Tioman Island – one of the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world
Tioman is the biggest and most impressive island at the east coast. There is a brisk jungle covers a ridge on the west section of the island, which ends at the idyllic location of a beautiful palm fringed beach. Tioman offers a wide range of activities for visitors: snorkeling in crystal clear water, discover the beautiful underwater world when you go diving, or just laze on the beach while you work on that tan. Also, there is a jungle on the island that is just begging to be explored. The dense forest is a habitat for many kinds of flora and fauna.
For centuries,Tioman Island has been regarded as a jewel in the sea. One early Malaysian legend claims Tioman to be a transformed dragon princess. Apparently the beautiful princess stopped enroute to Singapore from China to admire the charms of this spot. So enraptured was she that she decided to discontinue her journey, take the form of an island, and remain there as a place of shelter and comfort to passing travellers. Tioman’s beauty, from its towering dual volcanic peak to its soft sands, swaying palms, and vibrant profusion of tropical wildflowers, is such that it lends credence to the tale. One indication of Tioman’s enduring ability to inspire fables is that it was chosen as the location for the film version of the musical “South Pacific.” It is Bali Hai.
Diving at Tioman Island.
Perfect escape for snorkeling and diving at all levels of mastery. Come and experience the rare species of multi-colored fishes and coral reefs. Explore the treasure of the sea and you will get a splendid view of exotic marine life. Manta Rays and Whale shark can be seen in March, April and May. The main diving season is April to October. The best diving spot is around the smaller islands like Tulai, Chebeh, Bahara and Jahat. Most of the dive operators have their own house reefs.
Technical divers can explore the famous South China Sea wrecks. Name includes the Prince of Wales, the Repulse, Varella and many other exciting sub marines and battle ships. These famous wrecks found their final destination around Tioman during the second world war. Most of them are in water deeper than 40 meters.
The boat ride from Mersing takes about 1 1/2 hours, while from Singapore will be about 4 1/2 hours.Tioman Island is also served by Berjaya Air.