Top 7 Mersing Attractions (2022)

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Mersing is on Malaysia’s peninsular state of Johor’s east coast. The little semi-tourist town is nothing more than a pit stop for most travellers on their route to Pahang’s Tioman Island. However, the majority of people aren’t aware that the district also comprises 36 islands.

Mersing, in reality, should be renowned for its lovely islands, which are ideal for visiting in the summer. Mersing also serves as the hub for the city’s passenger boat jetty, from which boats depart daily towards several surrounding islands.

1. Rawa Island (Pulau Rawa)

Rawa Island (Pulau Rawa)


This coral island is named Rawa, after the colloquial Malay term for white doves (pied imperial pigeon), standard on the island. It nearly feels like a private island due to the small population on the island. A pure white sand beach is found on one side of the island, while a rocky vertical cliff can be seen. Harimau and Mensirip are two nearby islands.

The waters of Rawa are rich with corals and perfect for snorkelling. The perfectly pristine sea is home to fish, squids, jellyfish, octopuses, and sharks. Paddle or sail to nearby deserted islands, or go to the hilltop to soak in the panoramic view or watch the stars at night to enjoy this tropical paradise to its fullest.

2. Sibu Island (Pulau Sibu)

Sibu Island (Pulau Sibu)


Sibu Island comprises several smaller islands, and there are several villas available for rent, perfect for a honeymoon or to unwind from a stressful lifestyle. Trekking up the hill through the jungle of the island in the evening can lead you to the majestic view of Sibu at sunset under the bright orange sky. Other fun activities on the island include island hopping, sunrise cruises, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Kayaks and paddleboards can also be rented.

3. Mount Arong Amenity Forest (Hutan Lipur Gunung Arong)

Gunung Arong Amenity Forest (Hutan Lipur Gunung Arong)


Mount Arong Amenity Forest is a desirable trekking spot for beginners, requiring permission from the Endau office before you can proceed. There are two entrances, one near the palm plantation and the other near the beach, where you must cross rocks and walk about 2 kilometres from the Teluk Gorek campground. The terrain elevation above sea level is around 240 metres, and the climb up will take approximately an hour. If you are early enough, you will get to see the clear sight of the sun rising in its full glory.

4. Air Papan Beach (Pantai Air Papan)

Air Papan Beach (Pantai Air Papan)


Air Papan Beach is arguably the most underrated beach in Mersing, Johor. The beach is not crowded, making this the perfect place for camping and picnic while you make your ballet move in the backdrop of sunset for a photoshoot. If you want to relax on a tropical beach while getting a tan and swimming in the sea, Air Papan Beach is the right spot for you.

5. Endau-Rompin National Park

Endau-Rompin National Park


Endau-Rompin National Park, located in Mersing, is one of Malaysia’s most visited national parks. The second-largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia is a gem for campers and trekkers who love photography. This park covers an area of around 870 square kilometres in Peninsula Malaysia’s rainforests, comprising the watersheds of the rivers Endau and Rompin.

Try trekking at Endau-Rompin National Park if you enjoy adventure and want to test your fitness. It might provide you with the thrill of having the bottom portion of your body drenched in waterfalls. If you wish to try camping, there is a vast campground near the waterfall.

6. Dayang Island (Pulau Dayang)

Dayang Island (Pulau Dayang)


Dayang Island is one of the famous island destinations for beach vacation seekers, especially among snorkelling enthusiasts. It is one of the four islands under the care of Johor’s Marine Park, including the islands Aur, Lang, and Pemanggil. Divers flock to Dayang Island for its several diving ports, including Captain’s Point, Dayang Tip, Rayners Rock, Telok Jawa, and Dayang Jetty. Apart from that, you can also have other fun activities like sunset tours and hiking to hilltop views.

7. Babi Tengah Island (Pulau Babi Tengah)

Babi Tengah Island (Pulau Babi Tengah)
In 1997, Babi Tengah Island, also known as Tengah Island, was used to shoot the first season of the Swedish show Expedition Robinson. Today, this island can be identified as a paradise with an exclusive high-end resort, Batu-Batu, as well as a sea turtle conservation centre. The resort is located on the southern tip of the island and is designed in the traditional Malaysian kampung style to integrate with the island’s stunning landscapes.

With its private islands and luxury resorts, Mersing is desirable for a relaxing beach retreat. It is one of Malaysia’s most photogenic locations. So, sunbathe while sipping coconut water or go for a refreshing swim in the sea. Aside from that, guests may participate in other fascinating sports such as kayaking and diving.