Tioman Island is ranked among the 10 most beautiful islands on earth and for good reason.
The Island, found on the east of Johor, is an idyllic paradise for sightseeing, retreats, honeymoons and all sorts of water activities such as scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkeling.
The endless immaculate beaches on the island provide the scene for a relaxing morning or evening with the waves and breeze from the sea providing the soothing music.
Apart from all the above, here’re quick links to what we’re about to share!
How To Go To Tioman Island From Singapore
Whether for a diving experience or some snorkeling with your friends or just to savor the tasty seafood, Tioman is definitely the place to be!
Unfortunately, getting to the island can be, and has been, quite a hustle for many people in the past. This could be for one reason or another with the most common is use of inappropriate means or wrong transport company with some swearing never to set foot in the island again.
To minimize and hopefully eliminate all the bad experiences and to enable you enjoy your stay in the sunny paradise in peace, we have came out with some most convenient and hassle-free ways of getting to Tioman from Singapore.
So, now let’s see the available options to get to mersing jetty before hopping on ferry to Tioman Island.
Option #1: Private Car From Singapore To Tioman Island
Welcome to MPV taxis which are basically larger private taxis that can hold over 5 people at a go and which you will probably only find in Malaysia. While in a group of between 5-8 people, you will realize that ordinary taxi will not be able to accommodate 5 passengers and more.
Therefore, private car service from Singapore to Tioman Island is your best transport option. Besides that, the MPV car is more spacious and comfortable for long journey as it provides extra legroom and space for your belongings.
The best and most popular taxi service across the Singapore-Malaysia border is the SGMYTAXI service. With our door-to-door service, we pick you up at your preferred time and location in Singapore, sit back and relax while we privately drive you to destination (either Tanjung Gemok Jetty or Mersing Jetty) before take a ferry to Tioman Island.
With our service, you no longer required to get off from vehicle to clear immigration and customs at Woodlands Checkpoint and Johor customs. Besides that, our private car service is affordable. You can check the price here: Rates
SGMYTAXI private car are new and well maintained and has been receiving good feedback from customers’ experience.
Reservation process is plenty simple and the drivers are punctual, professional and friendly. To avoid any hassle and make sure you always get to your destination on time, just make your booking in advance! Hassle-free, convenient and flexible!
Option #2: Coach From Singapore To Tioman
Typically you take a coach from Singapore to Tanjung Gemok Jetty (which is a favorite for scuba divers and sightseers alike) then board a ferry from there straight to Tioman Island. Can’t the government build a modern connecting bridge to the mainland? You may ask. But that is how it is supposed to be, think of it as an adventure before an adventure.
Currently, there is only one travel company offering the bus service called WTS. The company has two trips a day, one to the jetty and the other from the jetty. Departure location is at Singapore Flyer.
For trip from Singapore to Tioman Island
If you want to use the service, you will have to wake up quite early as the trip from Singapore to Tioman is at 6:30 am. The journey takes about 3 to 3.5 hours to get to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty. The coach usually arrive at 10am depend on the traffic condition. After that, take ferry to Tioman Island from either Tanjung Gemok or Mersing Jetty at 11 am.
For return trip from Tioman Island to Singapore
Ferry departure time from Tioman Island Jetty is usually at 2:00pm. The departure time may or may not be delayed depending on the passenger numbers and the tidal conditions at sea. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Tanjung Gemok Jetty. After that you take WTS bus from Tanjung Gemok Jetty to Singapore.
Ticket Price for two ways coach + ferry (Singapore <-> Tioman Island):
Friday & Saturday: S$85/pax
Sunday to Thursday: S$95/pax
Considering the ferry schedule as mentioned above, it may not be possible to get into Tioman, have all the fun, then get back within 3 hours.
It is necessary to book for accommodation if you plan on extending your fun stay.
Here’s some advice from us: To avoid disappointments and ensure a smooth journey, it is wise to book your tickets in advance online which is a quick and hassle-free procedure.
