The sea view was the main reason we selected this place and we were not disappointed.
Chalets are built on huge and beautiful rocks (you may think what a pity is they built in such a place!) overlooking a small but perfect beach and a wooden jetty were the ferries from Mersing stop.
The sea water is not too shallow (as in many other places in Tioman) so you can swim at any time (just mind the sea urchins!); great snorkeling.
Air Batang "life" is at 10min walk (climbing the hill on a wild trail), in the other direction you may quickly reach a couple of very tiny beach then is a couple of hours climb in the jungle for Monkey Bay.
We took the A room type, the cheapest (55 ringitt): a little run down wooden bungalow at the very top of the resort. Just a bed, a small cupboard, toilet and basin, a fan, a couple of plastic chairs and the balcony I was dreaming of. Here you may remain enchanted forever by the view of the sea below and the forest behind.
You cannot expect total cleanliness in an old wooden chalet but it was not dirty as said in some of the reviews below and sheets were changed every couple of days
The stair to reach the room is steep and a bit unsafe, in its upper part.
The other room type are quite different... made in concrete (so that the environmental disaster will last forever...), with A/C (what is the sense of it where you just have to open the window to feel the fresh and fragrant sea breeze???), some signs of luxury, more expensive. All others guests stayed in there.
The restaurant is beautifully located at the beach, food is so and so, slightly more expensive than other places in the island. Only once they brought in some just caught fish and grilled on the barbecue.
As said elsewhere personnel is not so "attentive"; in fact they are mostly busy taking their own fun (watching Malaysian soaps on TV, playing volleyball) . However you can get what you need, after you are able to obtain their attention.
All in all this is a great place for a relaxing staying in front of the ocean at bargain price, go elsewhere if you are looking for bars and nightlife.
- Also Known As:
- Panuba Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Panuba Resort Pulau Tioman