Are you an adventurous person? Do you find yatches and cruises a little bit too tame for your liking, but still love sailing across the blue expanse of the sea like sailors in legends? Are you resourceful and independent, but still a fantastic team player? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above, then it’s time to try out canoeing if you haven’t! Among all the things to do on Pulau Tioman, canoeing is one of the few activities that test both your teamworking skills and personal independence, all in a sport that would let you discover our paradise island to your heart’s content!


The secret to canoeing is in two words: synchronisation and coherence. Few other sports require you to have perfect synch with your partner as this one, so communication is key in making sure that you and your partner can maintain balance, go the right direction, and most importantly, have fun! Because once you’ve figured out how to handle one of these little boats, you’ll have the complete freedom to discover the land and sea of Tioman island as you wish. If you’re travelling by yourself, fret not – we have single canoes, too, for the adventurous type who would want a really hands-on experience.

Few other tips that canoeists should keep in mind, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned paddler:

  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. As our Tioman island resort is located in the tropics, the sea water fortunately is just cool enough to be comfortable and never too cold. Still, it would be best to wear moisture-wicking fabric and clothes that would keep you warm from the sea breezes.
  • Buoyancy aid is essential. Precaution is prudence. Make sure to keep a life jacket with you, and choose one that would allow you to move freely and comfortable. Our Tioman resort has plenty of those to keep you safe, so all you need to do is check with our reception desk.
  • It’s better to slightly lean forward. Sit as straight as you can and lean slightly forward, but never backward. And no slouching! Even if the canoe has backrest, leaning back will put more weight to the back of the boat and makes it harder for you to put strength into your strokes.

If you’re curious about what else you can do at our resort, check out our Tioman island activities here!