The Tioman Island Travel Guide would be incomplete without first mentioning Tekek Village. Tekek village also known as Tekek Tioman is the capital of Tioman Island. This village is located towards the western side of the island and with its coastal area stretching three kilometres long. Though Tekek is referred to as a village it is essentially a town settlement and is much more urbanised than the other villages in the island. Tekek village has retail shops, hotels, highways, airport, banks, a jetty complex and a marina. As such Tekek being the capital is quite popular among the visitors and tourists because of its urbanisation and modern facilities.
How to get to Tekek Village
Getting to Tekek Village is very easy since the village is situated on the shores of the island, and the modes of transport available to get to Tekek village are Airways and waterways. There is only one airfield in the entire of Tioman Island and it is located in close proximity to Tekek Village. As such one can catch a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tekek Village using the air services provided by Berjaya airlines. The next mode of transport is through waterways and this involves taking a ferry ride from Mersing village to the shores of Tekek Village.
Tekek Village Accommodations
Coming to the accommodations which are available in Tekek Village, the choice is fairly huge. There are a lot of hotels, shacks and a good number of resorts too which are available at different price points. If you wish to experience the simple side of life the village is filled with a lot of low budget hotels and stays which will provide you with the basic amenities. However, if you are in need of luxury then Tekek Village also has a good choice of resorts and hotels which provide world-class services throughout the year. Some of the resorts and hotels are Berjaya Tioman Resort, Peladang Tioman and Selesa Tioman.
Tekek Village Food
There are a lot of hotels and restaurants in Tekek Village which offer you different types of food; however Malaysian food is also the staple and as such forms the majority of it. Besides Malay foods there are also Chinese restaurants which offer many Chinese delicacies too. Besides if you fancy western food then some restaurants as well as resorts also provide western foods as well.
The unique things to do in Tekek Village
Tekek Village has a lot of things to offer to the visitors that come and visit this village during their time in Tioman Island. Let us take you through some things which you can do in Tekek Village.
1. Snorkelling and Diving:
Tioman Island is regarded as one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and scuba diving. True to this claim there are a lot of tourists who flock to this island for snorkelling and diving in the clear blue waters that surrounds Tioman Island. As such Tekek village offers numerous snorkelling and diving plans and packages for the visitors of this village. Tekek is also equipped with multiple diving centres that help new and inexperienced divers to learn how to dive. The coats along Tekek Village have many beautiful coral reefs and marine life which makes Snorkelling a pleasure and unique experience for all. The fees for snorkelling and diving are also relatively cheap and you can also get extra gear if you wish to dive deeper into the sea.
Tekek Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastlines in the world. The water along the coast is warm and the beaches also have white stand which adds further visual appeal. As such people can take part in a relaxing swim when the tides are low, or just have a relaxing sun bath on the beaches wherein the sun shines all day long. As such, the beaches of Tekek Village are perfect for those looking for ways to relax and soothe themselves.
3. Shopping and Eating:
Tekek Village offers a unique shopping and eating experience unlike the other villages; this is because the village is equipped with a lot of modern facilities which include many retail stores, hotels and restaurants. As a result Tekek village offers a very unique shopping and culinary experience. The shops in Tekek village offers a lot of souvenirs, gifts and locally made items at very cheap rates, as such one can get themselves many gifts to take home without shelling out a fortune. Coming to the Eating and drinking part of things, Tekek Village has duty free shops and as a result all kinds of alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, whiskey etc, can be bought at very cheap rates. The restaurant in Tekek village also serves different varieties of which include Malaya, Chinese and some western foods as well. As such the culinary experience is something which every visitor in Tekek Village must experience.
4. Jungle Trekking:
More than half of Tioman Island is under forest cover and only a few percentage of it has been urbanised, and as such this jungles provides numerous source of activities for tourists. As such if you have an adventurous spirit then the Tekek Village has numerous jungle treks to satiate your adventure hungry spirit. One such jungle trek is the Tekek-Juara Jungle Trek which spans for a total of seven kilometres and is sure to put your endurance and stamina to the test. Besides, this trek there is other jungle treks which also provide you with the much sought after adrenaline rush.
The thought of golfing in a tropical island might sound far-fetched but not in the Tekek Village of Tioman Island. Tekek Village holds distinction as the only village to have a golfing course and this is a delight for golfers. The 18 hole, golf course is offered by Berjaya Resort in Tekek Village, and though it might not be huge, it offers an amazing experience owing to the amazing island atmosphere, the tropical climate and the beautiful sceneries surrounding it.
There is no doubt that Tekek Village is the main attraction of Tioman Island, and this can be attributed to its inclusion of many modern facilities, the duty free shops and the wide choice of fun filled activities. As such if you are searching for an adventure and fun filled location in Tioman Island, then Tekek Village should be your first preference. However, Tekek Village is not the end of Tioman Island but the other villages i.e. Air Batwang Village, Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village also have a lot to offer and are definitely worth checking out.