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There is a RM5 conservation fee to enter the island
There are three services per day in each direction, but tidal issues (or lack of passengers) may cause cancellation. Bluewater Express charges RM 35 (RM 45 on public holiday) for an adult ticket, RM 25 for a child ticket (babies in arm free, as of last info), and departs from Salang at 07:15 am, Panuba at 7.30am etc etc and at noon, and picks up travellers all the way down the coast. It should be noted that apart from the first sailing of the day, the ferry operator tends to leave Mersing when the tide is high enough for the ferry to be able to pass through the mouth of the river, there are sufficient passengers aboard, or perhaps they are waiting for a connecting bus. Because of this, it may not always be possible to strictly adhere to the timetable. So, if you are planning onward journeys based on the timetable, then leave sufficient buffers (1-2 Hours).
In [[Mersing]], the main bus terminal is about 1000 metres up river from the ferry terminal. From the terminal face the river and go right. Follow through the commercial centre of Mersing, past the stadium to the ferry terminal. The bus may also drop you off at the corner where a conveniently located travel agent will attempt to sell you accommodation on the island. It may suit some to make a booking in the town before going to the island, others may prefer to take their chances and check out the offering on the island. In the instance where the afternoon ferry (4.30pm) is not running, one may have to stay in Mersing, which can be a fairly low expectation affair, depending on demand. Suggestion is to head straight to the ferry terminal, buy a ticket and worry about other matters later. Alternatively, you simply buy your ferry tickets in advance at Tioman Ferry Tickets [http://www.tiomanferry.com], so your ferry seats are guaranteed. If you are not heading for the island, boats are available for private boat charter, scuba dive, fishing & Islands Tour along Jalan Dato Onn, Mersing.
Local transport is by bike, cars at Tekek, and by boat. A concrete road runs through Tekek, extending from the Berjaya resort in the south, past the airport, and to the northern end of ''Tekek village''. There is a concrete path running the length of Air Batang area. Elsewhere there are almost no roads on Tioman. Cars may charge around RM20 for the short distance from the end of Tekek jetty/parks info office to the airport and up to RM120 for the biggest distance with a minimum of 2 or 4 passengers.
The rough concrete track was started by the Japanese in WWII and was re-opened several years ago. It follows the main electricty cable across to Juara. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is required. When you arrive you may be asked for up to RM175 to charter a whole vehicle to take you across,
There are '''4WD "taxis"''' from Tekek to Juara. They may ask for RM 75 (single person), RM 120 total (two persons) or RM 35 each (min. 4 persons).
Don't be forced into using those who tout directly outside the airstrip. Slow down to local pace and take your time over everything.
There are several jungle treks , following the power lines, which connect the Kampungs. Depending on your condition and preferences, it could be better to have walking/trekking shoes and long pant.
* '''Tekek - Juara''' It is relatively easy to cross the island on foot from ''Tekek'' to ''Juara''. The path up from ''Tekek'' is a well established but unpaved, 7 km long track with occasional stone steps to assist and a few fallen tree trunks to keep things interesting. You cannot lose the trail because it follws the powerline to Juara. It's feasible with a small backpack, but fairly strenuous, so allow plenty of time. In Tekek, the trail starts north of the airport (sign ''to Juara''). Close to the waterworks, one leaves the road and continues on the trail. On the east side, it's an easy broad concrete footpath with no steps all the way from the summit down to ''Juara''. Allow a minimum of at least
* '''Tekek - Air Batang''' It is also possible to walk from ''Tekek'' to ''Air Batang (ABC)'', and the
** '''Monkey Bay''' If you continue along Monkey Beach to it's northern end, you will find a foot path that leads to the side of Monkey Bay, a very pretty hourglass indented beach. The foot pad is subject to treefall so expect it to be hard to follow in places, but panic not if you lose the path, use your head and nut it out. The more use the better the path will get. Both beaches offer very good snorkelling. The other way to reach them is by water taxis. There are ruins of attempts to set up business here, but otherwise no development, but the writer definitely saw a family of monkeys, who ignored the humans and didn't seem to expect any food. Of course don't feed them.
[[Image:Salang_to_Monkey_Bay_Power_Lines.jpg|thumb|224px|Following the power lines between Salang and Monkey Bay (photo by Paul Farr).]]
* '''Monkey Bay - Salang''' Keep following the power cable to get to Salang. Remember to follow the power lines, since the path may be hard to see sometimes. This path is more steep than the previous paths. It may take upto 90 min for this part of the hike.
[[Image:MonkeyBeach.jpg|thumb|224px|Monkey Beach with its yellow sand]]
[[Image:Salang_waterfalls.jpg|thumb|224px|A basin of the waterfalls near Juara]]
* At the
* <do name="Juara Turtle Project" alt="" address="" directions="about 30min of crossing to tetek by walk" phone="09 419
== Do ==
'''Scuba''' facilities are readily available, and the diving is reasonably good, especially in view of the proximity to [[Singapore]]. Most villages have a variety of dive shops. Padi Open water courses average at about RM990 (4 day course), and for licensed divers each dive is roughly RM90).
