Just off the south-eastern coast of the Malaysia Peninsula sits the tiny Tioman, the largest of 64 volcanic islands in the South China Sea. With its abundance of sublime sandy beaches, white coral reefs and jungle backdrop, Tioman makes for a spellbinding island escape for those that want relaxation mixed in with a little adventure.
Being a popular holiday destination for Malaysians and Singaporeans, expect some commercial growth in some parts of the island but you can still very much soak up its unspoiled mythical beauty, tropical island charm, golden beaches and clear waters such as seen at the Salang’s and Juara beaches.
While the amazing sea life and coral gardens makes this spot a haven for scuba divers, other land activities include trails through the island’s mountains sewn with lush, thick forest to happen upon its gorgeous waterfalls.
When to go
Between April and October are the best months to visit to avoid the monsoon.
What to do
- Scuba dive the exquisite coral reefs
- Embark on a large menu of water sporting activities from deep sea fishing to kayaking and a boat trip round the islands
- Explore the abundant interior one day on a guided walking trail to a secluded waterfall