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Pulau Aur

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Pristine, yet arguably one of the least known of the paradise islands off the east coast of Johor and Pahang, Pulau Aur sits resplendent, flanked by a number of impossibly gorgeous beaches and surrounded by an azure-hued sea that rivals even the famous Maldives waters.

Also known as Aur Island, Pulau Aur's attractions are its paradise-like vistas, abundant marine wildlife and, paradoxically, its relative unfamiliarity amongst the weekend get-away crowd from Malaysia and Singapore.

Pulau Aur rocks and boulders
Pulau Aur rocks and boulders

Nominated Marine Park and National Park status by the Malaysian authorities, Pulau Aur these days offers a couple of lodgings, albeit of a rather laid-back nature. Mostly occupied by scuba-divers and urbanites out for a break, Pulau Aur's resorts consist of basic cottages that come with a bathroom, a fan and other run-of-the-mill accommodation accoutrements required for a simple stay in blissful seclusion.

The view from your Pulau Aur room window?
The view from your Pulau Aur room window?

As is the case for most of the Seri Buat chain islands, scuba-diving is a hot item on Pulau Aur too. But, cearly, that's not to say there's nothing else to do on or around the lovely isle. Obviously, for non-scubadivers, there's snorkelling or just swimming amongst the coral gardens. Or go for a jungle-trek amongst Pulau Aur's exotic and verdant jungle. Or visit Aur's village, Kampung Telik Berhala, to get a taste of authentic Malay life.

Pulau Aur is a nothing short of paradise
Pulau Aur is a nothing short of paradise

Or, if you're keen to explore the area around Pulau Aur, go for an island-hopping excursion, for example to Pulau Harimau, one of Pulau Aur's more rugged sister islands.

Or, if you're into fishing, go for an exciting blue-water angling outing further offshore.

Clearly, unfamiliarity notwithstanding, Pulau Aur has lots to offer.

TIP: November and December are monsoon months, a windy rainy period best avoided. A better time to go to Pulau Aur is January to October, with July and August offering the clearest water and calmest seas. However, a local squall can at any time hit the island, given its proximity to Sumatra Squall Alley. Still, these squalls normally clear up quickly and are often a welcome reprieve from the heat.

How to get to Pulau Aur

Catch the shuttle boat from Mersing to Aur after booking your room with any of the hotels there. The boat journey can be about 3 hours, subject to sea state and size of the boat. If you're a scuba-diver, then the scuba outfit that you've signed up with will arrange for the boat crossing. These boats usually departs at night and arrives in Aur about 4-5 am.

If you prefer going to Aur of your own accord, then you can travel to Mersing by either bus or taxi. From Mersing, you then get on a private speedboat. (See below for additional bus/taxi booking options).

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The bus company that offers Mersing as destination usually go just once per day. In view of this, we suggest booking your bus tickets before the bus fully booked for the day.

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Prefer the comfort and convenience of taking a private car to Mersing, click here for taxi availability and rates.

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