* <do name="DiveAsia - PADI 5 Star IDC" alt="" address="Salang Village" directions="From the jetty, turn left, walk straight and it's on the left." phone="+60 9 419 5017" url="http://www.diveasia.com.my/" hours="" price="RM900 for PADI Open Water course" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Established in 1976. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Excellent dive sites (Salang is best for diving). Helpful with arranging accommodation. The first and only Instructor Development Centre on Tioman Island. Services include boat dives, day and night shore dives, equipment servicing, air/nitrox/trimix refill, hydro testing, PADI recreational dive courses (Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster and Instructor).</do>
* ''' Tioman Cabana''':[http://www.traveltiomanisland.wetpaint.com], ☎ +60 13 717 6677, watersport at Tg Saik Beach, Tekek Village.
For those who are surf junkies, Tioman receives swells up to 2 m from the South China Sea. However, they only come during the wet season which is from November to March and only hit the eastern side of the island.
However, do note that in case you intend to purchase alcohol or cigarettes and carry them into neighbouring Singapore, then you would need to pay duty on these goods and hence the cost advantage vanishes. Refer to Singapore customs website on duty free allowances; the Singapore authorities can be pretty strict, always declare tobacco and alcohol to Singapore customs officials and be prepared to pay high duty or dispose of the items.
ATM is available at Tekek. From the wharf go left, the bank with the attached ATM is on the left of the road about 250 metres on.
*<eat name="ThaiFun Restaurant" alt="ThaiFun 2011" address="near Berjaya Tioman Resort" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="24 hr/day" price="" lat="" long="">Thai restaurant opened in 2011. You can watch Thai television there.</eat>
Most of Tioman's backpacker accommodation is to the north of the island, with numerous budget chalet operations clustered around '''Salang''' and '''Air Batang''' (sometimes also referred to as '''ABC''' - although this is the name of the resort at the northern end of the beach, not the beach itself), and to a lesser extent '''Tekek'''. Dorm beds start about RM 20, single rooms (huts) around RM 40 and up.
* '''Coral Reef Chalets'''[http://www.v-win.com/1WEB/coralreefholiday.com/acco.htm], Kg Tekek. RM40-RM80 onward.
* '''Babura Seaview'''[http://www.baburaseaview.com], Kg Tekek. RM55 onward.
* '''Mokhtar's Place''', Kg Air Batang. RM30 onward.
* '''My friend's place''', Kg Air Batang. RM25 onward.
* '''Nazri 2'''[http://www.nazrisplace.com/npll.html], Kg. Air Batang. RM80 onward. ☎ +60 9 4191329
* '''South Pacific''', Kg Air Batang. RM45 onward.
* '''Salang Indah Resorts''', Kg Salang. RM50 onward. ☎ +60 9 419 5015, no wifi
* '''Salang Pusaka Resort (Khalid`s Place )'''[http://salangpusakaresort.tripod.com/], Kg Salang. RM45 onward.
* '''Panuba Resort''', ☎ +60 7 7996349, [http://www.panubainn.com]. Located at a very small kampong about 200 m north of Air Batang and the second last ferry stop. This kg has now been subsumed by an adhoc collection of accommodation structures that climb the rocky headland. The growing technical prowess of the builders results in a mixed grill of style from Malaysian hut to alpine chalet, and a switch from environmentally sympathetic timber to more intrusive concrete, the remnants of previous structures being carelessly preserved. From RM45 to RM140 en-suite, A/C, kettle (but no tea or coffee) breakfast, and a view from a balcony. In front is a 100 m beach which is great for swimming at the top half of the tide, and a reef for snorkling. Restaurant kampong grown fruit and drinks. Tiger beer at RM5 and red wine, sold from the snorkling gear hire shop.
* '''Swiss Cottage''', ☎ +60 9 4191642 [http://www.
* '''Tioman Paya Resort''', [http://www.tiomanpayaresort.com.my]. Located behind the Paya Beach Resort, this resort is in need of upgrading. The chalets have hot water, A/C and TV. However, the A/C in the chalets are of the 1980s model that can vibrate strongly. The toilet is not what you expect to see in a mid-range resort, and the towels and blanket are very worn out.
* '''Japamala Resort''', [http://www.japamalaresorts.com]. A very private and intimate resort with just 12 villas and chalets, a beautiful beach and 2 amazing restaurants, Tamarind Terrace & Mandi Mandi. Note that there is no mobile network coverage at Japamala which makes it an real getaway from the rest of the world. Impeccable service from its attentive staff.
* '''Bagus Place''', at the Southern tip near Minang, [http://www.bagusplace.com/]. Recently built chalet resort run by young Europeans as an eco-resort. Private beach, with a small number of simple and tasteful luxurious chalets. Starting at a whooping