TIOMAN

INTRODUCTION

The fabled island of Tioman also captivates one with its wild unspoilt beauty. The picturesque villages and the rolling surf on the South China Sea exude a feeling of quiet serenity.

Tioman Island is said to be the resting place of a dragon princess who had turned herself into an island in the South China Sea. According to the legend the beautiful princess stopped by enroute to Singapore from China and was enraptured by the charms of the place that she decided to discontinue her journey. She thereby pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travellers and took on the form of an island.

Tioman is actually one of the largest in a volcanic island group of 64. It is the perfect island in the sun, with reefs for diving and clear waters for swimming to your heartís content. The soft sands,  swaying palms, wild flowers growing in vivid profusion and cool waterfalls cascading down green clad slopes makes it the perfect retreat for honeymooners in search for a romantic interlude. It also offers a relaxing respite for those tired of living in the fast lane and a welcome haven for travel weary back packers

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

There are 4 lovely beaches on the island - each offering its own idyllic charms. The beach at Lalang, where the Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort is located, is the most popular among visitors and Ö yet most refreshingly unspoilt, being devoid of the usual commercial trappings - no beach vendors ; no souvenirs stalls and no beach umbrellas.

To really get away from it all, head for the beaches of Salang or Juara. Salang and Air Batang are the ideal location for diving and snorkelling - its collection of live corals and multicoloured fish is simply stunning.

Juara, situated on the isolated east coast of Tioman is only accessible from the main village on the island by a walking track. The beach is blissfully deserted - a heaven sent retreat for those who seek peace and quiet.

Spend lazy days just languishing on the beach, soaking up the sun.

Or swim, snorkel or scuba dive at one of the fabulous beaches on the island. The Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort makes arrangements for snorkelling and scuba diving but many beach chalets also have basic diving equipment for hire and boats to take people to choice areas.

See the Malay villages tucked away in the quiet kampungs where the lifestyle is traditionally low key. Here, the houses are built on stilts to keep them cool and dry. Or take a stroll around Kampung Tekek, and observe how cloth is handpainted prior to being turned into colourful T-shirt. Take some back home as souvenirs.

Head for the jungle clad hills and scale the spectacular twin peaks in the south. Then, cool off in the tranquil surroundings of the waterfall at Mukut Village or frolic in the silky waters of the isolated beach of Bunut. Back at the resort, are facilities for horseback riding and cycling.

For those wishing to see the fascinating underwater life without getting wet, there are round the island trips in glass bottom boats operated by the Tioman Beach Resort.

The restaurants at this resort offer a tempting variety of international and local fare. Beachfront chalets and restaurants also serve typical Malaysian cuisine.

The Tioman Golf Club, surrounded by massive granite boulders, jungle and waterfalls is one of the most picturesque in Asia. The atmosphere is laid back and leisurely. There is no rush ; no pressure. You play whenever you like and for as long as you like. The 18-hole golf-course provides a unique challenge to the avid golfer.

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