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Blue Water Express to Tioman IslandAre you looking to spend your holiday in Tioman Island? If you are, then in all likelihood, you'll be taking the ferry from Mersing to Tioman. This Bluewater Express ferry is the de facto method of choice for revelers going to Tioman. At a mere two-hour sail, the Bluewater ferry is speedy, but as it's fully aircon, it's comfy too. Best of all, the Bluewater ferry stops at every single village in Tioman, so it's convenient as well.
Keep in mind, however, that if you're staying at a hotel or resort in Juara Village, then you'll need to disembark the ferry at Tekek and take a taxi to Juara. The reason for this is that Juara, as of yet, doesn't have a ferry jetty of its own.
Still, finding a taxi at Tekek is easy - just call or Whatsapp Didi Juara Taxi on +60 1770 94585. Didi will come to collect you and will drop you off at your hotel or resort. The taxi trip from Tekek to Juara is quite affordable as it costs about 25 Ringgit per person.
Mersing to Tioman IslandOne thing to note is that the harbour at Mersing is fairly shallow. This isn't a big problem as such, because the ferry can still pass in and out. But it is a good idea to remember that ferry sailings usually take place at or near the high tide marks. As a result, departure times to Tioman and back to Mersing tend to be different every day. Unlike most other ferry operations, the ferry to Tioman and back to Mersing doesn't have fixed sailing times.
As the Mersing tidal ranges are more extreme during the monsoon months, November to February, ferry times during this season vary the most. But even during the rest of the year, scheduled ferry times are still subject to amendments, according to changing weather or sea state conditions. It doesn't happen frequently, but it does happen, so it's good to be aware of this.
Ferry departure time reportsWith these dynamic ferry departure times in mind, it's a good idea to check if the ticket provider you're about to book your trip with offers ferry schedule updates, either by email, Facebook or Twitter.
Tioman ferry tickets can be booked online at the following ticket providers: Tioman Ferry Tickets includes ferry timing updates. Passengers can call the Ferry Hotline to stay up-to-date to any changes in the ferry schedule. Alternatively, passengers can choose to follow @Tioman_Ferry. Note: Not all schedule changes can be announced beforehand, as there isn't always enough notice when they occur.
NOTE: As a result of this dedicated update service, Tioman Ferry's ticket cost is somewhat higher than Tioman ferry ticket providers that do not offer this service.
Useful links for Mersing and TiomanMersing Harbour Centre.
Taxi to Mersing.
Bus to Mersing.
Hotel in Mersing.
Hotel/Resort in Tioman.