Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is home to Tioman, an enchanting island in the South China Sea. The state is blessed with a beautiful coastline, which offers endless tropical bliss for sun-seekers.
Tioman is the largest and most developed of the volcanic islands that form the Tioman Marine Park. According to legend, the island is the final resting place of a beautiful dragon princess. Until today, the island bears a startling resemblance to a sleeping dragon.
A sense of peace, tranquility and simplicity embraces visitors upon arrival. The waters around Tioman are ideal for water sports including swimming, boating, kayaking or windsurfing. Its warm waters and good visibility make it a paradise for underwater explorations. Discover astounding sights such as colourful gorgonian sea fans, staghorn corals, nudibranchs and beautifully sculptured sea sponges. Marine life such as Napoleon fish, golden striped trevally, bumphead parrotfish and shoals of fusiliers swim playfully in the depths.
Those without a strong affinity to water can still enjoy these sights in a glass-bottomed boat. Divers will enjoy trips to outlying islands as it provides opportunities to encounter harmless black-tip sharks, moray eels and other pelagic species.
For a touch of adventure, take a boat ride to Monkey Beach, or the uninhabited islands of Tulai and Renggis for a swim and a picnic.
There are several villages scattered around the island’s coastline, the larger ones being Salang, Tekek, Genting, Paya and Juara. Each village offers a different atmosphere and a unique experience to enjoy.
Salang, situated on the northwest of the island, enjoys immense popularity for its crystal-clear waters and colourful corals close to the shoreline. Spend a day exploring the vibrant underwater gardens or enjoy a nap in a hammock while hearing the soothing sound of gentle waves. A stroll by the beach in the evenings will reward visitors with a spectacular view of the sun setting against the horizon.
Tekek, located midway on the island’s western coastline, has the longest stretch of beach on the island. This village is the gateway to Tioman by air and sea. It is also the closest village to the Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, the island’s only five-star accommodation.
The Genting village, further south of Tekek, is enveloped by a serene and rustic atmosphere. The tranquil beach boasts stretches of golden sand ideal for long strolls along the shore.
Juara, on the east coast of the island, is a secluded hideaway boasting a wide beach with fine spots for swimming, sunbathing or camping. Marvellous views of sunrise can be seen from Juara.
The island’s southernmost village, Mukut, is surrounded by nature in its purest form. Towering against its skyline are the Twin Peaks or Dragon’s Horns, an unmistakable landmark of the island.
Tanjung Gemok in Pahang and Mersing in Johor are two take-off points to Tioman. Tanjong Gemok is a 3½ hours’ drive via the North–South Expressway. Visitors can exit at the Senawang Interchange, proceed to Muadzam Shah and Rompin before arriving at Tanjung Gemok. To get to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur, exit at Kluang along the North-South Expressway. Alternatively, overnight buses from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing are also available.
System Aviation Services (SAS) operates chartered flights to Tioman Island from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang via the Cessna Grand Caravan.
The island is accessible by boat from the jetties in Tanjung Gemok and Mersing. The ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on sea conditions.
Tourism Malaysia Regional Office
(Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan)
Tel: 609 567 7112 / 7115 / 7116
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