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With great accessibility, a well developed network of water and road taxis, untold natural riches, both below the sea and above it, along with a thriving jungle ecosystem, Tioman has so much to ever any and all travelers with a yearning for exotic tranquillity.
But it's Tioman's breathtaking landscapes, supreme beaches and its gin-clear aquamarine coastal seas that, by far, draw in most of the island's visitors. Blessed with no less than world-class coral gardens and abundance of marine wildlife, the sea around Tioman has earned itself a certain amount of fame amongst the scuba diving communities from around the region and further afield.
Land of Adventure
But even for non-divers, Tioman has plenty to offer. Apart from snorkeling, how about a jungle trek along waterfalls and a plethora of fauna and flora. Let your certified guide show you the placid chameleons, the cheeky monkeys, the intimidating yet shy monitor lizards. They are all there. Best yet, if you're lucky, you may even witness Rafflesia blooming, at perhaps one meter across, the world's largest flower.
Or go rock-climbing amidst Tioman's awe-inspiring geological formations, its rugged boulders and its ancient monoliths. Selfie anyone?
Also on offer: kayaking, stand up paddling, windsurfing, along with angling, sea-walking and glass-bottom boating. Last but by no means least, is there any island better than Tioman for a get-away filled with plain old-fashioned and oh so enjoyable lounging? Hint: probably not :)
Home away from home
Accommodation types in Tioman range from backpackers' haunts to exclusive boutique resorts with a handful of well-deserved stars. Take your pick.
Back to accessibility. Just how accessible is Tioman Island? After all, it's easily 50 kilometers offshore. How does a traveler get there? Pretty easily as it happens. Enter Mersing. Mersing is the feeder town that offers a well-run ferry operation between the mainland and Tioman. The vessel plies the sea pretty much daily, except when the tide is too low.
Travel well, travel smart
And speaking of tide, this is something to keep in mind, because the for all the good done by the ferry operation, its vessel can only sail during high tide. The reason is Mersing's shallow river mouth. Smaller boats have no problem to traverse the shallows, but smaller boats are not permitted to go to Tioman, as it's too far to be safe.
Bottom line: book your ferry tickets to Tioman in advance, so that you're not stranded in Mersing after the ferry has just left. It would be a terrible waste to not be able to enjoy the Tioman hotel room that you booked.
Finally, how to get to Tioman? You can go by coach or taxi. Plenty of choice; most of Malaysia's towns offer a good bus route to Mersing. And Singapore too, has a very decent bus connection.