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TIOMAN

"Tioman Island is an amazing tropical paradise. It is the largest and most impressive island on the east coast. You can do various activities here. Tioman Island gained fame in the fifties through the famous film 'South Pacific'. The island was later named in 1970 by Time magazine as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world."

Airport Tioman from the cockpit.

You will arrive in Tioman in the small village of Tekek by plane or boat. Tioman Island is located on the outskirts of the state of Johor in Malaysia. It is the largest of a group of 64 volcanic islands. Legend has it, that Tioman was the last resting place of a dragon princess who had turned into an island. The story is, that the princess was on her way to Singapore from China and had stopped in the area to admire the charm. He became so fascinated by its beauty that he decided not to continue his journey and transformed himself into Tioman, remaining a place of refuge and comfort for passing tourists.

The island is located about 24 miles off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, with its three peaks rising to about 1,000 meters (about 3,000 feet) and visible far into the South China Sea. A total of 44 square miles are covered by tropical rainforest. The narrow coastline is partially cultivated, and on it there are villages and small hamlets, with a large population of locals.

Tourists come to sunbathe on the beautiful beach and swim in the warm equatorial waters. As scuba diving becomes a more popular and easily accessible sport, Tioman is also a popular diving destination. The increasing influx of divers has led the Pahang State Fisheries Department to set up a full -time marine park center in Kampung Tekek where underwater activities are closely monitored by park rangers to ensure conservation rules are complied with. These restrictions have contributed towards the conservation of its marine environment. Recent climate changes have also helped.

The waters around the island are clear enough divers can expect better visibility conditions in other waters, but generally one can expect visibility between five to 10 meters around Tioman. This, however, does not detract from the beauty of its coral reefs, which are an underwater park of colorful marine life.

Tioman has been used for thousands of years by fishermen as an important navigation point and a source of fresh water and wood. During the past thousand years, it has played host to Chinese, Arab, and European trading ships, and often Chinese porcelain shards can be found on beaches around the island.
In more recent history, Tioman played host to both the British and the Japanese navies during the Second World War, and the waters around the island are littered with war remains (including HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales).

 

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Tioman

When you dive and snorkel on Tioman Island, be sure to bring a camera. The neon colors of parrots, butterfly fish, Napoleon fish and silver snapper swimming in the middle of a colorful marine park deserve to be captured in the film. The coral fish oasis and the tropics of Tioman Island can also be seen without ever getting wet. Around the island, tours are available on glass -bottomed boats operated by Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort. The waters around the island also offer many adventures for athletes looking to windsurf, canoe, sail or fish; your choice of catfish, canoes, yachts and fishing rods can be easily rented.

Tioman

xx Diving and snorkeling are generally done around the reefs of Tulai Island, Renggis Island, Sepoi Island and Labas Island. For the more adventurous, there are underwater caves around Chebeh Island to explore.
The water around the island also offers visitors fun water sports such as water skiing and jet skiing with Salang, Juara, Air Batang and Bunut being among the best beaches.

Kampong Tekek is the most important village on the island. This is the jetty, which comes from Mersing or Singapore, and the airport is there. Near the jetty there are rows of roadside food stalls, selling mainly local foods such as nasi lemak, roti canai, nasi goreng, and drinks.

Above the bridge there is a 2 storey building that sells souvenirs and more food and to the left of this is the airport. Enough miles from the bridge is also the island -only clinic.


From the clinic, the road leads to the luxurious Berjaya resort with a private beach and golf course. But for those of you who prefer chalets or cheaper rooms, there are a number of small resorts and hotels on the way


 

 

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There are also several Chinese seafood restaurants on the way to Berjaya Resort, heading to the southern end of Tekek. Otherwise, there is always a resort restaurant.
Right outside Pesona Island Resort in Kampong Tekek, there is a “Cheers” gift shop, which sells movies, souvenirs, drinks and insect repellents if needed. They also rent bicycles for RM25 a day or RM5 an hour and motorcycles for RM85 a day or RM15 an hour. There is an internet cafe across the street from the Cheers gift shop which also has a color printer.

In Salang there are about 4 restaurants, and the two restaurants we tried served excellent food. You can get a seafood bar every day, and one of them makes BBQ grilled chicken. Even though we didn’t drink tap water, drinks with ice in them and made with water looked good and didn’t pose a problem to us .... yet !!! The most popular bar, Four-S Cafe, has a good atmosphere and is a great place to meet other diners on the island, and you can also have a drink of some locals here. Tiger priced at RM6, Heineken and Carlsberg priced at RM5, all 330ml cans. The bar owners love the music, and make requests. When the Four-S Cafe closes at 1 a.m., another bar opens at the end of the beach (look for flashing lights), and this bar stays open until everyone is asleep or when the sun starts to rise.

