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JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

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ISLAND RETREATS - Eastern Cluster

 
 

THE EASTHERN CLUSTER

 STAGING POINT : Mersing & Tanjung Leman

 

Pulau Pemanggil, Dayang and Aur, in the South China Sea, located furthest from the mainland, are favourite haunts for snorkeling and scuba diving.

 
 

PULAU PEMANGGIL

 

"The island is a fisherman's best-kept secret. Its other magnetic charms include endless stretches of white sandy beaches and awesome snorkeling spots."

 

Pemanggil island, situated south of Tioman, requires a 4 to 5 hours ride by boat from Mersing - the jump-off point from the mainland Johor. The island is a fisherman's best-kept secret. It is well known for deep sea fishing and has good hunting grounds for marlins - black ones if you're fortunate - and mackerels. Its other magnetic charms include endless stretches of white sandy beaches and awesome snorkeling spots. Although still unknown to many, this remote island is famous for its beauty and abundance of marine life within its clear emerald waters.

 

On the north-eastern coast of Pemanggil Island is Teluk Lancang, an isolated bay where coconut trees grow in abundance admist the tropical vegetation. At the heart of the island, there is a huge boulder known locally as Batu Buau which locals regard as sacred - a landmark that will not go unnoticed as it is clearly visible from as far as 50km from the south of Tioman Island.

 

When it comes to accommodation, back to basics and rustics are the answers. For the adventurous, the hilly outcrop of the island offers a challenging rock climbing expedition and the summit holds a scene of the incredible beauty of the open sea.

 

Getting there

From Johor Bahru city centre, take the Johor Bahru-Kota Tinggi trunk road and on through the Kota Tinggi-Mersing trunk road (Highway 3). From North-South Expressway take the Ayer Hitam exit (Interchange 244) and drive towards toward Kluang and onwards using the Kluang-Jemaluang trunk road (Highway 50). After Jemaluang town, get onto the Kota Tinggi-Mersing trunk road, heading towards Mersing. Look out for signboards that will lead you to Mersing Jetty.

 
 
 

PULAU AUR

 

"Pulau Aur and its surrounding islands are rated by divers as one of the best scuba diving destinations." Pulau Aur (Aur Island) is located 65km east of Mersing on the east coast of Johor. This island and its surrounding islands -- Pulau Dayang (Dayang Island), Pulau Lang (Lang Island) and Pulau Pinang (Pinang Island) are rated by divers as one of the best scuba diving destinations within the Johor Marine Park area.

 

The waters here are deeper than around the inner islands. Due to its remoteness from the mainland, visibility is excellent and sightings of pelagic are common. However, cost of boat rentals are high. The Aur group of islands has been designated as a Marine Park. Therefore, visitors are subject to conditions and regulations.

 

Pulau Aur is a picturesque island with secluded lagoons and offshore pools, it is known for its natural scenic beauty, good bathing spots and water sports. A popular destination for privately owned yachts, many anchor in the calm water between Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang.

 

The unspoilt island of Aur is the perfect dive destination. Encounters with pelagics including jacks, barracudas and black tip sharks are a big draw.  The best time to dive is between April arid October when the sea is calmer and visibility is at its best.

 

Visibility for diving is superb, and a variety of fish and shells not found in any other part of Peninsular Malaysia can be seen here. The Pinnacles, off the eastern side of the island, is a fine spot to watch open-sea fish; there have even been sightings of the rare whale shark, the largest fish on the planet. The waters around Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang also offer divers a glimpse of shipwrecks and artifacts strewn along the seabed.

 

Getting there

Most dive shops organise diving trips to Aur on a regular basis during the diving season. Boats leave from either Mersing jetty or Sedili fishing port. The trip takes about two hours by fast boat.

 
 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST :

ISLAND RETREATS - Eastern Cluster

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA