Pulau Tioman has a marina and i think it's a good idea to build a marina on an island like this so it is easier for sailors to visit the island and it also brings in some income to a small island community.
Unfortunately the marina in Pulau Tioman is not very well constructed and it is a bit of an eyesore i must say.
It's a real shame cause the place is so pretty, but they have used too much concrete and not done anything to create a maritime atmosphere there.
I think they should have some professional developers having a look at it cause this place can still become a really nice part of the island with a bit of remodelling.
Still enoyed walking around there though and i had a chat with a few sailors, both malaysian and foreign
I'm not sure if you've already been to Tioman, but in case you haven't, you best book your plane or ferry and resort before your dates, because July August and September and the peak months for Tioman.
These months are the Summer Holiday months for the folks in Europe, who always come in droves during this period. Especially the planes and ferries will be chockablock for the next few months. B
Best play safe eh.
Have a great trip. Tioman, the happy island where jungle meets sea, really is gorgeous!
Fondest memory: My favorite Kampong on Tioman: Juara. Juara has a very quiet beach at the Tioman East Coast (especially in the off season, when almost nobody is there) and also has some special things to offer.
There are 3 rivers coming from the mountains, delivering cold freshwater to the beach - a chilling alternative to swimming in the sea, and a path leads to waterfalls in the jungle, which again is nice to take a swim and climb over the large rocks.
Juara boleh :)
It isn't the most fantastic resort in Tioman but overall it was a pleasant stay. Rooms were okay on the whole except for the difficulty in adjusting the water temperature which is common in most of the hotels/resorts
I took the optional tour of going on a half day snorkeling trip to Marine centre and Renggis island. The former is a big ripoff and a waste of time because the water was murky, limited marine life. I recommend your guys to check out the small island just next to Payabeach resort. (Further north of Tioman) When it's low tide around 5 PM in the evening, you can cross over to it from Payabeach Resort and from there, just swim further out into the sea and you can see an abundunt species of marine life which can be comparable to Renggis Island at zero cost. Check it out.
Planning to hit the beach in Tioman huh? cool!
Im not sure about Salang, but wat i heard that Salang's beach a abit rocky in certain areas. Kg. Juara brings alot of memories.. over there you can do rock climbing! its abit quiet.. most of the tourist prefer Juara coz of the peasfullness and the food is good..not bad.
If you prefer to be among others tourist or locals Berjaya is not bad. but the beach if im not mistaken abit muddy. The last time i went there, when its low tide u can see mud and dead corals... yucks!
You can actually take a bot trip to other beaches if you get board easly. The fees is not bad. I forgot the names of this 1 place is actually next to the Marin Park if im not mistaken is Ayer Batang.. that place is nice and quiet.
Well, hope you have a great time in Tioman..Cheers!
The most important activity in this island is to R E S T !
Give yourself a break, I meant a real peaceful period. It should be no more call from cellphone, tonnes of works on your desk, dust and smoke outsite your doorstep, noise from surrounding etc. but a green paradise in front of you.
Seat back to your arm chair outside the balcony that facing to blue sky, crsytal clear sea, singing birds, and warm sea breath. You will find again all these "DIFFERENCES" that you have almost forgotten right in Tioman - I called it - the Green Paradise.
Fondest memory: The Blue Skies,
The Crystal Sea,
The Colourful Coral Reef,
The Rain Forest,
The Golden Sand,
The Earth that we are living in.
The Bars !!
Fondest memory: I went there on holiday but took my work with me. The atmosphere was so amazing, I actually got a lot done there. The sunsets are amazing, and the parties at night don't bother you in the rooms.
comparing it with other islands on the east coast i think Tioman is moving in the wrong direction...
everyone are too busy of thinking abt themselves..making money in a short term basis..
wherelse they shud concern of the travellers as it was in the 80s...now its more of a Chinese package deal kinda business...the actual backpackers who actually 'discovered' this island are not the priorities...
Facilities and accomodations are so bad and not worth the money...the environment awareness doesnt matter to these plp as long theres money in the making for them...
Night life is a disaster...its not a must be nice to have around when needed!!
Safety wise too..in yrs westerner was killed...sexual harassment...mugged on your own yatch!! the list goes own....
So to fellow travellers..think wisely...if time is vital factor...look into other options such as The Perhentians...Redang..Borneo(wonderful!!) or even Langkawi is far off better...
Tioman ....to my defination is a day or two in ABC or Salang and thats TOTALLY it!!
Fondest memory: To get out off this place and head to Long Beach Perhentians!!!
Pulau Tioman consists of many villages connected ONLY by ferry. There are NO roads or trails connecting the villages on the western coasts and only 1 trail linking across the island from west to east (from Kampong Tekek to Kampong Juara).
Pulau Tioman Marine Park includes sea zone areas 2 nautical miles from the shore, and beside Pulau Tioman itself (the biggest), also includes the surrounding 8 archipelago islands of Pulau Tulai (aka Coral Island), Pulau Chebeh, Pulau Sepoi, Pulau Labas, Pulau Sembilang, Pulau Seri Buat, Pulau Gut & Pulau Tokong Bahara.
