Getting there & away
Mersing in Johor is the main access port for Tioman. Several companies run boat services to the island. Departure times vary with the tide, with the first ferry leaving in the morning and the last mid-afternoon. From Mersing, ferries (one way RM35, two to three hours) leave from the main jetty and stop at Genting, Paya, Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, Tekek, ABC and Salang, in that order, picking up from those jetties in the reverse order on the return trip. Decide where you want to get off and tell the ticket inspector. Purchase tickets from one of the many tour operators around Mersing or in the R&R Plaza (you can also buy tickets at the jetty just before departure if there are spare seats). For the return trip from Tioman, ask at the place you’re staying for the next day’s sailing times. There is a car park at the jetty in Mersing where you can leave your vehicle (per day RM7.50).
Several speedboat companies also operate from the same jetty in Mersing for Tioman (one way RM45, 90 minutes), departing several times a day. Buy tickets from agents in Mersing or as you board in Tioman. Boat departures during the monsoon season (November to February) can be erratic (and dangerous), although sailings become more regular during the low monsoon months (January and February).
Ferries also depart for Tioman from the Tanjung Gemok ferry terminal (413 1997; adult/child one way RM35/70), 35km north of Mersing. Boats depart Tanjung Gemok at 9am, noon and 4pm, returning from Tioman at 10am, noon and 4pm. This route is useful if coming from the north and is faster, taking only 1½ hours to the Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort. Accommodation is available at hotels near the Tanjung Gemok jetty. Ferry services dry up between November and February.
At the time of writing the ferry service between the Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort and Singapore had been suspended.
Berjaya Air (on Tioman 419 1303, in KL 03-7846 8228, in Singapore 02-6481 6302), with offices at Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort and at the airstrip, has one daily flight to/from KL (RM225) and Singapore (RM290) from the airport (419 1309) at Tekek.