Tioman Island Information
Best time to visit
Monsoon usually begins from November till March and can bring some impressive rain showers and big waves. It is also possible to surf during this time. The dry season usually starts end of March till the end of October.
Malay is widely spoken in Tioman but most of the islanders understand or speak English. If you would like to learn a little bit of Malay before you arrive Check out this link for Useful Malay phrases. Malaysians are always impressed when foreigners try to converse in their national language which is fairly easy to learn.
The Local currency is RM (Ringgit Malaysia) and sen (cents). Swiss Cottage does not take credit cards, but there is an automatic teller machine at the BSN Bank just opposite the Airport. However please bring some Ringgit with you as there is only one ATM on the island and it does go out of order from time to time. Website for Bank Simpanan Nasional
We can exchange Dollars, Euros and Singapore Dollars for Malaysian Ringgit. We use the exchange rates as provided by Maybank on the day of the exchange. Check out the link below for the current exchange rates.
It is useful to bring a first-aid kit containing the following
- mosquito repellent
- antiseptic cream or liquid such as Dettol
- Anti-Diarrhea tablets
- Antihistamine (for allergic reactions to bug bites) and of course Sun lotion.
- Coconut oil / baby oil (sandfly prevention, read below)
For preventing yourself from being bitten by sandflies we have found the only thing that works is to put on Coconut/baby oil over your sunscreen when lying down at the beach. Regular repellents just don’t work with these tiny critters and its not easy to see them either. We have a bottle available in the reception with our tried and tested concoction of Baby oil mixed with a little bit of Dettol, you are welcome to help yourself to this when you are here.
Advisable shots are Tetanus and Hepatitis A+B. There is a clinic on the island equipped for minor injuries.It is not necessary to take malaria tablets or vaccination for yellow fever, but if you are in doubt, please consult your doctor
There are many local and seafood restaurants within walking distance from our resort. Check out our restaurant reviews on our news page by clicking here.
Getting around is done mostly by walking, trekking, 4×4 taxi or by sea taxi. You may also rent bicycles and mopeds in Tekek, for a small tour.
We now have fixing bicycles for rent at RM20 per day.
What to bring with you
- Beach Towel
- Coconut Oil or Baby Oil ( for prevention of sandfly bites, you use it over your sunscreen )
- Mosquito repellent
- Rash vest for if you plan to do a lot of snorkeling
- Trainers for jungle trekking
- water bottle ( We offer free filtered drinking water in the reception )
- small first aid kit, see above
Tioman is a duty free zone and offers a good selection of alcohol and cigarettes at very cheap prices