Heading to Tioman Island? Lucky you!
In this article, I share exactly how to go from Mersing to Tioman Island so you have no reason to worry about how to make this starightforward journey!
Why Go From Mersing To Tioman Island?
Mersing is the main jumping off point from the mainland of Malaysia to Tioman Island.
There are no longer flights to Tioman Island and the only other alternative to a ferry from Mersing to Tioman Island is to take a ferry from Tanjung Gemok instead.
However, this is less convenient if you are coming from Johor Bahru or SIngapore as it’s a further 40 minute drive up the coast. There are also more options for a ferry from Mersing Jetty to Tioman Island. There are more details about getting from Tangjung Gemok to Tioman Island in a new article coming soon!
The Mersing to Tioman duration for a ferry is 1.5 – 2 hours depending on exactly where you will be dropped off on Tioman Island and sea conditions.
Mersing To Tioman Ferry
The ferry Mersing to Tioman leaves from the Mersing Jetty. You will need to pay a visit to the opposite Mersing Harbour Centre first. From here, you can buy or collect tickets, get boarding passes and you also need to pay a Marine Park entrance fee (currently RM30 adults/RM15 kids – cheaper for Malaysians). There is also a Johor National Park fee at RM20 for adults and RM10 for kids (cheaper for Malaysians).
Even if you pre-bought your ferry ticket, you will need to pay these entrance fees.
Some buses may drop you off at the jetty area if you ask, but otherwise you may find yourself in the Mersing Bus Terminal. This is only a kilometre’s walk or a cheap taxi ride.
Currently, the only operator is Bluewater Express. They take a speed boat from Mersing to Tioman multiple times a day in season and once a day during the monsoon period.
They are only an average operator but they are cheap at least! You can buy tickets here.
Mersing To Tioman Ferry Schedule
The Mersing to Tioman ferry schedule changes daily. Mersing Jetty is affected by weather and tidal conditions so at certain times of the day it’s not possible to launch from here. The schedules for the Bluewater Express Mersing to Tioman usually come out the middle of the month before. For example, if you are going to Tioman Island in August, the tickets will come online mid-July.
You can see the latest schedule by searching for your dates here once it is online.
The Mersing to Tioman ferry time can often change at late notice as well so it is worth checking the day before your journey or even the morning of for your exact departure time. It’s recommended to arrive at least an hour before your scheduled time even if you already bought tickets as you need to check in which can be time consumming.
Note that during the monsoon season, ferries can be cancelled or heavily delayed.
Checking In For Your Ferry From Mersing Jetty To Tioman Island
Before your Mersing Jetty to Pulau Tioman ferry, you need to check in – even if you already have tickets.
For ticket holders, you need to:
- Go to the Mersing Harbour Centre
- Collect your ferry tickets
- Have your tickets collated at the Bluewater Express counter (it says “Kaunter Ticket”)
- Get your passport/ID scanned at the passenger registration counter
- Collect your boarding pass from this counter
- Pay your Marine and Johor National Park fees at yet another counter
There are separate counters for all of this but it still takes time if it is busy.
Once the boat from Mersing to Tioman gets there, it stops at quite a few villages along the western coast starting at the southern end and making its way north up the coast.
In order from first to last, these stops are Kampung Genting, Paya, Tekek, Air Batang (ABC) and Salang. If you are staying in one of these villages then get off at that stop. If you are going to Juara Beach, get off at Tekek and take a taxi. If you are staying anywhere else, check with your resort which is the best stop for you.
As mentioned previously, the Mersing to Tioman ferry travel time is 1.5 – 2 hours.
Ferry From Tioman To Mersing
The process of travelling from Tioman Island to Mersing is quite different. There are no ticketing counters on Tioman, so it is much better to have already purchased a return ticket and know your departure time.
The ferry follows the same route on the way back to Mersing but in the opposite direction. So it starts at Salang, continues on to ABC, Tekek, Paya and finally Genting before heading back to Mersing.
The schedule also varies with timetables coming out the middle of the month before. Usually, there are at least two ferries a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon -outside the monsoon season but it does vary. See the times for your dates here.
The time it takes is the same as the Mersing to Tioman ferry duration at around 1.5 – 2 hours depending on where you are leaving from and conditions.
Mersing To Tioman Ferry Price
The standard fare starts ar RM35 for adults and RM30 for kids one way.
To find the latest ferry price from Mersing to Tioman or to book your ferry ticket from Mersing to Tioman, click here.
This is the easiest way to see the latest timetables and prices.
HOWEVER, note that timetables and tickets usually only come online the middle of the month before. Tickets do sell out regularly, particularly on weekends, so I highly recommend you book in advance as soon as they come online.
It’s quite straightforward to travel from Mersing to Tioman Island thanks to regular ferries. However, the time variations and delays can be frustrating. Hang in there though – it’ll all be worth it once you hit the beautiful shores of Tioman Island!
Joshua is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! He explores Malaysia at least a few times a year and has previously lived in Penang.