Places of Interest
The Resting Place of a Beautiful Dragon Princess
According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess, Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey. By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travellers.
Tropical Playground for Water Sports Enthusiasts
Tioman Island is an excellent spot for fun-filled water sports activities. You can go scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, or enjoy the beauty of undersea gardens by ridding around the island in a glass-bottomed boat.
A Marine Treasure Trove
Tioman Island is a treasure trove of breathtaking marine attractions. Corals, seashells and limpets, thorny sea urchins, colourful seaweeds and anemones, starfish and a myriad of other aquatic wonders are abundant here. The crystal clear waters make scuba diving and snorkelling in Tioman an experience unlike any other. Other neighbouring islands recommended for scuba diving and snorkelling are Chebeh, Tulai, Renggis, Sembilang, Seri Buat and Gut.
Exciting Adventures Amidst The Splendour Of Nature
Tioman Island is the ideal spot for nature lovers, Whether at sea or on land, the wonders of nature that greet you are truly astounding and fascinating. Trek across the verdant hill from Tekek to Juara and enjoy the cool waterfalls cascading over moss-coverad rock formations at Mukut, or take a dip in the warm waters dotted with pastel-coloured reefs. Or head to the Marine Park Centre located between Tekek and Air Batang and swim amidst the various species of fishes.
Anglers' Bountiful Paradise
Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a bountiful catch at Tioman Island, Just hire a boat for a day, anchor outside the Marine Park limits where fishing is permitted. By dusk, you will have a catch large enough for a sumptuous barbecue on the beach. If you want to try something different and challenging, try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Among the species if fishes and crustaceans found here are groupers, morays, tunas, parrotfish, sea-bass, red snappers, stingrays, plaices, soles, cora trouts, blue marlins, squids, cuttlefish, shrimps, crabs, prawns and lobsters.
Tioman Island, or more fondly known by the locals as Pulau Tioman is a small island located in the state of Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia.
It is along the east coast of the state which is one of the top tourist destinations in the region. In Tioman Island, there are 8 main villages in which Kampung Tekek has the highest population.
That which distinguishes Tioman Island with other destinations is its rich flora and fauna while the island is surrounded by rich coral reefs.
Pulau Tioman was once listed as one of the most beautiful islands in the world where numerous spots have been used in movies and such.
In fact, it has been used as an important navigation point for fishermen for thousands of years of which trading ships from China, Europe and the Middle East had once stopped here.
Geographical Information of Tioman Island
Tioman Island is actually a very small island where it has a land area of only 136km2. Gunung Kajang is the highest peak here which sets at 1,038 meters while it has less than 500 people who are mostly from the Malay and Chinese communities.
Like the rest of the country, Tioman Island enjoys a year of tropical weather which is hot and humid with occasional rainfall. However, the year end is when rainfall is at the heaviest. Besides that, the year-end monsoon wind will bring about strong waves and unusual high tide at times.
As such, the best time to visit Tioman Island during the middle of the year which is around May to July. This is the time when western countries get their summer while those in the southern hemisphere has their winter. Around these times, you will enjoy the warm and clear coastline with June being the super peak season.
This means that there will be a lot of foreign tourists particularly during these months. For divers, August would be the best time to come to Tioman Island as marine life will be at the richest due to the warm water in the seas or just to head out for a dip into the clear waters of the ocean.
Other islands in Malaysia
Pangkor Island is one of the main tourist spots located in the state of Perak along the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. If is quite a small island which is known for its fishing industry. In fact, Pangkor Island has a land area of only about 8km2 which houses several resorts and interesting tourist attractions.
Previously, Pangkor Island is a common place for fishermen to take refuge from the rough seas and weather while it has been known to be used by merchants, sailors and pirates too when the Straits of Malacca was used as a trading route.
As such, there is a Dutch fort here built during the 17<sup>th</sup> century while the island is known for being the place where the Pangkor Treaty was signed that started the British colonial era in the country.
Tourism in Pangkor Island
As an island, it is not as renowned as the likes of Tioman or Sipadan Island but Pangkor Island is one of the top tourist attractions in Perk itself.
As such, you will find large crowds of travellers and visitors during the weekends and public holidays where the beautiful beaches and fishing villages are constantly frequently.
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