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JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

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ISLAND RETREATS - Southern Cluster

 
 

PULAU SIBU

 

"From an aerial view, the island looks like a bird or a bat resting with its wings outstretched. Its calm and quiet ambiance makes it the perfect choice for those who dream of a relaxing and laid back vacation."

 

A thirty minutes boat ride from Tanjung Leman staging point will land you at Pulau Sibu Besar. Basking, sip coconut juice or revel in the delights prepared by the chef of the resort. Its sandy beaches, under water caves, lush suites with modern amenities and personal services, plunging pools and enchanting ambience offers something for everyone.

 

Lush vegetation and endless stretches of golden beaches characterised the Sibu Group of Islands. They are accessible from the Tanjung Leman Jetty, 60 km from Mersing. A pleasant hideaway, it abounds with lush tropical vegetation and endless stretches of golden beaches.  On the seaward side of the island are numerous sea caves carved out of its rocks. The result of constant pounding by the sea during the monsoon season, it gives the island a beautiful yet rugged appearance.

 

The islands abound with water sports activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Visitors can hike through jungle trails leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps.  Opt for a visit to the nearby kelong, where anchovies are caught or head for the Villages on the island of Sibu Besar to se how the natives live. The sea off the coast of this island is planted with kelong or artificial tyre-reefs and has been a great pull for anglers. However, since the island was gazetted as a marine park, fishing activities here are limited to rod and line fishing only. For some adventure, hike through the jungle trails leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps.

 

Off shore, its waters contain fascinating coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life. Shipwrecks off its coast may also be found. Chinese junks and pirate vessels often exchanged cannon fire around this island, and the remains of these battles lie scattered around the seabed.

 

Accommodation on the island range from fully furnished chalets to basic A-frame huts. Bathing facilities are available at the community showers. Restaurants may be found on the island as well, serving a variety of Western and Asian dishes.

 

Pulau Sibu Tengah, with a sun drenched beach has a resort that offers many activities fishing, trekking and even island hopping. Pulau Sibu Kukus and Pulau Sibu Hujong are favourite snorkeling and scuba diving haunts.

 

Getting there

You can catch a boat ride to Sibu Island from Tanjung Leman jetty, south of Mersing. From Mersing town, travel south along the Mersing - Kota Tinggi (Highway 3) trunk road for about 44km and turn left. The road, passes through an oil palm plantation, and is narrow and winding in certain parts. From Johor Bahru, head for Kota Tinggi town. From Kota Tinggi town, travel north on the Kota Tinggi - Mersing trunk road (Highway 3) for 48km and turn right to the same junction mentioned above. Pulau Sibu is about 20 minutes boat ride from Tanjung Leman.

 
 
 

PULAU APIL & PULAU MENTIGI

 

Tranquil Pulau Apil and Pulau Mentigi offer visitors plenty of privacy and intimacy.

 
 
 

PULAU TINGGI

 

"Pulau Tinggi offers a range of sea sports as well as comfortable accommodation with white sand beach and clear blue sea."

 

Pulau Tinggi or Tinggi Island is one of the many captivating tropical islands that nestles the East Coast of Johor. Its white, sandy beach surrounded by alluring blue waters makes it a perfect haven for those who want to escape from the mundane world. Pulau Tinggi gets its name from a high hill rising 2,000 feet above sea level ("tinggi" is a Malay word for high).

 

It was once an important stopover for spice traders more than 600 years ago. The early Chinese traders called it the General?s Hat Island?, due to its conical shape. Endowed with fresh water; a sheltered harbour, fruit, rattan and timber, it is little wonder the island was so popular with traders.

 

The island is painted green by the lush tropical forest that is rich with rattan, timber and other valuable plants. Its surrounding waters is rich with exotic marine life and beautiful underwater flora fringing its coral reefs, providing a breathtaking underwater view for divers and snorkelling enthusiasts. The island is also blessed with natural fresh water and sheltered harbour, which explains its role as a stopover point for traders in the olden days.

 

Apart from its physical beauty, Pulau Tinggi is also famous for its mystical characters. The locals believe that Malay's most famous hero, Hang Tuah, had stopped here in one of his journeys. It is believed that his spirit still guards the island till these days.

 

Pulau Tinggi is a rich marine ecological region with the Marine Park Centre, providing a wealth of knowledge for the enthusiast. The park is also a breeding ground for giant clams and other attraction is the turtle hatchery.

 

Getting there

From North-South Expressway take the Ayer Hitam exit (Interchange 244) and drive towards Kluang and onwards using the Kluang-Jemaluang trunk road. 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 Tinggi is approximately 45 minute's boat ride from Mersing Jetty.

 
 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST :

ISLAND RETREATS - Southern Cluster

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA