Attractions in Tioman

Pulau Tioman offers a wide range of tourist attractions besides beautiful beaches and friendly villages. Surrounding Tioman are smaller islands that provide awesome snorkelling in crystal clear waters, looking at coral reefs of different colours, shapes and sizes, as well as a menagerie of marine creatures big and small.

Meanwhile, in the jungles await magnificent waterfalls, dramatic mountains and limestone formations for exploration by intrepid visitors. By jungle trekking, one can also reach hidden bays and beaches, while sea turtle conservation centers offer volunteer programmes.

 

Nipah

Nipah is a remote bay along Pulau Tioman’s west coast, located 2.5km south of Genting or 6km north of Mukut. Named after a local palm tree, it’s a haven for visitors seeking an isolated getaway in undisturbed, natural surroundings. The beach is a pristine half-km stretch of golden sands fringed by lush rainforest, with a calm lagoon lined with mangroves hidden behind the shore.

The warm, clear sea here is completely unspoilt, with colourful fish grazing light coral beds underneath the water. Speedboats can be chartered for a trip here from any place around the island, or booked through a stay at one of the village’s rustic chalet resorts.

Renggis Island

Pulau Renggis is a small island that sits off the coast of Tekek Village, opposite Berjaya Tioman Resort. A popular snorkelling spot included in most round-island tour packages, Renggis offers great visibility in relatively shallow sea waters (20 meters), abundant coral reefs, colourful marine fish and the opportunity to swim with resident harmless black-tip baby sharks. Sometimes, visitors can also spot sea turtles resting along the sea bed.

Salang Village

Salang is a popular beach destination at north of Pulau Tioman, located along the west coast in a secluded bay. A youthful spot that attracts large crowds of global backpackers, the village is a great place for meeting people across the world over beer or two, with a good range of budget hotels along the beach and countryside.

Salang is also a diver’s den, being the closest village to many reef sites and wrecks around Tioman, including Coral Island (Pulau Tulai), Chebeh, Batu Malang and Fan Canyon. A high concentration of pubs and restaurants cater for the village’s active nightlife scenery, the resorts also participating by holding bonfire parties by the beach.

The last stop on the Mersing ferry route, Salang offers a good range of tourist facilities, activities and conveniences, backed by lush rainforest surroundings. The sea waters within this peaceful bay have great visibility, with warm stretches of sand along the shore and vibrant coraf reefs under the ocean.

Salang’s major resorts occupy the large beach area south of the jetty, while smaller chalets with basic accommodation near the northern end of the bay. For nature lovers, a 3.5km jungle trail through thick rainforest and steep hills leads south to Panuba Bay and Ayer Batang (ABC Village), passing through the picturesque Monkey Bay and Monkey Beach on a two-hour plus trek.

Monkey Bay

Monkey Bay is a beautiful beach tucked behind Salang Village at the west coast of Pulau Tioman, accessible by speedboat or jungle trail. This sweeping bay has a beautiful beach with a calm pool of sea water and lush rainforest surroundings. It’s one of the most popular snorkeling stops on round-island tours by speedboat from any village, but visitors can also hike there in an hour from Salang.

Conversely, the trail connects to Air Batang (ABC Village). Starting from there, it is an undulating two-hour trail through Panuba Bay and Monkey Beach before it hits the bay. As the trail is sometimes obscure, always follow the path that winds closest to the electric poles.

Dragon Horns

The famous ‘Dragon Horns’ or Twin Peaks of Gunung Semukut, a mountain at Mukut Village, is Pulau Tioman’s most striking natural landmark. These two giant monoliths tower over the south coast of Tioman at approximately 700 meters high, with sharp pinnacles that resemble the horns of a dragon. One of Malaysia’s most sought-after rock climbing destinations, a trail begins from the base at Mukut Village that splits into different routes to attack different points of the mountain.

Hotels in Tioman

Pulau Tioman has a great range of hotels, mostly of the budget variety, nestled in every village around the island. Chalet accommodation is the most popular choice among visitors, but there are several luxury boutique resorts with their own private beachfront that cost from MYR200 onwards.

Midrange budget resorts offer some upscale rooms in addition to budget dorms and chalets, with a price range between MYR80 and 200 per night. Air-conditioning, hot showers and complimentary breakfast are standard with such rates. The very basic hotels provide fans, cold showers and minimal furnishings, with rates starting from MYR30 per night.

Tekek Village

Pulau Tioman has a great range of hotels, mostly of the budget variety, nestled in every village around the island. Chalet accommodation is the most popular choice among visitors, but there are several luxury boutique resorts with their own private beachfront that cost from MYR200 onwards.

Midrange budget resorts offer some upscale rooms in addition to budget dorms and chalets, with a price range between MYR80 and 200 per night. Air-conditioning, hot showers and complimentary breakfast are standard with such rates. The very basic hotels provide fans, cold showers and minimal furnishings, with rates starting from MYR30 per night.

Things To Do in Tioman

Pulau Tioman is one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, counting among the likes of Pulau Redang, Mabul and Sipadan. Vibrant coral reefs reside under the sea waters off Tioman and neighbouring islands, as well as wrecks and caverns that attract a tropical variety of marine life, including fish, crustaceans and turtles. Snorkelling is the most popular activity, followed by other pursuits such as diving, beach sports, surfing, duty-free shopping, eating and more.

Juara Village

Juara Beach is nestled within a secluded bay along the east coast of Pulau Tioman, directly across the island from Tekek. This peaceful village has a spacious environment with lush greenery, spacious beaches and a warm sea teeming with coral reefs at its deeper end. Juara Turtle Project manages a hatchery for sea turtles that land on this beach.

Since the ferries do not stop here, 4WD taxis provide transport from Tekek to Juara via a paved road that cuts through the island’s central mountain range, which can be booked through resorts in Juara or hailed spontaneously in Tekek where available. The hotels here offer mostly budget accommodation in traditional chalets, erected along the 2km beachfront or nestled within gardens.