Tioman Island, Rompin · 2 hotels available
Kampung Tekek is a village situated in Tioman Island of Malaysia, an island off 32 kilometres within east coast of the Pahang state that is well-known for its stunning coral reefs, making it a perfect destination for scuba. It is the capital village of the island, being located along a 3 kilometres of coastal stretch at the island's central west. It is essentially a town with much more urban infrastructures compared to other inhabited populations in the island. Visitors can easily gain access to retail shops, duty-free shops, bank, highway, airport, marina and jetty complex from Tekek, hence making the village such a popular attraction due to these conveniences offered which are not available to them elsewhere in the island.
There are plentiful of accommodations nearby as well, hence one does not have to think too much and worry about where to stay when they arrive here. Usually the island will be merrier around March to October, therefore coming over here around this time is a good idea. Most of the accommodation will close shop by November to February due to the monsoon season. According to legends, the island is the resting place of a dragon princess. While on her way to meet her lover in Singapore, the maiden stopped by to rest and drink the crystal-clear water of the South China Sea. Being charmed by the beauty of the place, the princess decided to stop her journey and take the form of an island to protect and provide shelter to the travellers and passers-by.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can catch the Express Rail Link (ERL) train or bus which goes directly to the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). From there onwards, you can find S&S Express bus which goes to Mersing bus terminal. From the Mersing bus terminal, take a cab or bus to the Mersing jetty. Then you can take the ferry services to Tioman Island. There are high chances to spend a night alone in Mersing since the ferry services are only available in the morning.
The Marine Park Centre is a highly sought after coral sanctuary located along the northern edges of Tekek, which is the capital village of Tioman. It consists of nine islands stitched together which includes Pulau Tioman, Pulau Sepoi, Pulau Gut, Pulau Labas, Pulau Chebeh, Pulau Tulai, Pulau Sembilang, Pulau Tokong Bahara and Pulau Seri Buat. There is information centre located in the beach for visitors to learn more about the island’s underwater heritage with free of charge entrance fee. The Marine Park contains one of the biggest beaches in the country with terrific spot for sunbathing. Activities to be done here include picnicking, playing volleyball, diving and snorkelling.
Nenek Semukut Mountain is famously known as the “Dragon Horns” of Tioman. It is considered as the highest free-standing granite mountain in the country with 703 metres of elevation. In addition to that, climbing it is said to take four to five days with a 7A hiking classification. Therefore, due to the tough circumstances occurred when hiking the mountain, this “Twin Peaks” is being one of the most coveted spots for the ones admiring challenges. Moreover, the mountain peak offered one of the best overall top view of the island, making it a really satisfying experience to be able to reach the top.
Juara Turtle Hatchery is a turtle awareness and conservation project ongoing at Kampung Juara, one of the main settlements in the island. Here, researches and conservation are done to via nest protection, public outreach and observing the nestling turtle behaviour and hatching success rates. Visitors can join in the observation and a guide will be around to explain more while giving awareness about how the turtles are affected by environmental factors and external factors such as tourism.