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Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.


Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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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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