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It’s clear why people refer to Mersing Jetty as the gateway to the beautiful and popular Tioman Island on the south-east coast of West Malaysia!
At Mersing Jetty, you can take a regular speed ferry service to Tioman Island!
Ferry Operators From Mersing Jetty To Tioman Island
Bluewater Express Ferry has until now, being the sole ferry operator at Mersing Jetty because Cataferry does not operate at Mersing Jetty anymore.
Taking the Bluewater Express Ferry service remains the most common way to get to Tioman Island from Mersing Jetty because the location is nearer if you are coming from Johor Bahru or Singapore!
Bluewater Express Ferry utilizes high speed boats that take between 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Tioman Island. Depending on weather and tidal conditions, of course!
The Bluewater Express Ferry service typically runs multiple times a day. These frequencies reduce to once a day during monsoon season.
Departure Times: 3 times from 8.30am to 2.30pm
Read also: How To Get To Mersing Jetty
Where The Ferry Stops In Tioman:
The Bluewater Express Ferry makes a stop at every village on Tioman Island except for Mukut and Nipah.
In order of the first stop to the last stop,
- Genting Pier
- Paya Pier
- Tekek Pier
- Air Batang
- Salang Pier
Bluewater Express Ferry rates as average that goes for the ferry condition and service.
The sailing times from Mersing Jetty may also be inaccurate at times. But their cheap ferry tickets make up for this!
Returning to Mersing Jetty after your Tioman Island excursion is another thing altogether so pay attention!
Since there are no ticketing counters on Tioman Island, you are advised to book a return trip from Mersing Jetty before you go to Tioman Island!
Read also: How To Get To Rawa Island From Mersing Jetty
Bluewater Ferry Express change their schedule on a monthly basis but there are usually 2 times in a day where you can take the ferry back to Mersing Jetty.
This is the route that Bluewater Express Ferry will take to get back to Mersing Jetty from Tioman Island:
Salang Pier → Air Batang → Tekek Pier → Paya Pier → Genting Pier → Mersing Jetty
Mersing Jetty is susceptible to weather and tidal conditions which makes for different schedules every month!
It is a good idea to call ahead a day before to make sure the Bluewater Express Ferry will still depart on the stated time!
The ferry will generally run 3 times a day if the weather is good.
Here’s everything you need to know on how and where to get ferry tickets from Mersing Jetty to Tioman Island!
Ferry tickets can be purchased at Mersing Harbour Centre in Mersing.
Mersing Ferry Ticket Counter
Address: Jalan Abu Bakar, 86800 Mersing, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +6019-784 2977
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 8:00pm
There are separate counters for:
- Verifying online bookings
- Paying for ferry tickets
- Paying Marine Park and Johor National Park fees
- Collecting your final boarding pass!
The staff will point you in the right direction if the signs don’t help.
Allow ample time (i.e. 1-2 hours) to get all payment sorted out before the ferry departs!
Online purchases are definitely the best way to buy Tioman Island ferry ticket for the peak seasons trip because it allows you to book early and check for availability!
If you plan to go to Tioman Island, remember to check Malaysia and Singapore public holidays and school holidays to avoid the crowdy beach, so, plan your trip early!
Book a ferry ticket online.
If you do decide to purchase your tickets online, you must be wondering how you can collect the ferry ticket at Mersing Jetty:
Step 1: Head over to Mersing Harbour Centre.
Step 2: Collect your ferry tickets at Counter 21.
Step 3: Go to the Bluewater Express counter (opposite Counter 21) and have your tickets collated. The ticket booth says “Kaunter Ticket”.
Step 4: After Step 3, get your MyCard/Passport scanned and validated at yet another counter, the passenger registration counter. The ticket booth has these signs above “Paya Genting, Tekek, ABC Salang”.
Step 5: When everyone in your group has had their MyCard/Passport scanned, you will then be able to collect your boarding passes from the passenger registration counter.
You’re not done yet though!
Don’t forget to pay the Marine Park & Johor National Park Fees before you head out to Mersing Jetty! Look for the Conservation Fee payment counter and the Tioman Fee Payment counter.
Online prices and over-the-counter prices are as follows:
One Way – RM35 (Adult), RM30 (Child)
Two Way – RM80 (Adult), RM70 (Child)
You have two mandatory fees to pay once you arrive in Mersing Jetty – The Marine Park Fee and the Johor National Park Fee.
Bring enough cash (RM) with you to make these payments directly at Mersing Jetty before you board your ferry to Tioman Island!
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Besides the Marine Park Entrance fee, you will also have to pay the Johor National Park Fee:
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Question 1: How long does it take from Mersing Jetty to/from Tioman Island ?
Answer 1: 1.5 to 2 hours one way depending on the weather and tides.
Question 2: How frequent is the ferry service during monsoon season?
Ferry service frequency may go down to once a day, particularly during the monsoon season (November to February).
The monthly schedules can be amended any time, suspensions and cancellations are possible too.
Question 3: Do I need to book my ferry tickets in advance?
Answer 3: Yes, if you intend to go during the busy months (April until September).
Question 4: What is the price of a return-trip ticket at the ferry counter in Mersing?
Answer 4: This is typically around RM80 per person.
Question 5: Can I park and leave my car at Mersing Jetty?
Answer 5: Yes, there is a secure car park next to the ferry departure terminal. The parking rate is estimated to be RM18 per day.
Question 6: If I arrive early, can I board the ferry earlier?
Only passengers with these conditions may board the ferry earlier upon request:
- Those with newborns
- Pregnant passengers
- Passengers on crutches or a wheelchair
- Elders (and those accompanying them)
Question 7: Does Bluewater ferry has toilet on board?
Answer 7: Yes.
Question 8: Is foreign currency accepted at Mersing Jetty or Tioman Island?
Answer 8: No. Please visit a currency exchange to get Ringgit Malaysia before arriving at Mersing Jetty or Tioman Island.
Question 9: What if I miss my ferry?
Answer 9: You will have to forfeit the money you paid earlier but you can book another ferry.
Question 10: Is there anywhere to stay overnight at Mersing if I miss the ferry?
Answer 10: There are many accommodation options in Mersing like MG Hotel, Inari Hostel & Guesthouse.