Tioman Island exists like a jewel in the South China Sea, 30km off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, near to Singapore. TIME magazine named it ‘one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world’, and it featured as the paradise island of Bali Hai in the film: South Pacific.
Tioman is approximately 12km from east to west and 40km from north to south. The only way to get around the island is by boat. The only way to cross the island is on foot!
Map of Tioman - Bagus Place lies just to the west of Mukut at the southern tip of the island
Lush jungle covers the hills and mountains of Tioman, which fall into golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Its twin peaks served as important navigation aids to early seafarers such as Orang Laut (sea gypsies), Chinese junks, traders from the Arab world, China and Europe, and of course Orang Lanun (pirates)!
Tioman’s twin peaks from the water
Legends surround the twin peaks of Tioman, on the south of the island above Bagus Place. The story goes that a beautiful lady dragon went from China to Singapore for her wedding.
Towards the end of her journey she began to feel very tired. Spotting Tioman Island through the clouds she decided to rest in this beautiful place for one night. However, the she-dragon became so enchanted by Tioman that she could not leave. The twin peaks and the ridge between them are said to be her backbone. The clouds and mist that constantly swirl around the peaks are said to be the smoke she is breathing out...!