TIOMAN

THE ISLAND

Welcome to Tioman Island like a giant sleeping dragon, the dark green ridges of Tioman Island rise above the waters of the South China Sea. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the dragon’s dark green scales are in fact giant trees and impenetrable jungle; that the grey claws are giant granite boulders and that the dragon’s horns are twin peaks with smooth, straight cliffs surrounded with swirls of mist. The dragon-like appearance of Tioman Island is at the root of a legend surrounding its origin. A dragon princess from China was flying to her prince in Singapore and stopped to rest in these calm and warm waters. Enamoured by the beauty of the area and the waves lapping at her sides, she abandoned her journey and took the form of an island.

The natural beauty of the island is its biggest attraction. Lush tropical jungle covers about 2,000 hectares of the island and countless mountain streams and waterfalls sustaining the many protected species of mammals and birds. The water around the island is filled with corals of all shapes and colours and home to a vast diversity of sea creatures, including two species of marine turtle. There are a few excellent beaches on Tioman Island. These curves of golden sand are usually tucked away at the edges of villages or fronting one of the many resorts.

Tioman Island has options for every kind of holiday-makers with small children, honeymooners, SCUBA divers, back-packers, adventurers and even those looking for a slice of exclusivity and luxury. Most places to stay are clustered around the villages that are dotted along Tioman Island’s coastline while there are a few small resorts that are built around private beach coves.

Tioman Island is the largest in a volcanic group of islands off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Getting there is simple as there are both a ferry service from either Tanjung Gemuk Jetty in Kuala Rompin, Pahang or Mersing Jetty in Johor on the mainland and an airport on the island itself.

Tioman Island remains the destination of choice for all kinds of budgets, lifestyles and preferences. Time is your only limiting factor.
 

KAMPUNG GENTING

Kampung Genting “Genting Village” lies on the narrow strip of beach, fringed by dark grey granite boulders at the foot of steep hills covered in lush rainforest. The village is stretched out along a floor path that follows the coastline and the buildings reach hardly a hundred meter from the shore into the jungle behind.

A few shops, restaurants, cafes, chalets, a clinic and a mosque complete the core of the village around the jetty. Villagers’ wooden homes are a few meters further down the footpath in either direction surrounded by the tall emerald trees of the forest.

You can easily walk from one end of the village to the other in thirty minutes, or rent a bicycle to get around. The same concrete footpath that is the main throughway of Kampung Genting continues north to Paya, another village. There are footbridges over the many mountain streams that find their way into the ocean here. It does not take long before you start encountering monkeys and monitor lizards. You can hear the calls of birds and the din of cicadas.
 


IMPORTANT FACTS

Climate & Water Temperature
Malaysia has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures ranging from 32°C during the day to 22°C at night. Humidity is about 85 to 95 percent. Water temperature is 27–28°C and during the dry months the temperature may rise to 30-31°C. Divers will not require thick wet suits. A wet suit of between 1.5 to 3mm is appropriate.

Best Times to Dive
March to October

Time Zone
Malaysia is about 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of US Pacific standard time and 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Electricity
Electricity is 220volts at 50 cycles, although most hotels can supply an adaptor for 110 volts, 60 cycle’s appliances. Plugs are of the British three rectangular prong types.

Clothing
Very casual, light cotton clothing like t-shirts, shorts etc., is the order of the day. No formality is expected in the restaurants. Tourists are recommended to be properly attired when visiting villages and towns. Nudity is strictly prohibited.