As the capital village of Tioman Island, Tekek Village is the most developed of all the villages on Tioman.
Geographically-speaking, it’s quite central with land connections to other villages like ABC Village (or Air Batang Village) and Genting Village.
You’ll find loads of places to eat and stay at in this village. Tekek Tioman Island is the place to be if you want more convenience during your stay on Tioman Island! And duty-free shopping!
Tekek Village has a road that starts from the south (i.e. Berjaya Tioman Resort) to the north of the village where Tekek Jetty is.
Local residents use bikes or cars to get around. And you can pay to have someone drive you to Air Batang Village. Walking to Air Batang Village is fairly easy too (3.5km on a flat path, ~30 minutes).
However, you will probably need to hire a 4WD if you wish to take the steep and bumpy ride to Juara Village.
Or you can get there by walking. Which takes 2 hours one way.
The cheapest way to go over to the other villages like Salang village, is to hop back on the ferry service you took to get to Tioman Island because their route will take them around the island anyways!
Other than that, you can always book a water taxi. Split the cost with other travellers!
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Many established resorts here have their own special activities (like renting out an ATV) too so the actual list things you can do at Tekek Tioman is substantial!
We’ll just cover the basics here:
If you don’t at least swim while you’re at Tioman Island, it would be a crying shame!
Because during the summer, Tioman Island has insane water clarity perfect for snorkeling and diving!
One of the best snorkeling sites of Tioman Island is accessible by a 5-minute boat:
Marine Park Centre, a coral sanctuary where you can see fish and even turtles!
There’s also a free-diving center at Tekek at the Swiss Cottage Resort where you can book courses of beginner to advanced levels!
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A visit to the Marine Park Museum is free.
There are three levels to explore and there is air-conditioning here.
You can learn about marine life through a combination of colorful information panels and videos.
The museum is directly opposite the Marine Park at the north end of Tekek Tioman.
The whole of Tioman Island is regarded as a duty free zone but the largest duty free shop, Vision Duty Free is in Tekek Village. Alcohol and cigarettes are sold cheap here!
But if you’re looking for trinkets to take back home, finding a souvenir shop at Tekek Village is a breeze!
Tioman Island’s only golf course is at Tekek Village, close to Berjaya Tioman Resort (6-minute drive).
The golf course features 18 holes and presents a challenge with its narrow alleys. Do take time to admire the awesome scenery during your game!
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Rent a bicycle in Tekek Village and go cruising around on the paved roads and other trails.
It’s possible to cycle all the way the north of Tekek Village until the Marine Park, or even on to ABC Village (Air Batang Village).
Take in the sights as you cycle – the beach, the ocean, jungle and a traditional Malay village (kampung)!
The jungle trek from Tekek Village to Juara Village is no walk in the park!
It’s a trail that cuts through the middle of the island for approximately 7km.
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Start with a paved path with some staircases, followed by downhill road. This latter presents a challenge when you want to go back the same way!
You can take a 700m detour to Ali’s Waterfall and a natural pool along the way.
A wooden rest stop (i.e. pavilion) marks the path to the waterfall somewhere on your right as the path connects to the road.
There are resorts and casuarinas all along the stretch of Tekek Beach so guests have easy access to the beach!
It’s a decent beach for sunbathing and swimming, although there are much prettier ones around the island!
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Most of the restaurants in Tekek serve seafood and local fare.
There are restaurants by the beach and closer to the jetty in the northern part of the village too.
Serving Thai food and seafood, this restaurant has a second branch, Delima Tomyam & Sea Food 2 by the jetty.
But some say the food at the original restaurant by Berjaya Tioman Resort is still better!
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Next to the police station in Tekek Village, Liza Tioman Restaurant looks quite rundown but it’s cosy on the inside! They serve Thai food.
Berjaya Tioman’s Matahari Restaurant offers authentic Thai food and a romantic dinner setting right on the beach.
Sit on their balcony or arrange for your own private pavilion.
This traditional Malaysian-styled restaurant is a glamorous version of a typical Malaysian food court.
