We planned this trip since December last year. We knew that this time of the year - it is school holiday season so hotel and ferry tickets were expected to be fully booked. We were told that the Berjaya Air was not operating and we had to use the ferry services to get to Tioman Island.
The ferry tickets cost us RM70 return ticket and bought through online, but don't trust the time of travel that you had booked. As long as you have the ticket, you can get in the ferry any time of the day (the same date on the ticket). We arrived at the ferry at 9.00am, the ticket sale person informed that we will get the 11.00 am ferry. We had to register, in which depends the availability of seats. Luckily there were seats to Tekek jetty, so we managed to get the 11.00am tickets.
Secondly, we had to pay entrance fee to the island.
Thirdly, we had to bring the ferry tickets and the entrance fee receipts to the boarding counter and waited for the counter to open. Once, the glass window opened - people rushed to get the boarding pass. We got the green boarding pass - written on the pass that we had to follow the seating number written on that pass, just ignore that statement. It was free seating in the ferry.
We waited patiently as we already anticipated the late arrival of the ferry. The ferry arrived at 12.00 noon. We had to bear the heat, humidity and noise.
When we were allowed to board the ferry - everyone rushed cramped through the entrance door. Only those with the boarding pass were allowed to enter the jetty platform.
The weather was fine, so the journey was smooth.
When we arrived at the Tekek jetty, the Berjaya shuttle was waiting for us and drove us to the hotel lobby.
This was my second visit to Berjaya Tioman Resort. Our first visit here was 13 years ago. It was much beautiful back then but the facilities now are much better.
The room was clean and the housekeeping services were excellent. The staff were helpful and humble. We had no negative comment regarding the room.
The food in the hotel - lovely but very expensive. You can try eating at some stalls just outside the hotel entrance. They are cheaper and quite nice.
The beach was superb. The island hopping and marine activities charges at the hotel are costly. Just try to negotiate with some locals at the transport stand (just beside the guard house at the hotel entrance)- we can get RM60-70 per person for 6 site of island hoping and snorkeling activities.
We enjoyed the night at the beach...just sitting there looking at the sky. Beautiful starry night and watching falling stars - something we can never get in the city.
The Tioman Island is a duty free island, but this is not a shopping paradise. Nothing much to buy. The imported items (e.g. chocolates) are not that cheap.
Rest and relax. We love this vacation (minus the ferry experience)
If we decide to come again - we will come by air.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tioman is an island befitting the stars. Whether you seek relaxation or adrenaline, we’ve got you covered. With miles of secluded palm-fringed beaches, clear turquoise waters, abundant marine life, misty mountains and lush greenery, savour each moment as you indulge in one of the world’s most beautiful islands where ‘Bali Hai’ was filmed in the Hollywood classic ‘South Pacific’, in addition to the recent Hong Kong TV Series ‘The Ultimate Goal’. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berjaya Tioman Resort - Malaysia Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort
- Berjaya Tioman Beach Hotel
- Tioman Hotel