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Tioman Island Travel Guide





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Tioman Island or Pulau Tioman is off the east coast of Malaysia. Tioman is located 32km from Mersing. A ferry from Mersing to Pulau Tioman takes less than 2 hours or faster by speedboat.

Tioman is an island paradise with white sandy beaches surrounded by blue waters and coral reefs perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. At different times of the year it is possible to see Whale Sharks. Other marine life include manta rays, sea turtles and dolphins.

Tioman Island was the location of the 1958 movie South Pacific. The island has the very distinct twin peaks mountain at the southern end of the island.

Twin peaks mountain on Tioman Island Malaysia

Many of the coral reefs close the resorts are in poor condition because of the many boats that anchor there. Away from the resort areas you can find some great reefs teeming with marine life.

The waters around Tioman are a Marine Park and located on the western coast of Tioman there is a marine enclosure with nets which allows you to swim surrounded by thousands of fish of different species.

Monitor Lizard Tioman Island

Monitor Lizard

Throughout Tioman Island you may see some of the local inhabitants - very large monitor lizards. The ones found around the resorts are well fed so not a problem with tourists. There are also a number of species of snakes though all are non-venomous. These include the Reticulate Python, Oriental whip snake and tree snakes.

There a plenty of fishing trips you can do from Tioman Island including reef fishing and Deep sea fishing trips. You can either go on an organised trip or befriend a local fisherman and go out on one of their long boats fishing. There is nothing better than bringing your fresh fish back from your fishing trip and throw them straight on the BBQ.

BBQ fish on Tioman Island Malaysia

PADI dive centres

With over 20 dive locations around Tioman Island, this is a great place to come and dive or even learn how to dive. There are a number of qualified PADI dive centres who can organise dive trips or train PADI dive courses.

The best time to dive is between February and November. December and January, during the monsoon season the visibility is limited.

Tioman Dive Centre is located within the Swiss Cottage Resort in Tekek village. Leisure dives start from RM95 (US$ ) or RM80 per dive if you are doing 5 or more

Bali Hai Divers is located in Panuba Bay

View to Tioman Island

How to get to Tioman Island Malaysia

By Plane

There are regular flights from Singapore to Tioman Island, a 45 minute flight. There is only the one airline that services Tioman's small airport:

Berjaya Air has direct flights 7 days a week from Tioman Island to Kuala Lumpur and Seletar Airport Singapore

By boat

There are regular boats from Mersing across to Pulau Tioman. Just the one company operates these services - Bluewater Express. The fare is RM35 each way. They operate leaving Mersing at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal has fast boats going directly to Tioman Island for around S$100.

The cheapest option is to get from Singapore by bus to Johor Bahru then onto Mersing. Travel by bus to Mersing is around 3 hours from Johor Bahru.


Last updated 16th November 2014

Beach at Tioman Island Malaysia

Scuba Diving Tioman Island

There is some amazing scuba diving to be done in the waters around Tioman Island. Some sections of the island has had alot of damage done to the coral reefs but there are still some great sections of protected soft and hard coral with heaps of marine life to see including sea turtles.
Turtle scuba diving Tioman Island

Soft coral scuba diving Tioman Island

Hotels on Tioman Island Malaysia

Following is a list of hotels found on Tioman Island Malaysia

See a full list of Hotels on Tioman Island


Panuba Inn Resort located in Panuba Bay 10 minutes from Tioman Island Airport.

Babura Seaview Resort is a family run busiess located in Syed Bay at the end of Tetek beach it offers excellent views of the sunset.

Salang Pusaka Resort (Zaid's Place) good quality budget style accommodation located in Salang village on the northern end of Tioman Island, 5 minutes walk from the main ferry jetty.

Minang Cove Resort located in Minang Cove

Sun Beach Resort located in Genting Village just a few minutes walk from the jetty. With chalets right on the beach as well as garden faxing chalets.

Berjaya Tioman Resort located right on Berjaya Tioman Beach with an 18 hole international golf course.

Berjaya Tioman Resort


Japamala Boutique Resort a luxury surrounded by jungle with views to the ocean.


Beach on Tioman Island Malaysia




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