ADvenTure 17 – Tioman Escapade: Splash & Snorkel


We are based in Singapore, a tiny place to call home, but with the saving grace of being just a short budget flight to nearly anywhere else in Southeast Asia. While Phuket or Bali are the obvious choices for a quick getaway, during the peak holiday season or 2 days short weekend break we prefer somewhere off the beaten track, like Tioman Island.

This trip, we have a group of 12 people with us and it was our first time staying in Berjaya Condotel Resort. There is a nice swimming pool and sea view rooms if you stay 4-5th floor. However, the inconvenience of moving around for meals is a hassle. There is no food stalls around the vicinity and the nearest food place is 10mins via shuttle bus only. 


Tioman is a lush, mountainous island off the southeast coast of Malaysia. Its beaches and jungles are so picture-perfect that it served as exotic Bali H’ai island in the 1958 film ‘South Pacific‘ and was later named one of ‘the world’s most beautiful islands’ by Time magazine. With press like that you’d expect every inch of beachfront to be developed by now, but the island remains refreshingly rustic. Tioman is free of chain restaurants, there are no vendors to pester you on the beach and, if you hike the jungle trails, you’re as likely to encounter a monitor lizard as another tourist.


If enjoying the view from a hammock isn’t enough activity for you, Tioman Island is part of Mersing Marine Park and its waters are teeming with tropical fish. You can snorkel or dive in this island.


After the snorkel on our first day, let’s go for a change. We did the waterfall hike. Its a very enjoyable hike. We saw Camelion, Astonia Trees and the most rewarding part of this hike of course is the refreshing waterfall ! A highly recommended hike if you are in Tioman.


One final treat – Tioman is a duty-free island. Whether you’re buying a can of beer or a bottle of vodka, alcohol prices are a fraction of what you pay in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, or indeed Bali.

Sound good? From Singapore, it takes four to five hours to get to Tioman Island. Ferries are operated by Blue Water Express and cost 70 ringgit return (about S$30). The schedule depends more on the number of passengers than the clock, but they generally run every two hours from 10:00 until 16:00. Expect to wait for a while or try calling the Mersing ferry terminal at (60) 7 799 4811. Do note that November through February is the monsoon season and ferries may be cancelled during hazardous weather.

We waited for more than 3 hours to return back to Mersing. Well, this is a norm in Tioman especially on a weekend. 

While waiting for the ferry, we, the adventurous gang entertained ourselves..ha ha..of course with more photographs!


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(04-05th Aug 2012) 2D1N Juara Crossing Trek – Let’s Explore the Malaysia’s hidden East Coast Gem this weekend !


Introducing our stunning unique Pulau Tioman Hike! Most people go to Tioman for sea sports, for a change, let’s hike Tioman!

A stunning 6-hr hike (return) you must not miss! A 3-hour (one -way) hike through thick Malaysian tropical rainforest via a puny concrete road and there are beautiful waterfalls along the way to freshen up so its not all bad yah. You need to take a 4WD to get to Juara beach, which is at the other side of the island.

On the next day, you can either choose to do coastal snorkeling,2hrs waterfall hike or simply chill out at our hotel pool before heading back to Singapore.

Highlights for this hike:-

  • 4WD
  • Explore the 100 years old huge old Banyan Tree
  • Along the hike, you can see Astonia Trees
  • Blooming Rafflesia (The Biggest flower)
  • Waterfalls
  • Monitor Lizards
  • Many Floras and Faunas

It is a true jungle hike, with huge banyan trees, monkeys, and creeping vines everywhere. It is vibrantly green, but if you look closely there are unusual iridescent butterflies, nearly fluorescent green snakes and what could be described as harlequin slugs.

The hike is fairly challenging with steep descents and many spots that were equipped with ropes and occasionally cement steps. 

Monitor lizards are about and if you are lucky you may spot one.

After the hike, we will chill out at the beach. 


The Trip At A Glance 

Where: Tioman Island

When:    04th-05th Aug 2012 (Saturday -Sunday) (6AM Depart)

WHO IS SUITABLE ? Reasonable Fitness hikers only

Rating for the hike: 2.0

Route: Juara Crossing Trek – KG Trail

Min. no. of pax: 4

Estimated Return to Singapore: Before 9pm on sunday

Costs:  To enquire  Email: gaiaadventurers@gmail.com

Pre-trip Briefing Email:  Will send briefing email 3 days before the trip only to those who RSVP-Yes and who has made payment.


For every adventurers that join this trip will get an Anti Mosquito Repellent Bracelet for free with compliments from Gaia Adventurers !!!  Effective for up to 240 hrs after opening. High quality Non-toxic PVC waterproof anti mosquitoes bracelet. 100% natural essential oil (Mainly Citronella oil, a natural mosquito repellent). This is a must have items in our hiking list.


Price Includes:

  • Return Singapore – Mersing Transport
  • Return Ferry Tickets (Mersing – Tioman – Mersing )
  • Experience Mountain Guide
  • 1 night stay at Condotel @ Berjaya Suites (Air-Conditioned Suite)
  • Guide Fee
  • All Administration Charges

Price Excludes:

  • Expenses of any emergency nature
  • Meals
  • Expenses of personal nature, including soft drinks.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for driver/guide @ RM 5.00 per person


How to register ? Click here for registration and Payment.

Things to Bring:

  • One will need minimum 3 litres of water 
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear
  • Walking Stick (if you deemed necessary)
  • Warm Jacket in case coach journey is chilly
  • Changing Clothes & Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Packed Lunch for your hike
  • Swim Suit if you want to swim at the beach
  • Snacks for munch



  • What time we are expected to be back to Singapore?

Ans: Between 8-9.30pm on sunday

  • How long is the journey from Singapore to the destination?

Ans: If smooth traffic, we should be there in 2.0 hours (excluding 2 hours boat ride to Tioman island).

  •  6am is a little tight to reach in time for me. Are there any alternatives?

Ans: Meet us at 6.30am at woodland checkpoint after the custom clearance. Please inform me via email/SMS if you are meeting me at woodland checkpoint.

  • Do we go for breakfast in Malaysia? Or we direct go to the adventure site?
Ans: We will have our breakfast at Mersing Jetty prior boarding the ferry.
Please read the disclaimer for this event posted.
All photos appearing in this event page are the exclusive property of Katherine Goh & Gaia Adventurers.The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of Katherine Goh.
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 Additional Notes:
  • Its quite cold during the Oct – March monsoon season, even mid afternoons can go as low as 20 degrees. Bring a hoodie or a jacket
  • Get your booze, cigarettes & chocolates at Tekek side
  • Food is generally expensive at the Juara side of the island, so bring some bread, peanut butter, tidbits, cookies to help save some moolah
  • 3G & GPRS mobile internet reception are available here, with somewhat intermittent connection
  • Dont forget your aftersun lotion.
  • Sandflies are a nuisance here, be prepared with some ointments if you get bitten. 
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