PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Tioman Island - Culture & Heritage



Tioman was a stopover for merchants during the early days of maritime trade. Artifacts from this era can be found at the island?s museum in Tekek.


The sound of the waves, shimmering emerald waters and lush greenery make Tioman a magical destination that enchants you upon first sight. Holidaymakers can indulge in a number of pastimes such as island-hopping, bird-watching, basking in the sun or embarking on a journey to discover the rustic villages. Visitors can also catch the spectacular sunset at Salang and sunrise at Juara. There are a number of places with historical interest including mausoleums of early rulers and a fort built during the Japanese occupation. The Museum in Tekek is a good place to unravel the bygone days of Tioman. Among the items displayed are 11th to 19th century trade ceramics, coins, maps, sea charts, prints, paintings and objects salvaged from shipwrecks. Golf enthusiasts can tee-off at the 18-hole international standard golf course at Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort. Those seeking rejuvenation will find the resort?s Rimba Spa, tucked away against a backdrop of rolling hills and tropical foliage, an ideal spot to soothe away stress and fatigue.





Getting around Tioman is interesting as boats are the main form of transportation. There are no cars or asphalt roads on the island, except around Tekek. All villages have regular boat and sea bus services that connect to other villages. Speedboats can be chartered for trips and island-hopping activities. For short excursions, visitors can rent bicycles or motorbikes at a reasonable rate.



There are 141 bird species on the island including endemic sub-species of the pink-necked pigeon, olive-winged bulbul, greater racket-tailed drongo and dark-necked tailorbird. The island has a natural bonsai garden located along the Mukut-Twin Peaks trail. From its mist-capped mountains to glistening emerald waters, Tioman exudes magic, grace and tranquility. Visitors can tour the different villages to experience and enjoy Tioman?s allure.





Located on the northwest of the island, Salang boasts clear waters ideal for snorkelling and diving. It is close to Monkey Bay and Tulai Island, popularly sought for their pristine beaches and vibrant undersea gardens. From Salang, visitors can also get easy access to Layang-Layang Cave, an underwater rock formation. There are ample facilities in Salang; including numerous chalets, restaurants, dive shops and a mini market. The village also offers a modest nightlife.




Popularly known as ABC Village, Air Batang has a rocky, but serene beach. The village has a close-knit atmosphere with a walkway connecting the many resorts here. It is easily accessible from Tekek and is wellknown for its proximity to the Marine Park and Monkey Bay. For those seeking a laidback environment, the village offers many shady spots and hammocks for a quiet afternoon nap.




This is the main entry point to Tioman via air and sea. It is also the largest village as well as the administrative centre for the island. Within this village are government offices, a police station and school. Tekek has the longest beach on the island, nearly 3 km in length. Facilities for tourists include numerous chalets, restaurants, souvenir shops, dive operators and moneychanger.




Genting is the third largest village after Tekek and Juara. Most resorts in Genting are nestled at hillsides, offering a splendid view of the verdant greenery. The village is equipped with numerous chalets, restaurants, souvenir shops and dive operators. Visitors can also take a 30- minute walk to Paya Village from Genting. Paya is located at the foothill of Mount Kajang, making it the point of descent from the mountain.




Located at the southernmost point of the island, Mukut radiates with the grace and charm of a traditional Malay village. Its simple yet quaint setting is ideal for visitors who appreciate nature at its purest form. Towering against the Mukut sky is the legendary Twin Peaks. Mukut is also the departure point to climb the imposing mountain.




This village is tucked away on the east coast of the island, making it the furthest and one of the most idyllic beaches in Tioman. It is also the only bay which faces the open South China Sea. The seclusion makes Juara ideal for honeymooners or those seeking a perfect hideaway. Two rivers, the Mentawak and Barok flow from Mount Kajang to this village. Juara is the point of exit (or entry) for the cross-island Tekek-Juara trail. It is also the start-off point to climb the Mount Kajang. The village has several sundry shops and restaurants.



PLACES OF INTEREST : Pulau Tioman Island - Culture & Heritage