Sitting like an emerald dragon guarding the translucent waters of the South China Sea, Tioman Island offers every possible shade of paradise. There are cascading waterfalls, rigorous jungle hikes that take you past hibiscus blooms under an evergreen canopy, and a wide range of laid-back villages facing idyllic beaches. And then there's the gorgeous sea of greens, blues and chartreuse swirls that beckons you to paddle, snorkel, dive and sail.
At 20km long and 11km wide, the island is so spacious that your ideal holiday spot is surely here somewhere. Tekek, Tioman’s largest village and its administrative centre, is where ferries arrive from Mersing (in Johor) and Tanjung Gemok (in Pahang), but other beachside villages and resorts are a short water taxi ride or drive away. Despite its popularity, Tioman retains an unspoiled feel, with pristine wilderness and friendly, authentic village life, rounded off with terrific jungle-hiking options.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Pulau Tioman.