Here, you can order Malaysian food or other international cuisines from around the world!
Go for the affordable and sizeable local dishes or choose your own ingredients for the pricier seafood barbeque!
Situated close to two dive centers, Restoran Hasbul is often full of people so service can be slow but the tasty Malaysian and Western food here is worth it!
Excellent Malay food not far from the jetty! Plus, the owner speaks sufficient English to be able to explain each dish!
They have a menu just for breakfast too so be sure to check that out!
Have views of the sea while you dine on Chinese food. They do have Tom Yam soup on their menu!
Prefer your seafood to be done via Chinese-style cooking?
Sarang Seafood Restaurant serves dishes like Szechuan chicken, mantis shrimp, Kam Heong crab and others!
Xuan Chinese Restaurant is under Berjaya Tioman Resort.
The environment inside the restaurant is comfortable and perfect for a large gathering.
Halal and Chinese food is not a very common combination unless it’s part of a resort or large establishment!
But this restaurant close to the jetty happens to be that! Try their salted egg squid and Schezhuan shrimp!
Food’s not bad! They have both Western and local options.
The best part is the view from the first floor! And the friendly atmosphere!
Not a café but we’re just going to mention it here:
Open until 7pm, the Sunken Pool Bar caters to guests of Berjaya Tioman Resort who crave a beverage while lounging at the pool.
It’s easy to pinpoint this simple café as it faces the jetty. The Malay and Thai food here is cheap.
Pick up some savoury or sweet baked goods (including pizza) before starting your Tekek-Juara trek or to take back as some after-dinner snacks because most restaurants will close before 12am.
With no supermarket around, locals rely on mini marts scattered around the island.
Besides these, there are duty free shops and souvenir shops in Tekek Village!
For Tioman standards, this is a large shop and you can’t miss it because if you turn left after arriving at Tekek jetty.
Buy all sorts of wares here like mugs, t-shirts, crockery, magnets, snacks and even traditional ointments at the biggest duty free shop in Tekek!
This is another duty free shop in Tekek. The many liquor brands available here draw alcohol drinkers here frequently.
If you somehow find yourself in a situation where you need stationery, this is the place to go!
They also happen to sell bottles of petrol at RM4 each.
Cheers Souvenirs may be a mini mart but they also have souvenirs for sale.
Other services they offer are laundry service, bicycle rental, motorcycle rental and rental for snorkelling gear.
This simple convenience store sells snacks (and ice cream!) petrol.
Run out of sunscreen? This mini market has some of the lowest prices for sunscreen.
To take advantage of the multiple world-class diving sites around Tioman Island, you’ll need to enlist the services of a dive centre who know the waters best!
There are many diving centres and agents right in Tekek Village!
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Tekek Village is blessed to have two stunning dive sites just a short boat ride away!
Three shipwrecks form an artificial reef that is home to many different types of fish including:
- Yellow tail barracuda
- Crocodile fish
- And more!
Renowned for its abundant marine life, Renggis Island is easy enough for beginners to explore as the water is quite shallow!
While here, you might see a black-tip reef shark or a turtle!
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Nothing much happens at night at Tekek Village.
If you do want to get out and meet some people or have a drink, then any of these places will do the trick!
This rustic café and bar in front of the beach comes alive at night (starting at 7pm)!
Enjoy some live music and the atmosphere.
Berjaya Tioman Resort’s seaside bar serves snacks and beverages from 4pm until 12am.
If you need a comfortable and airy place to celebrate a special occasion, make a booking at Fortune Courtyard at Berjaya Tioman Resort.
So many places to stay – we’ll just breeze through them so you have an inkling of which to consider for your stay in Tekek Village!
Many of these have their own jungle trekking tour or snorkeling packages too.
Tioman Cabana has breezy and basic seafront accommodation (Dormitory, twin, triple or quad rooms) with fans and hot showers that backpackers and large groups can get behind!
Included with their prices:
- Breakfast every day of your stay
- Use of snorkeling gear, bicycles and stand-up paddleboards
“Selesa” means comfortable in Malay. And this hotel achieves that with their apartment-style accommodation which have their own kitchenettes!
