10 Awesome Islands In Johor
Feeling like you need to getaway from it all?
Are you looking for a short trip to an island but unsure where will be better?
Here comes some ideas on 10 best islands off Johor, Malaysia, which is only a few miles of driving distance from Singapore.
Johor Bahru, also known as Tanjung Puteri, is the capital of the Malaysian state of Johor. Malaysian and even Singaporean love travelling to Johor because it is just across the causeway from Singapore. It is a bustling city but still has some oceanic and tropical islands to visit.
The islands near Johor provide interesting tourist attractions, affordable accommodations and great places for diving, snorkeling and beach vacation.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your swimsuits ready and TRAVEL!
10 Most tropical islands near Johor Bahru as below:
- Pulau Tioman
- Pulau Besar
- Pulau Aur
- Pulau Tinggi
- Pulau Dayang
- Pulau Rawa
- Pulau Sibu
- Pulau Tengah
- Pulau Pemanggil
- Pulau Harimau
Pulau Tioman (or Tioman Island) is one of the largest islands in Malaysia. In 1970, this island was proud to be voted as one of the most beautiful islands around the world by Time Magazine. Pulau Tioman is a place which is surrounded by calm and crystal clear water, suitable for thrilling water sports. A few to mention, scuba-diving, snorkeling, water skiing and wind surfing.
How to go Pulau Tioman?
Visitors have to reach the Mersing Jetty for the boat services by public coach services and private car services. But taking the bus is somehow cheaper. Tioman Bluewater Express offers ferry services to Salang Village and Genting Village in Pulau Tioman. Every single trip will be charged for RM15. Visitors can seek for local boat transfer if planning to go to other villages.
Best things to do in Pulau Tioman
Enjoy and relax in this tropical wonderland once you step onto the Tioman Island. Explore the ocean is a must to do when you reach an island, so join scuba diving courses. Go into the sea and see how beautiful the fishes are when they are swimming right beside you.
You can also get a diving license after joining the training courses. It costs around RM1000-RM1500 for the license. A bit pricey but definitely meaningful and challenging in your life. WHY NOT GIVE A TRY?
Do not forget to experience snorkeling in this island. Furthermore, participate in the fishing trips with your friends and family. Go jungle trekking to enjoy the Mother Nature. Also, head off to the Asah Waterfall to see the beauty of water falling. But don’t forget to bring our swimsuit if you’re planning to have a splash at the waterfall!
Visit turtle hatchery in Juara Village to get a chance to know more about turtle and also enjoythe sunset with your loved one!
Best time to visit Tioman Island
Best season- June and July
From March to September, visitors are also welcomed but monsoon season falls from October to February so avoid visitng Tioman Island during this period.
Pulau Besar (or Besar Island) is located just off the East coast of Johor. This island is famous because of it serene beach and clear waters.Another interesting part is that this island had become a paradise island to the foreigners as it had attracted many filming teams to film their movies there after “Expedition Robinson” was film.
How to go Pulau Besar
The only way is by boat from Mersing Jetty. The boat is usually included in the resort package. However, you can still charter a boat for RM200 each. The boat trip will spend for approximately 30 minutes to reach.
Best things to do in Pulau Besar
Do not worry about the activities because you will definitely not feeling boring in this island. You can scroll barefoot on the beach, feeling the warmness and smoothness of the sands. If you’re adventurous enough, just give yourself a try to jump into the sea water. Enjoying the cool water and perfect sunlight at the same time, is the best thing ever to do! And also, if you are diving enthusiast, you have to explore the world of underwater. Go scuba diving and say hello to the memo fish hahaha. Challenge yourself by walking into the jungle and get close to the nature would be the to-do-list in Besar Island.
Best time to visit Pulau Besar
Travel on the months of October to March, which is the rainy season is the best.
Here is the sweet reminder, the island will be closed during March to September. So, do not visit the island between the months.
The peak season is around April to July and also May to June is the most popular season as the sea is most clear during May to June.
Just choose the perfect timing to enjoy this breathtaking scenery!
- Prepare mosquito repellent because there are lot of flies that might kissing you.
- The communication equipment on the island is not improved yet.
Pulau Aur (or Aur Island) is a tourist attraction island because of its corals, lagoons and offshore pools. You will be excited when you visit this island.
How to go Pulau Aur
Still the same, drive yourself to Mersing Jetty. Then, grab a boat at the jetty to bring you to the island which costs about RM50 per trip. From the jetty, it will takes about 4-5 hours to reach Aur Island.
Best things to do in Pulau Aur
The most important is scuba diving! Scuba diving in Aur Island is the best thing ever! Many marine life can be commonly seen include whitetip sharks, jacks, angelfish and bumphead parrotfish. Don’t you feel excited already?!
You have to try the coconut drink in Aur Island because it tastes some much more like 100plus. Drinking coconut drink when sunbathing will keep you stay hydrated and pretty.
Try jungle trekking is also one of the things to do. You will pass by a wooden bridge and start seeing the beauty of Aur Island. WOW!
