Situated about thirty kilometres off the east coast of Malaysia is Tioman Island, locally referred to as ‘Pulau Tioman’. The natural geographical qualities of the island are so spectacular that Time Magazine listed Tioman as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It has since become a very prominent tourist destination, with the presence of a few experiential hotels from entities such as Berjaya Hotels & Resorts that truly make use of the island’s qualities.
Tioman Island is not that big, since it is only twenty kilometres long and twelve kilometres wide. Interestingly, regulations forbid any buildings on the island to have more than thirty stories. This is probably to maintain the natural splendour of the landmass. The island has a very intriguing history, since it is believed that the landmass in fact a Dragon Princess who took the shape of an island to dwell in the crystal clear waters of the region.
Speaking of crystal waters, there are a number of marine parks situated around the island’s waters, which means that if you’re a scuba diving aficionado then this is definitely one of the most essential places for a visit. During the Second World War, the island was used as base by both the British and Japanese navies respectively. As a result there are many shipwrecks to be explored around the island, with two prominent ones being the respective wrecks of the HMS Repulse and the HMS Prince of Wales. Should you be more interested in seeking out incredible life-forms, then the Tioman Island is the only refuge for the walking catfish, one of the most amazing forms of amphibian life in existence.
If you’re a seeker of serenity in search of your next slice of paradise, then the majestic Tioman Island should definitely be a place worthy of consideration.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.