Option 3: Bus From Singapore To Tioman Island
Step 1: Take train to Woodlands MRT.
Step 2. After that, take Bus 911 from Woodlands MRT to Woodlands Checkpoint.
Step 3: After immigration clearance, take bus 170/160 from Woodlands Checkpoint to Johor Customs.
Step 4: Take a bus from JB Sentral to Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Station. You may take Causeway Link as it is the most common bus operator to Larkin Bus Station.
Step 5: Take bus from Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Station to Mersing Terminal Bus Station. The journey may takes about 3 to 3.5 hours.
Step 6: When you reach the Mersing Terminal bus station, take a taxi to Mersing Jetty which is about 4 minutes drive.
Step 7: Buy a ticket at Mersing Jetty and board a ferry to Tioman Island. How to buy? Click here: Step By Step Getting Ticket For The Ferry
Also read: How To Go To JB Sentral From Singapore
Option #4: Taxi From Singapore To Tioman Island
Taxis or cabs have become a large part of our commuting life, largely due to the inefficiency of public transport and you get to have that option here.
The taxis, while not usually that comfortable, are convenient in that you don’t have to remember directions, the drivers know all the nooks and crannies.
Talk about a combination of guide and a chauffeur, you may expect an elation of your wallet but no worries!
Here’s a tip! High taxi costs can be reduced by hiring the taxi as a group where you will each pay a small fare as opposed to doing it alone where you will cough out more. You don’t want to spend all your money on transport because there’s a lot of fun to be had in Tioman!
Unfortunately, there are not many local taxi offering from Johor Bahru to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty service as most of them only provide taxi service within Johor Bahru area.
Option #5: Singapore To Tioman Island By Limousine
If you have more budget for your trip, the limousine services are for you. Some hotels on Tioman and travel companies on the mainland offer travel packages inclusive of door to door limousine service – if you are coming in from Singapore, the limo picks you from the airport and drops you at Mersing Jetty.
Well, of course the limousines are expensive to hire and there are no significant differences between them and the usual bus or cab services. However, everyone has their likes supported, or not, by their financial ability.
If you are happened to travel from Singapore, you may pick a limousine service from Singapore and travel cross border to Mersing Jetty directly. From there, it takes only a couple of hours to get to Tioman minus a few extra money. But what is a few extra money for executive level comfort and personalized service?
Option 6: Singapore To Tioman Island By Flight
According to the presumably ‘scanty’ knowledge you have about the island, you might find this funny or unbelievable but Tioman Island has a small modern airstrip, right next to Tokek Village, to and from which small commercial flights operate.
There are, depending on the season and number of passengers, daily flights to and from Kuala Lumpur and also from Singapore, which is only 35 minutes away.
Here’s the bad news – There are no longer direct flights provided from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. However, if you are planning to take a flight to Tioman Island, you may do so from Senai Airport located at Johor or from Subang Airport at Selangor.
In fact, only Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) air provides this less than 2-hour ultra short haul flight from Subang or Senai to the island.
Singapore To Tioman Island By Ferry
The ferry service, while not the fastest, is the most convenient way of getting to Tioman from the mainland. This ferry service is government owned and thus the costs are quite affordable.
And here’s some advice, if you’re planning to go with your pet: Don’t! The ferry being a public service, there is always the problem of congestion to deal with but this should not worry you, it’s all part of the fun.
Basically, the journey is a two-part affair where you have to first get to Mersing by bus then board a ferry to Tioman from the ferry port there. The ferry ride normally takes 2 hours or less, if the conditions are favorable, and they are for the most part.
Also read: How To Get To Rawa Island From Singapore
The ferry service makes several trips a day but you might want to do the early trip, usually between 9 and 10 am, if you plan on making some tours on the island before dusk. Ferry tickets are available at the Mersing terminal and can also be purchased online in advance. You should expect slightly higher charges due to the various costs involved such as PayPal and bank charges.
