Pulau Tioman is located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang (it is, however, geographically closer to Johor). The island has eight main villages, and has grown to become a popular scuba diving spot thanks to the dense coral reefs surrounding it.

Getting to Tioman Island

There are two ways of getting into the island:
  • Berjaya Air from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang/Changi Airport, Singapore
  • Ferry from the Mersing Jetty in Johor

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Drove down to Mersing from KL (took approximately 4.5 hours) to get to the jetty. The journey was surprisingly delightful thanks to the scenic view and wide array of food to try along the way.

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Jeti Pelabuhan Mersing located at Jalan Sekakap

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Return tickets are priced at RM70 per adult. Ferries here do not depart on an hourly basis so do call beforehand to check as to make sure that not too much time is being wasted on waiting.

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Queuing and waiting can take up to 1.5 hours.

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And an additional 2 hours of traveling time *yawn*

Resorts and hotels are scattered around the island so make sure you know where and when to get off (the ferry makes multiple stops once it has reached the island)


Berjaya Tioman Resort, Tioman Island

Berjaya Tioman Resort is the only international-standard resort in Pulau Tioman, and I was fortunate enough to have my stay there for a couple of days in one of its deluxe sea-fronting chalets. Once we have alighted from the ferry, we were directed to a mini shuttle bus which transported us to the resort in no more than 15 minutes.

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It was an awful start to the very short vacation. It was raining at the jetty, raining throughout the 2-hour ferry ride, and still raining when we have arrived at Tioman. We were hoping to see some sunlight in the evening, but little do we know that we have walked directly into the lair of Indra throughout the entire trip. Well to be honest, it was partially our fault for paying no heed to the weather forecast and relying too much instead on the localized notion that the monsoon season happens only between the months of November to January in Malaysia.

The consequences of our poor planning? Frequent calls for room service and dips in the bath tub (which was surprisingly very enjoyable) and occasional peeks out of the window to say a quick prayer in hope that the rain would finally stop.

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...but with a room like this, I really didn't mind staying in.

When it stopped raining for 15 minutes (still no sign of the sun, though), we darted to the beach with hopes of seeing the reefs and swimming with the fishes but to our dismay, it really just was not possible to do any that. FML.

Well at least the kids were having fun

Yeap, this was where I was supposed to flaunt my assets in my new bikinis and get tanned.

...And this was where I was supposed to lounge in the most seductive and alluring way possible while stealing glances (and boyfriends).

Yes, none of that happened and my life sucks. Well thank god there was good food to soothe the burn (inside)

Many resorted to spending time by the pool instead
Back to the chalet and ordered more food (...because what else can we actually do?!)

You'll be surprised how much a girl can eat.

This picture was taken while we were waiting for the ferry to bring us back to Johor. Yeap, it was still raining.

Tioman was beautiful..... if I was able to actually see it through the mist and rain. #fml

(Still one of the best trips ever. Thank you)