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Kampong Tekek

Tioman Dive Centre has been operating in Tekek village (Kampong is the Malay word for village) since 2000. In January 2005, the dive centre relocated to new premises in Swiss Cottage Resort.

FishTekek is the main village on Tioman, with a permanent population of around 2,000. Most of the population works in the tourist industry, many in the Berjaya resort, about 5 minutes drive from the village. The airport is here, along with administrative buildings such as the customs and immigration headquarters, as well as the duty free shops!

Despite what the guide books say about Tekek, it is not as busy as they make out. There is little commercial activity, apart from a few family run shops, and little in the way of construction. The beach, particularly around Swiss Cottage, is very nice and secluded - you can sit a whole day there and not see anyone.

There are a variety of accommodation options at Tekek, and we are happy to book any of these for you. There are several restaurants which we use regularly, including two chinese restaurants near the dive centre, a new seafood barbeque restaurant as well as some Malay stalls by the jetty, for a more local feel.

 

Non-diving activities

In addition to diving, a variety of facilities & activities are available in and around Tekek which we can help you to arrange:

◊ Snorkeling
For non-divers, snorkelling trips are a popular activity. Day trips can be arranged to a number of sites around Tioman, or shorter trips to a single destination. Prices vary according to the length of the trip.

◊ Boat Trips
In addition to snorkelling trips, boat trips can be arranged to various attractions on Tioman, including Asah waterfall at the south of Tioman - reputed to be the site of the waterfall filmed in "South Pacific" in the 1960s.

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◊ Jungle Walks
Tioman is still largely covered in dense jungle and there are lots of things to see. It is readily accessible on the cross island walk (Tekek - Juara) which can take anything from 2-3 hours. For those wanting to get further into the jungle, local guides can sometimes be found to help.

◊ Food
Tekek has several restaurants, all within easy walking distance of Swiss Cottage. 2 Chinese restaurants, the Kontiki Bar (which serves fresh fish lightly grilled) and a variety of Malay stalls provide a range of eating options. There are also several restaurants at the Berjaya Resort.

◊ Golf
The Berjaya Resort has an 18 hole course, which is very challenging - not very long, but very narrow. Leave the Big Clubs at home!

◊ Shopping
For those of you who can't leave the city behind, you will be pleased to learn that there is some shopping on Tioman! However, although the island has been a duty free zone since late 2002, the variety of duty free shops is still largely limited to wines and spirits and a few souveneirs.

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