To be on the safe side, try getting to the terminal about 10-20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Why? If luck were not on your side, you may find the ferry left or the gates are closed when you arrive right on the specified time or a minute after. Believe us, you surely don’t want to miss out on all the fun, even for a day!
You can also choose to use the speed boats which are slightly more expensive but faster compared to the ferry. While waiting for the ferry or boat, the Port Cafe and Bistro is a nice place to chill out in and has amazing food and decent wifi to keep you working or in contact with your friends and family even when on the go.
Resorts at Tioman Island
Tioman is certainly not short of recreational facilities, resorts in particular. Let’s check out some of our hot pick!
1. Japamala Resort By Samadhi
This is another decent hotel with nice scenic views of the sea and next to the amazing beaches, supporting scuba diving and snorkeling.
And you don’t have to be a diver, the Resort has some pretty good spa and massage treatments done by equally beautiful and friendly staff.
2. Berjaya Tioman Resort
This resort is built on the pristine beaches of Tioman creating a perfect location for diving and snorkeling. The beautiful scenery and sea view gives an amazing backdrop for weddings and other events.
3. Paya Beach Resort
Here, you will find the best locally made handicrafts to take back as souvenirs not forgetting numerous duty free shops where can shop for perfumes, clothes and champagne at very good prices. This is the place to buy your wife or girlfriend the designer cologne she’s been nagging you for.
4. Tioman Paya Resort
Tioman Paya Resort nestled in the beautiful island forest is a nice place for jungle trekking and its close proximity to the beach makes it suitable for scuba diving and windsurfing. The resort serves a great collection of local and international cuisines to appease your taste buds.
5. Tioman Dive Resort
Tioman Dive Resort is located in Air Batang village next to the B&T Dive Center is mainly frequented by divers visiting the dive center but is open to the General Public as well.
The hotel’s main facilities and best features are its compact fully furnished rooms with strong WiFi and friendly customer care and professionally made meals.
6. Sun Beach Resort
Sun Beach Resort is just 2 minutes away from the Kampung Getung jetty and is literally the first hotel you see when you land on the jetty with swimming and fishing facilities.
Also read: 15 Best Beach Resort in Johor
7. Melina Beach Resort
This resort has a beach front facility serving a variety of meals complete with stocked bar and surfing facilities.
8. Island Reef Resort
It is located at the hill top, giving great views over the sea and countryside from the rooms, early booking is recommended. This resort is especially popular among couples as a honeymoon destination due to its prime location along the beach and magnificent scenery.
9. Juara Beach Resort
Juara Beach Resort has amazing conference and meeting rooms, cafe and karaoke halls with free transport provided. Perfect for Corporate retreats or just hanging out with family and friends.
Things To Do in Tioman
Tioman Island is rich in Marine life, great oceanic views and has some great shallow beaches that are popular among divers and snorkelers. And if you don’t fall into any of those categories, no worries, there are other activities you can engage in too.
There is no denying the fact that Johor province has some of the most beautiful attractions and recreation facilities in Malaysia, Tioman Island being one of them. The good thing is that all these are directly accessible from Singapore through different mode of transportation such as private car, bus, coach and limousine.
Voted among the 10 most beautiful Islands in the world, Tioman will surely blow your imagination, talk of pristine waters and sandy beaches, hospitable locals and great culture, the island is perfect for sightseeing and just taking photos, and it doesn’t stop there, take a walk along the beach or go hiking in the jungles, there’s so much to see!
#1: Diving at Tioman Island
For specialized diving, the Tioman Dive Center is the best place to visit and also has a hotel a few meters away for accommodation. Here’s the good news for diving enthusiasts, Tioman offers the lowest fees for Open water (PADI) diving licensed at only RM 1000 if you are staying for at least 5 days!
#2: Go Snorkeling at Tioman Island
The Diving Center and almost all the hotels in the Island have snorkeling programs such as snorkeling tours and hiring equipment to their guests.
#3: Visit Juara Turtle Hatchery
The Juara Turtle Hatchery is a great place to see a variety of turtle species, get to learn about them and also buy some turtle eggs to keep as souvenirs.
