Tioman Island certainly a popular part of Malaysia's east peninsular coast. It attracts an eclectic mix of city folks from Singapore, backpackers making their way through the beaches of Southeast Asia, and scuba diving enthusiasts. Almost everyone can be sure to find something exciting about this region.
It's possible to fly directly to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, arriving at the small Tioman Airport
. Most resorts can arrange transfer services to get their guests from the airport to their accommodations. Otherwise, the best way to reach Tioman is by ferry from Mersing, which is a well-connected city on the mainland.
While most of the accommodation in Tioman Island consists of bungalows and budget hotels, there are some higher-end resorts at Terak Beach
While Terak beach is most accessible, there's just as much to see and do at Juara
and Salong beaches. Both have dive shops that offer certification courses and comprehensive scuba tours. Less intensive snorkeling trips transfer tourists to remote beaches with shallow coral reef, satisfying ways to get out and enjoy the clear waters.
Away from Tioman Island's beaches and resorts, the local landscape changes. Inland treks reveal jungles and mountains with a commanding view over rustic chalets and coastal villages. These remote hotels in Tioman Island are perfect for backpackers or budget travelers who see the value in working out their own dinner arrangements and mixing with locals.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Tioman Island, take a look at the interactive map on this page and start planning the perfect vacation to this beautiful island.