Into the Tioman Rainforest

  • 0
Tioman: Into the Rainforest

Into the Tioman Rainforest

One of the nicest beaches on Pulau Tioman is Juara beach on the northern coast. There are rivers at both ends of Juara beach. On the northernmost river you can hire a kayak and navigate your way a short distance upriver into the Tioman rainforest.

Just before the river at the southern end of Juara beach is the Juara Turtle Project. This is a voluntary organization set up to help protect sea turtles, their nests and eggs. Staffed mainly by young foreigners taking time out from college to learn about the issues, they accept donations from interested tourists.

It’s easy to mistake this place for a bungalow park or restaurant as there are several young people hanging about (this is where the staff eat and sleep). It is however a private area, and you need to make a donation if you want to visit.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

Yellow sand and river at south end of Juara beach

Beyond this area, you reach a river flowing into the sea from the rainforest. At its narrowest point close to the sea, you can wade across it to the jungle on the other side. If you do this, though, be prepared for some thick jungle before reaching the path up into the mountain.

We tried this, and found a deserted cabin about 30 meters into the jungle. It is apparently owned by a foreign lady who visits for a few months each year, and spends her time there isolated from civilization. She must be pretty tough because, among other creatures, the place is infested with red ants.

We were unlucky enough to disturb a nest, and suddenly had dozens of them crawling into our hair and clothes, and biting like they meant it. We beat a hasty retreat back to the river to strip off and assess the damage.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

Into the Tioman Rainforest: Attacked by Red Ants!

We were going to have to find another way across the river further inland. Even without the ants, the jungle here was too impenetrable.

Further upstream the river widened, but we found a primitive mud jetty with a self-operated rope-raft. This was our chance to cross the river Indiana Jones style! Unlike me, you might want to try doing this with some form of foot protection to avoid the leeches.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

Into the Tioman Rainforest: It’s all in your hands

The rope was predictably slimy, but we managed to stay mostly dry. On the other side of the river, the path was easy to spot, and thankfully was clear of undergrowth. We were now going to head up steeply into the mountain to locate a nice little spot for a picnic.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

It’s not all about lying around on beaches

Not far up the path, we came across an area of rubber trees, already set up for latex-extraction. This is quite a big business in Malaysia, and evidently quite labor-intensive.

Into the Tioman Rainforest: Fresh latex

Into the Tioman Rainforest: Fresh latex

They cut grooves into the rubber trees, and attach small containers underneath to collect the latex. After a few days, they collect the congealed and spongy rubber extracts and take them off in baskets for processing.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

Into the Tioman Rainforest

The meandering path up into the mountain gradually narrowed and got steeper as we ascended. It wasn’t too difficult to follow as they was a water supply pipe running approximately in the same direction.

It’s a really pleasant walk, occasionally passing over small bridges across streams, through undergrowth and under fallen trees. All the time with the background hum of the jungle and distant chatter of monkeys.

Into the Tioman Rainforest -Follow the pipe

Into the Tioman Rainforest: Follow the pipe

After an hour or so, we were treated to a panoramic view back down the mountain towards the sea. We had brought with us a couple of liters of water each, as well as fruit for our lunch. We weren’t sure quite how far it was to the waterfall at the top.

Around half-way up we passed across a humming power station, but after this we began to hear sounds from the river somewhere to our right.

Into the Tioman Rainforest - Looking back down over the rainforest

Looking back down over the rainforest

It took around 2 hours of uphill climbing to reach the waterfall. Beyond this point, the path disappeared, so we decided to quite while we were ahead. After a lunch of oranges and a cool dip in the water, it was time to head back down again.

It gets dark here quite early (and surprisingly suddenly), and we didn’t want to be still stuck up high on the trail when it did.

Into the Tioman Rainforest

The Reward! High up in the rainforest

Coming down was a little quicker, but possibly more difficult due to the steepness of the trail. On the way back, we picked off a few cuttings from some of the plants, hoping they would survive the rest of the trip and the journey back home.




If you enjoyed the Tioman Rainforest, you may also like:


Tell us what you think

___________________________________________

agoda.com INT

East Malaysia & Borneo

Planning a Travel Itinerary Around Malaysia
Planning a Travel Itinerary Around Malaysia
We always wanted to visit Borneo - even more so than Malaysia. So when we found reasonably priced fl[...]
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Funnily enough, it was a Tuesday when we arrived in Belgium. We knew this must be Belgium because of[...]
Kuala Lumpur - First Impressions
Kuala Lumpur - First Impressions
Our flight went non-stop from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, departing at 20:50 in the evening and arri[...]
Cherating Accommodation Options: Resort or Guesthouse?
Cherating Accommodation Options: Resort or Guesthouse?
After our first night in Kuala Lumpar, we made an early start: We needed to get to the bus station t[...]
Miserable in Mersing Malaysia
Miserable in Mersing Malaysia
Mersing Malaysia is the gateway to Tioman Island, a very popular destination for travellers. We had [...]
Tioman Island Ferry
Tioman Island Ferry
Although we arrived at the ferry terminal in the morning, the Tioman Island ferry wasn't due to leav[...]
Juara Beach -Tioman Island, Malaysia
Juara Beach -Tioman Island, Malaysia
 on Juara beach is a relatively new place. It comprises 8 to 10 compact but comfortable raised woode[...]
Into the Tioman Rainforest
Into the Tioman Rainforest
One of the nicest beaches on Pulau Tioman is Juara beach on the northern coast. There are rivers at [...]
Kuantan by Taxi from Mersing
Kuantan by Taxi from Mersing
After 4 nights in Tioman, we planned to take an early ferry back to Mersing, and then travel on by b[...]
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
From Kuantan, we would have to take 2 flights to reach Kota Kinabalu, with a change in Kuala Lumpar.[...]
Kuala Penyu Tempurung Seaside Lodge
Kuala Penyu Tempurung Seaside Lodge
Before leaving Kota Kinabalu, we telephoned ahead to our next lodging - the Kuala Penyu Tempurung Se[...]
Borneo Wavehunters
Borneo Wavehunters
White Water Rafting is a "must do" activity if you are staying a few days in the vicinity of Kota Ki[...]
Sepilok Borneo - Where to Stay & Eat
Sepilok Borneo - Where to Stay & Eat
After 4 days in Kuala Penyu, we organized a taxi to take us to the airport at Kota Kinabalu. Our nex[...]
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Our first day in Sepilok, and we were keen to get a closeup view of the orangutans. The Sepilok Oran[...]
Borneo Rainforest Discovery Centre
Borneo Rainforest Discovery Centre
Located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Borneo Rainforest Discovery Centre is one of S[...]
Jalan Petaling - Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
Jalan Petaling - Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
Jalan Petaling, otherwise known as the Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, is as good a reason as any to visit t[...]
Malaysia & Borneo : Highlights & Costs
Malaysia & Borneo : Highlights & Costs
Our actual trip to Malaysia & Borneo closely followed our plan regarding the places we would vis[...]

___________________________________________

Get free updates by email

Don't miss any of our Malaysia updates, including hotel and restaurant costs and recommendations...