Tioman - getaway for the whole family
Tioman is probably the most famous of all Malaysian islands on the east coast. Interestingly it is not very populated. In the past Tioman was used by ships which stopped over for fresh water and supplies. Many people know the island for it's diving spots but there is more. There are spectacular waterfalls, unspoiled jungle and beautiful beaches.
Tekek village and the area north and south of the village are well developed. Here you find kampung houses and one major resort: Berjaya Tioman Resort. The airport is located just outside Tekek Village
The island used to be a popular spot for ships to stop over over fresh water and supplies. But today it is mainly reknown for its spectacular diving. But there is more.
The Asah Waterfalls are beautiful, and there are several jungle treks through the unspoiled juingle possible. Others prefer to be on the water and get a canoe.
The western part of the island is the most developed. Tekek is the main village with the ferry and the airport nearby. Here you find also the Berjaya Tioman Resort. The cheaper hotels are to be found around Juara Beach on the east site. A short trek north of Tekek is Ayer Batan, which together with Teluk Nipah and Mukut are also popular with backpackers.
Getting there and away
Tioman is easy accessible by both boat and airplane. The boats from either Tanjung Gemok in Pahang and Mersing in Johor take about 2 hours. There are cruises and catamarans from Singapore available too.
There are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kuantan.
Accommodation at Tioman
Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort
The Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort has 361 guestrooms available with all the modern facilities you can expect from a 4 star hotel.
There are several different restaurants and bars in the hotel available with a wide selection of good food including Cantonese, continental, local delicacies and Italian.
Amongst the facilities are Ayura Spa, golf and diving. Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is the only resort on the island with its own 18-hole international golf course.
The PADI Dive Centre offers Discovery Courses for novices, Open Water Diver Courses, Junior Open Water Diver Courses for children, Advance Open Water Diver Courses, Day and Night Dive Trips as well as Refreshing Sessions for advance divers.
Japamala Resort Hotel Tioman Island
The Japamala Resort Hotel Tioman Island was recently rated as one of World Top 10 Ultra Boutique Resorts. There are only a dozen Malay village-style villas and chalets. Here, rooms are called Sarangs, which means 'nests' and while some lie remotely hidden in the jungle, others are perched high on stilts above the turquoise lagoon.
One traveler wrote: "Gorgeous setting on beautiful Tioman island. Comfortable villas with all amenities. Excellent staff, very good food. Nothing to do but relax! Overall, Japamala is a fabulous getaway from the real world, and we'd love to visit again. There is truly nothing to do but relax. The hotel offers a few excursions (excellent snorkeling, hiking) and has an excellent spa. The resort is small (12 villas) and quiet, lots of honeymooners. This is a perfect place to unwind."
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