Tioman Island Travel Guide

In the 1970s, Time Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world’s most beautiful islands.

The island, located in Pahang is especially known for its wonderful diving and snorkelling possibilities. There are many resorts on the island, catering for every type of traveller.

Best Time To Go

The best time to visit Tioman is between March and October. The monsoon season normally start in November to February (acording to 2020) and many resorts are closed during this period. Most of the resort start to open for booking March 2021 onwards.

Getting There

As for now, the only way to get into Tioman is by ferry or boat. But we highly recommended using the ferry as it is bigger, safer and more comfortable.

There are 2 options of jetty to Tioman Island. Mersing, or Tanjung Gemok. It is about 305 kilometres from KL to Tanjung Gemok and a 4.75-hour drive while the distance from KL to Mersing is around 356 kilometres and about 4.75 hours as well.

Personally, I prefer to go via Mersing. Took a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Mersing. Depending on the bus company, one way fare roughly around RM38 – RM50 and the journey will take about 5 hour and 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. After you arrive at Mersing bus station, just walk to the Mersing Jetty to get or buy your ferry ticket.

Do note that there is a RM10 (Student) and RM20 (Regular) Tioman island fee, and a RM15 (Student) or RM30 (Regular) Marine Park fee. Both must be paid separately. There will be a separate counter for this.

For ferry ticket; you can buy online via Cataferry or Blue Water Express.

Pricing for Blue Water Ferry

The ferry will stop at the different Kampongs ("village" in Malay) along Tioman's west coast.

This is the usual order of the stops on the ferry to Tioma