Air Batang Tioman Island

Air Batang Tioman Island goes by many other names like Ayer Batang or ABC Village as it is often and fondly referred to.

This rural village sits on the west coast of Tioman Island north of, and next to Tekek if not for the hill in between!

With so many choices of accommodation and dining options, budget travellers are often torn between choosing Air Batang Tioman or Juara Tioman!

Air Batang Village (Kampung Air Batang), Tioman

Jetty Nearby: Air Batang Jetty or ABC jetty

ABC jetty is usually the fourth pier stop for ferry services operating from Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty.

Air Batang Jetty Tioman Island

Air Batang Jetty Tioman Island (Photo credits: sandspuren@flickr.com)

The jetty is almost directly in the middle of the long bay at Air Batang Tioman.

How To Get To Air Batang Tioman

You will need to board a 1.5 hour ferry from Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty to reach Air Batang Tioman.

Tip: Remember the name of the pier/ jetty on Tioman Island that is closest to your hotel so you don’t get off at the wrong stop!

Getting Around Air Batang Tioman

The main transport in this village is motorcycle since there is only a small concrete path that follows the shoreline.

Kids Are Cycling Aroung Air Batang Tioman

Kids Are Cycling Aroung Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: sandspuren@flickr.com)

But you can walk along a tidy path that crosses a small hill, to the neighboring Tekek Tioman and even continue right on to Salang Tioman!

Note: Not too many lights on at night.

And if you want to visit other villages like Genting Tioman or Nipah Tioman, a water taxi is the way to go!

What To Do At Air Batang Tioman

1. Diving & Snorkelling

Snorkelling and diving among coral is excellent straight from the northern part of Air Batang beach and near Pulau Soyak!

Snorkeling With Fishes

Read also: Tioman Snorkeling: For First-Time Travellers

2. Swimming & Kayaking

Swimming and kayaking at Air Batang beach is better at the southern side of the beach which has less rocks.

Note: All the same, do wear swimming shoes to protect your feet!

3. Trek to the Penuba Beach, Monkey bay & Salang Village

The north-bound narrow trail takes 15 minutes uphill to Panuba Bay. And further on, it will take close to an hour to walk to the golden sands of Monkey beach.

Monkey Beach at Tioman Island

Monkey Beach. (Source: trainsnotplanes.blog)

If you continue still, you will make to Salang Tioman in 45 minutes after a long steep climb!

Note: Proper hiking shoes are required!

Read also: Mukut Tioman Island (Kampung Mukut): The Complete Guide On Mukut Village

4. Island-hopping Trips

Your resort at ABC village may be able to arrange a day of island-hopping to either beautiful Renggis Island or Coral Island!

5. Fishing Trip

Some resorts offer fishing trips. Do check with your respective resort if this is something that you’re interested in!

Fishing trip around Tioman Island

Fishing trip around Tioman Island. (Source: robalor300.blogspot.com)

Read also: Paya Tioman Island (Kampung Paya): One-stop Guide On Everything About Paya Village

6. Enjoy The Sunset

Since ABC Village is on the west coast of Tioman Island, it’s only logical that you can partake in dreamy sunsets here!

Beautiful sunset at Tioman Air Batang Beach

Gorgeous sunset at ABC Beach, Tioman Island (Source: travel-letics.com)

7. Indulge in the nightlife in Air Batang

Unlike most other villages on Tioman Island, Air Batang Tioman has something that does indeed resemble a night scene.

Fire Show At Sunset Corner Tioman

Fire Show At Sunset Corner Tioman (Photo credits: tioman.org)

In the simple form of beach bars with a merry atmosphere!

ABC Beach At Air Batang Tioman

Air Batang Beach goes on for 1.5km and the jetty divides the beach into two with the southern side having more sand for sunbathing and the like.

During low season (~end of October), you’ll only come across a few people on the beach!

