Tioman Most Beautiful Islands in the World
Tioman is the most beautiful islands in the World? In the 1970s, TIME Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Read here for more information. The island is part of Pahang territory, although it is geographically closer to mainland Johor than to mainland Pahang and is accessed via ferry service from the Johore coastal town of Mersing.
Tioman Most Beautiful Islands in the World Summary
- Attraction: Tioman Most Beautiful Islands in the World
- Location: Pahang Malaysia
- Attraction Type: Island in Malaysia
Tioman Most Beautiful Islands in the World
History of Tioman Island
“Paulo Tymon”, Nieuhof: Ambassade vers la Chine, 1665. Tioman has been used for thousands of years by fishermen as an important navigation point and a source of fresh water and wood. During the past thousand years, it has played host to Chinese, Arab, and European trading ships, and often Chinese porcelain shards can be found on beaches around the island.
In more recent history, Tioman played host to both the British and the Japanese navies during the Second World War, and the waters around the island are littered with war remains (including HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales). This island does not allow buildings to have more than 3 stories.
The marine area around Tioman Island and eight other nearby islands have been declared as marine parks and marine reserves. Apart from its diverse marine life, the inland rainforest area was protected in 1972 as the Pulau Tioman Wildlife Reserve. However, a large part of the original reserve was sacrificed for agricultural and touristic development in 1984; the remaining area is approximately 8,296 ha (20,500 acres).
There are several protected species of mammals on the island, including the binturong, long-tailed macaque, slow loris, black giant squirrel, red giant flying squirrel, mouse deer, brush-tailed porcupine, and common palm civet, from a total of 45 species of mammals and 138 species of birds, including the majestic frigatebird. Moreover, this island has species that are endemic to its shores. The walking catfish Clarias batu can be seen on rainforest walks. Kajang slender litter frog is only known from Mount Kajang.
The corals have been affected by a mass bleaching event in 2010 whereby the island lost a significant portion of its live coral cover. That resulted in a lot of the corals turning a dull white color and some even fragmenting into pieces of dead coral skeleton. The 2016 bleaching event only just touched on Tioman’s Coral Reefs, and as such, the coral has remained in good and healthy condition.
Within Tioman Island there are four kampungs: Salang, Tekek, Juara and Air Batang. You can stay peacefully in these kampungs and share the best moments as an islander. The telephone numbers start with 09-413, 09-419, 09-582, 09-583 and 09-584.
Things to do in Tioman Islands:
- Scuba diving
- Marine Park
- Island hopping
- Diving course
You can contact the diving center via this website for more information, promotions and latest packages.
There are several Islands around Tioman that can be visited such as Tulai, Chebeh, Sepoi, Labas, Sembilang, Sri Buat Tokong Bahara and Jahat.
Things to do at Pulau TIoman, Pahang Malaysia
Tioman Island is a heaven for divers of all levels. The calm water and dive sites such as a little island of Renggis and Soyak are ideal for beginners and underwater photography. Dive sites like Chebeh and Magicienne Rock are popular spot among the advance divers. They occasionally sighting of huge Manta Ray, Whale Shark, Black Tip Reef Shark, Great Barracuda and Turtle. Night dives can also be arranged to witness the display of nocturnal marine life. Looking for Dive License and Scuba Diving Package? Click here for detail information about scuba diving activities from Paya Beach Resort, Dive Resort (B&J Dive Center) and Seamonkey Divers.
Snorkeling in Tioman is a paradise for you to discover the underwater world. Warm waters and high visibility are a popular destination for snorkeling. Small marine life nearer to the beach is ideal and suitable for beginners. For those who wish to swim alongside fishes, marine park is a favorite spot and at the same time enjoy the beauty of underwater garden. In this section we will give information about snorkeling in this island, packages offered by hotel, resort and dive center from The Barat, Aman Beach Resort, Paya Beach Resort and Swiss Cottage and Tioman Cabana. Click here for more information about snorkeling.
Marine Park / Taman Laut
The cluster of Tioman Island was gazette as marine park to protect its precious marine life. The water is home to splendid marine life and colorful dense corals. As a protected area, only certain activities are permitted such as snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and underwater photography. Coral, shell picking and other damaging activities are strictly forbidden. Fishing is not allowed within 3 km. radius of the island. Great efforts have been made to protect the island, visitors are urged to help and support the local authority to preserve the nature. Click here for full info about Marine Park @ Taman Laut Tioman.
Another popular activity in Tioman is the Island Hopping. Located about 45 minutes off Salang Village is the Tulai Island, reputed to be the best, the water is crystal clear, white sandy beach, swaying coconut trees, colorful corals and fishes has made Tulai is and perfect place for swimming and picnicking. On your lucky day, you will be greeted by ‘Dolphins’ a friendly mammal that occasionally spotted around this island. Click here form more information about Pulau Tioman’s island hopping.
Diving Course – (PADI) is an opportunity for diving enthusiasts. Most dive operators and instructors cater to varied preferences from introductory dives, night dives to technical diving ‘PADI’ certification courses are also conduct by many dive operators on the island. This course can be conducted only within a week of your stay. Click here for more information about surfing in Tioman Pahang, Malaysia.
There are many attractions for tourist and divers and there are as follows:
- Tioman Airport
- Panuba Bay
- Tekek Village
- Minang Cove – The only cove here
- Asah Waterfall
- Bagus Place Retreat – The most eco-friendly area
- Juara Turtle Project-volunteer Sea turtle and environmental conservation
- Golden City – part of Salang village
- Air Batang – also known as ABC
Most Beautiful Islands in the World is Tioman Islands Pahang – Underwater Paradise
Endowed with miles of soft, white sand, swaying palms, wildflowers growing in a vivid of colors, cool waterfalls cascading down mass-covered rocky slopes and rustic charming villages inhabited by friendly hosts, this island is a perfect sun-seekers’ and adventurers’ paradise. Noted for the crystal-clear waters, as far down as 30 of colorful marine life, offering underwater sportsmen some of the best diving sites in the world. The shallow reefs at the nearby islands of Tulai and Renggis are popular spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Divers can also explore the underwater cave around Chebeh Islands are uninhabited and within an hour’s boat ride from the main highlands. Around the waters near Mukut Village, divers have a change to view a coral encrusted wreck of a Japanese warship. At the Marine Park Centre located between Tekek and Air Batang, you can also savour the thrill of swimming among the fishes as they swim out to greet you.
*Source: en.wikipedia.org, pahangtourism.org.my