Mersing, Malaysia · 4 hotels available
Pulau Babi Besar got its former name directly translated as Big Boar’s Island due to the numerous wild boars that roamed freely in the island before man inhabited the place. Nowadays, there is not a single boar on the island and thus the island was renamed as Besar Island.
Besar Island is an island off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia and is accessible by boat from Mersing town approximately 30 minutes. The highest point of Besar Island rises some 2000 feet above the sea level. The island which is surrounded by Rawa Island, Sibu Island and Tinggi Island is characterized by quiet, clean beaches of powdery white sand and crystal clear azure waters. To preserve the unspoiled marine life, the Government has gazetted it as a marine park to protect around 60 species of marine life from any activities that can harm their natural habitats within 2 nautical miles around the island.
A local myth was about a fisherman couple who transformed into mermaids after eating an enchanted kind of seaweed is still told here. This legend is so popular among the local folks that they believed at one time, a fisherman’s pregnant wife was craving for a kind of seaweed, that is plentiful in the Mersing waters. After eating, she turned into a mermaid and the heartbroken husband became one too after eating the same seaweed. Until today, it is claimed that mermaids floating in couples can sometimes be spotted eating seaweed around the island and some say that the nibble marks that appear on the rocks at low tide is their doing.
In recent years, this island has become famous as the location for the Scandinavian reality show ‘Expedition Robinson’, where contestants are stranded on a remote island and have to fend for themselves while competing for a cash prize.
There are flights to Johor Bahru provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. From the Senai airport, guests may hail a taxi to reach Tanjung Leman jetty for the boat services getting into Besar Island.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the North South Expressway (PLUS) exiting at Kota Tinggi exit before continuing the journey towards Tanjung Leman jetty. There is a secure car park at the Tanjung Leman jetty. Boat services to Besar Island are available at Tanjung Leman jetty.
From Kuala Lumpur, the available express bus is Transnasional that will stop at Mersing bus terminal while Causeway Link, S&S Ekspres and Transnasional offers the route to Mersing bus terminal coming from Johor Bahru. From Mersing bus terminal, guests may hail a taxi to Tanjung Leman jetty for the boat services getting into Besar Island.
Boat services to Besar Island are available at Tanjung Leman jetty. All resorts have their own boat services and timings are mostly arranged according to guests’ needs when making a reservation, considering the boat availability and tidal conditions. Boat transfers are either included in packages or charged on a per person basis. In addition to the boat transfer costs, guests also need to buy a ticket for the use of the jetty.
Snorkelling trip just off Besar Island or to the surrounding islands is an excellent way to get to see the colourful marine life up close. The giant cockle – a massive type of clam – is one of the species that is commonly found in the water here. It can grows up to one and a half metres in length and can weigh up to 70 kilograms. An all-day long snorkelling and island hopping trip may include several stops such as to Pulau Harimau, Pulau Mensirip, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tengah and Pulau Hujung.
While there may be no more wild boars on Besar Island, the jungle still provides a variety species of floras, faunas and wild life. Own jungle trekking or with a guide surely be a satisfying experience. To explore the water around the island, renting a sea kayak is a great activity. Other beach activities related to have fun with the family are swimming at the beach, playing beach volleyball, building sandcastles, relaxing and sunbathing while enjoying the scenery.
This hotel provides simple room with basic amenities and facilities for its guests. A convenient accommodation choice when staying in Besar Island.
This resort has a great location within Besar Island and provides easy access for getting around. The rooms provided are well equipped for a comfortable stay in Besar Island.
One of the most common preferred hotel situated in Besar Island. This hotel is likable by many tourist travelling solo, accompanied with friends or family.
This city hotel is a perfect choice for people seeking for holiday activities at Besar Island while staying in Mersing town. Get the most excellent services and make the stay a memorable experience.
Aseania Resort is a luxurious chalet resort, preserved in the charm of traditional Malay village and blending harmoniously with the exotic tranquillity. For family vacation or leisure, this place provides a satisfactory comfort during the stay in Besar Island.