How To Go To Tioman Island From Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Crystal clear turquoise water, spectacular diving sites and white sand beaches are what Tioman Island of Peninsula Malaysia is famous for!

Being an island though, the only way to get there is by boat or rather, ferry since flights to Tioman Island are no longer in operation!

Top view of Coral Island

Crystal clear sea water at Coral Island. (Source: tioman.org)

Besides from Mersing Jetty to Tioman Island, there is Tanjung Gemok Jetty (between Endau and Rompin in Pahang). Tg. Gemok Jetty is roughly 30-40 minutes’ drive from Mersing, Johor.

Tg. Gemok has 2 main ferry operators and more reliable sailing schedules!

Ferry Operators to Tioman Island

Ferry Operators From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island

  1. Bluewater Express Ferry
  2. Cataferry

Regardless of which ferry operator you choose, the journey will likely take 1.5-2 hours!

1. How To Go To Tioman Island From Tanjung Gemok Jetty

1.1 Ferry To Tioman Island From Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Again, there are two main ferry operators at Tg. Gemok Jetty – Bluewater Express Ferry (they also run ferry service at Mersing Jetty) and the newer premium ferry service, Cataferry.

Ferry Stops At Tioman Island From Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Regardless of the ferry operator, this is the order of the stops they will make at Tioman Island, from the first stop to the last stop:

  1. Genting Pier
  2. Paya Pier
  3. Tekek Pier
  4. Air Batang
  5. Salang Pier

2. How To Go To Tanjung Gemok Jetty From Tioman Island

Seeing that there are no ticket counters on Tioman Island, it is highly advisable that you purchase a two-way ticket to Tioman Island from Tanjung Gemok Jetty from the get-go!

Tanjung Gemok Jetty

2.1 Ferry To Tanjung Gemok Jetty From Tioman Island

As with Mersing Jetty, both ferries will also stop at the 5 villages in Tioman Island before heading back to Tanjung Gemok Jetty.

Tioman Island To Tanjung Gemok Jetty Ferry Route:

Kampung Salang → Kampung Air Batang (ABC) → Kampung Tekek → Kampung Paya → Kampung Genting → Tanjung Gemok

This is in reverse order of the initial route from Tanjung Gemok Jetty to Tioman Island.

Remember which jetty your chosen resort is closest too, don’t forget which jetty you are going to board!

If your resort is at Salang for example, you need to be at the pier no less than 30 minutes before the time stated on the schedule!

3. Tanjung Gemok Jetty To/From Tioman Island Ferry Schedule

The schedule changes regularly every month and services are limited during monsoon season!

Check out the best time to visit Tioman Island before planning your trip.

Bluewater Express will typically run 1 trip per day during November until February and Cataferry schedule subject to enquiry and weather conditions during monsoon season.

Jetty at Paya, Tioman Island
Jetty at Paya, Tioman Island. (Photo credits: tioman.org)

3.1 Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island Ferry Schedule

Tides do not affect this particular jetty as badly as compare to Mersing Jetty so the ferry schedules are more reliable.

But occasionally, there can still be delays, all are subject to the ferry operators’ discretion.

3.2 Tioman Island To Tanjung Gemok Jetty Ferry Schedule

The times per the schedule for the return route are based on the ferry service’s arrival at Kampung Tekek.

Plan accordingly with reference to the village your resort is at.

See the latest two-way Tioman Ferry Schedule for Tanjung Gemok Jetty to/from Tioman Island.

4. Ferry Ticket From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island

In addition to getting your ferry tickets over the counter at Tanjung Gemok Jetty, you can also buy them online or book through a tour package!

Tanjung Gemuk Jetty Johor
Tanjung Gemok Jetty

4.1 How To Buy Ferry Ticket From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island

Here are the details on each of the different methods to acquire ferry tickets from Tg. Gemok Jetty to Tioman Island!

Visitors to Tioman Island often choose Cataferry over Bluewater Express for their better service and stable schedule!

Option 1: Purchase Ferry Ticket From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island At The Counter

Cataferry Ticket Counter
Cataferry Ticket Counter. (Photo credits to govisittioman.com)

If you want to buy your ferry tickets straight from the Tg. Gemok Jetty counter, make sure you have ample Ringgit as foreign currency is not allowed!

And since counter purchases are on a first-come first-serve basis, it’s not advisable to buy your ferry tickets this way during peak season or public holidays in case they sell out!

Tip: Buy your tickets first before you check into your hotel if you plan to stay overnight at Tanjung Gemok

Tanjung Gemok Ferry Ticket Counter

Address: Kampung Tanjung Gemok, 26820 Kuala Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia

Location: http://bitly.com/tggemok

Contact: +609 – 413 1445

Email: enquiry@cataferry.com

Opening Hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm

Option 2: Purchase Ferry Ticket From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island Via Online

As the newer ferry operator of the two ferry operators at Tanjung Gemok Jetty, you may want to consider booking Cataferry instead of Bluewater Express.

You can book ferry ticket in 2 ways:

  1. Cataferry: Cataferry Official Website
  2. Bluewater Express: Easybook

Read also: Bluewater Vs Cataferry: Which Tioman Ferry To Choose? (With Comparison Tables)

Option 3: Purchase Ferry Ticket From Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island By Tour Packages

Lucky for you, there are convenient tour packages that include everything!

