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Tioman and malaria

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Whilst Tioman does have its fair share of mosquitoes, it is a tropical island after all, Tioman's mozzies are not known as a particularly aggressive kind and certainly don't carry malaria or dengue.

In fact, while still listed as a malaria-infected country, most medical literature states that malaria has been widely eradicated from virtually all parts of Malaysia, including from Tioman, the last outbreak of malaria here dating back to 1926.

So malaria tablets aren't generally prescribed for Tioman, which is part of the reason why it's been enjoying unrivaled popularity amongst young families with little kids: it's totally free of any insect-borne diseases.

That said, if you're not sure, then by all means consult your family doctor.

Tip: To prevent mosquito bites altogether, turn up the air-con in your room by a notch. Mosquitoes don't like flying in turbulent air currents, particularly when the air is chilled. You can also ask the resort manager for a mosquito net, locally known as a "klamboe".

This is a great way to present a physical barrier between you and any mosquitoes that did make it into your room. Or, alternatively, apply some insect repellent, such as "Off", available at most shops in Tioman, or any natural insect repellent, such as a citronella-based ointment.

Warning: If you've recently taken Lariam (Mefloquine) because you were elsewhere in Malaysia, then please make sure you don't suffer any of the common side-effects, including nausea and vertigo, before you head out for a scuba-dive.

Mersing Harbour Centre

This is where you collect the ferry tickets you booked online. The complex also has a great food and drinks section, as well as a decent number of cool shops for some last-minute retail therapy, before hopping onto your ferry. Find out more...

Tioman Spa

Pulau Tioman offers several Spa and Wellness Centres that you should give a try. You can select the type of treatment you want from this website, as it lists each of Tioman's resorts and hotels that feature Spa therapies. Find out more...

Tioman Honeymoon

Tying the knot in the not too distant future and looking for an exotic paradise to immerse in newlywed bliss? Take a look at this site. It presents each of Tioman Island's resorts that offer delectable honeymoon packages. Find out more...

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