7 Best Island in Mersing

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Mersing, a small town on the east coast of Johor which is located 136 km north of the state capital, Johor Bahru has exceptionally picturesque and pristine islands you can visit. The islands (locally called Pulau) have become a very popular destination. They feature interesting tourist attractions, along with great places for diving, snorkelling and beach vacation. Mersing has over 7 islands that attract visitors from both inside and outside the country. Lets explore islands in Mersing !

1. Pulau Aur

Lying about 80 kilometres east of Mersing, Pulau Aur (also called Aur Island) is part of the Johor Marine Park. Though it has not been more than a stopover point for local fishermen for many years, the island is now a popular tourist attraction, notably thanks to its offshore pools, coral lagoons and pristine beaches. From Mersing Jetty, you can board the ferry to Pulau Aur which takes 4 to 6 hours ride.

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2. Pulau Harimau

Pulau Harimau, located in Mersing, Johor which when translated means the Tiger Island, is a deserted location that is not inhabited. The island shows no signs of life but is indeed a perfect location for most scuba divers and those who wish to do snorkelling.

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3. Pulau Tinggi

Nicknamed the “General’s Hat Island” by Chinese seamen hundreds of years ago, Pulau Tinggi is 32 km south-east off the coast of Mersing. It is a peaceful island with white sandy beaches and stunning oceans! The Marine Park Centre provides useful information regarding the island and should be visited to discover the role played by the island in turtle hatchery and giant clam breeding.

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4. Pulau Sibu

Known as the Sibu Islands, Pulau Sibu consists of several islands; which is Pulau Sibu Hujung, Pulau Sibu Besar, Pulau Sibu Kukus and Pulau Sibu Tengah. Some of these islands were also the décor of some seasons of the TV show Expedition Robinson. Sibu Besar, covered by thick vegetation, is the main island. The eastern side of the island has four main beaches, which will offer you white sand, clear water and no crowds.

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5. Pulau Pemanggil

Pulau Pemanggil lies 45 kilometres away from Mersing jetty, requiring  4 to 5 hours boat journey to reach its shore. Along with clear water and gold sand beaches, Pulau Pemanggil will offer you the traditional folklore of its kampung, unforgettable fishing sessions and tasty durians and mangoes straight from the tree.

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6. Pulau Besar

Pulau Besar can be reached after a 30-minute boat journey from Mersing. Pristine beaches and nice resorts, along with splendid coral reefs and sea creatures for your snorkelling hours are found on this beautiful island. The latter is the most popular activity on this island, along with some diving trips to the surrounding islands.

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7. Pulau Rawa

A small, beautiful island, surrounded by clear deep blue water, Pulau Rawa is located 16 km off the coast. The island will mainly attract you to its amazing white beaches, as the interior is the only thick jungle- hard to penetrate. Considering the small size of the island, there is no local transportation on Rawa Island. It would barely take 15 minutes to walk up and down the island’s western coast. As there is no TV and no phone line, prepare yourself for an amazingly relaxing time, away from all your troubles. In a nutshell, welcome to paradise.

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