#4: Fishing Day Trip With The locals At Tioman Island
Tioman is also famous for the wide range of tropical fish found on the surrounding waters and The local fishermen are friendly and will let you accompany them on their fishing trips for a few RMs of course but it is worth every penny. Some of the hotels also have their own boats to rent out to their clients for fishing expeditions.
#5: Enjoy Sunset At Tioman Island
The Berjaya Tioman Resort offers beautiful views of the golden sunset which is best enjoyed with a camera on one hand and a chilly glass of champagne on the other.
#6: Chill at Asah Waterfall
Another must-visit site on your trip to the Island is the Asah Waterfall which is a majestic waterfall nestled deep within nature itself and gives you the best view of the water splashing down coupled with the sounds of birds and other animals in the nearby jungle.
#7: Relax and Do Nothing
Well, your vacation doesn’t all have to be walking or diving and whatnot, you can choose to have a quiet relaxing time at the Paya Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach on the Island with the sounds of the sea breeze the only ones filling your mind.
#8: Indulge In Tioman Island Nightlife
After a great long day, it’s time to indulge in the nightlife. Only that Tiomans nightlife is not as vibrant as you would find in big cities.
There are however some splendid night bars around serving drinks and karaoke sessions, sky gazing and night camping are some of the other night activities you can engage in.
#9: BBQ Grills At Tioman Island Beach
Some of the resorts offer BBQ grills in the vicinity where you can have some grilling fun and get to meet some fun people.
#10: Spa In Tioman Island
For all the best spa and massage treatment, Tioman Island offers the best of the best! Spa sessions offered at resorts such as Japamala and the Island Reef Resort are worth to try!
#11: Island Hopping at Pulau Tioman
Other fun activities you can engage in include island hopping. You may get to stop by on a few islands and discover different species of fishes in the under water world. This activity normally takes half of the day and it is advisable to bring enough drinking water to keep yourself hydrated.
#12: Stand Up Paddle (SUP) At Tioman Island
Stand up paddling, being the most popular water sport these days is a must in Tioman. Not having your own SUP board? You may simply rent a SUP board from local beach cafe and have fun paddling under the sun!
Tioman Nearby Islands
Tioman while being a complete paradise on its own, is surrounded by numerous islands, each with its own special attractions, making island hopping a compulsory addition to your holiday itinerary. Here’re 15 neighboring islands to be added into your island hopping list.
1. Pulau Jahat
To the South is the Pulau Jahat meaning Wicked Island and with a rich history dating back to the Colonial period and legend has it that it was the home of an old witch.
2. Tulai Island
The Tulai Island, commonly known as Coral Island is about 30 minutes from Tioman on the north east and is a great diving site made so by its clear waters, which give an equally clear view of the marine life.
3. Sepoi, Labae and Soyak Islands
The three little islands, that is, Sepoi, Labae and Soyak Islands are some of the most amazing dive sites you will come across and are especially recommended for beginners. Take some pics here and let your instagram followers be jealous, they do it to you too!
Also read: 10 Best Haven Islands off Mersing, Johor
4. Harimau Island
Harimau Island, just a few minutes away from Tioman is the best for snorkeling with a low cavern which is easily accessible from the drop off point nearby.
5. Mesirip Island
Mesirip Island just near Harimau, is a private uninhabited island owned by the Johor Royal family and its beaches make for the best snorkeling sites. So technically you will be going onto Royal territory for some Royal fun!
6. Gual Island
Gual Island, further to the north is uninhabited and has no jetty, thus can only be accessed by private boats, underwater diving or snorkeling. These isolated islands give meaning to the old saying that only Islands can live alone.
7. Rawa Island
Rawa Island has magnificent white beaches and tall coconut trees along the short beach but remains largely unexplored and uninhabited due to the dense rainforest covering most of the island.
