Currently in Singapore, leaving for KL in the morning. Travelling solo and want to visit a couple of the islands in Maylasia. Any recomendations on the best places to visit and what to see. I was thinking Pulau Tioman, Pulau Perhentian and Penang.
Thanks for your help..
Yes..u can go ahead with yr plans and also why not to Pulau Redang too!
Hope u enjoy yr trip
I'd highly recommend the Perhentian Islands as they're gorgeous. I spent a few nights on each island.
This thread may not be active as such, but I think my reply will come in handy to those who come across it through Googling "Tioman", for instance.
Tioman is your bread and butter diving snorkeling location; the visibility is reliable, generally good, sometimes excellent, though sometimes less then impressive. If it's been raining prior to your trip, then expect slightly lower water clarity, as the downpours tend to flush sediment from the hills into the waters below. It settles quickly though, so on most days diving/snorkeling is great. (Barring the NE monsoon months of course, November-February).
The flora and fauna are surprisingly abundant, in spite of the tourist crowds during peak season. There are regular sightings of migrant pelagics, like whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. There's plenty of resident fish too, large and small, and vibrant coral sites too. I guess nature is coping well with the presence of the throngs.
The resorts are mostly ok, nothing all that fancy; even Berjaya is getting slightly long in the tooth. Though I hear that Melina and Japamala are quite exclusive.
For revelers who just want a roof over their heads, most chalets are good enough, though. But if you insist on hot-water showers that always work, linen that smells fresh, walls that aren't peeling, and chirpy helpful staff, you'll find it a bit hard to find a resort to your liking. I suspect that Paya and Sunset Beach may do well on this front, however, as they're quite new. (We haven't stayed there yet, but the buzz is promising).
The resort food in Tioman is mostly decent. Best makan we had was at Berjaya, though obviously it's a bit pricey there.
In short, Tioman is still a stunning natural treasure, a mainstay if you like to dive or snorkel and enjoy raw natural beauty. It's fairly easy to reach for a little get-away island, especially since ferry tickets are no longer an issue, as you can now get your tickets in advance online with -snip-.
Tioman will definitely deliver an ample dose of blissful peace and quiet. I say, Tioman boleh
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