Air Batang Beach In Tioman Island

Air Batang Beach In Tioman Island (Photo credits: tioman.org)

The northern end of the beach is rockier but safer for children to swim. And it’s great fun to investigate the seabed during low tide!

And if you want to go snorkelling or diving, the northern side is better!

Tip: There are a lot of sandflies on this beach! Make sure to bring repellent!

From this beach, you can find a few dive centers and eateries close by. And you can walk to the Marine Park via a boardwalk from the west end.

A Boardwalk To Marine Park From Air Batang Tioman

A Boardwalk To Marine Park From Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: hetravelsshetravels.com)

The beach is where you’ll find the jungle trail that leads to Salang Tioman too!

Where To Eat At Air Batang Tioman

Even if you stay for a week at Air Batang Tioman, it’s not likely you’ll run out of places to eat!

It’s easy to find both local and western cuisine at this village!

Asian Seafood Restaurant At Air Batang Tioman:

  • Mawar Beach Restaurant – Affordable Malay food with some Western dishes available
  • Restaurant At ABC Chalet N Restaurant – Seafood and Asian-style dishes. Bit pricey for local standards.
Restaurant At ABC Chalet N Restaurant

Restaurant At ABC Chalet N Restaurant (Photo credits: booking.com)

  • Nazri’s Place 1 Restaurant & Café – Have fried chicken wings, pizza or a chicken sandwich in a kampung atmosphere; Next to Sunset bar.
  • Arini’s Family Restaurant – Family-run restaurant serving traditional Malay food
  • Hijau Restaurant At Nazri’s Place 2 – Open all day; Sea views from the balcony. Wide selection of food including barbecues!
Hijau Restaurant At Nazri’s Place 2

Hijau Restaurant At Nazri’s Place 2 (Photo credits: tioman.org)

  • Ketapang Roof – Bar as well as a restaurant; Nice baguettes
  • Johan’s Restaurant At Johan’s Resort – Western and Asian food
  • South Pacific Restaurant (or SPC restaurant) – Fresh seafood and fruit juice for reasonable prices; Try the fish platter!

Cafe At Air Batang Tioman:

  • Kupi Dessert Café – Has some cheese tarts worth tasting!
  • Tioman Burger Slluurrp
Tioman Burger Slluurrp At ABC Village Tioman

Tioman Burger Slluurrp At ABC Village Tioman (Photo credits: tioman.org)

  • Aqiss Bistro – Fusion food by the beach; No alcohol
  • Fiqthya Café – Open all day
  • Sunset Corner At Nazri’s Place – Pizzas and beer!
Sunset Corner At Nazri’s Place

Sunset Corner At Nazri’s Place (Photo credits: sandspuren@flickr.com)

  • Zinza Café – Open for breakfast and lunch at ABC jetty
  • Nordin’s Café – Open for breakfast and lunch at ABC jetty
  • Tioman House Café – Open for breakfast and lunch at ABC jetty

Where To Buy At Air Batang Tioman

Small shops in between the hotels sell the basics:

  • Clothes
  • Sunscreen and other toiletries
  • Snacks

And it’s quite normal for them to arrange snorkelling trips and other boat transfers too!

Mini Mart At Panuba Inn Resort

Mini Mart At Panuba Inn Resort (Photo credits: tioman.org)

Shops at Air Batang Tioman:

  • Mini Mart At Panuba Inn Resort
  • Double Ace Mini Mart At Double Ace
  • Sry Nelayan Mini Mart Near Blue Heaven Divers

Dive Center At Air Batang Tioman

Diving centers are certainly not lacking at Air Batang Tioman!

Diving Sites Nearby:

1. ABC House Reef

This shallow reef of 5 to 12 meters is ideal for your refreshing your diving skills or learning how to dive!

ABC House Reef At Tioman Island

ABC House Reef At Tioman Island (Photo credits: divetioman.com)

Spot cuttlefish, gobies, seahorses and turtles if you can!

Note: The artificial reef dubbed Ghost City is worth checking out too!

