How to Get to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur (KL)

How to Get to Tioman from Singapore

Tioman Island is one of the stunning islands in the world, but it is densely forested without many inhabitants. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it the most sought-after scuba diving destination.

The best season to visit Tioman island is from March to October. You can find resorts of different budgets in the island for accommodation. The island will become almost desolated from October end to March beginning. Most of the resorts will be closed November to February.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Tioman

As Mersing is the gateway to reach Tioman Island, you have to first go to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty from Kuala Lumpur. From any of these jetties, you can take a ferry service to Tioman Island. Ferry service is the only option to reach Tioman from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. The most common options to reach both jetties from Kuala Lumpur are to take a car or bus as the only flight, Berjaya Air, had cancelled all its flights to Tioman Island.

Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing

The most preferred way for tourists to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is:

  1. Take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
  2. Take a ferry from Mersing to Tioman Island

The pick up address for passengers in Kuala Lumpur is TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) and the drop off is Mersing bus terminal. S&S International Express & Transnasional are the preferred buses going to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur.

Buy Bus Tickets Online

Now you can buy bus tickets online if you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. The early morning bus departs at 9AM and the night bus departs at 11:30PM for Mersing. You can buy the bus ticket online here from KL to Mersing. Alternatively, you can also book the bus ticking online by clicking here.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

If you are taking a rental car or taxi from Kuala Lumpur, then the best road to take is the North-South Highway and drive towards south. Exit at Segamat and continue towards east on Route 50 to Kluang and then to Mersing. You can also take East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan and then take Route No: 3 towards South passing through Pekan and Rompin to reach Mersing. The approximate driving time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing is 4 hours.

People who are familiar with the routes can take shorter and less crowded roads that passes through oil plantations, but recommended to have a daytime driving. One of the shorter routes is from Kuala Lumpur to Kual Pilah and then to the Banda Muadzam Shah. The exit of this route will be between Endau and Mersing, and then continue southwards to Mersing. Another shorter route is to go to Kluang from Kuala Lumpur, and then to NITAR. From NITAR, you can go to Mersing from avoiding the winding roads.

At the Mersing Jetty, you can find a car parking area that charges approximately around RM 8/day. If you’re renting a car from Kuala Lumpur then you might need to get one that has GPS map service in the car. This will help you get to the location easier.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Tanjung Gemok is the nearest jetty, if you are starting your journey from Kuala Lumpur. If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok, take the North-South Highway and exit at Seremban. From there, travel through the Kluang route to Kuala Pilah and Muadzam Shah, and then drive through the coastal road to reach Tanjung Gemok. The traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok by car is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Buses from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

Buses take around 6 hours of traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. Transnational buses are going to and from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing route every day for several times. Buses start from Tasik Selatan Bus Terminal, which is situated in south of Kuala Lumpur and ends the journey at the Mersing Bus Station.

One way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing costs RM 29.80. Buses are available at 9am, 12.30pm, 6pm, and 11.30 pm from Kuala Lumpur. You have to walk for about 10 minutes from the Mersing station to the jetty. If you have lots of luggage, then you can take a taxi to the jetty that costs RM 8 (Ringgit).

When taking the evening bus, you have to keep in mind that you might need to spend a night in Mersing as there are no ferry services that goes to Tioman Island at night.

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Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok

All Transnational buses coming from the Kuala Lumpur stop at Tanjung Gemok while going to Mersing. If you would like to get down at Tanjung Gemok, just inform the bus driver to stop.

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By Ferry from Mersing Jetty & Tanjung Gemok Jetty

If you get down at Tanjung Gemok, you can take the ferry from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman Island. One way ferry ticket to Tioman from Tanjung Gemok is RM 30. The traveling time from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman is 1 hour 30 minutes. The one way ticket cost for the ferry from Mersing Jetty to Tioman is RM 45. The traveling time to reach Tioman from Mersing Jetty is also 1 hour 30 minutes.

