Tioman Island | Pulau Tioman

Maldives of the Malaysia, or collectively a group of Islands that is located around Southern tip of Johor. Pristine crystal clear water

Tioman Island located on the southeastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is one of the most attractive tourist destinations and is frequently visited by local and foreign visitors. Tioman Island is one of the larger islands of the rest of Southeast Asia and has many interesting attractions, especially for those who love to experience marine life as one of pleasure. This is the place for you to hunt giant barracuda ,snorkel or dive for coral reefs 


List of Chalets/Resorts

There’s a few chalet / resort in Pulau Tioman


The beaches here are separated by dense forests and there are other wildlife living here, such as monkeys, and snakes. The best months to visit Tioman Island are in June, July and August, while November, December, and January are low season when monsoons are now arriving and the sea is turbulent and choppy

There are several beaches around Tioman Island that you can explore. These are:


The long name of this beach is Water Bar and is perfect for budget travelers. This area allows you to walk all the way to Tekek. The beach is less interesting because many corals are dead. However, it is ideal for snorkeling and sunset locations because it is very attractive.

Juara Beach

The beach is quiet and quiet no matter what the season is and the only beach that is often the choice to stay. In fact, around this area there is a great pool for swimming activities. It also has a dead coral but is relatively small compared to other areas. To get here, you need to get off the ferry at Tekek, then rent a truck up the steep hill in the middle of the island.


Just like the Juara, it is also one of the areas with fine sand and very attractive for swimming activities. In fact, there is an area suitable for snorkeling.


Rocks scattered along the coast of Genting make it even more beautiful. The walking path has several food options compared to other beaches.



How to get there

By Bus: Take the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing for approximately seven hours. The Mersing bus terminal to the Jetty is about a 15-minute walk.

By Ferry: Take a ferry from the Jetty Mersing or Jetty Tg Gemok. There are three daily ferries to Tioman and the itinerary to Tioman depends on the tides and storms and ferries will have to wait until the sea level is at the proper level before departure. Shortage of passengers at one time will result in cancellation of the ferry journey and passengers will have to wait for the next ferry trip.

Note: All visitors must pay a Marine Park fee at Department of Marine Park kiosk at the Mersing ferry terminal.


Things to Do

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayak
  • Jungle trekking
  • Boat trip
  • Camping
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Cuba Diving


Tioman Island is one of the small islands located in the State of Pahang, 39km long and 12 km wide. It is also 70km from Mersing and 36 nautical miles from Tanjung Gemok jetty, Kuala Rompin. Most of the island is covered by native rainforest, home to several endemic wildlife species and ideal for nature exploration. The ocean on this island is also rich in coral reef treasures, making Tioman Island one of the favorite locations for divers and those interested in snorkeling activities. In the 70s, Tioman Island was once named one of the most beautiful islands in the world by TIME Magazine, so it might be the reason why many people choose Tioman Island as a holiday destination.

Tioman Island is also a duty-free island off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, recognized as a geological wonder, an ecological paradise and one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It has also been gazetted as a marine park where the ocean have an abundance of coral reefs and marine life – perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

How To Get To Tioman Island

Visitors can go to Tioman Island by boat or ferry through either via Mersing Jetty, Johor or via Tanjung Gemok Jetty, Pahang. In addition, visitors can also go to Tioman Island by flight from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang directly to Tioman Island. If taking the ferry, the fare is around RM 30 to RM 35 per person.


Tanjung Gemok Ferry Port

  • Tickets are RM 70 for adults and RM 60 for children
  • Travel to the island around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Ferry departures are in the morning and evening only


Mersing Ferry Port

  • Tickets are RM 70 for adults and RM 60 for children
  • The trip to the island is about 3 hours
  • Ferry departures every 2 – 3 hours, between 7.30am and 6.00pm


Additional Info Boarding the Ferry

  • Ferry departure time may vary according to current sea conditions
  • Ferries will stop at every village on Tioman Island (except Juara), but it’s best to ask the operator before buying a ticket
  • The number of ferry is reduced during the monsoon season (November to March), and ferry departures may be delayed or canceled without prior notice
  • Buy ferry tickets in advance and not during peak times (weekends, public holidays, school holidays, festive seasons)


List of Ferry Stops

  • Kampung Genting
  • Kampung Paya
  • Kampung Tekek
  • Kampung Air Batang
  • Kampung Salang
  • Kampung Mukut 


Village on Tioman Island

Tioman Island is surrounded by several villages. The largest village is known as Kampung Tekek and is located in the northern part of the island. Kampung Tekek has the largest population. Some other villages are known as Kampung Juara, Kampung Salang, Kampung Air Batang, Kampung Genting and Kampung Paya. Only Kampung Juara faces the South China Sea, while the other villages face the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia.


Pulau Tioman Map


Tioman Island Cluster

There are other 8 islands in the Tioman Island which Tioman Island is the largest. Other islands around Tioman Island are as follows:

  • Chebeh Island
  • Soyak Island
  • Renggis Island
  • Jahat Island
  • Tomok Island
  • Sepoi Island
  • Tulai Island
  • Bahara Island


Interesting Activities 

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Island hopping
  • Rock climbing
  • Waterfall


Areas For Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Activities

  • Pulau Rengis (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Tulai Island (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Sea Park (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Monkey Bay (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Chebeh Island (Scuba diving)
  • Pulau Soyak (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Pulau Jahat (Scuba diving and snorkellng)
  • Tomok Island (Scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Sepoi Island (Scuba diving)
  • Pulau Bahara (Scuba diving)


The Turtle Project

Juara Turtle Project is a non-governmental organization that implements turtle conservation projects here. It is one of the volunteer initiatives of sea turtles and environmental conservation to educate the local people and also preserve the endangered turtles in the area. It is the result of cooperation with people from various parts of the world and local people.


The weather

Every end of the year from December to February is a quiet season where there are no tourist activities on Tioman Island. This is because the quiet season is the monsoon season where high waves begin to arrive from the South China Sea with a height of 5 meters that can sink boats. Tourists can start visiting Tioman Island again as early as next March.