Paya Village, Tioman
Tioman Island has a number of villages in its western side, and one such village is Paya Village. Paya Village finds itself between Genting Village and Tekek Village and is thus located on the route that the passenger boats take to go to the other villages on the island. Paya village makes it on the list of the Tioman Travel Guide since it has one of the best beaches in the island which is made up of golden sand and also the mountains here are high and majestic adding further aesthetic value to the village. Paya Island also has some excellent resorts and hotels which offer amazing services coupled with delicious food and refreshing drinks.
How to get to Paya Village
Getting to Paya Village is relatively simple and easy because it is located on the main route that ferries and passenger boats take to go to the other villages on the island. As such after reaching the village of Mersing from Kuala Lumpur, visitors can take the Bluewater express which operates from Mersing village to Tioman Island wherein it will make a halt at Paya Village. Consequently, if you are in Genting Village, you can trek to Paya village with the help of a local guide since they are located close to each other.
Paya Village Accommodation
Since Paya is a small village with a tiny population, the accommodation services that it provides are also not plenty. Paya Village as such is frequented by domestic tourists and a good amount of foreign tourists as well. Paya village has two main resorts which provide modern accommodation facilities such as a gym, karaoke lounge, spa etc. and they are Paya Beach Resort and Tioman Paya Resort. Besides these two resorts, there is also a small hotel which provides chalet accommodation and is reasonably cheap compared to the other two resorts.
Paya Village Food
There are many restaurants, cafes and bars in Paya village which will provide you with the food to appease your appetite. Malaysian cuisine is the majority food item that is served here, however besides this restaurants will also serve you with Chinese and Singaporean food and at the same time, you will also get a few western food items as well. Some of the popular places from where you can get food and drinks in Paya Village are Rama Rama Restaurant, Tioman Paya Resort Restaurant and Beach Club Bar. Besides these places, there are also some local stalls and restaurant which will provide you with local delicacies as well.
The Unique things to do in Paya Village
Paya Village is well known on the island of Tioman because it is regarded as one of the best villages for having a good time and engaging in various activities. Paya Village is blessed with beautiful beaches which stretch for half a kilometre, thick and beautiful jungle with some of the highest mountains on the island and even a unique marine ecosystem. As such there are a lot of things which one can do in Paya village and some of them are as follows.
1. Sunbathe and Relax on Paya Beach:
The little village of Paya is known for having one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in all of Tioman Island. This beach is known as the Paya Beach, and it is made of golden sand which is complemented by the clear blue sea and the beautiful forest landscape in the background, making it quite a sight to behold. No wonder many people flock to this beach to relax, sunbathe and soak in the view that Paya Beach has to offer. Just near Paya beach is the famous Paya beach resort from where you can avail a rejuvenating spa or enjoy a cold cocktail while you drown yourself in the beach’s beauty.
2. Hike Mount Kajang:
Paya Village is home to some of the highest mountains in all of Tioman Island, and this includes Mount Kajang which is also known as Mount Gunung Kajang. Mount Kajang also happens to be the tallest mountain in Tioman Island and stands at an incredible 1038 metres high making it a challenging hike. Reaching the peak of the mountain and coming back will take a combined time of ten hours, however, if you wish to take things slower the guides can also accommodate for an overnight camp in the jungle too. The hike to Mount Kajang will no doubt test your limits; however, once you get to the top, the view is breathtaking and worth it.
3. Go Snorkelling and Diving:
Snorkelling and diving in and around the beaches of Paya Village is also a delight because it the marine life in them is rich and diverse. As such if you fancy for a quick snorkel or a quick dive, then the waters around Paya beach is the perfect place for you to engage in snorkelling. However, if you wish to take things further the neighbouring island of Tomok is the perfect area for free diving and Snorkelling, with its waters boasting of rich and colourful reefs of coral, a wide variety of marine life which includes multiple species of fish, turtles, jellyfish and even sharks too. This makes Paya village a haven for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
4. Go Fishing:
As mentioned above Tioman Island has an abundant marine life, and things are no different with Paya village too. Paya village is also rich in marine life, and the fact that most of the locals are fishermen also proves this fact. Hence, if you wish to learn fishing and at the same time catch some for food then, going on a fishing trip in Paya village is a great idea. As such you can charter a fishing boat from any of the locals and start fishing. However, one thing to keep in mind is that you are only allowed to go twenty-five kilometres from the island’s coast.
The village of Paya though tiny it may be is still filled with tons of things to do if you wish to stay there. From its beautiful and relaxing golden beaches to the majestic and awe-inspiring mountains along with its rich biodiversity, there are many things to like about Paya Village. All these combine to make Paya village a unique place in Tioman Island and is a must visit for visitors to the Tioman Islands. After you finish your stay here some of the other beautiful villages you can visit are Air Batang, Juara and Salang.