If you want to dive, but you don’t have an PADI certification yet, then Tioman Island is where you do it. The ocean here is not only clear and transparent, but as many tourists will tell you, diving certification courses are much cheaper than many other parts of the world, and you can get PADI certification for around RM1000. The Tioman diving Center is the best place to go for professional diving. If you want to check out the marine life up close, but you want to make sure it’s safe to do so, then consider signing up for a course. There are many different diving schools to choose from here, including Dive Asia, which is said to be one of the best diving schools on the island.
If you do not have a diving license, you can just to enjoy the beauty of underwater life. Snorkeling is the second-best thing to do on the island! Diving centres and almost all of the island’s hotels have snorkeling, such as snorkeling and renting equipment for guests. Salang is widely thought to be the best place to go snorkeling on the island because you can swim to nearby coral reefs, which means you can see a lot of marine life without having to risk too far. It is also considered to be the backpacker’s centre on Timan Island and one of the most popular villages. If you are feeling active, you can swim to the outskirts of Coral Island to find aquatic creatures, and you also can make the most of the beach parties for which this village is known.
3. Sunbathe on Paya Beach
Paya Beach is one of the most famous beaches on the island and is a great place to relax if you come to the island for some peace and quiet. At Paya Beach, you can also find Paya Beach Resort, which is famous for its amazing spa services, such as traditional massage, which will give you freshness and rejuvenated. You can also have a cocktail here, watch the sunset, watch the sea, or enjoy a delicious seafood buffet. Even if you don’t want to go to a resort, you can spend some time on the golden beach and enjoy the amazing scenery.
4. Go surfing at Juara Beach
Juara Beach, which backs on to Juara Village, is said to be the best, if not the only place, to surf around Tioman Island. The swells here are usually bigger during the rainy season, and although it is also a rather wet trip, depending on the weather, they can reach about 20 meters. There are several places to rent surfboards, and Juara Village has some valuable cafes and bars.
5. Relax at Mukut
Mukut is one of the eight main villages on the island and is said to be one of the most beautiful villages. It has one of the best beaches on the island, made up of a strip of gold sand which then backs on to crystal clear seas. Mukut is a little sleepier than some of the other villages, so if you want to leave the party, this is where you want to come. It is also a good place to observe the traditional rural life on the island.
6. Go on a fishing trip
One of the most attractive things about Tioman Island is marine life. If you want to see this up close and work for your dinner, you need to go fishing. There are several different ways to travel there. you are only allowed to fish up to 25 kilometers off the coast of Tioman Island. This means that you can either stay close to shore and have a go at reeling in a catch. You also can explore a little further and try island hopping at the same time to see which spot has the most marine life. Many fishing trips also include seafood dinner (made from your catch) as part of the package. Tioman is also famous for the wide range of tropical fish found in surrounding waters. Please note that there is a closed fishing area near Tioman, which must be 2 miles offshore. The local fishermen will let you accompany them on their fishing trips for a few ringgit. Remember that, it is worth every penny!
7. Explore Monkey Beach
Monkey Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Tioman Island, and one of the best excursions on the island is from Monkey Beach to Monkey Bay. If you walk along Monkey Beach, you will find an isolated path that takes you to Monkey Bay, which in itself is a pleasant beach in the shape of an hourglass. Both the beach and the bay are known for their magnificent floating opportunities, and as you walk between you two you may come across some of the famous simians after which this part of Tioman Island is named.
8. Go sea kayaking
As you can imagine, there are plenty of water sports in Tioman. one of the water sports is sea kayaking. Many locals will tell you that the best place is on ABC Beach, where you can rent a sea kayak and then exercise on water. You can also kayak from Salang although the vessels are not as new as the ones at ABC Beach. Many kayaking tourists will also take advantage of the opportunity to dive into the island’s coast snorkeling.
