This is a large sparsely inhabited island, which rises 2000 ft (600 m) above sea level off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia. It was nicknamed the “General’s Hat Island” by Chinese seamen hundreds of years ago.
The journey by boat to the Island takes approximately 45 minutes. Crystal-clear turquoise waters surround the cone-shaped island. The interior of this oval-shaped island is mostly covered with secondary lowland Dipterocarp rainforest. It is andowed with fresh waters, a sheltered harbour and coral reefs which abound with prolific marine life. It has a long coastline and white sandy beaches dotted with caves. The seas around it are teeming with coral, fish and reef making it a photographic haven.
There are three village settlements: Kampung Tanjung Balang, Kampung Pasir Panjang and Kampung Sebirah Besar which total up to 448 people.
The Island is known for its mystical quality as much as its sheer physical beauty. It comprises the principal Island, and eight other smaller islets.
The island is surrounded by small islets, with Berlima being one of them. There are numerous activities that one can embark upon when on a visit to this island. The most popular outdoor activities include swimming, sailing, diving, snorkeling and scuba diving. Fishing and canoeing are some of the other adventure activities that you can indulge in when you are there. We are planning for such adventure within the next few months.
The presence of a jungle allows one to go for jungle trekking too. The island also has mountains, which are filled with caves. Those looking for that extra adventure can go for cave explorations also.
One can get to see different kinds of marine life and birds over here. The waters are teeming with different species of tropical fishes and other sea creatures. There are numerous fruit trees that one can get to see on this beach island.
Renowned for its marine life and beautiful underwater flora, this should be a place in your “bucket list”. The whole island is a haven for nature lovers, adventure sports lovers, divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. The island also boasts of natural fresh water and there is a sheltered harbor in the island. The presence of the sheltered harbor explains its role as a stopover point for traders in the ancient past. Like most other islands of Malaysia, this island also features a rich mythical legacy. The local inhabitants of the island believe that Malay’s most famous hero, Hang Tuah, had stopped in the place during one of his journeys. In fact the local people believe that Hang Tuah’s spirit guards the island even today.
There is no dearth of activities in the island; the visitors can opt for diving, bird watching, trekking, hiking and you can also opt for climbing Gunung Tinggi, which is an extinct volcano.
If you are planning for a trip to the island, then make it a point to visit the island between April and June. These are the best months for diving in the clear and calm waters of the island. You can also see migrating birds there too.
Come and join us in our next adventure to this “Uncharted” Enchanted Paradise.
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