2. Soyak Island

Closer to Salang Tioman but still accessible from Air Batang Tioman, this diving site of soft and hard coral, is host to many species of fish and even Hawksbill turtles!

Snorkeling Near Pulau Soyak-A Small Rocky Island At Salang Bay

Snorkeling Near Pulau Soyak At Salang Bay. (Photo credits: tioman.org)

Note: Maximum depth is 16m with average depth of 10m.

Read also: Tioman Vs Rawa: Which Island Is The Best From Singapore

3. KM Sipadan & Sawadee Wrecks

A total of 3 wrecks make this an especially fascinating dive – especially for those who have a Nitrox certificate or particular experience in diving among wrecks!

KM Sipadan & Sawadee Wrecks At Tioman Island

KM Sipadan & Sawadee Wrecks At Tioman Island (Photo credits: iskandaridivecentre@Instagram)

Together, the wrecks form an artificial reef which serves as a nesting ground for juvenile fish. And depending on the season, you may see yellow barracuda too!

Nightlife At Air Batang Tioman

Air Batang Tioman has one of the liveliest night scenes in comparison to other villages on Tioman Island.

There are adequate bars to kick back with a sun downer!

1. Sunset Bar

All the way at the very southern end of ABC beach is where you can find this cheerful little beachfront bar with amazing sunset views!

Sunset Bar At Air Batang Tioman

Sunset Bar At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: tripadvisor.co.za)

Get a pizza to accompany your beer!

Note: Happy hours are between 5pm to 7pm with the alcoholic beverages running out before 10pm.

2. Halo Bar (Hello Bar / Helo Bar)

Open daily every day, this beachfront shack with a bar is managed by Nazri’s Place 2.

Halo Bar At Nazri’s Place 2 At Air Batang Tioman

Halo Bar At Nazri’s Place 2 (Photo credits: tioman.org)

Beers are cheap during their happy hour!

3. Ari's Café

This one’s on the way to Tekek Village.

4. B&J Bar

Open from the early earning until 11pm and right next to a dive shop (B&J dive shop), this the place to share diving stories of the day over beer, wine or spirits!

B&J Bar At Air Batang Tioman

B&J Bar At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: tripadvisor.com.my)

5. A Peace Place

Opposite Ray Divers, is this quaint bar that sometimes hosts live music shows put up by the locals!

6. Ketapang Roof

Besides some late night drinks, you can have something to eat too by the ABC jetty!

Ketapang Roof At Air Batang Tioman

Ketapang Roof At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits to Ketapang Roof Facebook)

Where To Stay In Air Batang Tioman

This much beloved village on Tioman Island has an abundance of backpacker resorts and other budget accommodation – some of the cheapest on the island!

1. Panuba Inn Resort (Recommended)

In a private bay of its own with 2 acres of hillside jungle, the very location of Panuba Inn Resort comes close to paradise!

Panuba Inn Resort At Air Batang Tioman

Panuba Inn Resort At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: tripadvisor.com.my)

Wide range of accommodation consisting of either rooms in the double-storey main building by the beach or wooden chalets on the hill!

2. Bamboo Hill Chalets (Recommended)

Bamboo Hill Chalets is a hill-top budget resort east of Air Batang Tioman and at the intersection of the Panuba Inn/ Monkey Bay trail!

Bamboo Hill Chalets At Air Batang Tioman

Bamboo Hill Chalets At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: tripadvisor.com.my)

They have a limited number of basic chalets that look out towards the bay from up the hill and these hit the spot if you value your privacy and wish to be surrounded by nature!

Note: You need a minimum of 3 nights to stay here! And no group bookings are allowed.

3. ABC Chalet N Restaurant (Recommended)

Conveniently walking distance from the jetty with their own restaurant:

ABC Chalet N Restaurant At Air Batang Tioman

ABC Chalet N Restaurant At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: tioman.org)

Long-standing ABC Chalet N Restaurant offers budget accommodation with their garden or sea view chalets. These come with a fan and attached bathroom.

