Tioman Island (or Pulau Island) is one of the largest volcanic islands in Malaysia in the state of Pahang. In 1970, the island was voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world by Time magazine. If you are looking to visit this paradise island, do not forget to check out the travel experiences. Let’s explore the beautiful island through our Tioman Island travel blog (Tioman blog) and guide — The ultimate guide for discover Tioman Island of Malaysia from top things to do, activities… to what to eat, what to see, best places to stay with Living Nomads below.
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Tioman travel blog: Best time to visit Tioman Island
The best time to visit Tioman Island is from March to October because this is the time when the average temperature is around 30°C. The rainy season from mid-November to mid-February, tourist areas and boat service will be closed. In particular, you should avoid the holidays of Singapore or Malaysia, because this time will be crowded for tourists, waiting to ship to the island is also difficult and take a longer time.
Tioman island blog: How to get to Tioman Island?
If you are in Vietnam, you must fly from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur first(the cost range is 57 – 79 dollars/ ticket, depending on the time). There are many airlines making flights to Kuala Lumpur such as Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, VietJet,…
Once you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, you have two ways to get Tioman Island:
Firstly, get to Tioman Island by air: From Kuala Lumpur, you can take a taxi or bus to Subang International Airport; from here you take another route with an approximate travel time of 1 hour to get to the airport Pulau Tioman on the island. The ticket price is range from 44 to 57 dollars/ticket.
Secondly, get to Tioman Island by bus: Malaysian bus companies provide routes to Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. You can refer prices and buy bus tickets online at http://www.busonlineticket.com/. From here, you can take the Bluewater Express 35MYR for one way / 2 hours (about 8 dollars), you can buy tickets directly at travel companies or at the harbor. The boat will stop at the beach or pier of Tioman Island depending on the places which you book the hotel.
Accommodation: Where to stay?
Although this is a small island, due to the development of sea tourism orientation, there is a system of motels, hotels on Tioman island quite developed although the number is not really rich and diverse variety. It is mostly located in the popular low-cost level suitable for self-sufficiency trip of tourists.
You can choose from simple camps in the quiet ABC area or Mokhtar area, with the cost is less than 22 dollars/ night for 16m square meters of wooden rooms, clean and only a few steps from the sea. In Juara, there are many cheap rooms, near the sea, typically the Rainbow Chalets and the Coconut Grove style rooms.
More luxury, visitors can choose Tunamaya Resort (Agoda.com or Booking.com) near Genting (Southwest Island) to enjoy spa services and more facilities. Swiss Cottage Resort Tekek is located between Genting and Salang, a high-quality mini resort with wooden beds, meditation decoration, and sea views.
Below are some best cheap, budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.
Bagus Place Retreat (Address: No 1C, Pasir Sarang, 26800 Tioman Island, Pahang, Malaysia / Phone: +60 16-993 3239), 3-star hotel with room rates from $239/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Tioman Island (Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, Malaysia / Phone: +60 7-766 8888), 3-star hotel with room rates from $102/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Bushman Tioman (Address: KAMPUNG JUARA PULAU TIOMAN, 26800 Tioman Island, Malaysia), with room rates from $75/night. (Check rates and reviews on Booking.com).
Melina Beach Resort Pulau Tioman Malaysia (Address: Kampong Genting, 86800 Tioman Island, Malaysia / Phone: +60 9-419 7080), with room rates from $98/night. (Check rates and reviews on Booking.com).
1511 Coconut Grove (Address: Kampung Juara Tioman Pahang, 26800 Kg Juara, Pahang, Malaysia / Phone: +60 9-419 3101), 3-star hotel with room rates from $58/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com).
Impian Inn Tioman (Address: Lot 18, Kampung Genting, Kampung Genting, 26800 Tioman Island, Pahang, Malaysia / Phone: +60 9-419 7705), 2-star hotel with room rates from $29/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Tioman Island travel guide: Things to do in Tioman Island and entertainment activities
The beaches in Tioman are very beautiful with blue water and white sand. Guests can dive between the sea in the Juara area. It is situated on the east side of the island; this little village has a magnificent beach and wooden rooms overlooking the sea. The river is overlooking the sea at Nipah, where salt water and fresh water make a beautifully sponge-filled oceanfront an ideal place to swim. In addition, you will also find golden sands at the northwest coast of the island, Salang. This friendly land is famous for its curious pasta and late-night parties.