Getting There And Best Time to Go - Pulau Tioman, Pahang Malaysia

PLEASE BE WARNED!

Please check the tidal charts or weather forecast before leaving or planning your trip at www.met.gov.my

If you're planning to go to the islands during the Full Moon or when there is no moon, then be warned that there will be very extreme tidal conditions ie very high hightides and very low lowtides so boats may have difficulty leaving or entering the Mersing jetty. You may have to wait quite a while for the tidal change. Check the tidal charts. http://www.jupem.gov.my/

By AIR

SASAir

Berjaya Air has stopped flying to Tioman Island unless you charter the flights. Alternatively, there is http://www.journeymalaysia.com/ptasasair

But it's not cheap


BY CAR

To Mersing

-From Kuala Lumpur

Take North-South Highway, head south towards Johor (from KL or North). Exit at Ayer Hitam (exit 244) After toll gate , take a right turn at the traffic junction and head towards Kluang. Before entering Kluang town, there’s a roundabout, take 3 O’clock. Follow signs to Mersing or Route 3. There is daily parking at the Mersing jetty for RM10 per day

Approximate travelling time : 5 hrs from KL

-From JB and Singapore

Take Jalan Wong Ah Fook and this will lead you through Johor Bahru City passing City Square shopping mall on your right. Look out for the overhead Bridge with the sign 'Kota Tinggi - Desaru'. Follow this sign leading you to route 3 . Route 3 will take you towards Kota Tinggi and Mersing. Just follow the signs.

Approximate travelling time : 2 1/2hrs from JB

- From Terengganu/Kuantan

Take Route 3(coastal road), heading south towards JB.

Approximate travelling time from Kuantan, 3+hours

To Tanjung Gemok

-From Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok

Take North-South Highway, head south towards Johor (from KL or North) . Exit at Ayer Hitam (exit 244) After toll gate, take a right turn at the traffic junction and head towards Kluang. Before entering Kluang town, there’s a roundabout, take 3 O’clock. Follow signs to Mersing or Route 3. From here, head towards Endau. Tanjung Gemuk is about 30mins drive away from Mersing town.

Approximate travelling time : 5 1/2hrs from KL

OR

From KL, travel southwards and turn off the North-South Highway at the Senawang toll in Negri Sembilan. From here, follow the road towards Kuala Pilah then to Bahau . And from Bahau down to Muadzam Shah. . After passing through Mudzham Shah, many Tanjung Gemuk Jeti sign boards will show the way along.

Approximate travelling time : 4hrs from KL

The route from senawang to Kuala Pilah is quite winding and may slow you down as this is a trunk road quite often used by heavily laden trucks.

-From JB and Singapore to Tanjung Gemok

Take Jalan Wong Ah Fook and this will lead you through Johor Bahru City passing City Square shopping mall on your right. Look out for the overhead Bridge with the sign 'Kota Tinggi - Desaru'. Follow this sign leading you to route 3 . Route 3 will take you towards Kota Tinggi and Mersing. Just follow the signs. From here, head towards Endau. Tanjung Gemuk is about 30mins drive away from Mersing town.

Approximate travelling time : 3 hrs from JB

- From Terengganu/Kuantan to Tanjung Gemok

Take Route 3(coastal road), heading south towards JB. Tanjung Gemuk is within the Pahang state border and is just 30mins away from Mersing. Nearest town is Endau. Tanjung Gemuk is at the mouth of the Sungai Endau (Endau River).

Approximate travelling time from Kuantan, 3+hour

BY COACH/BUS

Please refer to the Mersing schedule

PLEASE NOTE: The Mersing R&R Bus Terminal is now located to the Local Bus Terminal closer to town. Travellers will have to walk about 15min to Mersing Jetty. If you have a lot of baggage, you can hire a taxi which will cost approx. RM6 - RM10 per trip per way

BY BOAT

FROM MERSING

The Johor government levies a RM25 fee per overseas traveler and a RM10 fee applies per Malaysian traveler .

Bluewater Ferry Services

The Bluewater Ferry Services (+60 7799 8518 or 07-799 4811) has been around for the longest time and they also have monopoly over the boat transfers to the Tioman Island.

Take note that after the ticket collection you will also need to pay a Marinepark fee directly to the Marinepark authorities at the jetty in Mersing in cash (currently MYR 10.00 for locals or MYR 25.00 for foreigners). https://www.facebook.com/BLUEWATER-EXPRESS-BISTARI...

Once you have the tickets you will need to wait for the boarding pass counter to open and get your boarding pass. They will call the colour of your pass once the ferry is ready for boarding.

Just a word of caution for those who would like to endure the hardship of travelling in Malaysia during Public Holidays and more so during major National Festivals : the ferries can suffer long delays & missed schedules - all that makes going on holiday a stressful and unpleasant experience.

The best advice is to stay clear away from the favourite holiday destination spots especially when it involves crossing seas.

Ferry From Tioman to Singapore

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FERRY SERVICE FROM SINGAPORE TO TIOMAN HAS BEEN TERMINATED .

Seataxis around Tioman island

The cost per person on a sea taxi ranges from RM25 to RM55 depending on the destination. These as seen in the photo are usually small horse-powered boats.





Seabus around Tioman Island

Seabus schedules are unpredictable but if you happen to be at the jetty at the right time, well ... take it as being in luck. Seabuses are cheaper but slower in getting to your destination. They usually ply the salang - abc - tekek route. However, with all seataxi and seabus operators, please take your own safety precautions. They tend to slack on the part of safety regulations.

FROM TANJUNG GEMUK

For Tanjung Gemuk, the Bluewater Ferry Tanjung Gemuk operates daily but be sure to book in advance as it runs out of seats quickly. https://www.facebook.com/BLUEWATER-EXPRESS-BISTARI... or all them at (+60 9413 1362)

Take note that after the ticket collection you will also need to pay a Marinepark fee directly to the Marinepark authorities at the jetty in Mersing in cash (currently MYR 10.00 for locals or MYR 25.00 for foreigners).

Best Time to Go

Apparently anytime between late-March and early November. The strong and sometimes dramatic South-Easterly winds occur around Early to Mid March. This brings in a lot of high waves and not so much rain. For divers and island seekers, it's not a good time at all to even pursue a cheap package deal. But the weather being what it is, try checking with the resorts before setting off.

Packing Checklist

  • Swimsuit
  • Snorkelling gear - mask, snorkel, fins, booties, life jacket
  • Diving equipment - mask, snorkel, fins, booties, regulator and octopus, BCD, dive table, dive logs, marine life ready reckoner, dive computers, knife, lycra or 3mm skin suits, gloves, underwater torches, dive watch - it’s advisable to bring your own kit as rental can be expensive
  • Dive card
  • Waterproof pouches
  • Clothing - shorts, t-shirts, sarong, towel, light dress
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, after-tan lotion, shampoo, soap, women’s sanitary products, shaving foam and shaver, comb
  • Sun block, mosquito repellent, mosquito netting, hammock
  • Travel journal, reading material
  • Binoculars
  • Prescriptive medicine, dietary supplements, motion sickness tablets
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