Note: They offer island tours.

4. Nazri's Place 2 (Or Nazri’s Beach Cabanas)

As you can tell by the name, this is the second budget resort owned by Mr. Nazri.

Family Chalet At Nazri's Place 2

Family Chalet At Nazri’s Place 2 (Photo credits: tioman.org)

The garden or sea view chalets cater mostly to couples and come with air-conditioning and private bathrooms (with or without hot water according to what you book).

They have two dining options here – Green Restaurant or Halo Bar.

5. Double Ace AKA Restu Chalet

A family-run resort that have bungalows and chalets available for booking in one of the prettiest spots on the coast!

Double Ace AKA Restu Chalet At Air Batang Tioman

Double Ace AKA Restu Chalet At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: booking.com)

Rooms cater towards families and groups rather than couples!

Note: Have their own convenience store across from the chalets.

6. Tioman House Bungalows

Choose between traditional Malay-style bungalows or villas at this resort that happens to be next to the B&J Diving Centre!

Tioman House Bungalows At Air Batang Tioman

Tioman House Bungalows At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: booking.com)

The basic rooms have come with everything you need including a small fridge and coffee-making amenities. Which is good value for your money!

Note: Café nearby. Family rooms available.

7. Fiqthya Chalet And Café

Practically next door to B&J Dive Center, Fiqthya Chalet and Café has simple chalets are clean and come with comfortable beds.

Fiqthya Chalet And Café At Air Batang Tioman

Fiqthya Chalet And Café At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: booking.com)

Location-wise, they are in the middle of ABC beach.

But outstanding service is what sets this budget resort apart from the others!

Note: The western food at their café is not bad at all!

8. Johan's Resort

Johan’s Resort has a central location in Air Batang Village and that’s the best thing about it!

Johan's Resort At Air Batang Tioman

Johan’s Resort At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: booking.com)

Air-conditioned rooms including family rooms and their own restaurant are what they offer at Johan’s Resort.

9. South Pacific Chalets

South Pacific Chalets (or SP Barakah Chalet) is a budget hotel on a beachfront property overlooking the rocky bay.

South Pacific Chalets At Air Batang Tioman

South Pacific Chalets At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits to the chalet’s Facebook)

Rooms are simple with fans and there are air-conditioned chalets with hot showers and private balconies too.

Note: On-site restaurant available.

10. Nordin Chalet Air Batang

For the price, one can hardly complain about the spacious rooms with air-conditioning and attached bathrooms.

Nordin Chalet Air Batang

Nordin Chalet Air Batang (Photo credits to the chalet’s Facebook)

As for the location, the jetty and restaurants are within easy reach!

11. YP Chalet

5 minutes’ to the right of the jetty, YP Chalet is like its own little village right in ABC Village!

YP Chalet At Air Batang Tioman

YP Chalet At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: travelblog.org)

YP Chalet is often packed with diving enthusiasts during public holidays (both Malaysia and Singapore).

12. Mokhtar's Place

Many different budget room arrangements are available at Mokhtar’s Place including family rooms.

Mokhtar's Place At Air Batang Tioman

Mokhtar’s Place At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: jonesaroundtheworld.com)

The quad rooms have air-conditioning, hot showers, a mini fridge and an electric kettle!

Note: Bicycles are available for rental.

13. Mawar Beach Chalet

You will be able to locate this resort easily once you reach the jetty. This budget lodging has incredibly low prices for their basic rooms with cold showers and fans.

Mawar Beach Chalet At Air Batang Tioman

Mawar Beach Chalet At Air Batang Tioman (Photo credits: pahangtourism.org.my)

Although they do have more expensive rooms with air-conditioning too.

It’s close to but simultaneously far enough from the more lively section of the beach for you to get a peaceful sleep!

Note: The restaurant is notable for their tasty food. Laundry services are available.