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JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

ISLAND RETREATS - Northern Cluster

 
 

THE NORTHERN CLUSTER

STAGING POINT : Mersing & Tanjung Leman

 

Comprises Harimau, Mensirip, Gual, Rawa, Hujong, Tengah and Besar islands. Pulau Harimau, Pulau Mensirip and Pulau Gual are well known scuba diving and snorkeling.

 
 

PULAU TENGAH

 

9 km off the coast of Mersing, sandwiched between Pulau Besar and Pulau Hujong, is the uninhabited island of Pulau Tengah. Gazetted by the Malaysian government as a Marine Park in 1985, its waters support abundant marine life and rare species of fish and coral. Giant Leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs annually, especially during the month of July.

 
 
 

PULAU BESAR

 

"This island has good white sand beach on its western side and one or two secluded beaches on its isolated eastern side."

 

Located only eight km off Mersing, Pulau Besar (literally means "big island") is one of the closest islands to the Malay Peninsula. It is one of the largest islands off the coast of Mersing and is surrounded by Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tengah and Pulau Tinggi. Its proximity to the mainland draws throngs of visitors from the mainland to its stretch of white sandy beach and glistening blue waters.

 

The island's beautiful coral reefs and amazing marine life makes Pulau Besar a superb diving destination and a sheer delight for underwater photographers. Besides that, it is also a great place to enjoy snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing and jungle trekking. To protect its pristine environment from human activities, the Government has gazetted this island as a Marine Park.

 

Formerly known as Pulau Babi Besar, this island is said to have been a pirates' hideout in the olden days. Today, scores of accommodations and other facilities are available here to cater to both vacationers and day-trippers.

 

This blissfully secluded isle has several beautiful beaches and is a haven for underwater adventure. Its long stretch of fine golden coast line has a picturesque Malay village which is a paradise to relax at, stroll leisurely or be caressed by the sea breeze laden with salty smell of the sea.  Visitor to the island may stay at one of the many rustic chalets and enjoy the delights of organised fishing, island hopping excursions, snorkeling and scuba diving. The restaurants at these resorts serve a variety of local and Western cuisine.

 

Getting there

Pulau Besar is approximately 30 minute's boat ride from Mersing Jetty.

 
 
 

PULAU HUJONG

 

Another secluded and uninhabited island 13? km off the coast of Mersing is Pulau Hujong, An enticing island, far from the cares of the world, Pulau Hujong beckons the travellers to endless stretches of swaying palms, glowing white beaches and glassy blue waters teeming with fish and coral. Dubbed the ?Robinson Islands? in Scandinavia, Pulau Hujong served as the location of the popular ?Expedition Robinson? series akin to ?Survivor?.

 
 
 

PULAU RAWA

 

"Rawa Island is unmatched to any other beautiful paradise islands off Mersing. It is renowned for white coral sand, tall palm trees and offshore coral reefs."

 

16km off the coast of Mersing lies Pulau Rawa. Renowned for its spotless stretch of white coral sand beach, tall, swaying palm trees and offshore coral reefs. Famed for its white coral sand, tall palm trees and offshore coral reefs with neon-coloured fish and other exotic marine life, Pulau Rawa is truly a paradise island. The wooden chalets nestled amongst coconut groves strengthen the island?s quaint island hideaway imagery.

 

Rawa Island is unmatched by any other beautiful paradise islands off Mersing. Some of the reasons why people visit Rawa is to indulge in an exhilirating experience of snorkeling, skin and scuba diving, spear fishing and lobster hunting.

 

The island has the most fascinating rock formations which seem to dominate its coastline. Additionally, the wooden chalets in the coconut grove give the entire surrounding a traditional village ambience, rather than a stark, modern beachfront accommodation facility.

 

The island of Rawa is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing. Famed for its tall palm trees, white sand and secluded coves, this is the ideal tropical getaway. Get close to the marine life as neon-coloured fish swim close to shore, right below the jetty and between your ankles! Rawa was - among the earliest islands here to he developed as a tourist destination.

 

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.

 
 
 
 

PLACES OF INTEREST :

ISLAND RETREATS - Northern Cluster

JOHOR - SOUTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA