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Pulau Besar
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There are two islands with the same name Pulau Besar. One is near the coast of Melaka and the other one is in the South China Sea. This is about the last one. It's located off the east coast of Johor - 15 km from Mersing.
Pulau Besar is surrounded by many nearby islands, like Pulau Mensirip, Pulau Hujung, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Harimau. Even Pulau Tengah  on which Survival and Expedition Robinson was filmed, is close to Pula Besar. Divers will be able to dive at Jahat/ Aut, Sakit Mata, Mata Tikus and Rawa.
The island is characterized by quiet, clean beaches of powdery white sand that promises an amazingly spectacular view. Crystal clear waters surround the island; Pulau Besar. The waters are so clean that visitors can even see the many reefs from the surface. 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 activity that can harm their natural habitats within 2 nautical miles around the island.

Aseania Resort

Chaletjes van D'Coconut

There are many interesting activities. One can go snorkelling, fishing, diving or take a trip to all the nearby islands. Visitors can trek through the woods to see the tropical plants and animals or visit a 'kelong' to see the fishermen hauling up their nets laden with the bountiful harvest from the sea.
The wild vegetation of the tropical jungle are rich in many different green colours and the sight of coconut palm dotting the landscape is a normal one. There are about 7 – 8 small villages that are still populated by around 100 friendly dwellers who are mostly fishermen.

Pulau Besar is rising some 2,000 feet above the sea level. So this is one of the largest islands off the coast of Mersing
The island got its former name, Pulau Babi Besar, (directly translated as Big Boars Island) from the numerous wild boars that roamed the island before man inhabited the place.
Nowadays there is not a single boar on the island at present and for that reason they changed the name to Pulau Besar.

Here, you can find many species of the giant cockle that live on the ocean floor and 6 of them can only be found around Mersing waters.A number of the surrounding islands such as Pulau Aur, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Tinggi and Pulau Rawa have been identified as new habitats for the new generation of the giant cockles.
These cockles have a life span of 70 years. They are 1-metre long and can weigh as much as 200 kilograms. Tourists will be able to set their eyes on these lovely shelled-creatures while snorkelling in the breathtakingly picturesque underwater.

De jetty van Pulau Besar
The jetty of Pulau Besar

From Mersing, there are several services. Seagull express and catamaran ferries are air-conditioned and comfortable. Speed boats leave every hour. Their first service starts at 7.30am. It takes about  half hour to reach.

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Nb: Radin is now: Aseania Resort

  D'Coconut Island Resort

Perfectly surrounded by white sandy beaches with clear blue waters, this property makes a perfect destination for the snorkelers. Enjoy modern amenities while your stay, with beautiful rooms featuring air condition, attached bathroom with hot and cold shower and mini fridge. You can also enjoy meals at the onsite restaurant that serves a mixture of local and western cuisine while capturing the beautiful views of the sea. For leisure, swim in the beautiful onsite pool, or enjoy activities at the beach that includes canoeing, island hopping, fishing trips to nearby islands or the adventurous jungle trekking. D'Coconut Island Resort makes an ideal base for guests who desire to spend few days away from the busy city lives.

Rooms from USD 39 per night

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  Aseania Resort

Nestled amidst a pacific haven, Aseania Resort Pulau Besar is surrounded by blue pristine ocean and a myriad of brilliant venues. Whether its a romantic getaway, family vacation or a friend gathering, this place has got something for everyone. Guests can indulge in the adventurous activities like snorkeling, diving and much more. At the same time, leisure guests can relax by the pool while sipping their signature cocktail. Featuring beautiful villas, they are a perfect blend of traditional and local interior designs and state of the art facilities. Indeed a rich, tropical and luxurious resort, Aseania Resort Pulau Besar is simply magnificent. Having served as the film location for “Expedition Robinson”, Pulau Besar’s heavenly setting is also truly unforgettable. To preserve its pristine beauty and precious marine life, the government has proclaimed the island as a marine park. This secures the natural habitat found within 2 nautical miles of the island

Rooms from USD 50 per night

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Please note that the hotel provides only 1 boat transfer daily to/ from Mersing and Pulau Besar at an additional cost which is payable directly at the resort. Daily boat return transfer schedule:
From Feb - 31 Oct 2011.
From Mersing to Pulau Besar - 12.30 pm only
From Pulau Besar to Mersing - 10.30 am only
Boat Fares:
Adult (Return): RM95 per person
Children (Return): RM75 per person (below age 1 - 12 years old).
Boat Charter is available and it is chargeable at RM550 per way (max 10 persons). Flight details information is required for boat charter arrangement.
All boat fares are to be paid upon arrival. Guest will be required to be at the Jetty at least 30 minutes prior to the boat departure time.








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