Pulau Besar / Besar Island
The name, Besar Island (formerly known as Pulau Babi
Besar) is strange to many despite its idyllic beaches
and stunning natural beauty. The island which is surrounded
by Rawa Island, Sibu Island & Tinggi Island is characterized
by quiet, clean beaches of powdery white sand that promises
an amazingly spectacular view. Besar Island is fringed
by crystal-clear azure waters that people can actually
catch sight of the abundant reefs. 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.
Rich hues of wild vegetations are dappled throughout
with the lush greens of the coconut palms and tropical
jungles. There are about 7 - 8 small villages that
are still populated by around 100 friendly dwellers
who are mostly fishermen.
Another myth was about a fisherman couple who transformed
into mermaids. This legend is so popular among the
local folks that they believed at one time, a pregnant
fisherman¡¦s 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. During low tide, tourists can see
nibbling marks on the island rocks that proves the
existence of the mammals.
Rising some 2,000 feet above the sea level. One of
the largest islands off the coast of Mersing. Surrounded
by 15 scattered islands. Several long streches of
finest beaches with fine, soft white sand fringe the
island carefully hidden from the outside world. A
place irresistable to those who seek tranquility admidst
charm of a village setting. The area houses most exotic
coral reefs and underwater flora as well as numerous
chalet and restaurant. Besar island is accesible by
boat from Mersing town (approximately 30 minutes).
In the Mersing waters, there are at least 15 small
and scattered islands and each is unique in its own
way. All the while, tourists have only been accustomed
to the popularity of Tioman Island in Pahang and Pemanggil
Island in Johor which actually are situated within
the same area.
This 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. Surprisingly, there is not
a single boar on the island at present and thus, the
reason for the change of name to Besar Island.