9. Trek from Tekek to Juara
One of the main activities’ visitors can enjoy on Tioman Island is hiking, and one of the best hiking on the island is walking from Tekek Village to Juara. Tioman doesn’t have so many roads, so most of the paths between villages still take you through the dense jungle, which is full of all kinds of animals and plants. Although you will hike through the forest, the hike from Tekek to Juara is not particularly laborious and takes about two hours.
10. Visit the Juara Turtle Hatchery
For many visitors to the island, the highlight of the trip here is the opportunity to visit the Juara Turtle Hatchery. The Juara Turtle Hatchery is a good place to see a variety of turtle species, understand their habitat, and learn ways to protect them through awareness education. You can also understand the health of coral ecosystems. The purpose of the incubator is to protect and restore turtle populations swimming in the waters around the island, so if you are interested in marine protection, then this should not be missed. Here, you will find a variety of species, as well as turtle eggs. Once hatched, they will be released into the wild. People must help to keep nature clean and learn how to protect them.
11. Hike to Asah Waterfall
The other place you have to go to the island is Asah Waterfall, Paya Waterfall and Juara Waterfall, it is a majestic waterfall located in the depths of nature that gives you the best way to see the splashing of water. At there, you will have a best view of the water splashing down coupled with the sounds of birds and other animals in the nearby jungle. In addition, one of these is by trekking through the jungle from Kampung Mukut or Kampung Asah, or you can take a boat or a convenient water taxi, if you feel a little lazy, it will take you to the waterfall.
12. Walk to Air Batang
Air Batang is one of the main villages on the island, and if you don’t live here, it’s a good place to walk. Air Batang is often simply referred to as ABC, with more restaurant and accommodation options than the neighboring village of Salang. One of the great draws of a trip to Air Batang, however is that it is divided by many beautiful trails that make you feel like you have discovered a secret paradise. After a long trip, you can also hang out on the beach here.
How to go to Tioman Island From Singapore
Tioman Island is definitely the best place to go diving, snorkelling with friends, or just to taste delicious seafood! But if choosing the wrong means of transportation leads to unpleasant things on the journey, it makes the journey meaningless. In order to minimize and hope to eliminate all bad experiences and to enable you to enjoy your peace trip in a sunny paradise, we offer you some of the most convenient and relaxed ways to refer to you.
1. Private Taxi Service
Our service is suitable for family or groups. You can hire a private taxi from us. This is the most preferred and popular choices among the rest of transport since the travelling time will be most convenient as compare to others transportation especially if you have young children on board. We also provide door-to-door service and the driver will pick you up at your preferred time and place in Singapore. The travelling time normally take less than 3 hours’ drive from Singapore to Mersing Jetty and that of course must depend on both immigration clearance and traffic condition. You will save many times to relax with your family and just focus to enjoy your trip only. Believe me, our drivers are punctual, professional and friendly.
Due to high demand, The Rickshaw Run (Main website link) is now providing this transportation services from Singapore to Mersing Jetty too.
– Simple and easy to make a reservation through online in just few click.
– We will pick you up at your selected location in Singapore Island wide.
– With us you can enjoy sit in the car and across border without alight your luggage.
– Affordable price with 5 stars services experience.
– Friendly driver with simple English speaking.
2. By bus (via Larkin Sentral)
If you want to use the service, you will have to go through the following process.
Step 1: When you pass the Johor Customs, you need to take a bus from JB Sentral to Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Station.
Step 2: Then, you must catch a bus from Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Station to Mersing Terminal Bus Station. The journey may take about 3 to 3.5 hours but not include the waiting bus’s time.
Step 3: When you reach to Mersing Terminal bus station, you need to take a taxi to go to Mersing Jetty which is about 4 minutes’ drive.
Step 4: Buy a ticket from the counter at Mersing Jetty and board a ferry to Tioman Island.
3. By flight (via Subang Airport at Selangor)
Tioman Island has a modern small airport, it just next to Tekek Village with small commercial flights. But there are no more direct flights from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. However, if you plan to fly to Tioman Island, you can take off from Subang Airport in Selangor. In addition, only Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) air provides this less than 2-hour short-haul flight from Subang to the island.