comes with Tioman Island, it offers some resorts, hotels and motels which are low in number but is well developed since the island thrives on sea tourism. The accommodations range from bungalows, villas and chalets to some luxurious resorts. For people who are on a tight budget, there are a lot of simple bungalows and rooms which can be had for less than $20 per night. However, if you are in search for more luxurious stays, then there are a couple of luxurious and expensive resorts which will offer you everything that is expected from a high-end resort. The most expensive and luxurious resort in Tioman Island is the JapaMala Resort which is a 5-star resort and is an excellent stay for people on their honeymoons or who are on a more luxurious vacation. As such though the number of accommodations is a bit on the lower side, however, the pricing is diverse and thus the island can cater to an extensive range of visitors.
The things to do in Tioman Island
Tioman Island is endowed with a lot of beautiful beaches along its coastline along with the beautiful seas and lush forests; as such there is no shortage of activities and the things to do. Some of the things which you can do while you are in Tioman Island are as follows:
- Scuba Diving: This comes as no surprise since Tioman Island has stunning beaches which have white sand and clear blue waters. As such visitors can dive in the clear, beautiful waters and enjoy the diverse and beautiful marine life that Tioman has to offer. If you wish to engage in deeper dives than you can get hold of equipment as well.
- Snorkelling: For non-divers, snorkelling can be the next best thing with the island offering numerous snorkelling sites. Each snorkelling site is unique and features the beautiful and unique marine ecosystem which includes coral reefs too. Besides, there are many resorts which have snorkelling tours on offer too.
The Places to visit in Tioman Island
Tioman Island is the largest island in the eastern side of the Malaysian peninsula is filled with numerous places which tourists can visit, and as such, they can go jungle trekking, visit the numerous beautiful beaches, go on boating trips, visit numerous waterfalls etc. One thing unique about Tioman Island is that it is made up of multiple small villages and each village is unique in its way, and they are Tekek Village, Air Batang Village, Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village. As such in this Tioman Travel Guide, we will be talking in detail about these villages of Tioman Island and the uniqueness of each village.