The beaches on Tioman island are absolutely superb.
The sand is fine and the water is clear and really good for snorkelling and diving.
The sea is nice and warm all year round and this is my idea of a good spot to go swimming.
there is not much of a surf there, so it's a safe place to go for a swim and you can just lie on your back in the sea and float while looking at the sky, which is just what i like to do when i am in the ocean.
When i was there in july the beaches were not crowded at all and there was lot's of space for everyone.
I was there during the week though and i would think that the beaches are a bit more crowded during weekends.
Fishing is technically illegal but everyone’s doing it and so it probably wouldn’t hurt to engage in some fishing either. There are signs all over the island advertising for some boat fishing. Apart from being very overpriced (appx RM180 for 2 hrs), you’re unlikely to catch any fish. The modus operandi of the boatmen is to bring you to one spot out in the sea and whether or not you catch anything is not their problem. Your cash is already in their bank.
A much better option for fishing is on the piers and jetties. Large fish often roam near these structures to strike at the baitfish congregating there. One trick is to fish the baitfish using small hooks with prawn meat and float the baitfish out when the tide is going out. Snappers and grunters are common catches. Word of warning, so are nurse sharks and black tips.
Avoid using sinkers as they tend to get snagged on the corals and forced retrieval will damage the fragile corals.
You can rent fishing rods from the chalets for about RM10- 15 but many are very basic with line of 20 pound breaking strain which had probably not been changed for years. Bait can be bought from grocery shops near the piers although bait quality is usually very poor.
While I strongly recommend catch and release, you can keep your fish and ask the restaurants to grill or fry it for you.
Kampung Tekek can be considered as the administrative and commercial centre of Tioman.
The island's public facilities - its main jetty, airport, tourist information centre, police station, clinic, school and post office as well most of its shops, restaurants and dive centres are located in the town centre of Tekek. The town is sandwiched between Berjaya Tioman Golf & Spa Resort and Tioman Marine Park, all of which are link by a partly cemented 3km road - the only road link in Tioman. A RM40million marina project complete with 175-meter cargo jetty is currently under construction next to the main jetty of Tekek. Plan is also underway to upgrade its airport to accomodate bigger planes in the future.
The beach at Tekek is said to be the longest at Tioman, approximately 2 km long. It is said that in Tekek, you can also swim during low tide unlike in other beaches in Tioman, or wade out to the reef, where you will be surrounded by colourful fish, coral and clams. Unfortunately, this may be a thing of the past once the controversial marina project completed as it would occupy most oart of Tekek's beach close to the town centre.
Those who love adventure can try jungle trekking the 7km trek from Tekek to Juara village at the other side of the island. Along the way is the spectacular cascading waterfall which would be ideal for a picnic spot.
Kampung Juara and its beach is probbaly the most secluded place on Tioman since it is located on the eastern side of the island facing the South China Sea. However, the secluded beach promises peace and serenity, an ideal place for those who want to be away from the crowd.
Juara has a wide semicircle shaped bay with a broad sandy beach. A cement track runs the length of the crescent shaped beach, linking the various resorts, chalets, sundry shops and eateries in the village. The village is also link to the other part of the island via the 7km jungle trek to Tekek Village, passing through a nice cascading waterfall .
The northern part of the village where its jetty is located is more developed then the southern part which at time is completely deserted. A white water Mentawak River flows from Kajang mountain at the back of the village, providing the freshness and the coldness of the mountain stream which cannot be found in any other part of this island.
The marine area around Pulau Tioman and eight other nearby islands have been gazzetted as marine parks and marine reserves, confined to an area two nautical miles from the coast. Apart from Tioman, the other islands that made up the Pulau Tioman Marine Park are Pulau Labas, Pulau Sepoi, Pulau Gut, Pulau Tokong Bahara, Pulau Chebeh, Pulau Tulai, Pulau Sembilang and Pulau Seri Buat.
A Marine Park is an area of the sea zoned as a sanctuary for the coral reef community. The coral reef community is considered as the most productive eco-system in the world containing a diverse amount of aquatic flora and fauna. Coral reefs are also important breeding and nursery grounds for many commercially important species of marine organisms and fish. The establishment of the marine parks and reserves is to conserve and protect marine flora and fauna such as fishes, coral reefs and aquatic floras from being destroyed by fishing and other human activities. Hence, we should always adhere to the permitted activities whenever we are at the marine park which includes swimming, snorkelling, underwater photography and observation/appreciation of aquatic flora and fauna.
The Pulau Tioman Marine Park Centre in Tanjung Mesoh acts as the administrative, management and information center for the 9 islands that made up the Pulau Tioman Marine Park. Once you have some insight on the operations of the marine park, you can also go snorkeling at the nearby beach fronting the Marine Park Centre where you can literally swim with the fishes. Bring along some bread to feed the fishes and your own snorkelling equipments. Alternatively, you can always rent the equipments at the nearby stalls in the Pulau Tioman Marine Park Centre.
