Marine Park Centre Tioman – Fellowship of Nine Islands

This may sound like something taken out of a J.R.R. Tolkien book but let me assure you that it’s as far from ‘Mordor’ as possible. ‘Heaven within nine heavens’ would be a more appropriate title to it. This Marine Park Centre comprises of nine islands namely Tioman Island, Sepoi Island, Gut Island, Labas Island, Chebeh Island, Tulai Island, Sembilang Island, Tokong Bahara Island and Seri Buat Island. It is located in the vicinity of these islands.

Tioman Island is easily the largest island among the many islands located off the southeastern coast of Malaysia. It is the king of these islands so access to Marine Park Centre from Tioman makes absolute sense.

Highlights of the Marine Park-

The water park is great for kids and a fun time with family.

1. Beach Experience– This place offers vast white sand beaches for people to enjoy. Your kids can build their sandcastles while you relax and relish the sun. Getting a tan that you can show off to your friends back at the office and make them all jealous is one of the reasons that we even go on a holiday. You can make a nice picnic out of the day by packing food and drinks. If you’re in a group and looking for some physical activity, volleyball is the answer. A Frisbee on the other hand is good to keep your children busy and make memories with them. A walk or stroll on the beach in the evening with your loved one of the most romantic things you can do on this holiday. Watching the sunset and clicking candid shots is all that your Instagram page needs.

2. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving– The Marine Park offers a great deal of sea life that will enlighten your visit. There are not just a variety of different sea animals that you’ll find but also beautiful corals to watch. The corals are in many colors and an underwater camera is a must while visiting this place. They offer a Diving certificate package for beginners. This is something you must consider if you want to take advantage and turn your holiday into a learning experience. If that’s not what you’re looking for then the Centre provides you with professional divers who would help you enjoy your diving and snorkeling experience. While diving you can witness the wrecks of fishing vessels and incredible sea creatures. The crystal clear waters offer no hindrance in the activity. Just gear up with your fins and goggles if it’s snorkeling that you’re looking for or hire your full costume and oxygen cylinder if you’re an enthusiast diver.

How to reach the Marine Park-

There are many resorts located close to the Marine Park for the ease of accessibility. Paya Beach Spa and Dive Resort and Tioman Dive Resort are one of the few such resorts. If you’re staying in a resort further away, you can always find cheap and easy transport to the Centre, which your resort will provide happily.

Asah Waterfall- Tioman Island

Asah waterfalls/Mukut waterfall  are one of the prime attractions of Tioman Island and for good reason too. The Island is located in the South China Sea on the eastern side of Malaysia. It is one of the popular destinations in Asia when you’re looking for a relaxed holiday under the sun. When you’re ready with your beach body “every body is born beach ready” and you want a bit a tan that’s easy on the eyes, this place is your calling. Forget Hawaii when you can get similar experience with way less expenditure.

When you’re already on the Island and you have done all your seaports a bit of rainforest adventure is all you need. Saying all that, the incredible beauty of Asah waterfalls come into picture now. It is one of the many waterfalls of Tioman, but considered the most iconic. It is also called Mukut waterfall. These waterfalls are surrounded by surreal natural background and on your way to watch it you can encounter the wildlife of Tioman. It is home to various species like Chameleons, Porcupines, Flying Foxes, etc.

The route to the waterfalls is not by all means impracticable but also you can’t cover the distance if your shoes aren’t right. Gear up in some trekking shoes and make your way to the top of falls for a spectacular view. Pack a swimming costume if you want to enjoy not just the view but also the feel of fresh water on your skin after all that saline water on the beach.

The waterfalls are situated in the village of Kampung Asah, which is fairly close to the village of Mukut, so it is also called Mukut waterfall . You can plan a visit to the village from there and experience their food and local shops. One adventure after another is a perfect way to spend your time on this Island. The order in which you want to start your day is totally depends on your mood whether visit the village first or the waterfalls.

All of this planning shall not be your headache if you want because many of the resorts plan excursions to the Asah for their guests frequently. It would not be a bad idea to stay close to the waterfalls if you want to avoid a longer trek. Resorts like Japamala Resort, Minang Cove Resort & Spa, Bagus Place Retreat, etc. are situated in the vicinity of the waterfalls. Making a reservation in one of these would be ideal for your trip to Asah waterfalls.