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Pulau DayangLocated a literal stone's throw away from Pulau Aur lies its smaller sibling, Pulau Dayang. Pulau Dayang is known primarily as a scuba-diving island for aficionados from Singapore, Malaysia, as well as from further afield.
That being said, as Dayang is surrounded by gin-clear sea water of a Maldivian blue, this little gem of an island offers plenty of qualities for land lubbers in search of a weekend get-away as well, amongst them the countless sun worshippers and beach vacationers that frequent Dayang most weekends.
Apart from the island's obvious recreational features, Pulau Dayang also played quite an important role in history. Its fresh water and coconut abundance didn't go unnoticed by early sea-faring merchants, who used to sail their junks in search of other traders. Dayang's sheltered shores served as the stop-over of choice to stock up on supplies and fresh water.
Fast-forward to today and you'll find plenty of basic cottage and dorm-type accommodation just behind Dayang's snowy-white stretch of beach, typically occupied by weekend warriors, keen on exploring Dayang's sub-marine attractions by day and playing beach volleyball, followed by chillaxing, by night.
If you're interested in getting your Open Water scuba permit, then consider Pulau Dayang, for two reasons:
1) Its various scuba locations are good for early entries into the scuba world, because they're fairly easy to dive.
2) Dayang has been included in the Marina Park Zone of Johor's archipelago and, as such, it features a comprehensive diversity of marine wildlife.
In fact, apart from the occasional whale shark, don't be surprised to come face to face with rays, barracuda and sharks. And deep-sea fishermen come to Pulau Dayang in hopes of scoring that most magnificent of all trophy fish, the marlin, which tend to roam this neck of the woods.
Dayang is also known for its awesome scenery, its rugged boulder-laden landscape and its uncanny throw-back ambience that, rather than the here and now, more closely resembles an ancient place and time. So bring your photography equipment.
TIP: Note that November to March is monsoon season, a period with strong northeasterly winds and high waves. This time is not the best for scuba diving, because the sea will be murky with sediment. The best time to go to Pulau Dayang is from March to September, with June/August offering the highest water visibility and calmest sea surface. Expect a few local squalls every few days or so, which, typically, are welcome, as they clear up in about an hour, leaving the air cool and vibrant.
How to make your way to Pulau Dayang
Most Pulau Dayang visitors come in with a dive outfit, either from Singapore or Malaysia. Typically, you're collected from their designated pick-up point, after which your shuttle or van heads for Mersing, usually about a 2-3 hour drive. From Mersing, the dive boat departs around midnight, arriving in Dayang by about 5 am. Keep in mind that the boat doesn't always have dedicated sleeping quarters, so you may need to crash on the boat's deck.
If you prefer to go to Dayang on your own accord, then you can use either bus or taxi. (See below for booking details).
The bus and coach operators go to Mersing once per day. As such, we highly recommend reserving your tickets before they're fully booked. NOTE: Busy season is July to September!
If you prefer the convenience of a private vehicle to Mersing, click here for available taxi models and respective rates.
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