Besar Island / Pulau
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.