Tioman island paradise camp, Malaysia



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    **pandemic operations updates (August 2021)** The camp and ABC dive shop are closed for now. We are now operating from Genting camp and Sunday Juara Chalet but we still visit the camp and ABC to conduct checks and maintenance. Genting camp is also beach front, but not as isolated as we are in the middle bit of the village. Juara Chalets is about 300 metres from the beach, on the banks of Juara river with lots of 70 feet high coconut trees. Beautiful ❤️. Both locations offer similar experiences to our camp to our volunteers, but just not as isolated, and much cheaper to arrived at. No need for costly sea taxis 😅. We look forward to host happy volunteers in our new locations and hopefully we can get back to resume operations in the camp as soon as possible.** End of update.


    We are a dive shop in Tioman since year 2000, currently operating in Kampung Air Batang (ABC) and we are now expanding our operations to the waterfall village. We want to build a campsite dive resort here. Our beautiful bay is unique in the way that it has a beautiful beach, a freshwater stream gushing out to meet the sea, mangrove swamps, and a sea of beautiful corals, fishes, reef sharks, turtles, ray fish,...

    This is a complete nature paradise. It is not just beach, sea, and marine creatures. Our backyard is made up of the beautiful waterfall and mountainous jungle filled with exotic flora and fauna. It is home to mouse deers, porcupines, monkeys, squirrels, snakes, flying fox, terrapins, sea eagles, slow loris... and who knows what other mysterious creatures lurks within ;)

    There is still a lot to do, and a great variety of tasks for you to get involved in. We are eager to get as much help as we can.

    In your free time, you can go hiking, rock climbing, trail running, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, skinny dipping in the waterfall or just snooze your time away ;)

    Fresh water is piped from the waterfall straight into our camp. Currently electricity is provided with a generator which we turn on once a week.

    Food and supplies are shipped in from mainland. (But in the monsoon off season (Dec to Feb) we found out cargo and ferry sometimes get delayed.

    Meals are shared and cooked in the common "kitchen". We have gas stoves for cooking although we normally cook with wood fire. It helps to clear our compound of dead wood and dry leaves.

    Fresh ingredients, canned and dry food, and most basic needs can be bought in the sundry goods shop in the neighbouring fishing village Mukut, 30 minutes walk away. There are also food stalls, cafés and shops in Mukut. you can buy fresh cooked food eg fried rice noodles, vegy or meat dishes, roti,

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We recommend volunteers to bring some food they enjoy. Just in case they don't like what we provide, or supplies doesn't arrive on time. We provide 3 basic meals a day (usually vegetarian meals. rice with 1 or 2 veggies or egg)

    I would like to stress if you don't like what we give, you will have to get your own food. We don't do special meals for any one individual. We eat a lot of rice, rice and more rice. IF YOU DON'T LIKE RICE, OR NEED MEAT PROTEIN, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. Please take note.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    4G Internet is available only at the jetty.

    Nearest village, Mukut, is 30 minute walk away, over a small hill via a concrete foot path. We have bicycles should you need to get there in a hurry. But hurry up in paradise?!!! Why???!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️September 2018 Updates :
    We now have a beach front campsite in Genting village and a river bank campsite in Juara village. Genting is located on the south west part of Tioman, and Juara is on the east coast of Tioman. Volunteers may be required to help out at these campsites too.

    *️️️️️️️Update June 2019*️️️️️️️
    June to August is turtles nesting season. Volunteers need to take turns to patrol our beach to guard against local village people who comes to steal ALL the eggs. They leave nothing behind. Our mission is to secure the nests for 60 days until eggs hatched and the baby turtles can swim out to sea and have a shot at life

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You get the opportunity to experience basic camping lifestyle in a remote exotic location for a few weeks (or months) and experience local culture and lifestyle and food.

    Our worker DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH, but is friendly and usually happy to accommodate any party.

    We usually host 4 to 6 volunteers of various nationality on site, so there are opportunities for multi cultural exchanges.

