Despite recent economic developments, Mersing is still a fishing village at heart and served as the main departure point for islands on the South China Sea (access to the Rawa, Pemanggil, Dayang, Aur, and Besar Islands. Other islands including Tinggi, Apil, Sibu Besar and Sibu Tengah should be accessed via Tanjung Leman jetty, about 60km south of Mersing), particularly Pulau Tioman. Although a small town, Mersing is very well serviced by a wide range of traditional local restaurants serving traditional fare and seafood at very affordable prices, as well as modern cafes and fast food outlets. Mersing is a good place to stock up your snacks etc, as the prices here are much lower compared to those on the islands.
There are plenty of natural attractions around Mersing town to keep one occupied. Being on the coast, the unspoilt beaches of the East Coast awaits visitors to explore their sandy beaches and rocky coasts. Fishing or Angling is a popular past time here among residents or beachcombing for shellfish and the natural treasures of the south-china sea. For those imbued with the spirit of exploration, Penyabung beach and Air Papan beach north of the town offers visitors a glimpse into the community and traditional life of Malay villages by the sea and the promise of clear sea waters lapping the shores of the mainland.
To Pulau Tioman: Passenger boat – slower ferry 11:30 duration 2h
From Pulau Tioman to Mersing departure 8:00 (have to stay on Tioman overnight if you want to use this service) One way RM25
speedboat – 7:30, 13:00 duration 1.5hrs.
From Pulau Tioman 10:00,15:30 One way RM30
To Pulau Besar: Departure 12:00
(from Pulau Besar 10:00) One Way RM25, Return RM50
To Pulau Rawa: Private island owned by the resort.
Accommodation from RM100 (sb,f,d) dep12:00 (from Pulau Rawa 10:00)
Book ahead boat fare might be included in the accomodation fare
To Pulau Tinggi & Pulau Sibu: Ferry departs from Tanjung Leman
Buses arrive from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Singapore, Kuantan with tourists daily. The bus station is at the shopping center “R&R Plaza” (refer to the earlier Mersing town map). That’s near the ferry terminal. Near the bus station are also a lot of taxi’s they will bring you to Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru or to the nearest train station in Kluang.
Bus: Singapore â€“ Mersing
Transnasional operates direct from Singapore to Mersing from the Kallang Bahru/Lavender Street junction.
Departures are at 9am, 10am and 10pm.
Travel time is approx 4 hours and the fare is S$ 11.10 single.
Call Pan Malaysia Express: +65 6294 7034.
An alternative route is via Johor Bahru from the terminal at Queen St/Ban San St. Take the Singapore-Johore Express directy to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. (SGD $2.40).
Public transport: Johor Bahru – Mersing
Taxi fare is approx. RM100/cab per way (charter).
Bus fare is about RM8/way from Larkin Bus Station, Johor Bahru.
One of the coach service operator is Johor Express. Depart at 8:30 a.m. These are not frequent though.
Alternatively, you can take any bus to Kuantan from JB/Singapore but should not be surprised if you get charged the full JB-Kuantan (RM15) fare even though you might only be going halfway. This is actually legitimate as these buses cannot pick up new passengers on the way and Mersing is not considered a major station.
Most of the express buses will drop you off either at the roundabout from which you should take Jalan Abu Bakar to get to the guesthouses (there are only 2 main roads in the town). Alternatively, you might be dropped in the back of the Embassy Hotel. Just walk straight to the big buildings into the main town to Jalan Abu Bakar.
Public transport: Kuala Lumpur – Mersing
You need to go to Puduraya bus station and the fare is about RM16.60/way.
One of the coach service operator is Transnational Express, tel : (603) 238 8155, the buses leave at noon and about 8:30 at night with the ride taking about 6 hours.
Taxi fare is approx. RM300 – RM400 per taxi (chartered service).
Driving from Singapore / JB to Mersing
Drive to Kota Tinggi from Tebrau Highway and proceed your journey to Mersing (approximately 138 km). Well, you will never miss it as you can see the signboard to the town. In Mersing, there are secured parking spaces at a very cheap rate (around RM5/nights) so you don’t have to think about your vehicle safety!
Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
The most common way to Mersing is by PLUS highway to the South and exit through Segamat. From Segamat, continue your journey to Kluang and from there you can go to Mersing.
Alternatively (Shorter route – advised use for day drive ONLY)
1. Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Pilah (winding road) – Bandar Muazzam Shah (will exit between Endau & Mersing) – Mersing
2. Kuala Lumpur – Kluang – NITAR – Mersing (Using this route, you’ll avoid the winding road before reaching Jamaluang)
Both Bandar Muazzam Shah & NITAR are the palm oil plantation estates, thus the traffic is not heavy especially during the festive seasons.