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Tioman Island

Tioman (known locally as Pulau Tioman) is a magnificent, ecologically rich and picturesque island, regarded as a jewel in the sea and a stunning holiday destination. The 24-mile (39km) stretch of land shelters dense jungles flourishing between mountain peaks. Descriptive, appellations-like Dragon-Horn Hill and Lizard Village are inspired by the tropical charm of the island and its legendary namesake, a fairy-tale dragon princess.

Tioman Island was aptly chosen as the location for the mythical Bali Hai in the film South Pacific. Pristine beaches hug the island's perimeter, lapped by the clear water that reveals luminous coral reefs and abundant marine life. The settlements of the island comprise a handful of villages located around the coast, while the hilly inland area is virgin forest, best explored along the famous Cross-Island walk. While on holiday on Tioman, scuba diving and snorkelling equipment can be hired, and PADI courses are offered in Salang and Air Batang.

June to August is high-season on Tioman; November to January is monsoon season (the island is almost deserted over this period). There are daily flights to Tioman Island from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Departure point for boats is from the coastal town of Mersing, the journey taking one to two hours. There is also a daily high-speed catamaran service between Singapore and Tioman, a 4.5-hour trip.

Information & Facts

Language

Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but English is widely spoken and is the language of business. Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka are spoken by the Malaysias Chinese population and Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi among the Indian population.

Money

The Malaysian Ringit (MYR), also referred to as the Malaysian Dollar, is divided into 100 sen. Malaysian banks charge in the region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission; their rates however are variable. Pounds or dollars are the easiest to exchange. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at upmarket hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.

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