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The traveling time and departing time also depend on the sea conditions. The ferries leave the jetties between 10am and 4pm. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is full of adventure. Do share your adventure with us by adding comments below.

Have a safe trip to Tioman Island!

Scuba Diving In Batam & Bintan Island

Are you looking for somewhere new to dive? Are you tired of traveling 7 hours to Tioman from Singapore? Have you heard of the Riau Archipelago? This lesser known island chain in Indonesia is located to the south of Singapore (30min ferry rides) and is home to the islands of Bintan and Batam. These two island groups offer some of the most diverse dive sites and marine life within easy reach of Singapore as well as some intriguing wreck diving opportunities.

Diving Batam Island

Batam Island is well known for its world class golf courses, hotels, spas and stilted waterfront seafood restaurants but there is more to Batam than what is has on offer on land. Submerge yourself in the waters around Batam or its numerous neighbouring islands and you’ll discover a colourful underwater world with diverse and plentiful marine life.

The majority of Batam’s dive sites feature an even mix of both hard and soft corals. Barrel sponges, sea fans, black corals, sponges and soft corals can be seen at most spots as well as a good distribution of brain, plate and branching hard corals. Beautiful anemones can be found hunkered down on the reefs hosting swarms of clownfish. For those who like macro photography you’ll find nudibranch and a wide variety of small crustaceans. Wreck divers won’t be disappointed as there are a number of World War II wrecks in the area that are easily accessible.

Batam’s nutrient rich waters provide habitat for innumerable common species of smaller to medium sized reef fish including damselfish, angelfish, filefish, parrotfish, sweetlips and fusiliers. If you prefer larger marine species then turtles, sting rays and occasional juvenile sharks can all be found on the reefs.

For wreck diving enthusiasts, Kerang Gelang is a highlight and home to the “Codd Wreck”. This 100 year old steel wreck is completely encrusted in coral and is home to feather stars, sea fans, fusiliers, damselfish, angel fish, parrotfish, pipefish, clownfish, cuttlefish, stingrays, scorpion fish, batfish, frogfish, crabs and nudibranchs. It’s also possible to see turtles, cuttlefish, schools of yellow snappers and even seahorses here.

Diving Bintan Island

The diving around Bintan and its surrounding islands is varied, colourful and packed with marine critters. You’ll find a healthy mix of hard and soft corals which are home to a myriad of reef fish and also attract passing predators.

Pulau Mapor is the largest island in the Bintan group and is a great destination for divers wanting to explore some of the region’s best wreck dives and reefs. Marine life highlights of diving Mapor reefs include batfish, cuttlefish, juvenile sweetlips, passing Spanish mackerel in the blue, large blue spotted rays under the bommies and occasional white-tip reef sharks.

The Igara wreck which sank in 1973 is a great wreck for experienced divers. The Igara was an Italian bulk ore carrier that struck an unmarked rock off the coast of Indonesia only a year after entering service. The Igara now sits between 14-41 metres / 46-135 feet. Some parts of the wreck have been salvaged and the underwater remains attract a myriad of fish including occasional nurse sharks.

So, are you ready for your next dive trip? No matter what level of diver you are, Bintan and Batam are excellent locations for a diving break from the city.

If you’d like to find out more about diving in either Bintan or Batam, please check out our Batam Scuba Diving Package here.

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman), Malaysia

Tioman Island | Pulau Tioman

If you are in search of the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and drown yourself in the beauty and serenity that nature has to offer, then Tioman Island in Malaysia might be the perfect getaway for you. Malaysia is a South-east Asian country which is blessed with hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful islands, beaches and rainforests. Tioman Island as such is also one among the hundreds of Islands that Malaysia has, and is also quite popular owing to its beauty. Despite having hundreds of Islands, each island in Malaysia is unique and special in its regard. As such, Tioman Island carries with it its uniqueness which makes it special. This Tioman Travel guide will help you explore the beautiful island by informing you of the location, the best time to visit, how to get there, the places to stay, the things to do and many more.

