Tioman Island – Tropical Beach Paradise
From Singapore we took the bus from DFS Galleria at Scotts Road at 6.40am. A brief stop at Mersing for our ferry tickets collection and we were off to Tj Gemok. Before crossing the bridge over the river, the land belonged to the Johor state. But after the bridge, we were on the Pahang state. We arrived at Tj Gemok around 11am. The ferry journey from here to Tioman Island took about 1 and half hours to 2 hours depending on weather and tide conditions.
So we arrived in Tioman Island about 12.30pm. The sea water was so beautiful – wonderful shades of blue and green. The first half hour of the ferry journey was rather choppy as the currents were rather strong. It smoothed out after a while once we were out in the wide South China Sea. Make sure to tell the captain and staff where you would be alighting – depending on the accommodation.
From the jetty, we saw the chalets and the green mountain backdrop. Very nice and scenic.
We stayed at Paya Beach Resort, which was on the left turn from the jetty. Golf-like carts, running on electricity, were waiting at the jetty to take the luggage to the resort.
Upon check-in, we found out that we got the beach front chalets right next to the buffet area. There were 5 of us so basically the two chalets were next to one another. In each chalet, there was a queen bed and a single bed. The bathroom came with two containers filled with liquid soap and shampoo. A bit of warning – the water came out piping hot. So turn the shower head aside, test the water and adjust accordingly.
At night we ate dinner at the restaurant next to the jetty. Malay dishes and burgers for order. The other restaurant selling seafood wasn’t opened. Another option was to have dinner at the resort which cost a bit more. We did that on the next night and the power went out. So a candle light dinner. Nice.
Tomorrow, fun time on the island hopping trip.
Have a great weekend!