This trip was an impromptu vacation with my family. The trip was an opportunity to avoid the unhealthy, stressful, and hectic life in the city. Just a few miles from Singapore is a beautiful and blissful island heaven called Pulau Tioman. We used the Bluewater ferry to Tioman Island.
You can purchase a ticket for the ferry from the Mersing Jetty. It costs about $8.60 for adults and $7 for kids. Furthermore, you can buy it online. However, you should note that the times for the ferry tend to change. This is due to changes in the tide, so if you purchase a ticket for 8 AM do not be surprised that the ferry arrives at 3 PM. Essentially, the timing on online stores is not accurate. It is better to confirm ferry schedules when you arrive in Tioman since they have updated information.
We chose to purchase the tickets at the jetty. This was during the monsoon period, so it was a risky trip. During this time, only a single ferry will be available per day. The season begins from late October and continues to February. On normal weather, you can find an early morning and late night ferry. Cancellations are also common due to the unpredictability of the weather. You should be ready to find the necessary accommodation in case the ferry fails, and you will not be refunded.
On arrival to Mersing at 11 PM, we purchased the tickets. The arrival time was at 2 PM, so we decided to find a place to eat and rest. We decided to go to the jetty early to enjoy the town. On our way, we came across a KFC outlet. I must say we awed, and were delighted that it did not have any crowds and the free Wi-Fi provided was quite fast. There were several provision shops along the way, and we purchased some snacks and drinks for the trip. You should buy provisions from these stores as they are cheaper and have more choices. Finally, we made our way towards the jetty. We took our boarding passes and paid the conservation fee of about $3.8. The ferry arrived at 3 PM.
The Tioman Island has six beaches where you can alight.
These include; Tekek beach, Genting beach, Juara, Paya, Salang, and Air Batang (ABC). We visited five beaches in our one-week stay on the island. Juara is the main beach, but you can go to Paya if you have a higher budget. We did not go there as we wanted to visit mudhaha, the island’s famous beach.
We had planned to alight at Tekek and then walk to Juara. However, this was not possible as it was late in the evening, and the trek could be dangerous. Instead, we alighted at Air Batang and were accommodated at the bamboo hill chalet. The next morning, we took the 1-mile walk to Tekek and finally the 4-mile jungle track to Juara. Juara is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island, and the risk was worth it.
We paid $23 per night. However, if you are staying for just a single night, then you will have to pay an additional $2 as a surcharge. The rooms are simple, and they offer a unique experience of the Malaysian style and culture.
Pulau Tioman has many attract beaches that would be a delight to tour. The accommodations are also cheap, and you can enjoy nature through jungle treks.