Where is Tioman Island Situated?

Tioman Island is situated on the south-eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is one among the group of sixty-four islands that the south-eastern region has. It is also the largest and most popular island in the eastern side of the Malaysian Peninsula and is duly regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia. Tioman Island is situated 278 kilometres away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

When is the best time to visit Tioman Island?

The best time to visit Tioman Island is between March and October as during this season the weather is dry and pleasant. June, July and August are the best months to visit this Island since they are the summer months and the weather is pleasant. Since Tioman Island has a tropical climate; the northeast monsoon arrives during the end of October and continues till early March and brings with it heavy rainfall, making it inaccessible. As a result, the island becomes desolate, and most of the resorts also remain closed. Therefore, it is best not to visit the island during the monsoon season. There are 2 ferry operators in Tioman and you can find out more schedule & pricing details via Easybook.com

How to get to Tioman Island

After Reaching Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, there are two ways in which you can get to Tioman Island. The first way is through Air Transport and the second way is through a combination of land and water transport.

The first and the quickest way to get to Tioman Island is by availing flight services. After reaching Kuala Lumpur, you need to get to Subang International Airport either by bus or taxi and then book a flight to Pulau Tioman Airport. The Air services are provided by Berjaya Air, and the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island takes around an hour. The price of each Air ticket ranges from 180MR to 240MR. However, during the time of this writing it has been found that the flight service to Tioman Island has been discontinued.

The second way to get to Tioman Island involves taking Bus or taxi service from Kuala Lumpur to the village of Mersing which takes around 5 to 6 hours and costs about 30MR. After reaching the village of Mersing, there is ferry service called Bluewater Express that takes you from Mersing to Tioman Island. The Ferry takes around 2 hours to reach the island, however, depending on the weather, it might take longer. The ferry ticket is priced at 35MR.

Where to stay?

When we talk about the accommodation that comes with Tioman Island, it offers some resorts, hotels and motels which are low in number but is well developed since the island thrives on sea tourism. The accommodations range from bungalows, villas and chalets to some luxurious resorts. For people who are on a tight budget, there are a lot of simple bungalows and rooms which can be had for less than $20 per night. However, if you are in search for more luxurious stays, then there are a couple of luxurious and expensive resorts which will offer you everything that is expected from a high-end resort.

The most expensive and luxurious resort in Tioman Island is the Japa Mala Resort which is a 5-star resort and is an excellent stay for people on their honeymoons or who are on a more luxurious vacation. As such though the number of accommodations is a bit on the lower side, however, the pricing is diverse and thus the island can cater to an extensive range of visitors.

The things to do in Tioman Island

 

Tioman Island is endowed with a lot of beautiful beaches along its coastline along with the beautiful seas and lush forests; as such there is no shortage of activities and the things to do. Some of the things which you can do while you are in Tioman Island are as follows:

1. Scuba Diving: This comes as no surprise since Tioman Island has stunning beaches which have white sand and clear blue waters. As such visitors can dive in the clear, beautiful waters and enjoy the diverse and beautiful marine life that Tioman has to offer. If you wish to engage in deeper dives than you can get hold of equipment as well.

2. Snorkelling: For non-divers, snorkelling can be the next best thing with the island offering numerous snorkelling sites. Each snorkelling site is unique and features the beautiful and unique marine ecosystem which includes coral reefs too. Besides, there are many resorts which have snorkelling tours on offer too.

The Places to visit in Tioman Island

Tioman Island is the largest island in the eastern side of the Malaysian peninsula is filled with numerous places which tourists can visit, and as such, they can go jungle trekking, visit the numerous beautiful beaches, go on boating trips, visit numerous waterfalls etc. One thing unique about Tioman Island is that it is made up of multiple small villages and each village is unique in its way, and they are Tekek Village, Air Batang Village, Genting Village, Juara Village, Paya Village and Salang Village. As such in this Tioman Travel Guide, we will be talking in detail about these villages of Tioman Island and the uniqueness of each village.