The hotel is on high ground and you can see your surroundings from the private balcony which comes with each apartment!
Tioman Island’s largest resort has abundant facilities and activities available that keep guests coming throughout the years!
Such facilities/ activities include:
- Tennis courts
- Swimming pool
- Multiple restaurants
- A dive center
- And more!
Berjaya Tioman Resort is on the western side of Tekek. They have seafront rooms that are delightfully close to the beach!
Packages for Berjaya Tioman Resort:
Swiss Cottage Tioman is a small family-owned resort with a dive center on the premises and a reef close by!
You can stay in a bungalow, one of the chalets (either seaview or garden view) which are popular with couples, or their terrace rooms!
Their restaurant at the reception area, is only open for breakfast ( free) and lunch and serves Western and some local food.
The family who manage this budget resort are very hospitable.
Their spacious rooms in the 2-storey building all include air-conditioning and hot showers. Triple rooms are available too!
There is a common open-air area for having meals but you can also dine inside the restaurant next door.
Practically beside the Swiss Cottage Tioman south of Tekek, this resort is conveniently close to the beach and offers simple and clean rooms in their main building.
There are even honeymoon suites and triple rooms!
They have their own ferry service which can take you around Tioman Island for sightseeing!
Pristine jungle encroaches on the premises of Cheers Garden Chalet which sits somewhere along the road through Tekek Village. With the beach still close enough to walk to!
Colorful chalets for 2 to 5 people are cheerfully decorated and come with fans or air-conditioning.
The resort has their own minimart where you can rent a motorcycle or bicycle too!
Coral Reef Tioman is a small family-run budget resort on Tekek beach right next to Tioman Cabana.
You can book rooms closer to the beach or further inland. With or without air-conditioning, but all rooms come with their own bathroom and WiFi access!
Their biggest chalet can accommodate up to 8 people!
Rather than the conventional beach huts, RN Global Guesthouse is actually a spacious bungalow (quite close to Tioman Cabana) that you can reserve for your whole crew!
There are various air-conditioned rooms, a lounge, a fully-equipped kitchen and multiple bathrooms with hot showers!
You get free WiFi, bicycle rental and your own cabana!
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Close to the Marine Park and a 5 minutes’ walk from Tekek Jetty, the inland wooden chalets here come with WiFi, hot showers, air-conditioning and a porch you can relax on!
They offer fishing and snorkeling trips. And if you get hungry, you can visit their on-site restaurant or mini mart.
Stay at their white and simple beach shacks with air conditioning and hot showers. The prices vary according to the views (e.g. garden, sea, or “middle hut”).
Newer dormitory-style accommodation is also available here.
A budget resort right next to the Marine Park! And a diving centre to boot!
The accommodation is rather unique – Concrete containers stacked together. The 16 rooms come with air-conditioning, a queen bed and WiFi access.
Bath facilities are in a separate building and are shared among guests.
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Just in case:
For any incidents that require immediate medical attention, you’ll have to come to Tekek Village.
As this is the only clinic on Tioman Island!
If you’re not staying close to Tekek Village, you might have to take a water taxi to Tekek Village.
While this airport isn’t in operation anymore (at least for commercial flights anyways):
This is where you’ll find the sole ATM machine on the entire island!
Still, don’t count on it to be functional when you’re there! Bring ample cash to last you for your trip!
And if you need it, the island’s post office is opposite the airport!
This is a local Malaysian bank and they happen to have one branch on Tioman Island, right in Tekek Village.
There are 3 mosques on Tioman Island and one of them is Masjid Kampung Tekek.
Newly updated with facilities and with nice views of the surroundings too!
Cats are prevalent throughout the island. As are monitor lizards and monkeys!
Don’t leave scraps of food lying around and don’t feed the animals!
WiFi in most places is poor. Even at the resorts, the WiFi is seldom reliable.
What the locals do instead, is to get a sim card package. You can buy these from the mini marts and the post office at Tekek Village.