ABC Beach, Tioman Island (Air Batang)

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Heading to this island and wondering if it’s worth a stop at ABC Beach, Tioman?

Great question! There are so many great places to visit in Tioman and only so much holiday time.

In this article, I’ll share lots of pictures and everything you need to know about Kampung Air Batang (Otherwise known as ABC) including how to get there and where to stay. You’ll soon be able to work out if you should base yourself in ABC Beach or if it’s worth a visit on your holiday.

ABC Beach Tioman
The prettiest part of ABC Beach that we saw

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All About ABC Beach Tioman

ABC Tioman Island is a shortening of the real name of ABC Village Tioman which is Air Batang or Kampung Air Batang.

It is located on the west coast of Tioman Island just north of Tekek, the main village. It’s relatively easy to get to – more details on this below.

The beach itself is quite narrow and is reported to run for 1.5 kilometres. I guess this depends on what you call beach versus water meeting land and rocks. There are some stretches of nice sand, but it’s definitely not the best beach on the island. So if you want to be by a great beach, go elsewhere.

ABC Beach Tioman
Our first view of ABC Beach on arrival from Tekek

It is a nice and peaceful little village though with a nice easy path to walk along parallel to the beach. There are some accommodation and restaurant options as well as a great dive centre.

There is not much else though and even most restaurants were shut when we visited during a weekday at the end of September.

It’s a cheaper area to stay so this might appeal and has a backpacker reputation, although it doesn’t feel like this when visiting. There are also camping options. It felt like the place for quiet relaxation to me.

ABC Beach Tioman
The beach has many things on it except in areas where I saw them sweeping (like the top photo in this article)
ABC Beach Tioman
The beach looking north of the jetty

On a bike or motorbike, it is relatively quick to access Tekek and there is a great little beach and snorkelling at the part of Tekek closest to Tioman Island ABC Beach which you can walk or ride to easily.

There is a fair bit of wildlife – we saw monkeys and monitor lizards – and the scenery is beautiful like everywhere on Tioman.

If you base yourself in ABC bay Tioman, walk along the path back to Tekek over the water at least once. Keep your eyes down and spot as many fish as you can!

It’s fun to visit ABC Pulau Tioman and we especially enjoyed the walk here.

ABC Beach Tioman cycling
The path that runs parallel to the beach in ABC – great for cycling! Motorbikes use it too

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Restaurants And ABC Tioman Accommodation

You won’t miss some eating and accommodation options as you walk along ABC Beach. Here are some recommended options.

Note there are no ABC Resort Tioman options. Accommodation here tends to be fairly simple, although the Tioman Dive Resort has some great options and is also the premier place to book diving on the island.

Tioman Dive Resort Review

Tioman Dive Resort is located right on the beach near the jetty. It doesn’t have its own restuarant, but it does have a beach bar. There are restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.

A huge selling point of Tioman Dive Resort is that the B&J Diving Centre is right there. It’s the top place to dive with on Tioman so staying here is absolutely recommended for divers.

The resort features five room types as well as dorm room options for budget travellers by the dive centre.

Choose a deluxe room if you’re travelling alone or with one other person, the executive room if you’re seeking a bit more floor space and a couch. If there’s three of your, there’s the deluxe triple or the executive triple room. There’s also a quad room available for four.

All rooms feature free WiFi and terraces or balconies with beautiful garden views. You’ll also get a television, a safe, a hair dryer, air conditioning, towels and other amenities.

You can rent DVDs from the front desk to enjoy in your room.

The diving centre offers any diving course you can think of as well as beginner and leisure dives. Booking a package which includes diving and accommodation is the way to go for divers.

Even better is that Tioman Dive Centre offers RM50 off all packages for Dive Into Malaysia readers. Simply fill in the booking form below with the discount code DIVE50 to get a quote for your perfect package.

You can also read full details of how much packages cost or individual rooms or diving options here.

We also offer two special experiences for our readers. You can find the learn-to-dive experience here (perfect if you want to become a certified diver) and our leisure dive experience here (for certified divers).

Tioman Dive Resort Package Booking Form

If you’d like to book a personalised package, please fill in the form here and Tioman Dive Resort will get back to you with the total price. Remember to keep the coupon code DIVE50 for your RM50 off.

You’ll need to pay a deposit to confirm the booking and then you pay the rest on check-out. Easy!

If you need to book multiple rooms, please describe in the comments below exactly what you need.

Johan’s Chalet Review

Johan’s Chalet is centrally located on ABC Beach on Malaysia’s beautiful Tioman Island.

Johan’s offers three types of rooms, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs. The first option is a budget double room, which is perfect for the solo backpacker or travelling couple. The next option is the budget triple room which includes an additional twin-size bed along with a balcony overlooking the lush gardens below.

For even more space, choose the classic quadruple room. All rooms have air conditioning, fans, and private bathrooms. Amenities include free bottled water, toiletries, and plenty of closet space.

The property features a restaurant, so you won’t have to venture far to enjoy a delicious meal. The beach is just a short walk away. Many guests enjoy snorkelling, fishing, swimming, and hiking in the local area.

The downside is that the rooms are not as clean as they should be.

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ABC Chalet Beach Review

Located at the northern end of the beach, ABC Chalet Beach is the perfect base camp for all your explorations on Tioman island.

You can choose between a variety of chalets, ranging from a budget double room to the superior chalet with ocean views. All other chalets offer garden views. The larger rooms come with refrigerators, and all rooms feature fans, towels, toiletries and private bathrooms.

If you’re looking to explore the surrounding areas of the island, you can rent your own bicycle from the hotel. Ticketing services are also available for local tours and activities, such as diving, fishing, and trekking. The front desk can offer currency exchange, cash withdrawal, and laundry services if needed. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

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ABC Beach Tioman
A peek of the beach from the path

How To Get To ABC Beach Tioman Island?

You can come to ABC Bay Tioman directly from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok as the main ferries all stop here.

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The path from Tekek to ABC. Short and sweet
The path from Tekek to ABC. Short and sweet

It’s also relatively easy to get to and from the main town, Tekek. There is no road but there are two great paths including one over water which motorbikes and bicycles can use. This path is also great for walking – it’s surrounded by a protected snorkelling and diving area and you can easily spot a lot of fish from the path.

So you can visit Kampung ABC Tioman by this path from Tekek. Otherwise, you need to get a sea taxi from one of the many jetties in Tioman Island.

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.