Are you searching for a new paradise to feed your wanderlust? Pulau Dayang is the answer! The crystal blue salt water and the bright white sandy beach of Pulau Dayang would take your breath away.
Located approximately 65km Northeast of Johor, it is one of two most remote island in West Malaysia, the other one would be its neighboring island, Pulau Aur. It would take 2 to 3 hours boat ride just to get to this hidden gem. But do not be alarmed as the long boat ride is worth it! That is to say, the remoteness from the mainland is one of the strength of Pulau Dayang as it is the best place for you to relax and enjoy your vacation.
This article will break down on what to do, where to stay and how to get to Pulau Dayang. So, buckle up and read on!
What to do in Pulau Dayang?
There’s quite a number of activities that you can do to maximize your vacation in Pulau Dayang. Let us take a look shall we?
1. Scuba-Diving and Snorkeling
Pulau Dayang is one of 4 islands that is under the care of Johor’s Marine Park. This is because the surroundings of the islands is one of the biodiverse zone for underwater life in Malaysia.
If you are a diving enthusiast, do not miss the opportunity to dive in Pulau Dayang! The vibrant and healthy corals that lives for decades of years and the crystal clear sea water have made Pulau Dayang one of the best spots for experienced and new divers to dive. The underwater world that surrounds this small rocky island is an experience you would not want to miss.
On the other hand, if you are not into diving, you can go snorkeling around the island which is more casual. The coral reefs on the skirt of the offshore could also give you the experience of the beautiful underwater life.
Moreover, there many diving spots that you could choose from. For instance, Dayang Tip, Captain Point, Telok Jawa, Rayner’s Rock and Dayang Jetty.
Pulau Dayang is known by fishermen and anglers from in and out of Malaysia for its fishing gulf. This is due to the fact that the coral reefs around the island is a habitation of various interesting fishes.
What’s more, it is also home to the fastest fish in the world, the Black Marlin. Hence, increasing the island’s reputation as a unique place to fish.
Plus, any spot on the island is a good place to fish, The calmness of the island would make any fisherman crazy about the place! This is all thanks to the great distance between the island and the mainland. Many fisherman and anglers have come to the island to fish peacefully and also calm their mind.
Truly, Pulau Dayang is one of eden of fishing for fisherman all over the world.
3. Sunrise and Sunset watching
Who would want to miss this two most beautiful views in the world? The golden rays of the sun that crashed onto the calm wavy ocean which creates the shimmering light -a view you could not find in the bustling busy city. These views would add more to peacefulness and zen that you are looking for!
If you are going to Pulau Dayang with your better half, this is the perfect activity to look forward to! How romantic it would be to have you stroll around the beach while the sun sets or rises. In addition, it would make a great photos for your Instagram feeds!
Other than the activities that you could find on the waters of the island, there are also activities on the island itself such as hiking! Most people would not want to get all sweaty on their vacation but the end result of hiking in Pulau Dayang is worth it.
Nonetheless, the track to the top is not as easy as it may seems. But fret not, because there will be friendly experienced local guides that would guide you throughout the journey! They would ensure the safety of the hikers and also would show you the right paths.
Along the way, you would have to vertically climb up a cliff which is quite challenging. So, keep in mind to wear something appropriate!
The hiking would usually take approximately 40 minutes and when you have reached the top, all of the challenges you have faced along the way is worth the effort. Another spectacular view for your Instagram feed!
On the side note, hiking could also increase your health and is a great way to enjoy the floras and faunas on the island.
Where to stay in Pulau Dayang?
Although the amount of tourists, fisherman and divers increase, there is only one resort where you can check in – the Dayang Blue Resort. But don’t sweat! The Dayang Blue Resort can accommodate the maximum of 300 visitors!
The resort offers stunning and comfortable chalets that overlooks the awesome beach. So, you don’t have to strangle your mind looking for the best chalet to settle in because each one of them is equally the best.
There is also a restaurant where you can dine in which serves local foods. Vegetarian foods are also provided for those who needs it. What’s more, they also provide barbeque at night which is finger-licking good!
When is the best time to go to Pulau Dayang?
The perfect time to go to Pulau Dayang would be from February to November where the sea is not controlled by the moinsoon wind from the South China Sea.
Specifically for diving, the best time is from June to September where the water is crystalline as you will see the vibrants of the underwater world clearer.
Then again, please note that there will be the jellyfish season so that you would be more prepared and cautious when diving.
How to get to Pulau Dayang?
To get to Pulau Dayang, you must first get to the Mersing Jetty which is approximately 2 hours drive from Johor Bahru and 3 hours drive from Singapore. You can drive by yourself by taking the Laluan Persekutuan 3/AH18 from Johor Bahru or you can hire a private car such as JohorTransport.
From the Mersing Jetty, you have to take the ferry or a speed boat service that will take you to Pulau Dayang. The ferry usually takes up to 5 hours to arrive while the speed boat is only 3 hours approximately.