Lastly, DO NOT forget to take pic with Gunung Batu Cina which is the landmark of the Pulau Aur. You can also post it on Instagram or facebook so that I can hit you a like.
Best time to visit Pulau Aur
Anytime between February and early November.
- There are no network coverage for Digi, U Mobile, Celcom and etc. Only Maxis is available. So, just enjoy your trip without any electronic devices.
- Get ready your sunblock at least you want to experience sun kiss and sunburn. (Tanned skin can still be sexy!)
4. Pulau Tinggi
Pulau Tinggi (or Tinggi Island) is an island near to Johor, have the highest hill among the surrounding islands. As you can see from its name, ‘Tinggi’ means high. So, can you imagine how high the hill is? Tinggi Island provides quiet and comfortable environment to those who really looking for a place to relax.
How to go Pulau Tinggi
Visitors have to reach Tanjung Leman Jetty either by car or local bus. You can reach Pulau Tinggi from Tanjung Leman Jetty or Mersing Jetty which take around 45 minutes speedboat transfer to reach the island. It costs RM5 per trip and children below 4 years old are free of charge.
Best things to do in Pulau Tinggi
Definitely lying on their white sandy beach and enjoy the stunning view of dazzling ocean. You can also experience the marine life by choosing scuba diving. Get close with them and play hide and seek with the fish. If you meet some pretty fish, don’t forget to say hi and take selfie with them. Children are suggested to join snorkeling and feed the fish near the shore to ensure their safety. But do not take the fish home, they might miss their mommy and daddy.
Try hiking at the Mount Semundu at Pulau Tinggi which takes around 3 hours to reach the peak of Mount Semundu. You will definitely get a chance to see the wonderful view of Pulau Tinggi and its surrounding islands. All hard work pay off and even your calories will burn immediately.
Feeling bored at night? Join sightseeing fireflies night! Fireflies night is really a worth to view, as you will feel like you are looking at the “twinkle twinkle little star”. J Lastly, go try kayakingat this island with unlimited fun and joyful.
Best time to visit Pulau Tinggi
Highly recommend everyone to visit between April to September. Do not visit Pulau Tinggi from December to February during monsoon season. This is really unsafe and risky. In June and July, sunny days can be seen almost everyday which mean you can enjoy your vacation throughout the day.
5. Pulau Dayang
Pulau Dayng (or Dayang Island) is the furthest island from the mainland of east Peninsular Malaysia. This place is perfect for those who are seeking for diving and fishing activities.
How to go Pulau Dayang
Mersing Jetty is the jetty that offers ferry service to Pulau Dayang. Do take note that the departure time for ferry is normally on Friday night. It takes about 5 hours to arrive the island.
Best things to do in Pulau Dayang
Scuba-Diving is a must in Pulau Dayang! There are a few diving spots surround the island such as Captains Point, Telok Jawa, Dayang Tip, Rayners Rock and Dayang Jetty. Why not give yourself a try to experience this perfect and fun activity? Fishing is famous in Pulau Dayang so visitors are recommended to visit local fisherman village. It’s a best way to learn fishing skills because the residents are friendly and polite. What to do when you do not feel like diving? Join the snorkeling activity! Visitors can also play beach volleyball and go for sunbathing. You might meet some new friends or even true love there. So, why not?
Best time to visit Pulau Dayang
April to September is the best season to step onto the Island. The water temperature and visibility of water are at normal range during April to September.
During monsoon season, Pulau Dayang is totally closed to public from November to March. Remember not to go to knock their door because no one will respond to you. J
- Please avoid jellyfish season. It is very painful to get stung by them.
- Have some medicine and food before taking the boat because the journey is too long.
6. Pulau Rawa
Pulau Rawa (or Rawa Island) is one of the islands near Johor that mostly people looking for to unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Pulau Rawa is also well-known as Johor’s Maldives. If you feel like visiting Maldives but too expensive? Choose Pulau Rawa!
How to go Pulau Rawa
Visitors have to reach Mersing Jetty for boat transfer. Basically the boat tickets are provided by the resort you stay so you do not have to worry about it. The fees are included in the accommodations fees.
Best things to do in Pulau Rawa
Get your swimsuit ready and join snorkeling! Get ready for the fantastic adventure in this watery wonderland. You will have the opportunity to see the magnificent marine life and get close to them. Hiking is also a way to explore the island and also build your stamina. This will helps you get closer to the nature and distress yourself from life. If you want to try something new: Island hoping! Take a speedboat and head to the islands nearby Pulau Rawa. Every island has their unique story and beautiful parts. You can have a picnic and enjoy the beauty of nature with your family or friends. Furthermore, scuba diving, kayaking and beach volleyballare also available in Pulau Rawa. Here comes the most exciting part: Water slides! Pulau Rawa has its own water slides with different height. You will enjoy the twists and turns when gliding down the slides. If you are nervous, you can scream during the slides. Screaming helps to relieve stress and burn fat. J
Best time to travel Pulau Rawa
Monsoon season (October to February) is closed. It is better to visit between April to September especially June and July.