8. Aur Island
Aur Island, while smaller in size, makes up for that with unparalleled natural beauty and is a favorite stopping point for fishermen and divers alike.
9. Dayang Island
The Dayang Island, also a part of Aur is bigger and more developed with more resorts and easier accessibility.
10. Sibu Island
The Sibu Island is close by and is synonymous with its lush vegetation, clear water which is perfect for diving and offshore coral reefs making it a must stop snorkeling site.
11. Pemanggil Island
Pemanggil Island, to the south of Tioman is the most popular site for deep sea fishing and some water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
12. Tengah Island
Close to it is Tengah Island, a tiny uninhabited island which is an amazing Location for exploration and scuba diving.
13. Tinggi Island
Tinggi Island, surrounded by clear blue water and beautiful scenery will blow your mind when you go diving. Apart from scuba diving and fishing, are awesome getaways where you can go jungle trekking, exploring or just relaxing by the beach taking in the calm sea breeze.
14. Kukus Island
Nearby Tinggi Island is Kukus Island a much smaller and more isolated embodiment of heaven with crystal clear water, white beaches and lush tropical gardens which would serve well as backdrops of magazine or honeymoon photo spreads.
15. Besar Island
Last but not least, of the must-visit-islands while in Tioman are the great Besar Island, or Big Boar island – after the big boars that apparently inhabited the island, is a tranquil and beautiful hideaway for a quiet weekend or vacation. The island is the secluded island on the reality show Expedition Robinson where contestants have to look for ways to survive in the unfriendly jungle.
Here’s a map to help you figure out the exact point of each nearby islands.
Best Time To Visit Tioman Island
- The PERFECT time to visit Tioman is mostly in the period between April and October when there is not much rain as opposed to the period between end of October and March when the northeastern monsoons turn the beautiful sights to gloomy, rainy and hostile.
- Keep in mind that there is a likelihood of some rains from April to October as Malaysia is a tropical country. No one wants to see dark skies and muddy paths all day for the duration of their holiday.
Travel Tips On Tioman Island
- Make sure you arrive Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty before 4:00pm. The last ferry to Tioman Island from Mersing is around 4:30pm. The schedule can be affected by tide and weather. Please check the schedule here: Tioman Ferry Schedule
- Not all the resorts provide Wi-Fi services. It is good to buy a local sim card with 3G.
- If you plan on going jungle trekking or hiking, camping boots and equipped backpack is a must, don’t forget some mosquito repellent if you are into some camping fun.
- If you are on diving trip, book a full-board package as resorts offer better price.
- It is advisable to come fully prepared for emergency which means carrying all your medication if you are on any as there are no hospitals on island yet. The nearest medical facility is a doctor’s clinic at Tekek village.
- Remember to make reservations on transport and accommodation in advance to prevent last minute rushes and take all the necessary precautions if traveling with little children.
- When it comes to private taxi, SGMYTAXI is the most preferred due to their punctuality, comfort and professional service. The taxis travel from the Singapore side to Mersing which is the closest town to Tioman and from where you board a ferry or a private boat to take you to the island. There is no such thing as being bored in Tioman, everyone has fun, and how much depends on your budget of course!
- Just to inform that all the shops on the island are duty free! Tioman is not only a great holiday destination, but also a shopping haven and for most Singaporeans, that is everything they ever need for a getaway.
- What’s more? There are 3G Internet services on the island. You just have to buy a Malaysian sim card and subscribe to the service.
- You may probably find it odd that there are literally no roads in Tioman, and you have to walk from one point to another but you will find that fun in a way. I mean, no noisy hoots or traffic jams which are after all what you want to get away from when coming here.
- Tioman has a large number of resorts and hotels offering all kinds of meals and other facilities such as WiFi and organizing adventure tours.
- Avoid travel to Tioman Island during Malaysia’s school holiday since the island becomes overpopulated with school children and their parents. That is only if your idea of fun is not kids running all over and shouting and screaming and generally getting into your way.
- The local community is very much friendly and you will fall in love with their culture and amazing food.