Boat to Islands - Mersing and Tanjung Gemok jetties


Please check the tidal charts or weather forecast before leaving or planning your trip at

If you're planning to go to the islands during the Full Moon or when there is no moon, then be warned that there will be very extreme tidal conditions ie very high hightides and very low lowtides so boats may have difficulty leaving or entering the Mersing jetty. You may have to wait quite a while for the tidal change. Check the tidal charts.


The Johor government levies a RM25 fee per overseas traveler and a RM10 fee applies per Malaysian traveler .

Bluewater Ferry Services

The Bluewater Ferry Services (+60 7799 8518 or 07-799 4811) has been around for the longest time and they also have monopoly over the boat transfers to the Tioman Island.

Take note that after the ticket collection you will also need to pay a Marinepark fee directly to the Marinepark authorities at the jetty in Mersing in cash (currently MYR 10.00 for locals or MYR 25.00 for foreigners).

Once you have the tickets you will need to wait for the boarding pass counter to open and get your boarding pass. They will call the colour of your pass once the ferry is ready for boarding.

Just a word of caution for those who would like to endure the hardship of travelling in Malaysia during Public Holidays and more so during major National Festivals : the ferries can suffer long delays & missed schedules - all that makes going on holiday a stressful and unpleasant experience.

The best advice is to stay clear away from the favourite holiday destination spots especially when it involves crossing seas.

Ferry From Tioman to Singapore



For Tanjung Gemuk, the Bluewater Ferry Tanjung Gemuk operates daily but be sure to book in advance as it runs out of seats quickly. or all them at (+60 9413 1362)

Take note that after the ticket collection you will also need to pay a Marinepark fee directly to the Marinepark authorities at the jetty in Mersing in cash (currently MYR 10.00 for locals or MYR 25.00 for foreigners).

Best Time to Go

Apparently anytime between late-March and early November. The strong and sometimes dramatic South-Easterly winds occur around Early to Mid March. This brings in a lot of high waves and not so much rain. For divers and island seekers, it's not a good time at all to even pursue a cheap package deal. But the weather being what it is, try checking with the resorts before setting off.

Packing Checklist

  • Swimsuit
  • Snorkelling gear - mask, snorkel, fins, booties, life jacket
  • Diving equipment - mask, snorkel, fins, booties, regulator and octopus, BCD, dive table, dive logs, marine life ready reckoner, dive computers, knife, lycra or 3mm skin suits, gloves, underwater torches, dive watch - it’s advisable to bring your own kit as rental can be expensive
  • Dive card
  • Waterproof pouches
  • Clothing - shorts, t-shirts, sarong, towel, light dress
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, after-tan lotion, shampoo, soap, women’s sanitary products, shaving foam and shaver, comb
  • Sun block, mosquito repellent, mosquito netting, hammock
  • Travel journal, reading material
  • Binoculars
  • Prescriptive medicine, dietary supplements, motion sickness tablets

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