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Island Hopping Trip around Tioman Island

03 Apr

Tioman Island – Tropical Beach Paradise

Part 2

At the resort, an island hopping trip cost RM$90 per person with a minimum group of 6 person. Another alternative is to hire a boat for your own group. That cost RM $200/- per boat, more economical. Just ask one of the staff at the dive shop near the jetty and restaurant.

The trip starts at 9am. Hire of life jackets and snorkelling gear are charged separately. So after breakfast, we were off on our island hopping trip.

The first stop was Tekek for a bit of shopping. Next, we headed to the Marina Park for snorkelling with the fishes. Wear the life jackets. The beach sand here was very fine and gentle slopes made for safe swimming. Bring along some bread to feed the fishes and they will come.

Once we were done, the boat headed to an island. There was no landing here. The boat stopped nearby, wear the life jacket and snorkelling gear and hopped out to the sea. We could see the corals below and fishes came by when we offered them bread.

All in all, it was a half day excursion. The rest of the afternoon was spent lazing away, swimming in the sea in front of our chalets and yes, sleeping. Get rid of all that stress and relax.

Evening time, we decided to have dinner at the restaurant in the resort and ordered seafood. Before our first dish arrived, lights out! There was a black out! We ate our dinner side dish – calamari – in candle light. So romantic! But alas, the lights were restored all too soon.

The ferry for our return trip to Tj Gemok arrived at 1pm the next day. Nobody expected a storm that day. I was actually asleep when the ferry slowed and stopped. I figured we were close to Tj Gemok but no, we were still in the wide South China Sea with no jetty in sight.

What stopped the boat? My brother pointed out the big waves on the horizon. Our family were seated in the front rows and get to see the view front and centre. All right, no alarm bells as yet.

Suddenly the ferry shifted to the right. Whoa! A big wave slammed on the ferry. Another shift and we were aligned in a different direction. At times, the captain forged on ahead, other times the ferry shifted in many directions to avoid the big waves. By then, the sky was in darkness and heavy raindrops plastered the glass screen. The onslaught of heavy waves continued. We must had been in the eye of the storm for nearly one hour. Around us were fishing boats and every boat seemed to be racing to reach the jetty.

After a brief respite, all the boats headed to the jetty but the heavy waves followed us there. The big ones were easily over two meters, no exaggeration. At two stages, the ferry were diagonal to the wave length and we nearly capsized then. Thanks to the skills of the captain we made it to shore.

What an adventure!

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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Malaysia, photography, postaday2011, Travel

 

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6 responses to “Island Hopping Trip around Tioman Island

  1. Benteng_suci

    April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Anybody have contact number for sightseeing boat at tioman, tks

     
  2. hasayang

    April 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Benteng_suci. I don’t have the contact number of the sightseeing boat. We did not book in advance. Each jetty has different accommodations and shops around the location. We stayed at Paya Beach Resort and did not use their shop for our sightseeing tour. We asked one of the guys at the diving/snorkelling gear shop and they quote a price. The shops are near the jetty. Just ask around. Best of luck.

     
  3. Bryan Norman

    January 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Just as an update to this post, please note that occasionally this stretch of water gets hit by so-called Sumatra Squalls. These are short-duration storms that blow quite strong. They appear quickly and so the ferry cannot always see them coming.

    Of course the ferries’ and fishermen’s experienced captains are very adept at navigating through them, so there’s no cause for alarm if you find yourself caught in one. Take it as a bonus roller-coaster ride, which it looks like you did Hasayang ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way Tioman has been enjoying quite a popularity boom lately, which results in the ferries to Tioman being a bit of a bottle-neck, especially during weekends and public holidays. In other words, the ferries are full before Tioman’s resorts are is.

    My advice to those who’ve booked a Tioman resort, or want to go to Tioman during the weekend or a public holiday: book your ferry tickets as far in advance as possible, so you won’t be stranded at the departure jetty due to the ferry for that day being already full.

    Since we go to Tioman quite regularly, we’re seeing more and more travelers, especially from overseas, arrive at the Mersing jetty too late to catch their ferry because it’s full.

    You can contact Blue Water or http://www.tiomanferry.com/ for tickets.

     
    • hasayang

      January 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you very much, Bryan, for that information and insight on Tioman. We certainly had an adventurous roller coaster ride that day. And yes, I love roller coasters. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We love Tioman and someday soon we will be back. Malaysia have so many beautiful places to visit.

       
  4. Bryan

    February 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Yes, agreed Hasayang, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful place. We’re also quite smitten with Tioman, lost count of the number of times we’ve been.

    Most of the time we’re lucky with the crossing, usually it’s relatively calm. But once we were caught in a storm too. It was, shall we say, quite an experience, haha.

    But the boatmen obviously was very experienced and really knew how to navigate through the waves. Like you said, a roller-coaster ride. Bonus fun I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

     

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