All visitors into the Marine Park has to pay MYR5 (adult) and MYR2 (kids, 6-12 years old). Visitors are expected by law, to obey Marine Park rules and laws.
Fondest memory: Marine Park Laws (Fine MYR20000 or jail terms)
1) Collecting, removing, destroying, catching or having in possession of any marine resources whether dead or alive eg corals, shells, sand, gravel etc
2) Water ski-ing, boat racing & jet ski
3) Discharging or depositing any pollutants
4) Destroying, defacing or removing any objects whether animate or inanimate
5) Carrying, using or possessing any fishing gears and other equipment that can harm marine life eg, spear gun
6) Anchoring on reefs
7) Building or erecting any type of structure
8) Conducting diving or snorkelling activities not designated by the Marine Park Authority
To fly directly to Pulau Redang from Singapore, you'll need to take Berjaya Air via Singapore Seletar Airport [XSP] (not to be confused with Singapore Changi Airport) in the northern part of the country. This airport started its life as a British military airport and even today, has retained some of the architecture from that era. There is only 1 public bus service (Bus 103) that services the airport. It starts from Serangoon Central Bus Interchange and will make a loop inside the airport before returning to the bus interchange once again. The easiest way to get here (from the city) would be to take a taxi. It should not cost you more than S$14 one way.
The airport is pretty compact with only 1 commercial client (Berjaya Air for flights to Pulau Redang & Pulau Tioman). There are no cafes or eateries here, just vending machines. There is one waiting lounge before immigration. The coolest part would be the waiting area at the departure gate, housed in a pre-WW2 bunker. There are 2 large TVs here to entertain passengers. All areas are air-conditioned, except for the connecting walkpaths. Passengers walk right up to the plane for boarding.
Pulau Tioman Airport [TOD] resembles a fanciful but tired air-strip. Situated in Kampong Tekek and near the ferry jetty, the entire airport is open-air in concept. There are separate arrival and departure gates, all housed in a wooden building with 1 small souvenir shop and 1 duty-free liquor shop and washrooms in the middle. Baggages are trolleyed from the plane to the baggage claim area where passengers must step forward to collect before clearing customs. Resort coaches will be waiting at the arrival gate to fetch guests. Like Seletar, passengers walk right up to the plane for boarding.
Berjaya Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, just off Kampong Tekek, is just 10-12 minutes drive away.
Tioman is now a duty free island and alcohol drink are selling at lower price than average. Good news for all the drinkers right?
One of my recent dive trips to Tioman was staying at Paya Beach Resort and the resort actually has its own duty free shop. You can even sign your alcohol purchases from the duty free shop to your room, consume them at restaurant & settle one big bill upon checking out.
Paya Beach village in Tioman is a good place for those who love the nature, the beach is not really suitable for swimming because the rock are everywhere but a good place for snorkelling. There is a small island nearby the beach and the coral at this area are still in a good condition.
There is a small waterfall at Paya village, about 6-8 minutes walk from the beach, the water is really cold and refreshing, you can enjoy the tree while walking to the rock fall. There are only 2 resort at this place, paya beach resort and tioman paya beach, both are located next to each other.
There are soveniours and groceries shop near the jetty, they do accept credit card, and you can get your return ferry ticket from here as well if you dont get it at Mersing, and a duty free shop at paya beach resort. For the divers, there are few diving shop along the beach.
The night life here is quiet and relaxing, pub and restaurants are attach to the resort and few little small shop and beach bar open by the local, but there are no loud music playing there. You can see few local people fishing at the jetty during a night time.
These are some price tips for your reference (prices are as in July 2005):
Flight from KL-Tioman-KL by Berjaya Air
- RM428 (excluding tax)
Bus from KL-Mesing- KL by Transnasional
Speed boat from Mersing-Tioman-Mersing
-RM50 per person (including equipment)
Round Island trip
-RM70 per person (including equipment)
-RM5 - RM15 per meal
-Between RM25 - RM200
The locals said you can enter the island by February...I don't buy that!!!
The monsoon season is from Nov-March.. so, you should go after the monsoon ends...
Anyway...most of the accommodation n other places will usually be closed during monsoon...
Pulau Tioman is under the jurisdiction of the state of Pahang although it is at the border with the state of Johor. Pahang is one of the traditional sultanates that made up the Federation. It has its own ruler - the Sultan.
The white portion represents the ruler (the sultan) while the black represents the rakyat (the people).
Be prepared to do nothing else than snorkelling/scuba diving or beach activities. Eventhough the island is a duty free island, don't expect to find cheap items, except beer.
Food expensive and limited choices are availeable. Be prepared to pay at premium and the taste may not justify the price you are paying.
Most imporatnt, don't forget to bring your sun block/sun tan lotion..