Johor Islands Beaches in Malaysia : Nature Lovers Heaven

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Johor islands in Malaysia having worthy crystal clear waters, powdery white sand and colorful marine life.

The southernmost state of the peninsula, is heaven for nature lovers. The state has an unbroken coastline flanked by the South China Sea in the east, extending around its southern tip to the western shoreline overlooking the Straits of Malacca.

Main Attractions of Johor Islands Beaches in Malaysia



Johor Bahru, the state capital, is the site of several historical buildings and landmarks.

Like a necklace of glittering jewels, the islands of Sibu, Rawa, Pemanggil, Aur, Tinggi, Besar, Tengah, Mensirip and Hujung lay nestled off Johor’s eastern coast.

They are accessible from Mersing, a charming coastal town and the jumping-off point to the worldrenowned Tioman Island.

Lush vegetation and endless stretches of golden beaches characterise the Sibu Group of Islands.

They are accessible from the Tanjung Leman jetty, 60km from Mersing. The islands abound with water sports such as snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Opt for a visit to the nearby kelong, where anchovies are caught.


For some adventure, hike through the jungle trails leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps. 

The island of Rawa in Johor Islands Beaches in Malaysia

The island of Rawa is perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing. Famed for its tall palm trees, white sand and secluded coves, this is the ideal tropical getaway.

Get close to the marine life as neon-coloured fish swim close to shore, right below the jetty and around your ankles!


Pemanggil in Johor Islands Beaches

Pemanggil is the largest among the cluster of islands of Johor. Squid fishing is an enjoyable seasonal sport here. Other popular activities are jungle-trekking, snorkeling and diving. 

More islands to discover in Johor Islands Beaches

The islands of Tinggi, Besar, Tengah, Mensirip and Hujung are idyllic secluded getaways. These islands boast beautiful beaches with shady cool trees and clear waters. Perfect for simply working on nothing but a tan!



Over on the mainland, the popular seaside destination of Desaru commands a magnificent view of South China Sea, and boasts 25km of inviting beaches fringed by palm trees and casuarinas.

Located at the southeastern corner of Johor, the waters here are conducive for swimming, waterskiing, canoeing and catamaran sailing.

In Desaru, you can also enjoy thrilling adventures such as learning how to fly an ultra-light aircraft or take part in a go-kart race.

Other forms of recreation include jungle trekking, horseback riding, archery and off-road adventures.

The Desaru International Triathlon and Monsoon Mayhem are two of the exciting annual events that can be found here. 


Mersing is the main staging point to Johor’s islands in the South China Sea. It is 138km north of Johor Bahru or a two-hour drive from there.

Tourists can also make travel arrangements with tour operators stationed here. Nearby beaches of Penyabong, Air Papan, Teluk Buih and Tenglu are also worth visiting.


How to get to Johor Islands

From Kuala Lumpur, drive along the North-South Expressway and exit in Kluang to get to either Mersing or Tanjung Leman. Both serve as departure points to the islands.

Mersing and Tanjung Leman can also be accessed from Johor Bahru via Kota Tinggi. The drive to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur takes about four hours. Overnight buses are available from Kuala Lumpur and the journey takes about six hours. From Singapore, Mersing can be reached in two and a half hours by car.

Getting To to Johor Islands By Rail

KTM has rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Kluang. From Kluang, public transportation is available to the jetty.


Useful Contacts

Tourist Information Centre

Bangunan Sultan Iskandar

Tel: +607 227 0822

E-mail: [email protected]

Tourist Information Centre

JB Sentral

Tel: +607 224 4133

E-mail: [email protected]



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