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The Wondrous Beauty of Johor

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Explore the breathtaking nature of Johor

Johor is one of Malaysia's popular tourist destinations, thanks to its stunning beaches and islands. Some of these islands feature hills that provide a magnificent view. Not only that, with the varieties of flora and fauna in its forests, visitors can immerse into nature’s beauty while participating in the various available activities.

The Caribbean Blue of Pulau Rawa
Pulau Rawa is a relatively small private coral island in the district of Mersing which is about 106 km from the capital city of Johor, Johor Bharu. Pulau Rawa has become a favourite vacation spot for tourists looking to escape the city life and relax amongst the palm trees lining the white sandy beaches. For visitors looking to appreciate the beauties of Pulau Rawa, they could also participate in various activities on the island such as snorkelling, scuba diving and canoeing on the clear blue waters of the sea to get a glimpse of the different types of tropical fishes and other marine creatures. The exotic beauty that Pulau Rawa offers is ideal for your next trip.

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One of the major attractions of Pulau Rawa is the giant water slide
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Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor

The Grand Pulau Besar
Pulau Besar which translates to Large Island is true to its name. It is a 168-hectares island in the eastern part of Mersing surrounded by sapphire-hued waters and breathtaking clean sandy beaches. As a marine park, Pulau Besar offers an abundance of wildlife, both on land and in the sea. It is a magnet for scuba and snorkelling aficionados due to its beautiful coral gardens. Visitors could also go island hopping to several other islands located not far from it such as Pulau Rawa, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Mensirip, Pulau Hujung and Pulau Tinggi.

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Pulau Besar is surrounded by many other scattered islands such as Pulau Raw, Pulau Hujung and others

The Magnificent Views of Pulau Tinggi
Pulau Tinggi is one of the tropical islands that dot the east coast of Johor's waterways. The island is about a 40-minute speed boat ride from Tanjung Leman Jetty in Mersing with Mount Semundu as one of its main attractions. Other than the white beaches, calm blue sea and thick forest, hikers can trail up the mountain which is how the island was named, Pulau Tinggi directly translates to Tall Island.

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Beautiful white sandy beach and blue water of Pulau Tinggi

Mount Semundu provides you with a panoramic view of the island as it sits 2,000 feet above sea level. Due to its cone-like shape, the mountain is also known as 'General's Hat Island’. The scenery at night is equally breathtaking. Visitors can see stars gleaming off the surface of the water, just like a beautiful painting provided by nature. There are also a variety of activities such as snorkelling, jungle hiking, visiting Mini Zoo, picnicking at Pulau Tinggi waterfall. 

The Picturesque Scenery of Endau-Rompin National Park

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Hiking up to Mount Semundu will take around 3 hours to the peak

Endau-Rompin National Park is the first national park opened in the state and it is the second-largest national park in Malaysia. It is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at 250 million years and not only that, this foest also houses rare flora and fauna. The park has two official entrances, the Peta and Selai entrances, which are located along the eastern border of Mersing, respectively, and located along the southwestern border of Segamat.

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A boat ride along the Endau River

Two rivers run through the park, the Endau River and Rompin River which is where the national park received its name from. Visitors can expect charming waterfalls such as the Takah Temp’ang and also visit the village of the indigenous people located in Endau Valley of the national park.  Endau-Rompin National Park is also known for having the largest remaining population of the highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros. Other animals that live in the national park include the white-handed gibbon, Malaysian tiger, Asian elephant, wild boar, tapir, slow loris, deer, long-tail macaques and leopards. The attractions that Endau-Rompin National Park bodes is incomparable to any other.

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Endau-Rompin National Park is the largest protected area in the southern half of Peninsular Malaysia.

For more information on attractions in Johor, please visit Tourism Johor’s official website, or follow Tourism Johor’s official social media accounts; Instagram, Facebook and Tourism Johor's YouTube channel.

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