Tioman Island is definitely an amazing destination for visitors to relax themselves from the city hustle. If you’re planning a getaway to the tropical paradise of Tioman Island, Mersing Jetty is your point of embarkation for an unforgettable adventure. Though Tioman Island is under the ownership of Pahang, it is possible to go there from Mersing, Johor, as it is the city closest to Pahang.
Ferry schedule and route
Generally, the ferry is scheduled to run three times a day. However, the ferry schedule typically depends on the season and weather conditions. During the peak tourist season, which usually runs from March to October, you can expect more frequent ferry departures.
It is estimated to take 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours from Mersing Jetty to Tioman Island. As there are 7 villages in Tioman Island, the ferry from Mersing Jetty will stop at 5 main villages, except Mukut and Nipah, starting from Genting pier all the way to Salang pier. So, you can choose to stop at which pier depending on your planned trip, considering the stay and activities you would love to experience.
As of 2023, the rate for ferry tickets are between RM50-RM65, depending on the operator and type of ferry that you choose. Purchasing a ferry ticket on Bluewater’s official website charges RM120 per adult for a return trip, while RM110 for a child.
Purchasing ferry ticket
There are a few options available for ticket purchase:
- Ticket counter
Ferry tickets can be purchased directly at Mersing Harbour Centre from 7:30am to 8:00pm. It is advised to book a return trip for your journey since there is no ticketing counter for ferries in Tioman Island.
- Online booking
- i) Visit https://bluewater.my/ and choose your trip information.
- ii) You will see the available time for the departure and return as well as the fee for the ferry. Choose your preferences.
iii) Enter your personal information before proceeding with the payment.
- iv) Complete your payment and your booking is confirmed.
- Local Travel Agencies
In Mersing town, you will find local travel agencies that sell ferry tickets. These agencies can provide information on the various ferry operators and help you choose the best option for your travel needs. If you are going on the trip via tour packages, it would be best to choose tour packages that include the ferry ticket.