The ideal way to travel to Tioman Island is to take a ferry from Mersing, Johor or Tanjung Gemok, Pahang. You can take a flight to Senai International Airport and then travel to Mersing or take a flight to Kuantan Airport and then travel to Tanjung Gemok. Ferries are available from both of these towns and you can spot many tourists waiting for the ferries to Tioman Island beside the ports. Ferries charge RM 45 for an adult and RM 40 for a child one way. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to cover one-way distance.
From Mersing, the ferry usually stops at several jetties or locally referred to as “kampong” including Genting Kampong, Paya Kampong, Tekek Kampong, Air Batang Kampong, Panuba Jetty, and Kampong Salang. Well established ferry operators include Blue Water Express and Cata Ferry. The ferries run from both the places at different intervals starting from 5 AM till 7 PM.
There are usually 3 ferries per day from Mersing and Tanjung Gemok to Tioman while 2 ferries on an average from Tioman to Mersing and Tanjung Gemok each. The timings are uncertain as tides affect the timings of the ferries. While visiting Tioman Island by waterways, always book a ferry in advance as most of the tickets sell out quickly especially during the peak tourist season. Morning ferries are usually light and on time while afternoon ferries are the busiest and the last ferry is usually overcrowded.