  • Help


    We need volunteers to help with mostly menial tasks eg cutting grass, weeding, pruning trees, clearing the beach of stones, collecting fire wood, building facilities and infrastructure for the campsite, help with cooking and cleaning, composting, planting, gardening and landscaping, and general maintenance.

    We would also like to carve out trails for running or mountain biking. So if there are avid trail runners or mountain bikers out there up for the challenge, please give us a buzz ;)

    You must be able to work independently, without supervision.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️In exchange for your help, we provide a place to stay in nature's paradise and feed you. So we expect you to contribute minimum 5 hours of help a day, 5 days a week. If you are not prepared for that, please don't come. We are not interested to feed nor house volunteers who refuse to help*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent
    Chinese (Others): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We look forward to multi cultural exchanges and language being a very fun exchange activity. Looking forward to meet you guys

  • Accommodation


    We have tents to fit 2 person with their backpacks, (which is a 6 foot x 6 foot sized dome tent). Sleeping mats are provided for guests and volunteers. It does get chilly at night with the cool jungle breeze blowing down so if you get cold easily, you should bring a jacket or thin blanket. Bring your own hammocks if you prefer to sleep under the stars (the stars lit sky is amazing on a clear night)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    *️️️*️️️please read through my description carefully !!!
    You choose to volunteer in the camp because you are a true and serious outdoors and nature lover. Also, you enjoy solitude and hard physical work, and don't mind eating and sleeping simply.
    If you are not such a person, you will not enjoy it here. Please consider other locations. You are doing yourself and me a disservice by coming here with other expectations.*️️️*️️️

    4G Internet on our jetty.

    2. There is a government health clinic in Mukut village should anyone needs minor medical attention (30 minutes walk away). NO DOCTOR. only a medical assistant.

    3. Please bring a pair of shoes suitable for work. Lots of sharp pebbles, thorny plants on the grounds. There's a Mr.DiY shop in Mersing town where you can buy a pair of rubber shoes (fondly referred to as Adidas kampung) for less than rm10.
    We have a couple of size 8 and size 9 available, just in case.

    4. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ BRING A HEAD LAMP*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ or torch light. COMPULSORY items! These items can be bought in Mr.DiY shop in Mersing.

    5. Your own snacks or food that you like.

    6. Managing expectations.
    Please bring a positive, flexible, can-do attitude here. It is a remote location in a 3rd world country, and things do go wrong. If you cannot accept these conditions, this place is not for you.
    If you love nature, you will like it here and won't mind roughing it out.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️it is OK to leave if you don't like it here. Please LEAVE immediately. Don't stay and infect others with your negativity*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️I will remove volunteers who don't help, cause trouble or bring negative vibes*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    7. Travel directions 2019
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Please save/screen shot this*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    From Kuala Lumpur you take a bus from TBS bus terminal to Mersing, usually 6 to 7 hours ride. I recommend the night bus, so you arrive in mersing around 5am.

    From Singapore, there's a direct bus to mersing early in the morning. Or, you get across to Malaysia to Johor Baru bus terminal to catch the bus to mersing that departs every hour.

    From mersing bus station, It's a short 15 minute walk to the jetty where you buy your ferry ticket rm70 return fare (rm35 one way) to tioman island.

    There is also a marine park fee to pay for all foreigners which is rm50,
    (Rm35 tioman marine park fee and rm15 johor national park fee)

    Tell the ferry crew you want to get off at kampung Genting. This is usually the first stop as you arrive on tioman. The ferry ride is about 80 minutes.

    Sea taxi : Genting jetty to Asah.
    **Every volunteer going to Asah must pay this transfer. NO exceptions.**

    It is rm120 return fare for the transfer boat ride to Asah (if minimum 2 passengers on the boat) and to be paid on arrival in Genting jetty.
    **If ONLY ONE PASSENGER IT WILL COST RM100 ONE WAY*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    Volunteers need to contact me with mersing ferry departure time to book the sea transfer.

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 Hours per day, 5 days a week

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