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Tioman Supermarkets

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Although most Tioman travelers probably enjoy not having to worry about what to make for dinner while on their holiday break, not everybody is able to eat restaurant food every day. Those troubled with allergies, for instance, prefer to prepare their own meals from scratch. Others may not have the budget to eat out, or perhaps can't take spicy food. Still others simply prefer dishes from back home.

Your average supermarket/grocery store in Tioman
Your average supermarket/grocery store in Tioman

Whatever your reasons, all those who fit that second category will be pleased to hear that each of the villages in Tioman offers at least one or two supermarkets that sell everyday items such as cereals, canned food, bottled water, fresh vegetables, tea, milk etc. Most, if not all basic groceries are available.

That said, you will notice that the majority of the grocery products stocked will be slightly higher in price than the supermarkets back on the Malaysia mainland. This applies particularly to vegetables, fruit, basically all perishables. The reason for this is quite obvious: all of these fresh groceries need to be shipped in by ferry and it has to remain chilled. And since most power in Tioman is from generators, refrigeration is relatively costly.

Speaking of costly, if you're staying in one of the Tioman upmarket resorts, always make sure you have enough bottled water handy. Tip: Just buy a few big bottles in the nearest supermarket before heading back to the resort, because some of the exclusive resorts, particularly those in the south of Tioman, are quite remote, which tends to drive up the price of food and drink, including bottled water.

Tip for chocolate-addicts: If you can't go without your regular chocolate fix during your Tioman trip, expect to pay a premium for Snickers, Toblerone, KitKat and the like. Chocolate is considered a typical western indulgence in this neck of the woods and so prices for all things chocolate tend to be a bit higher here than you may be used to. Still, if your chocolate cravings pummel your sense of fair pricing, then at least get the chocolate items they keep in the fridge, because most chocolate bars etc start tasting a bit musky after sitting on the hot supermarket shelves for a while.

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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