Hello everyone! As you may already know, I travelled to Tioman somewhere in March this year for Roy’s birthday celebration. In this blog post, I will share about how to go to Tioman, where to stay in Tioman and what to do in Tioman.
It was his 28th birthday and I wanted to bring him somewhere he could enjoy and get away from his work. He loves beach holidays so my plan was definitely to get him to the beach. Since I had a tight budget to work with, flying out of the country was not an option. So I set my eyes on the beach resorts in our neighbouring country Malaysia. Malaysia has a lot of nice islands such as Tioman, Perhentian, Rawa and Redang, the island popularised by the Hong Kong movie, Momo Tea. Out of all the above, I shorlisted Tioman because travelling time was shorter and the waters are relatively clear, and that is great for our favourite sea activity, snorkelling!
After some intensive research, here is how to travel to Tioman from Singapore:
1) I booked a coach from Singapore to Mersing Jetty. (http://www.busonlineticket.com/bus-from-singapore-to-tioman-island)
– The bus ticket to and fro Mersing was around $63 per pax.
– I selected the operator: The One Travels and Tours Pte Ltd. They use the buses from Five Stars.
– The bus ride starts from either Golden Mile Complex or Jurong, you can choose. I opted for Jurong as it is nearer to my place.
– Departure time was somewhere around 6am, I reached at 5am and had a light breakfast before our journey.
– Travelling time was around 2 – 3 hours inclusive of immigration procedures.
2) When we reached Mersing, we had to purchase our ferry tickets from the jetty.
– The ferry tickets were approximately RM100 return per pax (I cannot remember the exact figure)
– Bluewater Express is the default ferry service that operates from Mersing to Tioman.
– THERE IS NO FIX SCHEDULE, hence I skipped booking the tickets in advance.
– The daily ferry rides depend on tide conditions.
– We waited 2 hours before boarding the ferry.
– The ferry ride was another 2 hours long.
– We alighted at the third stop, Tekek Village as we stayed at Berjaya Tioman Resort. Here is a map of Tioman for your reference:
3) Once we arrived at the Tioman Jetty, we asked around and crowded at a shelter to wait for our shuttle bus to Berjaya Tioman resort.
The shuttle bus looks like this and it is the biggest shuttle bus in that area. If you cannot find the waiting area, just ask the locals, “Berjaya Tioman Resort” and they will ask you to wait at a spot.
So here comes the next biggest question – where to stay in Tioman? I researched and browsed through Agoda before deciding on Berjaya Tioman Resort because it is one of the biggest resorts in Tioman. The reviews were not too bad and they provide many inbuilt facilities (such as spa massage, manicure, snorkelling packages) for patrons to enjoy. I thought it was a pretty safe option, hence, Berjaya Tioman Resort it was!
I booked the standard chalet and it was SGD80 + per night via Agoda.com. It may be cheaper if you book directly from their website, you may wish to check and compare. Our room only came with breakfast, no lunch and dinner. If you book via the website, all 3 meals are included.
We reached the resort after 10 minutes of shuttle bus ride. The lobby was big and had free wifi connection. Please note that there is no wifi connection in the rooms, only at the lobby!
After check-in, we took a mini bus to our room. Actually our room was within walking distance from the lobby.
Tada! our room!!
There is a dressing table area where I threw all my makeup at hehe.
Roy and I both think the room was quite good and the space was not too big or small. Just nice for the both of us and our luggages.
This was the wardrobe area where we placed our luggages.
Here is how the toilet looks like:
A pity it did not come with a bathtub, I think the other better rooms do come with a bathtub. But everything else was good so it was okay!
It was already evening and we were famished from the long travelling journey. Can’t imagine if we travelled to anywhere further like Redang. It will take at least 1.5 days there.
So we went to the hotel restaurant just right behind our room to order some food.
Roy had chicken chop while I ordered Nasi Lemak. The food wasn’t great but still edible.
We had a stroll at the beach and enjoyed the breeze before deciding to head out for food. Initially, we attempted to walk out of the resort but we met a huge group of monkeys, around 20 of them. And I was carrying a pineapple bag and was scared they would attack me. Never mind if they took my bag, but if they scratched me, I’m sure the scars would be pretty bad. So we hoped onto our shuttle bus halfway on the road, luckily the driver took us in!
We randomly chose a Ramly burger street stall. This uncle was very nice and chatty. He said he came to Singapore 10-20 years ago but now cannot afford to go anymore as he needs to take care of his baby son. Awww~~
We tried the Ramly burger from another stall on another night and it did not taste as nice as this uncle’s. This was very tasty, buttery and full of flavour. I think it must be the sauce! The other one did not have as much sauce.
We also went back with a small packet of yummy Nasi Lemak which Roy bought and ate the next day. Thankfully it didn’t spoil. According to Roy, the Nasi Lemak was good! I didn’t get to try though. 🙁
We called it for a day after our mini supper to rest as we needed to get up early the next day for our snorkelling trip!
Here is how we planned for our snorkelling trip:
1) I did not plan or make any booking in advance
2) There is a water activities centre within the hotel at the lobby where you can book your activities from!
3) We opted for a 9am – 4pm full day snorkelling trip to Renggis Island, Coral Island, and Malang Rocks.
Will update the next post about our snorkelling trip soon!
**Update: Read about our Day 2 in Tioman Snorkelling here 🙂