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Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman

Ferry schedule from Mersing and Tanjung Gemok to Pulau Tioman and other information on getting to the Island

Distance: ca. 65km
Ticket Price: RM75-80 return per person

The accommodations on Tioman Island are categorized into 5 villages where the ferry will stop to drop off passengers:

  • Kampung Genting
  • Kampung Paya
  • Kampung Tekek
  • Kampung Air Batang ("ABC")
  • Kampung Salang

Ferry to/from Mersing

  • most used gateway to Tioman because of nearby Mersing Bus Terminal
  • effected by tides, hence unregular schedule
  • be there at least one hour before departure
  • until 3pm or 4.30pm depending on tides
  • first ferry from Kg. Salang around 6.30am / 7.30am depending on weather,
  • picks up passenger in Air Batang, Kg. Tekek, Kg. Genting, Kg. Genting
  • more information: www.govisittioman.com/mersing-to-tioman-island-ferry-schedule

The ticketing and boarding process by Blue Water (who has the monopoly for going to and from the island) is infamously convoluted. The process includes 4 steps:

  • 1) Getting the actual paper ticket
  • 2) Register for the ferry using your passport / ID
  • 3) Receiving the boarding pass
  • 4) Purchase Marine Park Entrance and Conservation Fee

Mersing - Tioman Ferry Schedule
Mersing - Tioman Ferry Schedule
find current schedule and more details on the Scuba Guru's Website: www.tioman-scuba.com/next-months-ferry-schedule-for-mersing-to-tioman/

Ferry from / to  Tanjun Gemok

  • half an hour north of Mersing, Buses coming from Kuantan to Mersing pass by (tell bus driver to stop and let you out)
  • schedule more regular since not effected tides
  • ticketing process better organized than in Mersing
  • boat operator also Blue Water! (same as Mersing)
  • travel time: 1.5 hour - 2 hours (depending on drop-off village)
  • more information: www.govisittioman.com/travel-to-tioman-island-via-tanjung-gemok-jetty/

Tanjong Gemok Tioman Ferry
Tanjung Gemok - Tioman Ferry Schedule
find current schedule and more details on the Scuba Guru's Website: www.tioman-scuba.com/next-months-ferry-schedule-tanjung-gemok-to-tioman/

Interactve Map of the ferry connections ot Pulau Tioman:

 

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