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LOCATION:
Tekek Village is centrally located on the western shore of Tioman, right after Paya Village or before Air Batang Village if you are coming from Mersing jetty. Getting here is relatively easy because the village is located on the main route of the passenger boats that ply across the island ie: Mersing - Genting - Paya - Tekek - Air Batang - Salang.

The village jetty is also supposedly served daily by three scheduled ferries from Tanjung Gemok jetty in Kuala Rompin, Pahang; but I found only one boat was scheduled to depart from Tanjung Gemok at 1230 hrs on a quiet weekday in April.

The airport at Tekek Village is served by Berjaya Air which has one daily flight departing from Subang Airport (SZB).

DESCRIPTION:

Tekek Village has naturally grown into the island's main entry and exit point due to its central location. The village is also geographically sheltered from the rough open seas which are commonly experienced on the eastern shores of the island.

The village boasts Pulau Tioman's only immigration terminal for passengers disembarking from Tanah Merah jetty in Singapore as well as a small airport served solely by Berjaya Air. In its heydays, the airport had also received flight arrivals from Silk Air, a leisure airline subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, as well as the now-defunct Pelangi Airways.

With Pulau Tioman being accorded the status of a duty-free island, local businesses were quick to capitalise in the small town in Tekek Village with numerous duty-free shops and outlets. In all honesty, being a duty-free island its a two-edge sword; on one hand, the business opportunities on Pulau Tioman have since grown albeit slight, and yet, the development that it brings may eventually jeorpadise the natural beauty of Pulau Tioman which often harps on its (in)famous tagline as being "one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world".

By Pulau Tioman's standard, the beach in Tekek is rather forgettable. In fact, due to its geographical nature, some sections of the beach had retaining walls erected to stop further erosion commonly experienced in monsoon seasons. Nonetheless, for a decent beach experience, the southern precinct of Tekek Village fronting Babura Seaview Resort and Samudra Swiss Cottage offers quite a nice sandy beach away from the town centre. The water is somewhat crystal-clear but I am not too sure if there are many activities can be done here amidst the occasional noise from departing and arriving boats to the village jetty nearby.

Further south, if you do intend to walk for about one kilometre, are a number of vista points perched on top of a hill along the asphalt road that leads to Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort. The view can be considered nice but not entirely extraordinary. Be on the look out for the occasional long-tailed macaques that are often seen along the road which can be an exquisite experience for mostly foreign visitors.

Visitors arriving at the jetty will notice a huge construction project for the infamous Tioman Marina. The project had generated massive public outcry especially from nature-lovers and environmentalists for the possible damage done to the century-old coral reefs in that area. In fact, during my recent visit in April 2007, I noticed the construction had caused a massive siltation on the otherwise clear water around the jetty. The developer did have some kind of retainer installed in the water to contain the ugly brown soils from overflowing to the sea, yet such half-hearted measure seemed not good enough to protect the environment. Going forward, it remains to be seen what benefits the marina will bring to the growth of tourism industry on Pulau Tioman.

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