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Pulau Aur

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.

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.

Yes, scuba-diving is a hot item on Pulau Aur, but that's not to say there's nothing else to do here. Obviously, for non-scubadivers, there's snorkelling or just swimming amongst the coral gardens. Or go for a jungle-trek amongst Pulau Aur's dense jungle. Or visit Aur's village, Kampung Telik Berhala, to get a taste of authentic Malay life.

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 angling outing further offshore.

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

TIP: December to February is monsoon, a windy rainy period best avoided. A better time to go to Pulau Aur is March to September, with June to 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 hitch a ride on the scuba outfit boat that you've signed up with. The boat usually departs at night and arrives in Aur about 4-5 am.

If you prefer going to Aur of your own accord, then note that you can travel to Mersing by either bus or by taxi. (See below for booking options).

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The bus company that goes offers the Mersing destination usually go just once per day. In view of this, we suggest booking your bus tickets before they're fully booked for the day. NOTE: Peak season is August till October

Prefer the comfort of taking a private car to Mersing, click here for taxi availability and rates. Last-minutes available. No booking fee.

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Pulau Aur rocks and boulders
Pulau Aur rocks and boulders

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

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

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