Tioman Island

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Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman Island Reviews

Prasy Prasy
3 reviews
Paradise land -Tioman May 03, 2016
I was enjoying my stay to the fullest. The night life is active in the ABC village where I was staying. It is perfect for place to engage in water sports during the day and you can chill in the bar along the beach and watch the sunset.

It is recommended to stay there atleast 5 days there in Tioman to cover up all the places and activities that you can get.

The food in the Island is pretty much same in all the cafes. So you cant expect much of a variety in it. Just simple Malay and Western food is served in all the café.

Recommended Activities:

1) Snorkeling - can be done near the beach as there are few coral spots there.

2) Diving - cheap diving option.

3) Trekking in to the forest.

4) Visiting the Turtle conservative center.

5) Enjoy the sunset n chill in the local bar.

6) Drinks are Cheap - Tioman is a duty free island.(Enjoy!!)
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tour_guy tour_guy
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Small, beautiful, less-touristy Island Apr 29, 2015
Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island), Malaysia is one of the best Islands I have ever been in the recent years, specifically for it's untouched natural beauty and a best place to completely relax and be disconnected from the normal routines!

Pulau Tioman is a small island yet very beautiful, less touristy and interestingly very quiet with crystal clear waters landscaped with mangrove forests. The island is located on the eastern cost of Peninsular Malaysia and not very far from Singapore.

I visited Tioman island with my Singapore friend as a side trip from Singapore for a short weekend getaway making it a very memorable experience! The Tioman is not a typical island with normal island activities, however, it is an island with very limited tourist activities and well preserved nature.

The island has abundance for nature, coral reefs, especially the lush green mangrove forests on one side and white sand beach with crystal clear water on another side. It is an interesting place for mountain trek and hiking and feels like being in a small jungle! I did not find any specific hiking trail, so it was bit difficult to hike and climb up some rocky portions wearing just sandals, since I wasn't aware and prepared for the trek! Unfortunately, we did not hike for too long and we were almost exhausted in first 30mins or so due to humid weather, uneven and vertical/slippery paths. The location we tried to reach over and across the mountain is Monkey Bay from Air Batang area which we were told takes about 2hrs.

Another interesting aspect of the island is staying in the Chalet close to the white sand beach nestled with dense trees and garden having a mountain backdrop! To me the air conditioned, private bed/bathroom Chalet where we stayed was very reasonable for the budget as I remember paying RM100/night, which is well worth for the location!

Along the coast there are few restaurants, stores, cycle/snorkeling rentals mostly run by the locals, though I noticed few establishments such as scuba diving school, bars managed by the westerners. Trust me, there is nothing fancy I saw on the island like typical islands where loud music with vibrant nightlife sort of thing, but a very relaxing place and I hardly saw people in groups. I also met few westerners who seem to stay for extended time relaxing and I noticed many Chalets were rented by long term westerners who basically do nothing other than just enjoy the pleasant nature walking, snorkeling, cycling or eating freshly prepared local food in hut styled restaurants.

Getting there from Singapore takes about 4-5 hours considering the border crossing time, bus connectivity and ferry availability to the island.

From Singapore Woodlands area cross the border by the bus to Johor Bahru (JB) and from JB central take a bus to Mersing, which is city that operates ferry service to the island. Getting a bus(may not be frequent) or even taxi to Mersing is not a problem, however, ferry service to the island is very much limited, typically, once or twice a day and I think the first ferry do not depart until 11am or so. The bus from JB to Mersing is about 2hrs ride and from Mersing to the island by ferry is much less than 2hrs.

The bus fare from JB to Mersing should be about RM15, The ferry one-way fare is RM35 and the entry fee for the island is RM20. It is advisable to get a round trip ferry tickets while in Mersing and confirm the return ferry date.