We only tried the resort pool the one time. The beach was better.
Unfortunately the water must be mountain creek water and smelt that way. It wasn't a very pleasant smell, so we swam at the beach instead :o)
There's nothing better than going for an early morning walk along the beach when on holiday! It's good for the soul :o)
Walking along the beach on Tioman was a pleasure especially with such lovely views as this :o)
If it happens that you are really bored, or the weather is bad again, why don't you make your way to Marine Park Centre? This is sort of a museum that tells you more about the corals, and the animals around Tioman. Spend about 30 minutes there and you get a better understanding of Tioman.
Most expensive we found for this was 100RM per adult. That should give you a guideline.
Tour from 9:30am to 1630pm
View Twin Peaks (Dragon's Horns) & trek to the scenic Mukut Waterfall.
Have lunch at Juara Village (at your own cost)
Snorkel at Teluk Dalam (Deep Bay)
Next Monkey Bay for snorkelling, followed by the Marine Park and then Rengis Island for more snorkelling.
Nice way to see the island if you can afford it.
Instead of staying in one of the resorts, you can also join an LOB (Live On Board) trip around Tioman. If you love the sea and want to spend more time in the sea, think about this option. There are LOB trips organised from Singapore. Friday evening departure is from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and you arrive in Tioman early in the morning. Saturday you can make 4 or 5 dives with meals in every break. Sunday 2 more morning dives and leave Tioman before noon. If the weather is good, the way back to Singapore can be full of fun, but if the sea is a little bumpy you may get sea sick. Arrival in Tanah Merah is in Sunday evening. I am sure some other LOB options from Mersing is also available. Tioman island offers more than just diving, but I keep on writing diving tips :)
Sort of secluded beach with yellow/brown sand. I didnt really like it cos I am happy with the nice fine whitish sand nearer to Panuba.
But I guess the selling point of Monkey Bay are its waters. The bay is a slight cove, so its waters calm and probably good for snokerling.
You can take a boat there ... or you can trek through the jungle.
I took a longish 30 minute trek from Panuba beach. It was hard work for someone who is not used to trekking (I live in the city, remember !) :D
It was painfully obvious till this most recent posting that I never really got to experience the legendary waters off P.Tioman. 12 years in between visits, but I finally got it done.
This is the first place in Malaysia that really got off to a booming start as a diving/snorkeling paradise. Despite the various warnings that the seas are no longer as beautiful, hey, I gonna take a plunge...nothing like seeing it for myself.
I went to 3 spots on a quick afternoon off with myself.
Pulau Tulai (aka as Coral Island) lived up to its name. The island with its band of faint yellowish pristine beaches look inviting enough as the boat approaches and despite the crowded waters, the corals appeared healthy and the waters teeming with fishes and marine organisms of various kinds. However a closer look revealed more worrying signs - there were plenty of crown-of-thorns starfishes on the fringes. This species is at least partly responsible for much loss of coral reefs.
Then it's time to amuse the kids in the group with fish-feeding at the entrance of the Marine Park. Despite the presence of many hungry large fishes (parrotfishes, trevallies etc) which thrilled the kids no end when they surfaced and fought for the bread pieces, the sand beds were amazingly covered with sea urchins and devoid of corals.....despite in waters at least 5m deep.
The last stop was off the shores of Pulau Renggis, a small rocky outcrop. The waters were more choppy here but the island seemed to attract a fair share of diving beginners. Wasn't particularly attracted by the offerings here - fewer species and more evident signs of death and decay on the fringes.
If you are staying at Berjaya, consider walking to the main gate and charter a van to drive you to the nearest village. Ask him to come back in a couple of hours and take your time walking down the road, you can look for souvenirs, much cheaper, more food outlets and free and breathtaking scenery along the roadside.
If you wish, you can also charter a motorbike and there's this shortcut to go to the other side of the island on jungle track. Saves money than taking the boat.
The sharks in this area are really small and shy (and thank heavens for that!). However you might be able to spot some of them if you ask your local diving instructor for directions. They are really hard to se if you are scuba diving because they tend to stay away from the "noisy " bubbles, but if you are snorkelling really carefully you have quite a good chance of seeing them in packs of 10 - 15 for a little while before they scurry away. You’ll never get near enough to get a decent picture with a normal camera, but even a far away sight of these speedy killers are worth an hour of splashing around in the beautiful waters.
The best thing about Tioman is that you will not feel bored at night when all beach activities come to an end. After sun set, you will see people sun tanning on the beach packed up for their room. They will wash up and get ready for dinner. Dinner at Tioman is plentiful and there is no problem in getting from 1 resort to another for dinner. I myself like Salang Sayang restaurant. There are some seat located just on the beach. Imagine looking out to sea, toes touching the soft sand of Tioman with gentle breeze blowing. Is just so wonderful especially with beer to go along.
Did not manage to take photo of its night view (probably too absorb in its comfortable ambiance). However on the last day of leaving, manage to take a photo of its day time view.