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Pulau SibuIf you've heard great things about Tioman Island and Sibu Island and are now not sure at which of the two islands you should spend your upcoming getaway, then fret not. We've done a bit of a compare and contrast between Pulau Tioman and Pulau Sibu, as they're also known, so you can take in their respective pros and cons. By the end of this article, we're pretty sure you'll be able to tip the balance.
The main difference between Tioman and Pulau Sibu is their size. Tioman is the largest of the idyllic islands located of Malaysia's eastern seaboard, whereas Sibu is one of the more diminutive ones. As a result, Pulau Sibu has far fewer hotels on offer, which, if you enjoy secluded tranquility, may be right up your alley.
Tioman, on the other hand, has dozens and dozens accommodations of quite a extensive range. In fact, Tioman offers lodgings that vary from basic budget lodgings all the way to 5-star swankiness. Sibu meanwhile features fewer than a handful hotels/resorts, so your choice at Sibu is considerably more limited. That said, Rimba Resort comes recommended.
The other way Pulau Tioman and Pulau Sibu differ is in getting to each. In order to visit Tioman, you need to get to the coastal town of Mersing first, either by bus or by taxi (See below to book). From Mersing, you can catch a dedicated ferry direct to Tioman. Whilst you can reach Pulau Sibu by way of Mersing too, typically, most Sibu holiday-makers make their way to Tanjung Leman instead. From here, you can take one of the Sibu-based boats to Sibu's shores.
Speaking of shores, one area Tioman and Sibu share is in their gorgeous beaches and crystal-clear azure-colored seas. Both Tioman and Sibu are ideal tropical beach holiday locations, so if you're into lazy days of lounging under a swaying coconut tree, then you can do a lot worse than Tioman or Sibu.
However, if you're more inclined to be involved in (water) activities, then you'll be pleased to note that Tioman and Sibu offer superb snorkeling and scubadiving. Both islands have been allocated nature park status, thanks to their abundance if wildlife below the waterline, especially.
Tioman, by the way, also has a lot of exciting jungle trek and nature walk choices, so if you're more of a landlubber and you have a keen interest in untouched nature, then Tioman is for you.
Hopefully, our quick side-by-side Tioman/Sibu analysis, has helped you make your choice. Will it be Pulau Tioman or Pulau Sibu? In either case: enjoy your holidays :)
As most buses go to Mersing just once daily, we recommend securing your bus tickets before the bus is fully booked. NOTE: Busy season is April to September!
Do you prefer going to Tioman or Pulau Sibu by taxi? Click here to see the available taxi models and taxi rates.
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