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As I've been to Pulau Tioman a few times now, I've realized the importance of always bringing along a snack or two during the bus ride to Mersing Harbour Centre and the ferry ride to the island. Let me share my experience here.
Attack of the 50 Foot Nibbles
One of the main reasons why you might want to bring some nice and handy munchies along with you is that the journey to the island can take some time, especially if you're traveling during peak season. For one, the bus journey to Larkin Sentral, from where the bus departs to Mersing Harbour Centre departs, takes a couple of hours. And from the Mersing ferry terminal, the ferry crossing to the island takes about another two hours. During this time, it's important to have something to snack on to keep your energy levels up and prevent an attack of the nibbles.
Whilst there's no shortage of food stalls at Larkin Sentral and Mersing Harbour Centre, you'll find that, due to the crowds and the queues, time to spend at these major bus and ferry terminals is typically limited. Additionally, unless you've managed to get a roll or sandwich, actually eating a meal in the bus or ferry cabin isn't always easy. This is where a suitable snack comes in.
Tangy Tomato, Cheese, Seaweed
Awesome snacks to bring along on your journey to Pulau Tioman include the savoury flavours Tangy Tomato, Seaweed or Cheese. Not only are they delicious, but they're totally unlike the sugar-loaded snacks that tend to be sold everywhere. The Eureka Snacks savoury popcorn flavours are actually not bad for you and are therefore a decent choice for health-conscious travelers who are on the go. I've found from my research that Eureka Snacks popcorn is made without preservatives, transfats or GMO. In other words, a great source of energy and fibre, whilst also providing a satisfying crunch. Perfect to keep hunger at bay. But, just FYI, there are more than 20 flavours to choose from!
Not sure where to get Eureka Snacks? No worries, they're available online here. If you haven't got that much time left before your departure, you can find lots of places that sell Eureka Snacks popcorn here. And that includes a sales point even at Mersing Harbour Centre! Yes, Eureka Snacks is widely popular. It's actually going viral in Asia...
-- Tourist in Tioman --
Note: Over-indulging in savoury/sweet snacks, even snacks that are not very salty/sweet, may lead to excessive intake of sodium/sugar.