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Melaka day journey to the bizarre tiny island Pulau Besar


Whereas engaged on a journey writing project up in Malaysia‘s state of Melaka, I ventured exterior of the colourful Melaka Metropolis heritage space and one of many locations I found was this unusual little island known as Pulau Besar which makes for a fairly fascinating Melaka day journey when you’re into offbeat areas and doing a little bit mountaineering. Right here’s my Pulau Besar information and tips about tips on how to get there.

About Pulau Besar

Situated 10km off the southeast coast of Melaka, Pulau Besar is an odd little island that’s largely visited by home vacationers at present who go there to relax on the seaside and camp out, pay pilgrimage on the few sacred tombs on the island or take a small hike.

A word that there’s a Pulau Besar in Johor as nicely – it is a completely different island that’s part of Melaka.

Melaka’s Pulau Besar was as soon as slated for luxurious tourism growth and although these plans ultimately fell by means of, you possibly can nonetheless see the stays of the resorts and golf course that they have been inbuilt anticipation of many vacationers, however as a result of there have been conflicts with the spiritual teams due to the sacred graves across the island, issues simply by no means actually took off.

I might suggest Pulau Besar for individuals who like being outside and exploring completely different sides of Melaka. Preserve your expectations very low – the stuff right here isn’t notably wow or must-see, however it undoubtedly made for an uncommon day journey. Additionally, I ended up making some new buddies who took me round to discover extra of Melaka on my final day!

Melaka Pulau Besar Beach Sign Me
Me on Pulau Besar

The way to get to Pulau Besar

Pulau Besar is positioned offshore east of Melaka Metropolis in Merlimau. It’s essential first discover your approach to Anjung Batu Jetty about half an hour’s drive away from Melaka Metropolis, after which take a 15 minute ferry trip throughout the water.

Attending to Anjung Batu Jetty

By Driving: I took a Seize automobile from Melaka Metropolis which value 40 RM. My driver was fairly good and even made a brief detour to the Portuguese Settlement for a fast look-see en path to the jetty.

I actually lucked out on the best way again as a result of I met a very nice Malaysian-Singaporean couple on the ferry, they usually have been satisfied there was no approach I might name a Seize on the ferry terminal, so that they gave me a carry of their personal automobile again to the town.

My suggestion when you’re not planning to hire a automobile and drive your self (there’s a carpark on the jetty) is to get the contact information of the taxi/Seize who despatched you to the terminal and make a personal association with them to choose you up at a set time and ship you again.

Melaka Pulau Besar Anjung Batu Jetty Building
Anjung Batu Jetty from the carpark

By Bus: Panorama Bus 6A from Melaka Sentral Bus Station to Muar will cross by the bus cease for Anjung Batu Jetty however it solely runs each two hours and it runs from Melaka Sentral (doesn’t cross by means of the primary historic space). The bus cease itself is about quarter-hour stroll away from the ferry terminal.

Attending to Pulau Besar

Public Ferry: Presently there are simply 3 public ferry timings from Anjung Batu Jetty: 8am, 12pm, 5pm. There was once extra pre-COVID however this was the most recent timetable that that they had once I visited in Oct 2023. The return ferries from Pulau Besar are at 815am, 1215pm and 515pm – ensure you catch the 515pm ferry when you don’t intend to remain in a single day. A spherical journey ticket prices 15 RM.

Melaka Pulau Besar Anjung Batu Jetty
Public ferry at Anjung Batu Jetty
Melaka Pulau Besar Ferry Public Schedule
Public Ferry schedule from Anjung Batu to Pulau Besar in Nov 2023
Melaka Pulau Besar Ferry Interior
Inside the ferry
Melaka Pulau Besar Ferry Ticket
Public ferry ticket

Chartered Speedboat: You probably have a small group or simply need essentially the most flexibility, you possibly can constitution a personal speedboat to fetch you again. The boat can take a most of 8 individuals and prices 120 RM.

Melaka Pulau Besar Ferry Chartered Contact
Contact particulars and priving for the personal speedboat constitution from Anjung Batu to Pulau Besar
Melaka Pulau Besar Beach View of Jetty
The primary seaside the place the speedboats cease – the Anjung Batu jetty the place the general public ferry stops is within the background

Issues to notice: The standard public ferry is a bigger boat, however when the tide is just too low, the ferry will get grounded at Anjung Batu. As an alternative they are going to dispatch the speedboats as a substitute which is what occurred in my case the place a few guys within the speedboats yelled out directions (all in Malay), and everybody trooped over to the seaside as a substitute. Fortunately there have been some English audio system who have been form sufficient to inform me what was happening and I simply adopted everybody.

Issues to do on Pulau Besar

Pulau Besar is just not a really massive island. I walked round many of the island in about 3 hours or so, and I’ll present you a few of the issues I noticed alongside the best way. I took an anti-clockwise stroll across the perimeter of many of the island.

Right here’s my Google map of the island, although you may additionally need to use OpenStreetMaps on this case which appears to indicate clearer paths that you may stroll.

Northeast: Jetty space

The jetty is positioned on the northeastern nook of the island. This stretch all alongside the east aspect of the island is the place many of the exercise takes place.

Melaka Pulau Besar Jetty
Strolling down the jetty. The primary seashores are to the left
Melaka Pulau Besar Beach from Jetty
This seaside is the place the speedboats drop their passengers. Individuals who swim are sometimes additional down the seaside

There may be purported to be a little bit museum and knowledge centre about Pulau Besar round right here, however it was closed despite the fact that I used to be on the island on a Saturday.

