Most visitors arrive by ferry from Mersing on the mainland.
Bluewater Express operates the ferry services and its boats are fast and comfortable taking approx 2 hours to the first jetty in Kampong Genting.
The marina is finished and the jetty is under construction.
However, visitors with an aversion to such progress can avoid this part of the island and stay elsewhere without any impact.
Apart from its diverse marine life, the inland rainforest area was protected in 1972 as the Pulau Tioman Wildlife Reserve.
However, a large part of the original reserve was sacrificed for agricultural and touristic development in 1984; the remaining area is approximately 8,296 ha (20,500 acres).
In the 1970s, Time magazine selected Tioman as one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
The densely forested island is still sparsely inhabited.
That resulted in a lot of the corals turning a dull white colour and some even fragmenting into pieces of dead coral skeleton.
The 2016 bleaching event only just touched on Tioman's Coral Reefs, and as such, the coral has remained in good and healthy condition.