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Malaysia
Sandakan

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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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

Ticket Price: RM35 (one way)
The accommodations on Tioman Island are categorized into 5 villages where the ferry will stop to drop off passengers.

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/

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