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It's quite hard to describe this 'resort', it probably was once luxury but now in need of some TLC and maintenance.
We had a Jungle Luxe Sarang (No 3) which was accessed by a short walk along a wooden walkway and then some steps to...More
We had a very pleasant stay at Japamala resort on Tioman Island. The service, accommodation and food were excellent. The cocktail hour on the jetty for sunset a very nice idea (cocktails are served complimentary). Getting to the resort from Singapore takes a while by...More
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Gem finds thrill me. This is one good one. A long drive and private speed boat away, the emerald blue greets you with open waves. Japamala's tag line is Rustic-Luxe. And it truly epitomises that. Rustic tree house huts with the smallest beautiful details. A...More
We stayed for 10 days and had a fantastic time.
There’s an amazing coral reef, accessible from the jetty, and fins, snorkels and goggles are provided free of charge. So many varieties of beautiful tropical fish and coral of many colours. We enjoyed it all...More
This place is great for couples or solo. I had a two story loft villa w/huge bathroom, dressing area, living area downstairs and a balcony w/ jacuzzi. The jacuzzi didn’t look very nice so I skipped it. Food was great. Daytime service at the outside...More
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I also highly recommend the private speed boat/private car option. We heard many horror stories about the ferry. The private boat and car are not cheap - I think we spent about $630 USD for 2 ppl, round trip, but it was an... More
I also highly recommend the private speed boat/private car option. We heard many horror stories about the ferry. The private boat and car are not cheap - I think we spent about $630 USD for 2 ppl, round trip, but it was an incredibly professional and comfortable experience. We had our hotel (Conrad) organize the car (which was cheaper than what Japamala quoted us), and Japamala arrange their speedboat. Just make sure the driver knows exactly where at the docks to meet the boat, and vice versa. Having them exchange phone #s ahead of time should be sufficient. Good luck!
Yes, you can take the the Blue Water ferry to Kampung Genting which is the first stop and the one where the staff from Japamala can pick you up from. There is no other way to Japamala except by their speedboat be it from Kg... More
Yes, you can take the the Blue Water ferry to Kampung Genting which is the first stop and the one where the staff from Japamala can pick you up from. There is no other way to Japamala except by their speedboat be it from Kg. Genting or from Mersing. But it would definitely differ in rate if they pick you up from Kg. Genting. They have these rates on their website.
I was told as well that during the periods when the sea state is bad, the Japamala speedboat cannot make its way out to Mersing but only to Kg Genting as theirs is a small speedboat.
I saw some water taxis at Kg. Genting when I made the trip out from the resort to get some provisions, not sure though if you can get those to get to the resort, but I did see villagers using the service to get to the other parts of the island. Best to check first.
The ferry service operates according to tidal timings so it's best to plan your journey well. The ferry journey out from Kg Genting to Mersing can take awhile as they will make stops at the other jetties before returning to Mersing. (Kg Genting is the first on the route.) On our way out, we were at the Tekek jetty for more than 2hrs before the ferry made its way back to Mersing. Didn't help that ferry was packed to the brim as our travel date coincided with the holidays there.
But, be warned. You'll need a lot of patience for the ferry service as well. Both at the counters and in the ferry itself. Getting the tickets was a hassle. We'd to go to many different counters for various steps of the process- one counter for paying tickets, one for registration, one to collect queue number for boarding pass and a seperate one for the actual boarding pass, and then they have two seperate counters to pay the National Park fees and Marine Park fees to enter Tioman. Don't really understand how they can't consolidate all these into one counter.
It was just as chaotic and confusing inside the ferry. One guy said it was free seating even though we had tickets with seat numbers. But when things started to get messy, they then insisted we'd to follow seat numbers. So, do plan your ferry journey well and take into consideration of the waiting time and all.