Tioman Island

Tioman Island, off the east coast of Pahang Malaysia, boats secluded palm-fringed beaches, clear turquoise waters and lush rainforest.
Divers or snorkelers can enjoy rich, Tioman’s colourful marine life just a few metres from the beach.


  • Tioman Island is well known for its dive sites, which have corals, sea fans and sea sponges, as well as shipwrecks
  • Exploring the beaches of Tioman is a must. The most charming are Juara Beach, Salang Beach, Paya Beach, Berjaya Beach, Genting Beach and Monkey Beach
  • Tioman Island is covered with tropical jungle and has a few marked trekking routes for you to explore

Hailed as one of Southeast Asia’s finest beach destinations, Tioman Island beckons with aquamarine waters, spectacular coral formations, miles of white sand beaches and a laid-back atmosphere

Tioman Island is also known for its fascination legends. According to the local folklore, Tioman Island dragon-like shape is attributed to the tale of a dragon princess who was so enamoured by the beauty of the waters that she decided to stay there forever, becoming an island over time.

Tioman is the largest and most developed of the volcanic islands that form Tioman Marine Park.
Tioman’s waters are a diver’s paradise, filled with a diverse range of aquatic species and vibrant corals.


Tioman Island is accessible by ferry from Mersing Jetty in Johor. The ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on sea conditions.

The closest airport to Mersing is Johor Bahru. Mersing is about 5-6 hour-drive from Kuala Lumpur and 3 hour-drive from Singapore.


Like mainland Malaysia, Tioman Island has a hot and humid climate, with sunny afternoons and warm evenings but cool nights. Temperatures are usually consistent and the calm weather peppered with occasional showers and storms.

The tourist season peaks between May and August, when the weather generally displays the least rainfall. The monsoon winds begin to blow from October, bring heavy rain and strong waves till January. During this time, ferries run once a day, while only select hotels (usually the larger ones) will open, providing significant discounts off their standard rates.


Japamala Resort & Spa

JapaMala prefers to call their rooms ‘Sarang’, which means ‘nest’ in Malay. Emerging from the wilderness like individual nests is a seris of wooden houses, hillside sarangs and beachside villas. Designed and built around the resort’s natural landscape, each rooms is therefore unique in layout.

JapaMala’s philosophy of preserving nature in every sense of the word has inspired this very concept of their ‘rustic-luxe’ design.

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