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Tioman, Malaysia Cruise Port

Sitting in the South China Sea, Tioman Island is a jewel in the crown of Malaysia, a locale whose natural beauty has hardly been dented by tourism in the 40 plus years it has been revered for its stunning scenery. Massive trees and thick jungle give this island paradise an authentic edge which has proven to make it a cult destination for travellers weary of the crowds that populate the best Far East destinations.

Excellent beaches and mountain streams and waterfalls that criss cross the island make the landscape of this hidden gem one of insurmountable beauty. Coral of all shapes and shades lay just offshore, as do outcrops of brightly coloured rock and tiny sandy atolls. All in all, the outstanding scenic quality of this unique island is likely to enchant cruisers again and again.

Sightseeing in Tioman

The Tekek to Juara Trail

A jungle trail which crosses the breadth of the island, The Tekek-Juara trail is a well-worn pathway which weaves its way through dense treelines, stream crossings, and even fallen tree trunks. The authentic feel of this trail is unavoidable, with ancient stone staircases easing you upwards to the network of inlets and valleys that provide a verdant riposte to the spacious golden beaches the island is famous for.

Monkey Bay

Shaped like an hourglass, this secluded bay is one of the finest natural spots on the island. A beautiful expanse of pristine sand, as well as numerous crystal clear rock pools and rocky outcrops makes this sun-dappled cove the island's best kept secret. Look out especially for families of monkeys that can be seen scuttling across rock faces and feeding their young, they normally ignore humans, meaning you can get a remarkable look at these intriguing creatures whilst you sun yourself on the spotless sands.

Air Batang

Air Batang is a local village which spreads out over 2km of the Tioman coastline. For an authentic experience of local life, cruisers should make a beeline there. Gorgeous varnished sandalwood cabins are scattered up and down the shore, which for a very cheap price, can be rented out as idyllic tanning spots. For a taste of the island's sumptuous nightlife, head to the array of bars hidden amongst the greenery, selling cheap local beer and exotic foodstuffs.

Shopping in Tioman

As a duty free zone, Tioman enjoys a revered status as a hub for luxury goods at incredible prices. There are numerous outlets selling everything from alcohol to high fashion at the centre of the villages of Paya and Salang, but for the most comprehensive stock, head to Vision Duty Free. It is here that travellers can get their hands on everything from phones to jewellery.

Eating out in Tioman

For a delectable slice of island cuisine, take a trip to the Hijau restaurant, which serves everything from Indian delicacies such as tandoori prawns, Chinese dishes such as ginger fish, and fresh island shrimp and oysters. All of the food is prepared with local spices, giving it a flavoursome twist that lingers long in the taste buds. 

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