Tioman Island is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide.
According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess. Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey. By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travelers
If you do not want to brave the 5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing, and the 2 hour ferry ( as mentioned in previous article, i have motion sickness tendencies ), the only other way is to take the Berjaya Air flight from Subang Airport. I have not been here since KLIA opened a good decade ago and was impressed by the renovation and how well kept it is.
Whilst waiting for my flight, i saw quite a number of cute Firefly air stewardess in their adorable orange uniform.
The Berjaya Air carrier is not exactly large or luxurious.. only 2 seats on either side..
They even have 4 seats at the front where the passengers face the back !! Thank goodness i was not assigned those seats otherwise it would have aggravated my motion sickness problem.
These first 2 rows are not suitable for people with long legs unless they are interested to play footsie. Fortunately the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island takes a little under an hour, so whatever discomfort one experiences is bearable.
The Tioman airport is small and cosy. The staff will wheel your luggage from the aircraft and since there is no luggage carousel, everyone is expected to pick up their luggage at the entrance of the terminal building.
We opted to stay at the Berjaya Tioman Resort. One good thing about the resort is that it is only 3 minutes drive from the Tioman airport and the hotel provides complimentary transfer from the airport
However, since it is a open air bus, do watch out for the branches and electrical wires which may poke you if you stick your head out too far whilst camwhoring.
Renovated recently, it is a pleasant place to stay because of the facilities, accessibility and easy access to food and transport. It is not Luxe but clean and comfy enough for me to enjoy my stay.
Chalets dot the resort. You can opt to stay in the double storey chalets
Four rooms per block
or single storey stand alone ones
which has a nice little verandah to chill out..
Photo of a typical room :
The guests lounging in the pool :
Kids having a great time swooshing down the slide..
How nice it is to be young and carefree again..
The poolside was a popular hangout place and ideal location to watch the sunset..
except for the day we left the resort coz it started raining..
An 18 hole international standard golf course is not something you would expect to find on a tropical island but this resort has made it impossible for golfers to say no to their wives
If golf is not your thing, tennis courts are also available
And a Challenger Park...
if you want to conduct team building games
heck they even have a event hall.. for corporate events i assume
but how anyone can concentrate on work on a beautiful island like this is beyond me.
And of course an indoor airconditioned gym for us typical urbanites
My favourite sport of all time.. snorkelling
Renggis Island is just off the resort, 2 minutes by boat
This time i bought a disposable underwater camera
The corals are not as glorious as the ones on Bunaken Island.. no where close in fact.. to tell you the truth i was disappointed by what i saw.. i heard the underwater life was very different 15 years ago. Curses to the pollution and development which has deteriorated the natural beauty of our coastline.
Also made a trip to the Marine Park which is a ten minute drive from the resort
Watched the beautiful sunset
Lots of fishes.. but again pollution has killed the colourful corals..
Oh well, at least we still have the sunset.
This island is such a ideal holiday destination, the owner of Berjaya Resort parks his private cruise ship/humongous boat just off the coast of the resort..
You can't help noticing the ship no matter where you are on the resort
Ah.. how nice it is to be rich..
Moon comes out at 5 p.m. ?
Coconut trees everyone.. time for a Bollywood dance..
And a well maintained garden.. such pretty flowers..
Food wise, i was quite pleased with the food served on the resort.. there was a wide spread at the breakfast buffet..
The decor is typical Malay..
Romantic steamboat dinner by the beach under a canopy..
Reminds me of Bali..
Or if you want something local, there are several restaurant just outside the resort where you are able to eat fresh seafood to your heart's content.
Crab cooked Thai style
What a treat !
There are a surprisingly large number of residents on Tioman Island. I think Berjaya resort is the main employer as it is the only large scale resort on the island. After a hard day's work, the staff relax watching cable tv in their quarters
Because of the large population, this island has a several convenience stores. There is one right next to the airport
No worries if you have forgotten to pack something..
Fish food.. only RM 1 = USD 0.30
Or if you crave delicious home baked pastries, head over to Shady Bakery which is 2 minutes walk from the airport
I forgot to mention that the island has duty free status so the booze is super duper cheap !
Well, my report is in no way comprehensive. There are so many other things to do on Tioman Island such as scuba diving, rockclimbing, waterfalls, jungle trekking, spa and duty free shopping. The island has something to offer for everyone, from families to backpackers.
Hope this article has enticed you to visit my beautiful country. Do pop over to Kuala Lumpur next time you come to Asia and us Malaysian purists will be more than happy to show you around.
( Please note that some of the text are lifted off other articles on the Internet but photos are all original. The opinions expressed here are entirely based on my personal experience and may vary for others.)