Tioman Island © Ferrazo
This picturesque, ecologically rich island is home to dense jungles, which flourish around mountains. Clear waters lap its pristine beaches, revealing luminous coral reefs and a stunning marine population. Visitors will find a handful of villages along the coast, and virgin forest farther inland. Divers and snorkelers can hire equipment. June to August is high-season, while the island is almost deserted over the monsoon period, which runs from November to January. The journey there takes about two hours by boat from the coastal town of Mersing. Alternatively, travellers could choose the high-speed catamaran service that operates between Singapore and Tioman. It takes more or less four and a half hours.