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!
Table of contents:
- Air Batang Village (Kampung Air Batang), Tioman
- How To Get To Air Batang Tioman
- Getting Around Air Batang Tioman
- What To Do At Air Batang Tioman
- ABC Beach At Air Batang Tioman
- Where To Eat At Air Batang Tioman
- Where To Buy At Air Batang Tioman
- Dive Center At Air Batang Tioman
- Nightlife At Air Batang Tioman
- Where To Stay In 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.
The main transport in this village is motorcycle since there is only a small concrete path that follows the shoreline.
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!
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Swimming and kayaking at Air Batang beach is better at the southern side of the beach which has less rocks.
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.
If you continue still, you will make to Salang Tioman in 45 minutes after a long steep climb!
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Your resort at ABC village may be able to arrange a day of island-hopping to either beautiful Renggis Island or Coral Island!
Some resorts offer fishing trips. Do check with your respective resort if this is something that you’re interested in!
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Since ABC Village is on the west coast of Tioman Island, it’s only logical that you can partake in dreamy sunsets here!
Unlike most other villages on Tioman Island, Air Batang Tioman has something that does indeed resemble a night scene.
In the simple form of beach bars with a merry atmosphere!
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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!
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!
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.
The beach is where you’ll find the jungle trail that leads to Salang Tioman too!
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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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Kupi Dessert Café – Has some cheese tarts worth tasting!
- Tioman Burger Slluurrp
- Aqiss Bistro – Fusion food by the beach; No alcohol
- Fiqthya Café – Open all day
- Sunset Corner At Nazri’s Place – Pizzas and beer!
- 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
Small shops in between the hotels sell the basics:
- Sunscreen and other toiletries
And it’s quite normal for them to arrange snorkelling trips and other boat transfers too!
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
This shallow reef of 5 to 12 meters is ideal for your refreshing your diving skills or learning how to dive!
Spot cuttlefish, gobies, seahorses and turtles if you can!
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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!
Get a pizza to accompany your beer!
Open daily every day, this beachfront shack with a bar is managed by Nazri’s Place 2.
Beers are cheap during their happy hour!
This one’s on the way to Tekek Village.
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!
Opposite Ray Divers, is this quaint bar that sometimes hosts live music shows put up by the locals!
Besides some late night drinks, you can have something to eat too by the ABC jetty!
In a private bay of its own with 2 acres of hillside jungle, the very location of Panuba Inn Resort comes close to paradise!
Wide range of accommodation consisting of either rooms in the double-storey main building by the beach or wooden chalets on the hill!
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!
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!
Conveniently walking distance from the jetty with their own restaurant:
Long-standing ABC Chalet N Restaurant offers budget accommodation with their garden or sea view chalets. These come with a fan and attached bathroom.
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As you can tell by the name, this is the second budget resort owned by Mr. Nazri.
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.
A family-run resort that have bungalows and chalets available for booking in one of the prettiest spots on the coast!
Rooms cater towards families and groups rather than couples!
Choose between traditional Malay-style bungalows or villas at this resort that happens to be next to the B&J Diving Centre!
The basic rooms have come with everything you need including a small fridge and coffee-making amenities. Which is good value for your money!
Practically next door to B&J Dive Center, Fiqthya Chalet and Café has simple chalets are clean and come with comfortable beds.
Location-wise, they are in the middle of ABC beach.
But outstanding service is what sets this budget resort apart from the others!
Johan’s Resort has a central location in Air Batang Village and that’s the best thing about it!
Air-conditioned rooms including family rooms and their own restaurant are what they offer at Johan’s Resort.
South Pacific Chalets (or SP Barakah Chalet) is a budget hotel on a beachfront property overlooking the rocky bay.
Rooms are simple with fans and there are air-conditioned chalets with hot showers and private balconies too.
For the price, one can hardly complain about the spacious rooms with air-conditioning and attached bathrooms.
As for the location, the jetty and restaurants are within easy reach!
5 minutes’ to the right of the jetty, YP Chalet is like its own little village right in ABC Village!
YP Chalet is often packed with diving enthusiasts during public holidays (both Malaysia and Singapore).
Many different budget room arrangements are available at Mokhtar’s Place including family rooms.
The quad rooms have air-conditioning, hot showers, a mini fridge and an electric kettle!
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.
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!