Pulau Tioman is an island off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, acclaimed as a geological wonder, ecological paradise and one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful travel destinations. Located 32 nautical miles off Pahang state, but connected through Mersing town in Johor, the island continues to enchant visitors with its warm beaches, lovely seas and lush rainforests. Budget and midrange hotels provide quick accommodation at every village, but there are also luxury resorts nestled within private coves and beaches. A melting pot of cultures, Tioman Island attracts youthful travellers from around the world – a great place to make friends every season.
There are many legends behind the island’s origin – the most popular story attributes its formation to a dragon princess who flew over the South China Sea en route to Singapore. Enchanted by the beautiful waters, she decided to make it her final resting spot. A far more practical account narrates the settlement of local fishermen from the mainland, as civilisation spread across the Seribuat Archipelago. Among their number was one who kept a pet mynah, called ‘Tiong’ by locals. This bird was an excellent singer that greatly entertained the villagers. Warmly endeared, they decided to name the island ‘Tioman’ after its passing, a portmanteau of ‘Tiong’ and ‘teman’, which means ‘friend’.