Pulau Besar is an island off the coast of Johor. It was originally known as Pulau Babi Besar, meaning Big Pig Island, but nowadays the word Babi (pig) is usually dropped from the name, out of respect to the sensitivity of the locals. The original name refers to the wild boars that used to inhabit the island, but have not been seen for a long time.
Pulau Besar is the biggest and southernmost of a row of three islands which includes Pulau Tengah ("Middle Island") in the middle and Pulau Hujung ("End Island") at the end. Pulau Besar itself is about 3-4 km in length, and 2-3 km in with. The highest peak on Pulau Besar is 2000 feet above sea level, making it one of the biggest and tallest island in the Seribuat Archipelago. Pulau Tengah has its own claim to fame, being the setting for the filming of Expedition Robinson. Pulau Hujung was formerly known as Pulau Babi Kechil.
To the north of the three aforementioned islands is another cluster of smaller islands. The biggest of them is Pulau Rawa, and north of it, in sequence, is Pulau Gual, Pulau Mensirip and Pulau Harimau. All these islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters of the South China Sea. They are spectacular on clear sunny days.
Pulau Besar is gorgeous, with clean while sand and surrounded by the emerald sea. The water is crystal clear with visibility of coral reefs.
Getting therePulau Rawa is accessed by ferry from Mersing. Inquire at the Mersing Ferry Terminal. The one-way journey will cost you around RM30. The other smaller islands have to be visited through private boat hire. Ask the resorts for details on transport there.
Dive SitesDive sites at Pulau Besar includes Sakit Mata, Mata Tikus and Janat Aut and Pulau Rawa.
Islands of the Johor Marine Park
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