What is a beach holiday without island-hopping? Join a half-day tour that takes you to three prominent islets south of the main island. Operating in the morning and afternoon, the tours are priced from RM 50 per person. We actually recommend this because the tours will take you to amazing scenic places that are inaccessible on your own.
Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras Basah offer for several hours of recreational activities such as swimming, paddle boating, snorkelling, and sunbathing. Thereafter, a stop at Pulau Singa Besar allows for an eagle-feeding session.
The boat tours generally depart from Teluk Baru Jetty, southern part of Pantai Tengah, and accommodate 8-20 people per boat. Remember to apply and carry along a bottle of sun block to avoid sun burns. Sunglasses and hats are advisable too.
Pulau Dayang Bunting
Located 15 mins away from Kuah Jetty via a boat ride, Pulau Dayang Bunting is an uninhabited island with a large freshwater lake. Apparently, the lake was formed when a large underwater cave collapse decades ago. The name of the isle literally means “Isle of the Pregnant Maiden” as the mountain is shaped like a reclined pregnant lady from afar.
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Legend has it that the Dayang Bunting Lake was the favourite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari. A prince, Mat Teja fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. However, their child suffered a mysterious illness and died at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving princess left the child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. In current times, the locals believe that barren women will become fertile after swimming in the freshwater lake on the island.
After a walk up the long stairs and a down decent slope, you’ll reach the centre where the lake is. The freshwater lake is great for swimming and renting a life jacket is highly recommended as the lake has an average depth of 10 meters without any shallow area. Besides swimming, you can also rent a paddleboat or buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs from a small shop nearby.
Pulau Beras Basah
Pulau Beras Basah (literal meaning “The Island of Wet Rice”) is a very beautiful island with white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees and clear blue sea, with magnificent mountains in the background.
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The waters around the island are shallow and calm enough to swim, banana-boating, parasailing and jet-skiing. Take some time out for yourself and relax with a book or sunbathe if you are not in a mood for water activities.
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The island remains mostly underdeveloped and isn’t very commercialised with no accommodation for travellers, so any overnight stay is not advisable. Please be aware that there are monkeys lurking around, with some constantly targeting your food. I would avoid them if I were you. Some of them are nasty.
Pulau Singa Besar
Despite its name in English “Giant Lion Island”, Pulau Singa Besar is a massive wildlife sanctuary but you won’t see any lions here on the island. The island is home to roaming eagles, monkeys, mousedeer, snakes, monitor lizards, peacocks and hornbills.
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Although the tour does not include a stop to disembark at the island, you can witness an eagle-feeding session at Pulau Singa Besar. Be sure to arm yourself with a camera for photo opportunities as this eagle-feeding session only last for several minutes.
Once the speedboat stops, your guide will inform before throwing pieces of chicken into the sea. Within a few seconds, there are hundreds of white-bellied fish eagles and kite eagles will be diving down from the sky and snatching their food from the waters. It was a spectacular view, yet thrilling but we were somewhat scared to see such a big number of predators diving and clawing up the chicken.