Ferry Schedule For April 2018
Next month’s ferry schedule Tanjung Gemok to Tioman, April 2018 has now been published. It is at the bottom of this page.
For those that don’t know, Tanjung Gemok is a small town north of Mersing. It is about half an hour by car, roughly 30 miles. Driving there is simple. There is a car park, and buses run from Mersing, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. If you are catching the bus from Kuala Lumpur make sure that the bus goes via Rompin.
Bluewater currently advise their customers to be at the Tanjung Gemok ferry terminal at least half an hour in advance of the schedule when departing. I have used this terminal twice so far this season, and I have to say that I much prefer travelling from there than I do from Mersing.
It is a more recently built facility so it has a better layout, and the system is much more user friendly. You buy your ticket at one counter, register for the boat at a table and pay the Marine Park fee at a third. Because they have a much smaller volume of traffic you do not have to suffer the same queuing problems that you can face in Mersing.
This situation seems to be changing. For 2015 and 2016 the tides made the scheduling at Mersing very inconvenient for travelers, so the port at Tanjung Gemok is becoming more popular. I have seen it get very busy there on occasions. We will just have to see what 2017 has in store!
Because Tanjung Gemok has a much deeper river it means the schedules vary less than Mersing and can be timed for the convenience of all.
The toilet facilities are more abundant, and there is a cafe for drinks and snacks while you wait.
For the return journey from Salang you are currently advised to be at the jetty at least half an hour before the published time. However, flexi-time is normal practice here, so I recommend you bring a book and some patience! When I come back I normally hang out in one of the restaurants close to the jetty and wait in comfort.
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