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With the surroundings of the South China Sea, the islands of Johor offer
crystal clear waters and a rich diversity of marine life and magnificent
coral reefs. Over twenty of the islands are protected and designated
marine parks where one can come in close contact with nature.
Some of the islands feature picturesque fishing
villages and lush green vegetation inviting you to explore further away
from the beach. For some adventure, hike through the jungle trails leading
to unspoilt mangrove swamps. Nestled off Johor’s eastern coast the most
prominent are The islands of Sibu, Rawa, Pemanggil, Aur, Tinggi, Besar,
Mersing is a pleasant town known for its large bustling fishing fleet.
It is also the setting-off point for a large number of islands in the
South China Sea, including the well-known Pulau Tioman in the state of
The Mersing Boat Hire Association provides boats for inter-island travel
or fishing. In the Mersing waters, there are at least 15 small and
scattered islands and each is unique in its own way. All the while,
tourists have only been accustomed to the popularity of Pulau Tioman in
Pahang and Pulau Pemanggil in Johor which actually are situated within the
From Kuala Lumpur, head south on the North-South Expressway heading
towards Singapore. Take the turn-off to Air Hitam. From here, drive
towards Kluang, then towards Kahang town. From there, just follow the
signs to Mersing. Another route on the North-South Expressway is to take
the Senawang turn-off and head towards Tanjung Gemuk, before making south
again on the coastal road to Mersing. Either way, the trip takes five to
six hours and cuts through some deserted countryside, so make sure your
tank is full and your car is in decent condition.
Located 72km south of Mersing, it's the departure point for boats that go
to Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Sibu and Sibu Besar. Travelling time by car from Singapore is about 3 hours and 2 hours from
It's safe to leave your car at Tanjung Leman.
Rising 2,000 ft above sea level, this large and uninhabited island was
once an important stopover for spice traders 600 years ago. The Chinese
traders called it the ‘General’s Hat Island’ due to its conical shape.
With a long coastline and white sandy beaches dotted with caves, it is
endowed with fresh water, a sheltered harbour, fruit, rattan, timber and
an extinct volcano to trek and climb if you wish.
The sea around it are teeming with coral, fish and reef making it a
photographic heaven. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are some of
the more popular pursuits here.
Location: Nine nautical miles off the coast of Mersing on the South China
It is an hour away by boat from Mersing.
Pulau Rawa is popular among Singaporeans and international tourists. This
is a beautiful coral island covered with white coral sand and tall palm
trees. It has many caves for exploration and offshore coral reefs rich in
marine life. Among some of the more popular sea sports here are
snorkeling, scuba diving fishing, shell-collecting, lobster-hunting, and
underwater photography. Accommodation is available in comfortable chalets
set amidst idyllic rural surroundings.
The island is famed for its clean white beaches, clear blue waters and
offshore coral reefs. The lush tropical vegetation which abounds further
inland lends an air of restful ambience. There are facilities for
snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing and angling. Shipwrecks
off its coast may also be found.
More on Johor Islands of Pulau Lima / Pulau Tengah / Pulau Pemanggil /
Pulau Aur / Pulau Besar
Where waters are blue and visibility averages about
Dive Sites / Wall Dive Site
Accommodations & Amenities
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