Paya Tioman Island is undeniably one of Tioman Island’s most popular villages despite its small size.
You don’t really lack anything except nightlife if you plan to stay in Paya Village for your island vacation!
There’s plenty to see, do and eat at Paya Village already! Plus, the little beach is one of the prettiest on the island!
Paya Village’s nearest neighbor is none other than hilly Genting Village. The walking distance between them is actually by a mere 20 minutes!
And it is possible to hike up to Tekek Village and even to Juara Village if you are a keen hiker!
But for the most part, water taxis or the ferry service is the best way (in terms of ease) to get around Tioman Island and visit other villages.
You can basically do everything you would be able do in the bigger villages like Tekek Village right here in Paya Village!
So don’t feel that you’re missing out!
- Go snorkeling or diving
- Stay dry with kayaking or a banana boat
- Play beach volleyball
- Ride an ATV
- Do some beach yoga on your own or join an early morning session (depends on your resort)
- Cycle around the village or up to Genting Village
- Shop at the duty free store
- Jungle trek in Paya:
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- Paya to Tekek Village – This walk takes you over a hill and on to a track behind the beach at the southern end of Tekek.
- Paya to Genting Village – It’s a pleasant 20-minute walk through Melina Beach Resort to get to Genting Village from Paya Village.
- Short hike to Rock Falls – 15-minutes trek that takes you behind the Paya Beach Resort.
- Gunung Kajang – 1083 meters tall and the highest summit on the island, the total duration is 10 hours! Overnight camping is available.
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Luckily, you don’t have to wander far too far to find a decent restaurant at Paya Village!
- Restaurant at Sri Paya Tioman Chalet: Sri Paya Restaurant – Malay and Thai style cooking.
- Restoran Paya Cafe Corner – Pretty decent Ramly burgers here.
- Restaurants at Aman Tioman Resort:
- Fatty Grill Fish – Only open at dinner from 7pm to 10pm; Malaysia grill style
- Ocean Bliss Chinese Restaurant
- Aman Kopitiam – For Malaysian fare; Breakfast and lunch
- Restaurants at Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort:
- Rama-Rama Restaurant
- Beach Bar & Grill – From 7pm to 1am, the grill is open! Asian/ fusion style.
- Paya Island Kitchen – Pre-dawn breakfast kitchen
- Buffet – Daily buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Restaurants at Tioman Paya Resort: They have an on-site Chinese restaurant that is halal and a coffee house.
- Restaurant Jeti Paya – Seafood restaurant by the jetty
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Chinese Restaurant – a simple restaurant at Paya Debloc Village
- Esmilksso Café – Open from 8am to 11pm with views of the sea, this is a cute glass shack by the jetty with lovely beverages.
- Sunrise Cafe – Their specialty are the Ramli burgers they serve with two beef patties wrapped in egg (Special King Beefs).
Surprisingly, you can still do some amount of shopping at this little village!
Among its other facilities, Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort has its own little duty free shop where they sell liquor, cigars, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, traditional handicrafts and apparel.
Should you need a snack while at your stay in Aman Tioman Resort, you can have a look at their on-site mini mart!
At Tioman Paya Resort, you can even pick up souvenirs at the sundry shop besides the some basic goods!
The dive sites close to Paya Village are suitable for beginner divers
This shallow dive site also goes by the name, Tanjung Gemuk. It’s a small island really close to Paya Bay. You may spot a resident turtle if you’re lucky!
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Renggis Island’s central location makes it a favorite for divers and snorkelers from Paya Village, Genting Village and Tekek Village!
The reef is host to bountiful hard coral, fish and even black-tip reef sharks!
Labas Island makes for an interesting dive with its many caverns that you can swim through!
The dense coral gardens give rise to a huge variety of fish including nurse sharks, stingrays, moray eels and black-tip reef sharks!
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Don’t hope for too much when it comes to nightlife at Paya Village!
Your best option is to stick with the bars at the resorts!
They serve duty-free alcohol and beer at their bar but close at midnight! Nice place to view the sunset though!
From 8pm onwards until midnight, the indoor bar will be selling a selection of beer and snacks.
There is a bar and lounge at this resort too. Might be just the place to unwind after a long day!
Even though it doesn’t have a coral-free beach, Aman Tioman Beach Resort is one of the newest resorts on Tioman Island.
They have well-equipped contemporary rooms, their own dive centre, a beautiful pool and garden and offer island-hopping services!
Packages for Aman Tioman Beach Resort:
Lodgings come in all shapes and sizes (and with different views) at Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort!
They have heaps of facilities including a spa and a second pool just for guests learning how to dive for the first time!
Packages for Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort:
- 2D1N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Snorkeling Package
- 3D2N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Snorkeling Package
- 3D2N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Spa Package
- 3D2N Paya Beach Resort Romantic Getaway Package
- 3D2N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Water Adventure Package
- 3D2N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Team Bonding Package
- 4D3N Tioman Paya Beach Resort Snorkeling Package
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For a budget hotel, Tioman Paya Resort has quite a lot to bring to the table!
A quiet location, rustic wooden chalets with ensuite bathrooms (plus hot showers) and its own restaurant and bar! Not to mention, a dive shop and a cascade (Rock Falls) close by!
Paya Debloc Village enjoys a favorable location at the front of the beach and not too far from the jetty! There are cheap restaurants that you can walk to as well!
You can forget about having any WiFi here though! People most come here for the beach and snorkeling!
Rooms do the trick and are spacious and clean with air-conditioning and hot water for the shower!
If you can settle for the basic kampung living, then this might be an experience in itself!
They have cabins and chalets in clusters along the beach and on the edges of the encroaching jungle.