We started from Batu Pahat at 4.30 am for Mersing so as to catch the ferry at 8.00 am to Berjaya Beach Golf and Spa Resort at
Then we headed for the ferry terminal. By about 7.30 back-packed tourists were trooping to the counter to purchase tickets. We bought round trip tickets for five people costing RM 70 each. Another ferry counter, the Seagull Express was close. Apparently, their licence was revoked due to a ferry mishap late last year in which 8 people had drowned. By 8.30 we were on board the air-conditioned ferry heading for Tioman, which is slightly more than a two hour ride from Mersing. The monotonous roar of the engine lulled us into a fitful sleep. The upper deck of the ferry was more refreshing, affording me a panoramic view of the sea and the smaller islands. The ferry made a few stops at some islands to unload passengers who live there and some tourists who prefer the more secluded islands.