Sun Sea Salt Combo – Tioman Island
About Tioman Island
Tioman Island (or Pulau Island) is one of the largest volcanic islands in Malaysia in the state of Pahang. In 1970, the island was voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world by Time magazine.
Best time to visit Tioman Island
The best time to visit Tioman Island is from March to October because this is the time when the average temperature is around 30°C. The rainy season from mid-November to mid-February, tourist areas and boat service will be closed. In particular, Tioman will be crowded when the holidays of Singapore or Malaysia, waiting to ship to the island is also difficult and take a longer time.
How to get to Tioman Island?
Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Tioman
As Mersing is the gateway to reach Tioman Island, you have to first go to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty from Kuala Lumpur. From any of these jetties, you can take a ferry service to Tioman Island. Ferry service is the only option to reach Tioman from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. The most common options to reach both jetties from Kuala Lumpur are to take a car or bus as the only flight, Berjaya Air, had cancelled all its flights to Tioman Island.
Singapore / Johor Bahru to Tioman
By taxi or car from Singapore / Johor Bahru is a relatively straight forward journey. If you are coming by bus then it gets a bit more complicated. There is no direct service from Singapore to Mersing. Instead you need to catch the bus to the bus terminal in Johor called Larkin, and then catch a Malaysian bus north to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty.
The drive from Johor Bahru takes about two hours, so add about thirty minutes, or an hour to that for the bus.
By Ferry from Mersing Jetty & Tanjung Gemok Jetty
If you get down at Tanjung Gemok, you can take the ferry from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman Island. The traveling time from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman is 1 hour 30 minutes. If you take the ferry from Mersing Jetty, he traveling time to reach Tioman from Mersing Jetty is also 1 hour 30 minutes.
Budget accommodation largely comprises small wooden chalets, typically with a bathroom, fan and mosquito net. More expensive rooms have air-con and hot showers. Most operations have larger family rooms for those with children.
All accommodation options lie close to each other on the excellent southern beach.
Kampung Air Batang (ABC)
Walkable from Tekek but also with its own jetty, ABC is a good choice of budget restaurants and accommodation.
Salang has more of a party vibe than elsewhere on the island. A very wide and inviting white-sand beach is just south of the jetty and is good for swimming.
The only place to stay on the east coast, Juara has a gorgeous pair of beaches and enough restaurants and accommodation to make it well worth the trip. To get here, take a taxi from Tekek (RM70 one way for two people). Return journeys are RM50 for two people.
The short, wide, white-sand beach is jam-packed with resorts and a few restaurants and food shacks.
Genting caters mostly to the weekend crowds from Singapore and KL, but its surrounding local village gives it a touch of authenticity.
Blissful, isolated Nipah is the place to come to hang in a hammock, snorkel, or hike in the jungle. Nipah’s hotels can arrange pick up from the ferry stop in Genting for RM30 each way.
On the southern tip of Tioman, Mukut may be the loveliest – and perhaps loneliest – kampung on the island. The pretty village, with its traditional homes and flower-lined paths, is fringed by a gorgeous beach.
The beaches in Tioman are very beautiful with blue water and white sand. Guests can dive between the sea in the Juara area. It is situated on the east side of the island; this little village has a magnificent beach and wooden rooms overlooking the sea. The river is overlooking the sea at Nipah, where salt water and fresh water make a beautifully sponge-filled oceanfront an ideal place to swim. In addition, you will also find golden sands at the northwest coast of the island, Salang. This friendly land is famous for its curious pasta and late-night parties.
Snorkelling and Diving:
The Island has a lot of diving sites, a few wrecks and some shallow coral formations making it good for snorkelling and diving – the water is calm with generally good visibility making it a good place to learn — open water diving course.
Pulau Tioman Malaysia has around 20 diving sites and all of them are located within a distance of 30 minutes. Tioman Island is best for both beginners and experts in diving. In the island, you can find training courses for diving. Scuba diving is good for any type of divers. Tioman Island is a place where you can enjoy macro underwater photography and night diving. Some of the popular diving sites in Pulau Tioman Malaysia are Tiger Reef, Soyak Island, Fan Canyon spot, Salang Bay, Renggis, Marine Park, Chebeh, Teluk Kador, Malang rocks, Roger’s Reef, etc. While diving, the divers can see school of fishes, rays, reef sharks, turtles, barracuda, soft and hard corals, whale sharks, etc., under the crystal-clear waters.
Chill at Asah Waterfall
What’s the best feeling after an arduous journey of hiking the trails? The rewarding feeling of swimming in the cool and refreshing water coming down from the hills!
Another must-visit site on your trip to the Island is the Asah Waterfall, Paya Waterfall and Juara Waterfall which is a majestic waterfall nestled deep within nature itself and gives you the best view of the water splashing down coupled with the sounds of birds and other animals in the nearby jungle.
Once arrive in Tioman, besides the main activities; visitors can also take part in the thrilling games such as paragliding, windsurfing, kayaking, paddlebording, sunset watching … or you can go to the Massage cafes with fish to enjoy feeling interesting when the fish massage with only a few pieces of bread.
Cuisine: What to eat in Tioman Island?
Pulau Tioman offers an eclectic range of local and international cuisine that reflects its tourist demographics. Local food that encompass rice, noodle and bread dishes are the most popular choice of cuisine on the island, while also being the cheapest. At higher-end resorts and hotels, more exotic offerings such as steamboat, continental and Japanese cusine becomes available.
The majority of restaurants compose hawker stalls in food courts and budget hotels, some which display fresh seafood for instant grilling that are then served with gravy for dinner. Some hotels also offer full board packages that typically feature a barbeque dinner with chicken wings and seafood for a night.
Due to the weather on the island is so hot, most of the time you are outdoors, YOU SHOULD BRING SUNSCREEN.
Carry your camera under the water to save the most beautiful moments.
Tioman Island is a tax-free area so you can shop for nuts, tacky souvenirs, and T-shirts at a few small shops scattered around the town of Tekek.
Since Tioman is a tax-free area, liquor here don’t have heavy tax like Malaysia mainland. You can enjoy cheap beer, wine and liquor while chatting about your latest adventures. You can chill out here with your fellow over a cool beer and talk about the days past and the days ahead. Everybody loves the relaxed atmosphere and cheap drinks.
Tioman Island is close to Singapore, so you can consider making a reasonable route, if possible, you can come to Singapore.