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Hiking in Tioman
Tioman Island is internationally renowned for its lush green forests and its rolling hills, making it one of Southeast Asia’s top destinations for avid hikers. The relatively undeveloped interior and lack of paved roads makes hiking one of the best ways for visitors to travel from one end of the island to another, and navigation is made easy by the jet black power lines that connect one village to another, as well as the occasional stone path left behind by the previous inhabitants of the forest.
Sightseeing while Hiking in Tioman
The forests of Tioman Island are blessed with a dazzling array of natural wonders, such as waterfalls, private beaches and two 700 meter tall dragon horns can provide a panoramic view of the entire island. Finding these destinations amongst the thick undergrowth might not be easy, but it is well worth the effort! Just make sure to make it back before dark, because it can get very dangerous once it’s dark, increasing the risk of injury.
Waterfalls in Tioman
Tioman Island has three waterfalls – Asa waterfall, Juara waterfall and Paya waterfall, all within walking distance of nearby villages. If you’re feeling lazy to hike back from these waterfalls, you can also take a boat back to the nearest village. Leave in the morning and pack a meal to have a nice picnic Lunch by the waterfall side!
Private Beaches Tioman
Tioman island also has a number of secluded beaches hidden in the middle of the forest, the most prominent one being Monkey Beach on East side. The hike to the beach itself is a challenge, but getting there is well worth it for the peace and quiet that it brings. On the beach itself, you can look forward to having the entire beach for yourself and your companions – as long as you have the numbers and equipment to fend off the groups of monkeys that live nearby, you’re guaranteed to have one of the most tranquil experiences of your entire life.
Dragon Horns Rock Climbing Tioman
Rock climbing enthusiasts can also look forward to a good climb up Tioman Island’s two 700 meter tall Dragon Horns. The horns lie at the end of a short two hour hike in the forest, and the Dragon Horns themselves have a number of exciting climbing routes, including the Polish Princess and the Sam Sam. Waiting at the top of the mountain is an amazing view – the sparkling blue waters of the South China sea, the gleaming yellow creamy white beaches on the shore side, the verdant green forests, and the roads and resorts that mar the natural beauty of the island.
Although the island’s interior is relatively uninhabited, weary hikers can look forward to occasional rest stops at features such as waterfalls. Hikers may eat, rest, restock their water and camp out at these stops – a welcome haven for those caught out in the forest late at night.
Biodiversity in Tioman
Of course, Tioman’s biggest attraction is the rich biodiversity, with 45 species of mammals and over 138 species of birds. Nature fans are sure to enjoy some of the best sights that Gaia has to offer.
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