Tioman Island, known locally as Pulau Tioman, is a small island located off the east coast of
Peninsula Malaysia. It was first recorded and mapped by ancient Chinese mariners, who along with
other passing sailors, fishermen and traders used the island as a refuelling and waypoint on their
way to, and from, what is now Singapore.
The richness of life on Tioman Island extends to its surrounding waters. Legend goes that the island was formed when a dragon princess stopped to rest in the water on her way to see a prince in Singapore. So taken by its waters, the princess instead turned herself into the island, so she could forever enjoy its beauty. After diving here it is very easy to understand why this legend stands. Tioman Island has arguably the most beautiful coral gardens in the South China sea with a huge variety of tropical reef fish, turtles, sharks, cuttlefish and nudibranchs.
Although this stunning island is remote, it is within proximity to two of Asia’s biggest airports, making it the ideal getaway for any scuba diver and nature lover travelling from Australia.
The rich island paradise of Tioman Island is just 137 square km in size with 98% being covered in
thick rainforest, home to numerous endemic species such as sea eagles, monkeys and deer. Around
2,650 people call this island home. Six main villages, called kampungs, are nestled along the edge of
the island between dense jungle covered mountains.
Tioman Island is one of the most popular islands on the eastern side of Peninsula Malaysia. It lies within the Mersing Marine Park, about 32 kilometres off the coast. Most visitors arrive on Tioman Island by ferry / boat from the town of Mersing which can be reached by road transfer from the main gateways of either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. There is also an airport next to Kampung Tekek on Tioman Island.
Tioman Island is known for scuba diving and snorkelling. Other water activities include freediving, kayaking, swimming at the various beaches, wakeboarding, jet skiing, fishing, surfing and windsurfing in the wet season. Jungle trekking is popular. There are hiking tracks the villages, to waterfalls, beaches and bays and up to the summit of Mount Kajang at 1,038 metres, the between island peak off Peninsula Malaysia. There is an 18 hole golf course at Berjaya Tioman Resort.
The best time to visit Tioman Island is from April to October during the dry season. Tioman Island is
affected by the yearly monsoon season when there are heavy rains and wind. Many of the resorts
close between November and March although some dive operators remain open at the tail end of
the season in November and March if weather permits.
Tioman Island experiences hot and humid weather. The average daytime temperature is 32˚C. The average water temperature is 28˚C.
Generally the best visibility is expected in the months of March to May and late September to November.
Tioman Island sits on the edge of the Coral Triangle and thus has extensive coral reefs teeming with
a wide variety of tropical fish both large and small.
The shallow, calm waters of Tioman provide over 30 + dive sites. Soyak Island, Pirate Reef and Renggis Island are ideal for less experienced divers. A little further afield, sites such as Chebeh, Labas and Tiger Reef provide deeper waters, sometimes with challenging currents, plus the chance to see larger species, as well as incredible macro life.
In addition to the beautiful reef dive sites, Tioman includes over a dozen wrecks, mostly scuttled wooden hulled fishing trawlers, and one larger 31 metre long, ex-Navy and marine police patrol vessel.
Tioman Island lies in the South China Sea, with depth ranging between 10 – 70 metres, and has something to offer every level of diver regardless of experience.
For those interested in technical diving, one day excursions can be arranged upon request to dive great WWII wrecks. Visit the famous HMS Repulse or the HMS Prince of Wales.
To dive these wrecks a minimum certification level of PADI Tec50 or an equivalent technical diver certification (i.e. IANTD Technical Diver, TDI extended range) is required.
|Berjaya Tioman Resort
2.5km from Tekek jetty/Tioman Airport
|Wifi: Yes in public areas
Onsite Shop: Yes
Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
|Tioman Dive Resort
In Air Batang Bay (ABC Bay)
Onsite Shop: No
Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
Malaysia is situated in the heart of South-East Asia and is composed of Peninsula Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo which is the world’s third largest island. The state of Sabah sits on the north western tip of Malaysian Borneo and it’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, is the gateway to a tropical paradise of natural wonders, scenic beauty and a diversity of culture. The international country code for Malaysia is 606. Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
(subject to change)
Australian passport holders do not require a visa for social visits of up to 3 months. Other passport holders please contact the appropriate authorities to check current visa requirements.
The currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR), often referred to as the Malaysian Dollar. Money can be exchanged at most hotels, banks and the airport. Major credit cards are accepted at hotels, resorts and most shops. Please be aware that it may be difficult to exchange foreign currencies outside the main tourist centres.
1 AUD = approximately 3.20 MYR (June 2017)
Borneo has it all; from macro life to pelagics, wreck diving to wall diving, coral gardens teeming with a rich diversity of fish life and underwater caves. Some 3,000 species of marine creatures were first found and classified while diving fabulous sites in Malaysia around Sipadan and Layang-Layang. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.