Tioman Island is the largest in a volcanic group of islands off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia called the Seri Buat Archipelago. Tioman’s natural beauty is its biggest attraction. Its lush emerald tropical jungle, covering about 12,000 hectares of the island, and its pristine mountain streams and waterfalls are home to dozens of protected species of exotic mammals, birds and flowers.
Tioman’s spectacular and unmistakable profile is courtesy of Mt. Kajang. Towering over 1000 meters, this oft cloud-shrouded extinct volcano is the highest mountain of any of the myriad of island off Peninsular Malaysia’s coast.
The crystal-clear waters surrounding Tioman are positively brimming with corals of all shapes, colors and sizes. Its spectacular marine habitats offer a vast diversity of sea creatures, including whale sharks, dolphins, manta ray, marine turtles and countless species of exotic fish that put on a round-the-clock performance for snorkelers, glass-bottom boat revelers and scuba-divers, alike.
Blessed with endless miles of palm-fringed paradise beaches, Tioman once rightly claimed the “World’s top 10 Most Beautiful Islands” award, as according to Time Magazine. Knowing this, it’s no surprise to note that there are several grade A+ beaches on Tioman, so swimmers and sun-worshipers, too, will thoroughly enjoy their stay here.
Tioman Island Transportation Guide
From Mersing to Tioman Island, you can only go with the speed ferry (max passenger 150) provided by Bluewater Express Speed Ferry at Mersing jetty. Bluewater Express Speed Ferry is the only ferry service provider between Mersing and Tioman Island. Ferry timing is not fixed and it is subjected to change due to weather and tide conditions. One of the online ferry booking service providers is TiomanFerry. They do charge service fee by helping you to arrange ferry ticket. However, buying ferry online is better to buy ferry ticket on the spot because of the risk of not having any ferry ticket.
This Mersing jetty is just within 10 minute walking distance from Mersing Bus Terminal. Mersing Bus Terminal serves the coach arriving to Mersing from Johor Bahru, Melaka and KL, as well as the returned service from Mersing to Johor Bahru, Mersing to Melaka and Mersing to KL. Bus operator like Transnasional, SnS International and Causewau Link are reputable bus operators providing the bus service to Mersing bus terminal.
Singapore based bus operator like WTS and The One Travel provide direct bus from Singapore to Mersing Jetty. The same bus will also go to Tanjung Gemok, which is alternative jetty to go Tioman Island. If you are booking bus from Singapore to Tioman Island, the service includes bus from Singapore to Tanjung Gemok and ferry from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman Island.