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The chain of bounty islands that lie scattered off Mersing belong to the Seri Buat Archipelago. Most are blessed with white sandy beaches and the kind of turquoise blue seas that you'd expect in places like Maldives or Seychelles. Tantalizingly, apart of course from perennial tourist favorite Pulau Tioman, the majority of Mersing's breathtaking islands are for the most part uninhabited and just waiting to be discovered.
As it happens, given the relatively close proximity to the busy port nation of Singapore, Mersing boasting these glistening islands is perhaps a bit of an anomaly. In fact, paradoxically, some of Seri Buat's gems, such as Pulau Rahsia and Pulau Raja, have managed to remain so altogether under the radar that they may even be considered more exotic than their renowned Indian Ocean cousins.
But now anyone can explore Mersing's stunning satellite islands. All it takes is just a couple of hours' drive from Singapore, or Kuala Lumpur, and then a mere few minutes by speedboat. Before you know it, you're surrounded by gorgeous coral gardens, idyllic Robinson Crusoe beaches, as good as untouched jungle, unblocked hilltop panoramas and rugged vistas so beautiful you have to see it to believe it. After all, it's not for nothing that this pearly island cluster is dubbed "Malaysia's Maldives".
Several companies in Mersing offer island-hopping. These include:
- Jelajah Pulau Mersing Island Hopping and Tours
- Laut Cerah Mersing Island-Hopping
- Let's Go Mersing Islands
- Mersing Sea Breeze Island-Hopping and Dive
- Mersing Snorkelling and Island Hopping
[Want to visit Mersing's pride and joy, Tioman Island? Click here.]