Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Pulau Tioman Beaches

A quick overview of the beaches of Pulau Tioman, the biggest island along the eastcoast of Peninsular Malaysia. Except for Juara Bay at the east coast of the island, all beaches are located along the west coast.

Salang

Northern-most beach at Kampung Salang. Tioman's most popular beach, especially for divers since its closest beach to many reef sites and wrecks around Tioman like Chebeh, Batu Malang and Fan Canyon and Coral Island (Pulau Tulai). There is a 3.5km jungle trail at the southern end of the beach leading  to picturesque Monkey Bay and Monkey Beach and eventually Panuba Bay and Ayer Batang (ABC Village) after a trek of about 2 hours.


Salang Beach
view from the jetty. On the hillside the right: Salang Sayang Resort and if you turn around looking seaside you the small island Pulau Soyka which protects the beach from larger waves.



Monkey Bay

Monkey Beach is a popular snorkel stop. There is no accommodation at the beach. Other than by boat, it can be reached through a jungle trek from the north from Salang (steep 1h trail) and from closeby Monkey Beach in the south.

 

Monkey Beach

Uninhabited Beach just south of Monkey Bay. Spot for diving classes in shallow water.

Panuba

Small and quiet beach north of Ayer Batang with only one resort: Panuba Inn. Good snorkeling, be aware of sandflies.


from the pier

Ayer Batang (aka ABC Bay)

Long Beach (1.5km long) at Ayer Batang village (also known as ABC village) located between Panuba Bay (to the north) and Tekek (to the south). High concentration of backpacker, budget but also a pricier accommodation. The beach has a rocky seashore.


view from the trail along Ayer Batang


view of ABC Beach from the boat (with Panuba on the left)

 

Tekek

Tekek is the main village / town of Pulau Tioman. All major infrastructure is located here such as banks, duty-free shops, airport, roads, the marina and the main jetty. Hence, Tekek has all the conviniences but lacks the rural character of the other villages and beaches of the island.


the beach south of the marina

 

Lalang Beach

Just south of Tekek, this beach is home to the massive Berjaya Beach, Golf and Spa Resort. There is free shuttle service available from Tekek to Lalang provided by the resort.


Lalang Beach with Berjaya Beach, Golf and Spa Resort

 

Paya

Beach at Kampung Paya, south of Lalang beach and north of Genting. Home of two big resorts: Paya Beach Resort and Tioman Paya Resort, popular with Singaporean visitors.

 

Genting

Beach at Kampung Genting, a larger village with a mosque. Genting has a variety of budget accommodation and is popular with local tourists. Located between Paya and Nipah.


view from the jetty


beach view

Japamala

This isolated beach is exclusive the to the luxury ecoutourism JapaMala Resort. Located between Genting and Nipah.

Japmala Beach
bird eye's view of JapaMala Resort
photo: der.dodger

 

 

Nipah

Isolated Bay to get away from it all in the south of Tioman 2.5km south of Genting and 6km north of Mukut. The ferry doesn't stop here so you need to take the water taxi from Genting.

Nipah Beach
photo: shahab2000tbt
 

 

Mukut

There are some beaches around the village of Kampung Mukut but there are only very few budget accommodation here. This is rather a starting point for nature lovers to discover the rainforest, the Twin Peaks mountain or the Asah Waterfall. There are a few luxury accommodation north of Mukut (Minang Cove, Bagus Place and Tunamaya). Kampung Mukut is located rather isolated at the southern tip of Tioman and can be reached by water taxi.

Kampung Mukut and Twin Peak
Kampung Mukut and the majestic horns of Gunung Nenek Semukut or Twin Peaks
photo: Azhar Majid

 

 

Asah

Small beach next to Mukut in the south of Tioman. There is no accommodation here but it has a boat jetty is a starting point trekking tours to the Asah Waterfalls

Asah
view Asah Beach and the Twin Peaks in the distance
photo: zonemes

 

 

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