Mersing is a modern town with fishing villages along the east coast of Johor, about 140km north of Johor Bahru. The main gateway by ferry to Pulau Tioman, Pulau Besar and other marine park islands, Mersing has a bustling economy with rustic tourist attractions and charming beaches nearby, such as Penyabung and Air Papan. As a transit point to Tioman, the town is rich with facilities.

These include electrical stores, fast food outlets, supermarkets, phone shops, banks and a decent range of budget hotels for overnight accommodation before the early ferry. Another popular island that lies off shore from Mersing is Pulau Sibu, but access is by speedboat from Tanjung Leman jetty 72km south.