Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tioman Island, Pahang, Malaysia

I'm a sun, sea and sand kind of a person. Then again I guess most city-dwelling people are. One of the places I'd like to visit in Malaysia would be Pulau Tioman, or Tioman Island. This island has been voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is situated 56km off the coast of Pahang in the South China Sea. The main island spans an area of 38km in length and 19km in width at its widest point. As the North Easterly wind brings torrential showers from November to February, the best time to visit this island is from March to October. Visibility of the water during this time ranges from 20 to 30 metres.

Apparently Tioman is the largest island that formed the Tioman Marine Park. Other smaller islands which are also a snorkelling and diving sites include Tulai Island, Chebeh Island, Sepoi Island, Labas Island, Sembilang Island, Seri Buat Island, Jahat Island and Tokong Bahara Island.

For the snorkelers and divers among you, you will be able to see the array of marine life such as the barracudas, the Napoleon fish, turtles, stingrays, murray eels, bumphead parrotfish and the corals that surround this place.

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