Air Batang Beach, also called ABC Beach. Tioman Island, Malaysia.
In Tioman, there is jungle, mountains and beaches not yet domesticated ... I love! Here, the beach of Air Batang, also called ABC Beach.

Tioman, the beautiful and wild island

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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Approaching the island of Tioman (or Pulau Tioman in Malaysian), I have a feeling I'm going to like the place. It's big, huge! In the early morning sea mist, a sloping profile emerges, covered with dense, damp vegetation, where shreds of clouds are still hanging on.

There is jungle everywhere, mountains, beaches still not built too much.

The beach of Batang Air (ABC Beach)

I get dropped off at the beachAir Batang, also called ABC Beachin the northwestern part of the island. This is the quiet beach for budget travellers and from the first steps on the path along the narrow sand tongue, I am thrilled.

It's calm, green, charming. It is far from overcrowded Perhentian Kecil and its alignment of bars, restaurants and cottages.

Air Batang Beach, also called ABC Beach. Tioman Island, Malaysia.
In Tioman, there is jungle, mountains and beaches not yet domesticated... I love it! Here, Air Batang Beach, also called ABC Beach.
Air Batang beach. Some blond sand and some waves on this windy day. And not a cat ...
Air Batang beach. Some blond sand and some waves on this windy day. And not a cat ...

A Malaysian, advising my dive bag, escorts me gently, with the usual litany of questions (Where do you come from ? How long are you staying ? etc. etc.) to the diving center located shortly after the pontoon.

A young guy is flushing regulators (the nozzle that attaches to the bottle and "relaxes" the air underwater, allowing you to breathe). He greets me in English with that inimitable home-grown accent.


We immediately go to French ... "Decidedly, it's French Week! he told me. There's plenty of them right now." To accommodate me, he advises me the first series of bungalows, the Mawar Chalets.

In front of the dive center, trees grow in the sea. (Air Batang Beach, Tioman, Malaysia)
In front of the dive center, trees grow in the sea. (Air Batang Beach, Tioman, Malaysia)

I go there and put down my bag without hesitation. I visit chalet 6, which has just been released. A deal, for only 20RM (about € 4.50), while I had to pay three times more on Perhentian Kecil to have the equivalent.

A basic bungalow (bed, mosquito net, fan, shower), all in wood, facing the sea, with a small veranda, where I will be able to hang my hammock. That's the first thing I do.

I arrived very early and I have the whole day in front of me to explore the surroundings. I will also register for the next day's dives ...

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. How I like these three beach pictures! Atmosphere! Atmosphere!
    I rest in thought in the hammock ...
    Biz, Lydia

  2. Athens is less friendly than the beaches that you show us, but hey ... I went to work ... It was very hot, but it was very good and it gave me a taste of holidays!

    The public seemed happy, we danced outdoors, a colleague fell in the apples at the end of the show, too hot, lousy and tiny boxes, smell of fuel oil ... Fortunately, after that, there was a good ouzo to give us of plumb ... And it hits the ouzo !!!!

    I did not go to the Acropolis, I had already seen, but we walked a little in the city, there are plenty of shops, but a little expensive ... shame.

    Back to Geneva, and tomorrow rebelotte ... more than a week before flying away and enjoy the idleness !!!! Kisses.

  3. Hi the mop!

    Say, I wonder how you're going to have the strength to return to Rennes, after passing through places so nice and welcoming. I am amazed by the simplicity of things, but it must also be very much yours. It's still good to travel solo, and to ask where you want, when you want, and the time you want.
    Your photos are nice and apparently frenchies are popular. Much better for you. And food, did you discover cool stuff? As usual, I wait for the continuation.

    Here in Rennes, it is the furnace, between 32 and 34 ° C and no pristine white beaches. I'm waiting to read you.
    Kisses. FW

    PS: I bought a 30GB Ipod ... But for my brother who is going to celebrate his birthday. I still do not come back to have cracked for Apple ... Like what ...

  4. So, I'm sawed !!!!
    It happens, funny things, in my absence. The phobia of Air Catapult decides to fly (incredible), the one who does not like computers now know how to fill his iPod (stupefiant), and now, the one who swears by the PC and Windaube buys the brand to the apple (unheard) ...

  5. Hello Corinne,
    I come to make a jump, from the blog of Francis, and I discover this beautiful blog full of dreams! I'm going to visit Malaysia in June with my other half, and of course do a lot of diving (bottle and snorkeling), we will spend a few days on Tioman.
    I added you to my blogger.
    see you soon! 😀

  6. Hello Anthony, and welcome to "Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs". 🙂

    Thank you for your praise qualifiers. After this long day of work, it is for me a real pleasure to find such a comment here ... Thank you also for the link in blog. I'm not going to discover your site and I wish you a great trip to Malaysia in advance. If you have particular questions about places where I went, do not hesitate!

  7. Redang looks pretty (I only saw it from afar, during a dive trip). The "concern" apparently is that it is less easy to live "freely", autonomously, than on one of the two Perhentian (Perhentian Besar is less "invaded" than Perhentian Kecil where I was, that said). In Redang, everything works with packages, at least if I believe the information I found at the time. But the dives on the side of Perhentian-Redang are very good.

    I loved Tioman for the atmosphere, at least on the beach where I was. But the best Malay dives I've done are, by far, those of Sipadan, off Borneo ...

    Good preparations!

  8. Thank you Corinne, I will not hesitate! For the moment, our journey is slowly taking shape. We will of course visit the capital, what is around, and spend several days on Tioman ... maybe a little tour also on Redang. Perhentians to the maginfique air too, but too touristy from what I understood.
    Thanks also for the link!

  9. Hi Corinne!
    That's it, we've bought the tickets... we've got it! 😆 great deal too, we found them for 530€ !
    I was wondering something, I saw that a priori domestic flights are really ridiculous ... is it easy to move like this?
    That's probably only the first question I'll have to ask you, I think... 😛
    @ soon, and good mop!