Johor State - Peninsular Malaysia
Mersing has expanded in recent years into a busy coastal town, gaining reputation as gateway to some of the most beautiful islands in Peninsular Malaysia. Droplets of islands dimple the waters just off Johore’s coastline..
It all starts with Batu Buau(The Buau Rock). Almost a century ago, a boat carrying an Indonesian family came by these waters. One night, the father had a dream and in this dream he heard a voice beckoning him to settle on the island. The voice as was believed, belonged to the guardian (or the 'Penunggu' in traditional Malay folklore) of the island
This is the main kampung (village) where the first settlers made home. A clinic, a mosque,a police outpost and a school form the backbone of the community. The school is made up of only 15 students with ages ranging from 5 to 12years. One of the reasons many families have moved away from the island is the need to pursue further education for their children. The population of the island has now dwindled to a mere 40 villagers and continues to drop as younger folk leave in search of their destinies.
For a breather, there is a protruding flat rock that faces an opening in the canopy..roughly halfway up the trek. This is a great place for bird watching. There are jungle mynas mimicking the calls of other birds, imperial pigeons preening themselves, wild pigeons cooing, doves flitting by, and parrots hanging off tips of branches. Other forms of wildlife are more difficult to spot. Macaques abound on the island and porcupines
The monsoon season in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia sets in by end-October and lasts through till early-March. But the best time to visit the Pulau Pemanggil is from end-March to June and September to mid-October.
Sibu Island has several unique qualities to it. there are a number of resorts or chalet accommodation that is yet to be discovered by many. The resorts have been there a long time..it's just that some people are lucky enough to find this lost island
Pulau Besar was a host island for the popular reality TV show in Europe called the 'Expedition Robinson' that ended in 2005.
Pulau Aur has always been a stopover point for fishermen. With a supply of frsh water and plenty of fish in the waters, a few later moved their families to the island. However Aur was never the peaceful island as we see now. The deep dark secrets of the wild days are only beginning to unravel within the historic data collected from salvaged treasures hoisted from sunken Chinese junks, sailboats and old merchants ships found shattered in its watery grave
A kampung concept with chalets built on a rocky plateau just off Kampung Pak Kaleh. The resort arranges group trips for minimum of 20pax and there are usually groups going to the island on weekends. If there are only a few of you travelling, you could join these groups for a 3days 2nights trip. All chalet rooms have attached bathroom and fan and package includes boat transfer from Mersing-Island-Mersing and is full -board.
Rawa Island or Pulau Rawa is a little island just off the coast of Mersing, some 35 minutes speedboat ride from the jetty. With only 2 resorts on the island, it is the closest you may be able to get to an island paradise in Malaysia.
Endau Rompin National Park is Johor's largest National Park. Located at the tip of peninsular malaysia, it is unique in its geological structure and its endemic fauna and flora. There are several entrances into this park of which the most popular one is through Kahang way.
In 1892, miner and surveyor H.W.Lake and Lieutenant H.J.Kelsall entered the Endau-Rompin area to conduct scientific research and documentation. They recorded and collected inexhaustible specimens from the area and noted a healthy number of large animals such as elephants, the Sumatran rhinoceros and deer traversing the area
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