Pulau Besar, “Big Island”, about thirty minutes by boat from the coastal town Mersing, Johor, is a calm and stunning natural beautiful paradise Island. It is out of this world, a paradise on the earth by itself.
Pulau Besar - long stretch of finest beach
Initially the island was uninhabited; there were only the occasional fishermen and known as Pulau Babi Besar – “Big Boar Island” due to the wild boar that used to roam freely here and there within the island, but of which there are now remain no trace.
Natural Beautiful Paradise Island
Although the name is unique, however, it looks romantic sensitive and strange to many despite its idyllic beaches and stunning natural beauty to certain people.
With no boars to watch out for and to protect the 60 species of marine life undersea nature has endowed, the Besar Island and the surrounding islands was gazette as a “Marine Park” by Malaysian Government and under administration of Marine Parks Department.
Any activities especially jet ski or personal watercraft that can harm the natural habitats within 2 nautical miles around the island is strictly prohibited.
Stunning natural beauty, dissolving human barriers
There was a legend widely spread among the local folks which associated with the name of the island, so the legendary story goes,once upon the time, a lovely fisherman couple who lived happily on the island.
Arrive on the island - happy moments
The wild boars are one of the most noticeable traces of wild animals at this Besar Island and nobody knows how many big wild boars there are in the first place. The lovely couple have peaceful moments, but not for very long. One day, while taking their usual walk along the beach, the fisherman and his pregnant wife were being chased and attacked by a big wild boar.
Real fresh fish
They fell down in the white sand beach while running for live. The mad wild boar just tried to grab the bloody gentleman, but the brave gentleman got up, grappled for his knife and fought back, stabbing the mad wild boar.
The other side of Big Island
Finally he managed to kill the mad wild boar, heroically saved the life of his loving wife. For immediate treatment of their injury, they need to get the medicine as quickly as possible. They run for the seaweed in the sea as it is believed to have a remarkable capacity to heal their wounds.
Unexpectedly, the lovely couple turned into mermaids after eating an enchanted kind of seaweed. Day after days, the other remaining boars disappeared in the wild, just as salt dissolves in water.
Even until today, many claimed that mermaids floating in couples are sometimes seen eating seaweed around the island. The nibble marks that appear on the rocks at low tide, however, were originally considered as their trident doing proof left behind and the existence of the mammals.
Chalet -very relaxed stay
The alternative legendary story goes on and is told and retold from one generation to another but some facts were long lost in this legendary story.
Jasbeer Singh Khaira, General Manager, ASEANIA Beach Resort(left)
Surrounded by Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tengah and Pulau Tinggi, Besar Island in recent years has become famous as the location for the island is distinctively beautiful and tranquil hideaway which make up by powdery white beaches, lush green jungle and turquoise waters dotted with coral reefs.
Excellent food- 5 star
Apart from the unique resorts and tropical jungles,there are about 20 dwellers mostly fishermen who live in small fishing village along the shoreline. The head of the village is a woman.
It was great to stop off at Aseania Beach Resort as it offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy the excellent food under natural beauty and exclusive environmental comforts.
Natural beauty and exclusive environmental for enjoying food
Rising some 2,000 feet above the sea level, long stretch of finest beach with fine, soft white sand, clear blue water, un-spoilt beauty and luxury in paradise; personally, I have a very relaxed stay on Besar Island.