Overall, this is a place if you are just looking for a short escape considering the activities mentioned on this review. I had a great time over there and I can definitely recommend anyone who want to experience something different from the usual!
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trippin_jen says:
Congrats on being featured and very informative indeed!!! I almost planned a trip there for reasons you mentioned but did not eventually proceed with plans because of the hassle with the ferry arrangement. Maybe next time... :)
Posted on: May 02, 2015
hamid2020 hamid2020
3 reviews
One of the best place for relaxing, and exploring under the sea world May 07, 2013
I want to write about Tioman Island, it is located in Pahang state, but you can reach there by ferry from Mersing Port in Johor.

There are some stations you can get off and stay, and the one i chose was the last one, which is called Solang Station.

The activities you can do there are snorkeling, diving, and even jungle trekking.

Actually, i believe it is one of the best place for those who are tired of cacophony of city life and need to move somewhere to rest and relax.

It has a very beautiful landscape of white noise with hills covered by tropical trees.

The water in Salang beach was so clear and it was the best place for swimming and snorkeling and have a look on colorful fishes playing around cliffs.



Commercial development at Tioman Island is still relatively low compared to other tourist islands, such as Langkawi in Malaysia.

About the fees for diving and snorkeling, compare to other touristic islands that I've already been in Thailand and Indonesia, it is not expensive but the food is generally expensive. There are some restaurant along beach that you can have sea food BBQ for lunch and dinner as well as Malay local food.

at last, I have to say i had a memorable trip to this Island and will go there again, soon.

Thank you
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Raman Raman
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Tioman Island Aug 25, 2012
Please do google the photos of the spectacular island.

I recommend this if you are a nature lover.

You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, enjoy the seaside views,sun bathing etc...

In order to approach the island you need to take a ferry from Mersing port.

I advice you to have a partner or you go in a group if possible.

I think three days are enough to cover the whole islands including the waterfall.

if you are on a low budget, you might not be able to stay at a luxury resorts but you can stay at small cottages .
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amir73062 amir73062
3 reviews
Tioman Island Jun 01, 2011
Tioman is in Pahang ("East Coast") within the Mersing Marine Park, which contains less commerical islands such as Sibu Island.

Most visitors arrive by ferry from Mersing on the mainland. Bluewater Express operates the ferry services and its boats are fast and comfortable taking approx 1 hour 20mins to the first jetty. This ferry is now the only option, the smaller and faster services being cancelled because of safety concerns after a tragedy.

There are three services per day in each direction, but tidal issues (or lack of passengers) may cause cancellation. Bluewater Express charges RM 35 (RM 45 on public holiday) for an adult ticket, RM 25 for a child ticket (babes in arm free, as of last info), and departs from Salang at 07:15 am, Panuba at 7.30am etc etc and at noon, and picks up travellers all the way down the coast. It should be noted that apart from the first sailing of the day, the ferry operator tends to leave Mersing when it is deemed that there are sufficient passengers, or perhaps.
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msp651 msp651
3 reviews
Tioman: its not just for diving Jul 17, 2011
I went to Tioman for a long weekend mostly to dive, snorkel, and relax, but there is a lot of trekking to do as well, so if you are there hiking up to the turtle sanctuary or Monkey Bay is a must. Having (unwittingly) scheduled my trip to coincide with school holidays in Singapore I found the resort and the surrounding village too crowded having gone on the trip to escape from the crowds in Singapore. I stayed in Paya so hiking up to the turtle sanctuary took just 20-30 minutes and there was no-one there: no people, not even turtles (ironic somehow). I then hiked from ABC to Monkey Bay, which is a bit more physically strenuous and longer but well worth it. Not only is the bay great but along the way you can stop at several beaches which were empty despite the crowded resorts. A couple of important notes about Monkey Bay: towards the end of your journey you will cross a old wooden bridge over a small inlet with a beach to your left: this is not monkey bay you need to keep going north for another 15-20minutes, and once you get there tie down your stuff: whatever you have-the monkeys want.
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