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Tioman Island break guide

Tioman Island Surf Guide

Tioman Island in Peninsular Malaysia is an exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf. Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the best wave direction is from the northeast. The reef break offers both left and right hand waves. The location means that it never gets crowded.

Tioman Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tioman Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tioman Island occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Tioman Island (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Tioman Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in November while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 12% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tioman Island Location Map

Interactive Tioman Island surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Tioman Island is Sultan Ismail (Johor Bahru) Airport (JHB) in Malaysia, 141 km (88 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tioman Island is Kuantan Airport (KUA), also in Malaysia, 157 km (98 miles) away.

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Tioman Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 June 2023, 01:02 Local Time
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Period (s) 4 4 5 5
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Swell History at Tioman Island

Surf stats for Tioman Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Tioman Island

Wind stats for Tioman Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Tioman Island Reviews:

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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s21.8
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Amber Villejo from Australia
“I came to Tioman Island for a SurfYoga retreat at Ombak House in Juara. The beach is incredible, so clean and not crowded with people.

The waves were good, this was my first time learning to surf. Close to the Ombak House on the north end of Mentawak Beach is smaller waves, maybe 1-2 feet, perfect to learn. If you go more south down the beach the wave gets bigger and bigger, I see guys surfing 10+ feet! I was too scared to try, but maybe next year when I come back I will be good enough to surf the "Coral" break.

If you want to learn surfing definitely try the camp at Ombak House, they were so patient and good teachers to me, I stood up on my first day!”

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