From accommodation, food, ferry transport to and from Tioman Island and Tg. Gemok Jetty.

Some of the packages even include the transfer to and from Singapore to Tanjung Gemok Jetty!

See available options for Tioman Island Package

Tanjung Gemok Jetty Entrance

4.2 How To Collect Tioman Ferry Ticket At Tanjung Gemok Jetty

If you have made payment online for your ferry ticket, this is how you can collect them once you are at Tanjung Gemok Jetty:

Step 1: Counter check-in starts up to an hour before the ferry departure time.

Step 2: Head to the counter and bring your online booking confirmation as well as your MyKad (for Malaysians) or passport (for foreigners)

Step 3: After you have your ferry boarding pass in hand, you can head over to the ferry checkpoint by the jetty (30 minutes before departure)

Cataferry Ferry at Tanjung Gemok Jetty

4.3 Tioman Island Ferry Ticket Price

Depending on when you book (e.g. season and date), a two-way ticket for either Bluewater Express or Cataferry will usually set you back by RM70-80 per person.

Cataferry

Ferry ticket: RM35 (one-way), RM70-80 (two-way)

Departure time: 1-2 times a day

Bluewater Express

Ferry ticket: RM35 (one-way), RM70(two-way)

Departure time: 2-4 times a day at 7.00am, 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm

Note: Departure times are revised and announced on a monthly basis

5. Marine Park & Johor National Park Fee Depart From Tanjung Gemok Jetty

These fees are mandatory and must be paid in Ringgit before your ferry departure at Tg. Gemok Jetty.

Marine Park Ticket Counter at Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Marine Park Entrance Fee At Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Age (years)Malaysians (RM)Foreigners (RM)
Child (6-12)215
Adult (13+)530
Senior (60+)215
DisabledFreeFree

Johor National Park Fee At Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Unlike in Mersing Jetty, you will not have to pay the Johor National Park Fee at Tg. Gemok Jetty.

6. Tioman Island Ferry Operator Review

While you only have one ferry operator (Bluewater Express) to choose at Mersing Jetty, you have the choice of choosing the newer luxury ferry operator, Cataferry at Tanjung Gemok Jetty!

Here are the differences between the two ferry operators:

Blue Water Express

  • More frequent sailings per day
  • Average ferry condition and service
  • Tickets are cheaper
Bluewater Express Ferry Seating

Bluewater Express Ferry Passenger Cabin. (Photo credits to Tripadvisor)

Cataferry

  • More space inside the larger catamaran ferries
  • Comparably accurate sailing times
  • Higher safety standards (e.g. trained staff, safety briefing)
  • Good customer service
  • Onboard entertainment, luggage storage, WiFi and snacks (for purchase) are available
  • Choice of Premium Seats
Cataferry Ferry Premium Seating

Cataferry Ferry Premium Seating. (Photo credits to cataferry.com)

7. Tanjung Gemok Jetty To Tioman Island Travel Tips

Question 1: How far is it from Mersing Jetty to Tanjung Gemok Jetty?

Answer 1: It is a 35-40 minutes’ drive (38.6km).

Question 2: How long does it take from Tanjung Gemok Jetty to Tioman Island?

Answer 2: By ferry, it usually takes 1.5-2 hours.

Question 3: Are the seats on Cataferry numbered and assigned to each passenger?

Answer 3: Yes.

Question 4: What is the boarding process like for Cataferry?

Answer 4: The ferry staff will check your identification (i.e. MyKad or passport) as well as your ticket and seat assignment.

Question 5: Is there a charging station onboard Cataferry?

Answer 5: Yes, these are located at the rear seats by the window but you will of course need to bring your own chargers.

Question 6: What if I accidently leave my personal belonging onboard Cataferry?

Answer 6:

Make a call to the Cataferry headquarters and they will ask you some questions to verify that the item is indeed yours.

Upon successful verification, they will not arrange transport to send the bag back. You must pick it up in person or through a friend.

Question 7: I need more leg room. Which are the best seats for me?

Answer 7: Pick seats at the front or buy the Premium Seats.

Question 8: How much does it cost to take the ferry from Tanjung Gemok Jetty to Tioman Island?

Answer 8: Typically RM35 (one way) per person and RM 70-80 for a return trip per person.

Question 9: Is there another way other than ferry to go to Tioman Island from Tanjung Gemok?

Answer 9: No.

Question 10: What if I miss my ferry?

Answer 10:

You will not be refunded and repurchase the ferry ticket, if there are no more ferry service on that day, you will likely have to stay overnight to catch the next ferry.

Question 11: Is there anywhere to stay in Tanjung Gemok Jetty if I missed my ferry?

Answer 11: There are only a few places to stay overnight at Tanjung Gemok. A good choice is Hotel Jeti Tg Gemok.

Question 12: What are the facilities at Tanjung Gemok Jetty?

Answer 12: There is an information counter, baggage storage as well as a few eateries around besides the ticket counters and marine department office.

Question 13: Where can I park and leave my car at Tanjung Gemok Jetty?

Answer 13: In the direction of the jetty is an open air carpark. It costs around RM10/day.

If you have more questions please refer to FAQ section.