 
There is a new road leading to Kampong Juara . The road starts from Kampong Tekek. The road looks more like a dry river. Wavy, treacherous and narrow. As we left, we took a Jeep 4WD with a price of RM35 per person for each trip. And a wise choice too. Along the way, we saw people fall off their motorcycles and seriously injure themselves. Although there is a motorcycle 'taxi' for rent at a price of RM25 per person for each trip. We suggest that you pay a little more for a jeep rental. Just for jeeps, you may have to wait a few seconds to fill the seats before they leave. Ask at the jetty to get a jeep to Kampong Juara or call the owner of Kennet at 013 - 780 9543.
Another route to Juara is to rent a sea taxi for about RM150 - RM160 a boat from Salang or Tekek that will take you right to the front of the resort. The price of going from a sea taxi is a bit strange - if a minimum of 2 people rent a sea taxi to Juara, it costs RM60 per person.
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Kampong Juara

However, if the number exceeds 2 people, then they charge RM30 to RM50 per person depending on the amount. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour from Salang or Tekek depending on the weather.

Getting to the Champion is not something that is easy and cheap though. As lone travelers, many actually attempt to cross the Tioman hills through a journey that has been carved into the belly of the island. This is an old open road hacked through the jungle during World War II by the Japanese.
The journey runs from Tekek to Juara and takes about 3 hours to complete. According to tourists, the most affordable way is to throw most of your heavy equipment in Tekek. Some left their heavy backpacks with the dive center they dived into and walked overnight. Traveling can be quite difficult in some parts where the slopes are as steep as 75 degrees. Once you reach the top, descend from the side of Juara assisted by a winding concrete road to Juara village.

GOLF

The beautiful 'playground' is the 18 -hole golf course at Tioman Island Golf Club.
It is built along the blue waters of the South China Sea.
You can watch the coconut trees sway while playing golf.

Number of Holes
18 holes
Green Fees
Weekdays - RM80.00
Weekend   - RM100.00
Facilities
Full set             - RM50.00
Shoes              - RM10.00
Buggy              - RM40.00 (weekdays)
                       - RM50.00 (weekend)
Putting practice - RM15.00 (15 green balls)
Contact
Tioman Island Golf Club
Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort
Pulau Tioman
Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel : 609-419 1000
Fax: 609-419 1718   
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Tioman

There are also several Chinese seafood restaurants on the way to Berjaya Resort, heading to the southern end of Tekek. Otherwise, there are always restaurants. Diving trips and lessons can be arranged at Tioman Dive Center (at Tekek and Minang Cove Resort), Bali Hai Dive Center (Kampung Panuba), Dive Asia (Tekek, Salang and Air Batang) en B & J Diving Center (in Kampung Salang).
Tioman has some of the best diving locations in the South Asian region. With 18 dive sites to choose from, they can offer outbound dive sites for newcomers as well as more challenging dive sites for the experienced. Divers. Within close proximity there are 12 places you can visit on your daily diving trip.
The underwater landscape is granite, the perfect ground for coral growth that provides shelter and food for fish and other marine life. Come and explore the swimming streets of Labas, swim along the dense fan coral park at Fan Canyon or enjoy the soft reefs on one of our shipwrecks.
Tioman offers a wide variety of soft and fluffy corals and sponge corals. resort.
Right outside Pesona Island Resort in Kampong Tekek, there is a “Cheers” gift shop, which sells movies, souvenirs, drinks and insect repellents if needed. They also rent bicycles for RM25 a day or RM5 an hour and motorcycles for RM85 a day or RM15 an hour. There is an internet cafe across the street from the Cheers gift shop which also has a color printer.

In Salang there are about 4 restaurants, and the two restaurants we tried served excellent food. You can get a seafood bar every day, and one of them makes BBQ grilled chicken. Even though we didn’t drink tap water, drinks with ice in them and made with water looked good and didn’t pose a problem to us .... yet !!! The most popular bar, Four-S Cafe, has a good atmosphere and is a great place to meet other diners on the island, and you can also have a drink of some locals here. Tiger priced at RM6, Heineken and Carlsberg priced at RM5, all 330ml cans. The bar owners love the music, and make requests. When the Four-S Cafe closes at 1 a.m., another bar opens at the end of the beach (look for flashing lights), and this bar stays open until everyone is asleep or when the sun starts to rise.

