Useful Information for your Tioman trip

Check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list below with useful information about Tioman Island or send an email for any questions you might still have.

The season for Tioman Island starts on 1st February and ends by early November. Tioman is pretty much shut down over monsoon (Nov-Jan).

Diving highlights:

  • February-March:Mating season of the Pharaoh Reef Cuttlefish (don’t miss it!)
  • March-May and September-November:Best visibility, averaging between 15m and 30m
  • June-August:Summer season where visibility usually drops to around 8m to 12m (though diving is still great)
  • Currents are fairly mild throughout the season.

The weather on Tioman Island is fine all year around. On most days you can expect sunny skies and little wind with a few clouds overhead.

Brief rain showers are common since Tioman Island lies in the tropics and is covered by dense rain forest. These showers usually last less than an hour.

  • Average air temperature: 32 Degrees Celsius (90° F)
  • Average water temperature: 27 to 29 Degrees Celsius (80° F to 84° F)

Check out the current weather situation on Tioman.

Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period.

Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits but to be sure, better check with your embassy or on this Tripadvisor blog.

No special vaccinations are required. There is no Malaria or other tropical disease present on Tioman Island or on Peninsular Malaysia.

Sandflies and mosquitoes are common in Malaysia. We recommend to bring along some tropical insect repellent (i.e. containing +/- 30% DEET) and after bite ointment. Sandfly bites can be nasty and can get infected if scratched open. Antiseptic cream is recommended.

There is no decompression chamber available on Tioman Island and the closest is in Singapore (some 6 hours transportation). We are therefore very careful with our diving profiles and have never had a dive accident since we were established in 1986.

Malay (Bahasa Melayu) is the native tongue, but English is widely spoken. All our staff are fluent in English and we teach courses in:

  • English
  • Bahasa Melayu
  • German
  • French

You can pay us for accommodation and diving either in cash (MYR = Malaysian Ringgit) or by credit card (credit card payment surcharges apply).

You will need cash (MYR) to pay for your meals and beverages or to buy something in one of the minimarkets.

Foreign currencies are best exchanged on the mainland prior to your visit to Tioman Island. We exchange major currencies but the rates are not very good.

There is only one ATM on the island, located in the main village of Tekek (next to the airport). We recommend you bring enough cash along so you don’t have to go there in case you find that it’s out of cash.

Check-out our getting here page for all the details on how to get to Tioman Island.

Yes. Tioman lies in a dedicated Marine Park and as such there’s a Marine Park fee payable to the local authorities. This must be done in cash (Ringgit) at the jetty of either Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. Currently the fees are:

  • MYR 5.00 per entry for Malaysian citizens
  • MYR 30.00 per entry for foreigners

Free WiFi is available. Reception is good at our dive centre and bar but not very strong in the hotel rooms.

If you want to get a prepaid phone card then look for either Celcom or Maxis which work best on Tioman.

Check out this site to see if you require an adapter.

Voltage is 220V to 240V, Frequency 50Hz, Power Socket Type G.

You can use either UK style or European style plugs.

We currently do not operate our own restaurant as we don’t want to give competition to the locals.

There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance with a few of them just next door.

These restaurants serve a great variety of local cuisine as well as Thai and Indonesian dishes, Western meals, fresh BBQ seafood or BBQ chicken. You should not miss to try some of the great local flavors and we’ll promise you’ll have no problem satisfying your taste buds.

You don’t need anything special for Tioman. Just pack your usual swim/beach wear, a towel, sun lotion, maybe some insect repellent and don’t forget to bring a lot of fun!

A towel for the room plus shampoo/body wash/soap/shower cap are provided.