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.
Pulau Tioman in a nutshell
- there are no ATMS on the island except for one in Tekek village, there are ATMs and money changers in Mersing (main departure point to Tioman on the mainland)
- further read: Beaches, Monkeys and Jungle trecks on Tioman Island
- not recommended to go during monsoon season (November - February), unless you are a surfer (surfer beach: Juara Bay on the eastern side of Tioman)
Excellent alternative online resources:
Accommodations in Tioman
Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman
Ferry schedule from Mersing and Tanjung Gemok to Pulau Tioman and other information on getting to the Island
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.
bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island.
Salang is on the northernmost end of the island and is most frequented by backpackers and independent travellers looking for a spot of diving, plenty of nightlife and cheap accommodation.