Overview – Pulau Besar once called as Pulau Babi Besar (Big Boar Island) because there used to be many boars on the island. Now, there are no more boars on the island. This island is the best choice for weekend holiday with the family. For some reason, many people know about Pulau Sibu or Pulau Rawa but don’t know about Pulau Besar. This makes it perfect destination to avoid from crowd.
Best Time to Visit – The best period to visit Pulau Besar and avoid the rain season are the months of March, April, May, June, July, August and September. Refer to the chart in the sidebar for details about the monthly average rain volumes and rainy days.Most resorts are closed during the monsoon, from December to Chinese New Year (January or February).
By Ferry – You can take Ferry from Mersing on the mainland for about 30 minutes of journey. Take note that a small MYR5 marine park conservation fee is levied on visitors at the jetty gate.
By car – If you are from Kuala Lumpur, the best road is to take the North-South highway and drive towards south and exit through Segamat. From there continue your journey to Kluang and then to Mersing. The approximate time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing is about 4-5 hours. Othere alternatives way is access through Karak Highway from Kuala Lumpur through Temerloh, Kuantan, Pekan, Kuala Rompin, Tanjung Gemuk to Mersing. From Singapore, visitors can drive up across Causeway to Johor Bahru and follow the coastal road to Mersing passing through Kota Tinggi over 138km of journey. Do not worry where to park your car as parking lot can be secured at the jetty for MYR10* per night.
By bus – For those who wanted to use public transports, you can use buses. Transnational provide service from Kuala Lumpur directly to Mersing with 6 hour of journey every day. The price of the ticket is around MYR33*. Buses are also available from Singapore at Queen and Lavender Street bus Terminals depart early in the morning at 6am with ticket price around SGD35*. After arrive at Mersing station, you have to walk about 10 minutes to the jetty.