Sitting like an emerald dragon guarding the translucent waters of the South China Sea, Tioman Island offers every possible shade of paradise. There's cascading waterfalls, rigorous jungle hikes that take you past orange blossoms under an evergreen canopy, and a wide sampling of laid-back villages that present a tapestry of cultures and curiosities. And then there's the sea. That gorgeous sea of greens, blues and chartreuse swirls that beckons you to paddle, snorkel, dive and sail.
At 20km long and 11km wide, the island is so spacious that your ideal holiday spot is surely here somewhere. And despite its growing popularity, Tioman retains an unspoiled feel, with pristine wilderness and friendly, authentic village life.
A short stretch of road runs along the western side of the island from the Berjaya Resort to the northern end of Tekek, where it is interrupted by steps before continuing as a path to the end of Air Batang (known as ABC). A winding road links Tekek with the dozy east coast idyll of Juara. For walkers, there are jungle-road-trail combos that connect most of the west coast, from Salang to Genting.
Tekek is Tioman’s largest village and its administrative centre. The airport is here, as is the island’s only cash machine. Bear in mind that everything stocked in shops on Tioman is shipped from the mainland and tends to be expensive (except beer and tobacco), so stock up on essentials before you arrive.