Melaka Pulau Besar Info Centre
Pulau Besar Data Centre

It seems like there are some seaside actions – when you needed to hire a kayak, you can give the numbers on the signal a name. Apparently recreation actions are by Redtma Journey, so you can strive dropping them a word as nicely when you’re actually eager on having stuff to do on the island, however no ensures from me…

Melaka Pulau Besar Beach Kayak Rental
Melaka Pulau Besar Seashore Kayak Rental

East Coast: Tombs and Tenting

There are some paved paths that lead you alongside the coast down the jap aspect of the island. This evidently is the place most individuals are as there are amenities constructed right here, like benches, tables, playgrounds and even some good boardwalks.

Melaka Pulau Besar Path Boardwalk
Boardwalk detour over the water
Melaka Pulau Besar Beach Camping
Additional down the seaside is the tenting/swimming space on the left

You may even discover a handful of meals stalls right here when you want one thing to eat, together with bogs. Lots of people introduced alongside their very own picnics and meals to eat alongside the seaside as nicely.

Melaka Pulau Besar Food Stalls
Meals Stalls

There are a number of tombs simply subsequent to the seashores like that of Sultan Al Ariffin Syeikh Ismail, a distant relation of the prophet Muhammad and related to the early unfold of Islam in Malaysia.

Be sure to are modestly dressed round right here even when you plan to swim or you can get into critical hassle for ‘indecent acts’ – heed the various indicators reminding you of this close by. 

Melaka Pulau Besar Sultan Al-Ariffin Tomb
Sultan Al-Ariffin’s Tomb
Melaka Pulau Besar Sign Indecency
No indecency indicators

Southeast/Southwest: Coastal Views

In direction of the southern finish of the island, the seashores and crowds fall away and issues begin getting inexperienced once more. I needed to around the southern tip of the island, however there have been some fallen branches in the best way so I needed to minimize throughout the island to the west aspect and made my approach up north from there.

Melaka Pulau Besar Path Forest
Foliage on the southeastern nook. The paved path turns into filth which is why the bike selected to cease there
Melaka Pulau Besar Bay
View on the west aspect after crossing to the opposite aspect of the island
Melaka Pulau Besar Coastal Path
Melaka Pulau Besar Coastal Path

Northwest: Deserted resort

The west path alongside the coastal space largely gives sea views. I did encounter a random wild boar however it was fairly distant from me. When there have been diverging paths, I picked the trail nearer to the coast and stored strolling.

Finally, I got here throughout a gate with a fairly ominous signal:

Melaka Pulau Besar Abandoned Resort Warning Sign
Ignore the scary indicators of getting shot and stroll by means of the large open gate

That is apparently what’s left of Marina Resort that was constructed to have a Mediterranean really feel however finally deserted due to the pushback by those that felt the island ought to stay a sacred floor for pilgrimage as a substitute of a luxurious vacationer playground.

You may stroll round inside, general it’s fairly run down and paint is peeling throughout. The swimming pools of water are fairly inexperienced as nicely and whereas it’s supposedly deserted, you possibly can spot indicators of garments frolicked on ledges and stuff so it looks as if squatters have made a few of the rooms dwelling…

Melaka Pulau Besar Abandoned Resort
Marina Resort with all its partitions a-peeling
Melaka Pulau Besar Abandoned Resort Buildings
I didn’t need to pop into the rooms in case I ran throughout individuals as a result of you possibly can see there may be laundry that’s clearly not been deserted right here…

There’s a personal jetty right here as nicely although there’s not a lot to see right here.

I attempted strolling round to the entrance entrance of the resort and located myself on a path that led me to the primary 9 holes of Pandanusa Golf Course – whereas additionally deserted, it feels considerably maintained in addition to the grass is minimize quick.

Melaka Pulau Besar Golf Course 1st Nine
Down the slope to the first 9

Batu Belah

Okay I didn’t see this for myself, however this was what my new-found Melakan buddies had come to Pulau Besar to see. Apparently someplace between the Marina Resort jetty and the golf course is a staircase that results in the highest of the hill (Pulau Besar’s highest level) the place you’ll discover this bizarre 3m excessive rock with a cut up down the center referred to as Batu Belah.

Melaka Pulau Besar Batu Belah
The bizarre cut up rock of Batu Belah – picture through by new good friend J

North: Precise working resorts?

Right here’s the factor about Melaka’s Pulau Besar – plenty of websites will inform you that you may keep there and also you’ll discover listings of Puteri Resort on varied lodging web sites, although none of them appear to have availability.

Whereas Marina Resort is clearly deserted, I did stumble throughout a bunch of chalets alongside the northern finish of the island (west of the Jetty space) that regarded like they have been inhabitable, alongside different buildings that regarded like they have been present process renovations.

So my reply on whether or not you possibly can really keep on Pulau Besar is I don’t know why you’ll need to as a result of truthfully there’s nothing on the island value staying for. Sure you can have a coastal view however perhaps as a result of it was cloudy that day, however the view was nothing to shout about, and there are barely any amenities on the island so I wouldn’t keep there.

Melaka Pulau Besar Shed
Seems like a caretaker’s shed? This was across the golf course space
Melaka Pulau Besar Resort Pond
Slicing throughout the golf course led me to this pond and chalet like space
Melaka Pulau Besar Power Lines
Pulau Besar will get energy from energy strains that reach throughout the ocean from Merlimau

Take a look at Spectral Codex which has fairly good pix of Pulau Besar although they could be a bit outdated. It does offer you a way of what the island was like in earlier years.


Have you ever been to Pulau Besar in Melaka? Let me know if I missed out on something cool, or take a look at another posts from locations round Malaysia:



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