Tioman Island, Malaysia

Pulau Tioman or Tioman Island sits around 25 miles off the east coast of the state of Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia. It is the largest of nine islands within Pulau Tioman Marine Park, a coral sanctuary and popular snorkeling and diving spot renowned for its crystal-clear waters, kaleidoscopic reefs, and abundant marine creatures including sea turtles, barracudas, and black-tip reef sharks. Tioman boasts a number of magnificent beaches like those lining Panuba Bay and sweeping Monkey Bay, while its interior is blanketed in pristine rainforest. Trek through dense jungle to the dramatic Asah Waterfall or hike to the summit of cloud-shrouded Gunung Kajang, an extinct volcano and Tioman’s highest point at 3,406 feet. Rock climbers clamor to ascend the famous Dragon Horns, giant twin monoliths that tower over the southern coast. You can see baby sea turtles hatching at the Juara Turtle Project in Juara Village, one of seven small communities around the island.