- Credit card and debit card are not accepted. Visitors have to bring only cash but ATM is available at the Mersing Jetty incase cash insufficient.
- Bring own medicines as there is no hospital and clinic nearby.
7. Pulau Sibu
Pulau Sibu is an island which is just 3 hours away from Singapore. It is made up of several islands: Pulau Sibu Kukus, Pulau Sibu Hujung, Pulau Sibu Tengah and Pulau Sibu Besar with crystal clear sea and white sands.
How to go Pulau Sibu
Visitors have to reach Tanjung Leman then take a boat to Pulau Sibu. The boat ride takes around 30 minutes and costs not more than RM4.
Best things to do in Pulau Sibu
What first comes to your mind when you heard of island? Definitely scuba diving to get closer with all the fish. And also kayaking to build your unity with friends or family. Jungle trekking is also one of the check list in an island trip. If you do not feel like doing anything, you can just lie down and enjoy looking at the blue sky and the beach. Oh ya! Try fishing as well. You can get different fish hooking at your fishing rod anytime to surprise you!
Best time to visit Pulau Sibu
The best time to visit Pulau Sibu is during the months from April to September.
During monsoon season from November to March, there will not be much sea activities to do.
- Dress appropriately for boat rides as you might get wet.
- Remember to bring your insect spray to avoid insects kissing.
8. Pulau Tengah
Pulau Tengah (or Tengah Island) means “middle island”, is in the middle of the east coast of Mesing, Johor, Malaysia. It is being protected in the Johor Marine Park. It is famous due to its white powdery sand beaches and translucent waters.
How to go Pulau Tengah
Mersing Jetty provides a 20 minutes speedboat trip for those who want to visit Pulau Tengah.
Boat fare (one way): RM47.50 for children
RM70+ for adults
Free of charge for kids 4 years old and below
Contact No: 017-7552770/ 017-7552813 (Monday to Friday 9:00am- 6:00pm)
Best things to do in Pulau Tengah
For visitors who visit the island at the end of October will be given an opportunity to witness turtles lay eggs. You must not miss it out as the feeling is wonderful! But please protect the turtles as they are lovely and cute. Go join the turtle watch camp to see how they protect the turtle. Also, you can explore the beautiful underwater world by participating in snorkeling and scuba diving. If you want to have extra relaxation, why not try to join the yoga class? There are also many unique plants there waiting for you to explore!
Best time to visit Pulau Tengah
The monsoon season runs from December until February so try to avoid this few months. The best period is between March till September.
- There is no medical infrastructure so please remember to bring your own medicine.
9. Pulau Pemanggil
Pulau Pemanggil (or Pemanggil Island) is one of the islands that has emaerald-green waters, to make you excited and cannot wait to dive in and see how pretty the underwater world is!
How to go Pulau Pemanggil
Visitors will have to reach Mersing Jetty and take a 4-5 hours boat ride to arrive Pulau Pemanggil. There are two options: Fast boat and slow boat services. Please take note that the fast boat services are more expensive compared to the slow one.
Best things to do in Pulau Pemanggil
Once you reach an island, never miss out the Scuba diving and snorkeling activities to enjoy the beauty of underwater world. You can also try island hopping as there are many pretty islands that suitable for photographing. Just grab your camera and come with us! Pulau Pemanggil even provides some ideal fishing spots. Why not give yourself a try? If you feel like experiencing the local livng and learn their culture. You will have to visit the Pulau Pemanggil’s local village especially Kampung Buau.
Best time to visit Pulau Pemanngil
This island is influenced by monsoon season from October to March. The islands will be closed during this period. Hence, April to September would be the best time to enjoy your trip in Pulau Pemanggil.
- Do not forget to bring along your sunblock and other sunscreen items.
- There are no towels available in the room, you will have to request towel at the counter.
- It is better to bring own extended socket as there might be only one plug in the room.
10. Pulau Harimau
Pulau Harimau (or Tiger Island) is a smaller island that is suitable for half-day trip. It is considered as a sweet spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Let’s discover it with us from top to bottom!
How to go Pulau Harimau
Only boat transfer from Mersing Jetty will take you to Pulau Harimau. You will have to buy your ticket at the counter as most of the resorts will not provide it.
Best things to do in Pulau Harimau
It is a must to travel through the giant cavern of Pulau Harimau. You will be welcomed by a natural private pool with clear and blue waters. This would be the best time and experience to enjoy swimming. If you loves to take photos, do not remember to record the amazing view of Pulau Harimau. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most famous activities in Pulau Harimau as the water of this island has high clarity. You can see through and get close with the fishes and coral reefs beneath the sea water. It is really a paradise for scuba divers!
Best time to visit Pulau Harimau
The monsoon season will falls between December to February so you will have to avoid visiting this island as the monsoon winds will blow you away like the “harimau” roars. J
April to September would be the best months to visit Pulau Harimau.
- Get ready your camera as you might take many photos there.
- Grab a pair of slippers and sport shoes.
- Bring umbrella and sunscreen to protect your baby skin.