Tioman is 39 km long and 12 km wide and was once a monsoon shelter for merchant ships, warships, a haughty bunch of pirates and a few fisherman families. The first written mention about Tioman was found in the magazines of Arab traders, who were here 1000
AC. came here. The Indian, Persian and Chinese traders followed later.
|When the route across the South China Sea was discovered by enthusiastic merchants from China, they founded many coastal settlements on the peninsula of Malaysia. Also on Tioman. Not only was the island a perfect hiding place against the monsoon storms. It was also an ideal place to store fresh water and wood. The inhabitants of Tioman also traded with the merchants. The Chinese wanted, among other things, fish and camphor wood; the Indian traders loaded their ships to the brim with betel nuts, which were found in abundance on the island, while the Arabs were searching for scented woods (such as aloe wood, camphor and sandalwood), ivory and ebony, rice, gold and bamboo.
The seafarers also used the island for navigation. At the northern point one had to turn to the northeast to sail to Cambodia.
There is now a lot of evidence that traders set up camp at Nipah beach.
But it was not all "hosanna" for the inhabitants of Tioman. In 1830, pirates moved to the island and abducted 70 residents to sell them on the flourishing slave markets. Out of fear the remaining villagers left and settled on the mainland. The island was uninhabited until 15 years later the pirates were expelled from the area.
Slowly the villagers dripped back and life returned to the island. However, in 1926 an outbreak of malaria killed many islanders and again the island was pulled away. Many of the houses were uninhabited and the fields they lived in were returned to the jungle.
During the Second World War, a small detachment of the Japanese army was sent to found a base on Tioman. After the war, Tioman fell into oblivion until it was rediscovered by filmmakers. Fame and fortune followed and Tioman became the paradise island of Bali Hai in the musical "South Pacific".
The listing as one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world by TIME magazine in the 1970s made the island popular. Since then there are streams of visitors to enjoy that small piece of island paradise.
" On the ferry we all have to sit inside and once we are out of the port we get why, the boat goes super fast and the waves come easily to the porthole! After 1.5 hours of sailing we are at the first destination, where the boat stops.
The town Genting on Tioman. Here we go out. When we walk over the jetty we already see a lot of fish in the water because the water is crystal clear. We walk to our house and clear our belongings. Then we explore the town and we go for a swim in the sea and snorkeling!
After a very nice lunch with delicious burgers we go swimming in the sea again. John does not feel well, so we go back to the house. He falls asleep immediately after showering."