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Legend has it that Tioman Island is the resting place of a lovelorn dragon princess from China, who took to the sky to be with her dragon prince far away in Singapore. Seeing the beauty of Tioman on her way to her prince, the dragon princess decides to swoop down for a rest on this verdant jewel in a crystal-clear sea. Soon joined by her prince, the two dragons become reunited and henceforth, so it is said, offer shelter to all Tioman travelers.
If that isn't a great reason to visit Tioman, then there are others.
Tioman is the largest in a volcanic group of islands off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia called the Seri Buat Archipelago. Tioman's natural beauty is arguably its main attraction.
Its lush emerald tropical jungle, covering about 12,000 hectares of the island, and its pristine mountain streams and waterfalls are home to dozens of exotic species of mammals, amphibians, insects, birds and flowering plants.
Surprisingly, in spite of the discovery of Tioman's stunning potential as a one-of-a-kind paradise destination, most of Tioman's interior remains almost entirely untouched and idyllic, as good as unexplored as it is until today.
In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find beaches more private or coves more secluded than in Tioman. The sun-kissed southern coast of Tioman, also known as Tioman's Gold Coast, is the island's best kept secret. Several nature-ensconced retreats offer absolute privacy and an inimitable brand of luxury here.
But Tioman also offers more budget-oriented accommodation, as well as homey-style bed & breakfasts and Airbnb properties. Keen to swoop into Tioman with your prince or princess and/or your little 'uns? You can book your ferry tickets here.