Mersing Town, with its estimated population of 21,670 as of 2009, is a favourite layover for local and foreign tourists, as it is the main departure point for ferries to the state’s many offshore island paradise.It lies on the main trunk road, part of Federal Route 3, that connects the south and east of Johor with the east coast of the state of Pahang, its capital of Kuantan in particular.The gateway to the tropical paradise of Tioman Island, Mersing is both the name of a town and district in northeast Johor.The Endau Rompin National Park is Malaysia’s second largest national park. It is the gateway to one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. From Mersing there are two entry points, through Kampung Peta and Kampung Selai.Other than a nexus for travel to Johor’s fantastic islands, Mersing town is one of the only two major towns on the eastern half of the state, the other being Kota Tinggi.
Places to go
As you walk through the lush greenery of this tropical rainforest you are serenaded by the beguiling symphony of the nature. Gunung Arong Recreational Forest offers a refreshing change of scene from the beaches and clear blue waters normally associated with Mersing.
Close your eyes and you hear the sultry sound of rolling waves, feeling the sand beneath your bare feet as if you were on an island, and then you realise that you haven’t yet arrived at your island destination.
From the surface it appears to be the same ocean you’d see anywhere else, but below, a vibrant ecosystem bursting into life thrives completely unbeknownst to you.
As you approach the island you’re mesmerised by its inviting emerald-green waters, beckoning you to dive in and see what wonders it beholds. Pulau Pemanggil is a sequestered island and is one of the furthest off the Mersing coast.
Pulau Rawa would be a rocky, inaccessible islet in the South China Sea if it were not for its idyllic beach. Steep jungle clad slopes embrace the sweep of powdery white beach from behind and land meets water in smooth ripples of soft sand and gently lapping waves. At the
How could it be that a largely developed island manages to preserve its immense natural beauty while maintaining such an aura of serenity and tranquillity? Pulau Sibu Besar, as its name suggests is the largest of the three Sibu islands.
Imagine sitting on a deck with the ocean breeze gently caressing your skin, watching an awe-inspiring sunset after a long, arduous day of relaxing on the beach.
A local seafood haven, Dee Beach Tomyam Seafood Mersing is known for the seafood dishes it serves and its affordable pricing.
The guardian of over 80,000 hectares of some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, The Endau Rompin National Park covers a large part of north west Johor.
One of the uninhibited islands in the waters off Mersing, Pulau Mensirip is another haven for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. A gem that is worth the visit for those whose interest will take them to the waters. d take a look.
Pulau Harimau if translated to English means 'tiger island' is an uninhabited island, its deserted locale serves as a sweet spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Enthusiasts of both pastimes should do well to come here and take a look.
Pulau Tengah, which is literally 'middle island' in English, is famed for the crystal clear waters surrounding it, and is the ideal place for sunbathing and swimming.
Pulau Besar literally means 'large island' in English, is known for its stretches of white sandy beaches, nearby idyllic Malay village and collection of rustic resorts.
A picturesque island with verdant and rocky landscape, Pulau Aur is home to two resorts catering mainly for scuba divers and anglers.
A local food haven, Kedai Ucu selera Kita is known for the many varieties of local dishes it serves and its affordable pricing.
A hidden enclave of sorts, the aptly named Pantai Pasir Lanun which literally means Pirate Sands Beach in English is a gem worth the long journey.
A shallow and sandy beach facing Pulau Setindan, Pantai Air Papan is a popular destination for locals and day trippers who fancy a swim and some fun in the sun.
Located about 26km from Mersing town, The Sanggar Srikandi Beach Resort offers various attractions and activities for visitors who want to experience Mersing’s natural beach and seashore.
D’ Coconut Beach Resort is a tropical haven situated on the island of Pulau Besar, Johor. The island is formally known as Pulau Babi Besar and has been gazetted a marine park.
One of several resorts on the beautiful island and marine park of Pulau Besar, Aseania Beach Resort offers visitors a glimpse of the beauty of the protected ecosystem and its aquatic wild life.