GETTING TO TIOMAN

By Road
(to Mersing point)
  • Transnasional buses (Tel: 603-20311430 / 607-7993155) ply the Kuala Lumpur Mersing route several times a day. Buses leave from the Pudu Sentral Bus Station next to the Chinatown area in Kuala Lumpur and you need to physically get your tickets from the ticket counter there.

 

 
  • Buses are normally at 9 am, 10 am, 10 pm and 11 pm and takes 6 hours to Mersing. The bus' LAST stop is the Plaza R & R which is right next to the Mersing Ferry Point.

 

By Road
(Driving - From KL to Mersing point)
  • If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, a suggested route would be via Seremban and Kuala Pilah, passing Bandar Muadzam Shah onto Rompin and Endau and into Mersing. This drive takes about 5 hours. 

  • Alternatively, take the North-South Expressway, turn off at Ayer Hitam (Toll charges about RM30), head for Kluang then onto Mersing. This drive is shorter and takes 4 hours. 

  • Parking fee outside the ferry terminal in Mersing is RM8 a night.

 

By Road
(Driving - From Johor Bahru to Mersing)
  • Taxi fare is approx. RM120/cab per way (charter).

  • One of the coach service operator is Causeway Llink Express. Depart at 8:00a.m,11:30a.m, 3:00p.m & 6:30pm . These are not frequent though.  Alternatively, you can take any bus  to Kuantan from Johor Bahru/Singapore but should not be surprised if you get charged the full Johor Bahru-Kuantan (RM25) fare even though you might only be going halfway.

 

By Ferry
  • Many ferry operators operate boats and ferries between Mersing and Tioman several times a day.

  • Amongst the most reliable, Blue Water Speedboats (Tel: 607-7995696) operates its first speedboats from Mersing at 7.30 a.m. and its last ones at about 4.30 p.m. depending on tides. 

  • Tickets cost RM35 one way. From Tioman, the first boat leaves at 8.00 a.m and the last at about 4.30 p.m. daily.

 

Tioman

WARNING
In Mersing is a travel office, which "picks up" all tourists for Tioman from the buses. Then they tell you, that you must book at them, because everything is "full" on Tioman. Be careful, because now you're paying far too much for your accommodation, which you have never seen. The chalet you've booked is mostly a disappointment. The boat trip you can book at them, but don't book the accommodation.
There's enough accommodation on the island.
Take only a one way ticket by boat
, because then you can choose the boat on your way back to the mainland. The name of this travel agent is: "Island Connection". The people on Tioman don't like that way of dealing, because they can't rent a chalet themselves. Most of the tourists are going to the village of the travel agent.

Are you going to dive with the "Sunrise Dive Centre", then you can get a direct boat to Juara.
Consult for that the dive school.

 


Japamala Resort by Samadhi

Japamala Resort by Samadhi is Tioman Island’s only boutique resort and one of the three Samadhi Retreat properties in Malaysia. This small and exclusive resort of 13 rooms is hidden amidst 11 acres of lush tropical rainforest, where charming Malay, village-styled villas and chalets are positioned in the most breathtaking spots.
Best described as an eco-luxe resort, Japamala Resort by Samadhi transcends the experience of living close to nature by redefining it with a touch of luxury. Designed by natural streams, steep cliffs, towering boulders, and where no trees are fell, the entire resort borrows from nature its elements to offer an exceptional sense of paradise and freedom from the real world.

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Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort

Secluded in a peaceful area in Tioman Island, Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort is a two-hour ferry ride from Tanjung Gemok jetty. Boasting a relaxing and excellent location, the resort offers guests many activities such as snorkeling, a spa, and souvenir shop. Genting Village is about 15 minutes away by boat, while the Tekek Airport on Tioman Island takes approximately 30 minutes. In addition to its fantastic location, Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort offers spacious and uniquely designed villas with a balcony overlooking the beach or rainforest. The air conditioned villas come equipped with a flat screen satellite TV, an electric kettle, and tea/coffee maker. After a long day, guests can indulge in pleasure with some massages or a luxurious body treatment at Tunamaya’s Sarang Spa. Family with children can enjoy the resort's babysitting service. Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort is simply perfect for a getaway.

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  Ben van Wijnen


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