Besar Island, Johor

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Besar Island (Pulau Besar)
Besar Island.jpg
Country Malaysia
State Johor
Location South China Sea
 - coordinates 2°26′30″N 103°59′00″E / 2.44167°N 103.98333°E / 2.44167; 103.98333Coordinates: 2°26′30″N 103°59′00″E / 2.44167°N 103.98333°E / 2.44167; 103.98333

Besar Island (Malay: Pulau Besar), formerly known as Babi Besar Island, is an island in Mersing District, Johor, Malaysia.


It is said that this island got its former name, Babi Besar 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 and thus, the island was renamed as Besar Island.


The island, which is surrounded by Rawa, Sibu and Tinggi Island, is characterised by quiet, clean beaches of powdery white sand and crystal-clear azure waters.[1] 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 (3.7 km) around the island.

The island's highest point rises some 845 feet (258 m) above the sea level. Rich hues of wild vegetation are dappled throughout with the lush greens of the coconut palms and tropical jungles.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The island is divided into 6 villages, which are:

  • Atap Zing Village
  • Batu Hitam Village
  • Busong Village
  • Teluk Bakau Village
  • Teluk Kampa Village
  • Teluk Penagat Village


Besar Island jetty

The island is accessible by boat from Mersing Town in Johor mainland.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aseania Resort Pulau Besar, Mersing, Johor". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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