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Pulau Sibu

  • Pulau Sibu, Malaysia
View from Sibu to Pulau Tinggi
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also known as:
Sibu Island
Priority: Lowest
Location Type: Destination
A small archipelago 13 km off Malaysia's eastern coast, Sibu is made up of four islands: Sibu Besar Island, Sibu Tengah Island, Sibu Kukus Island and Sibu Hujung Island.
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  • dry season: Mar - Oct
  • rain season: Nov - Feb 
  • Most resorts are closed November, December and January, some reopen for new years and Chinese new years, inquire directly.
  • For children or weaker swimmers, swimming is not recommended on the Eastern side of the island that is exposed to the South China Sea as currents can be strong
  • Pretty snorkeling and diving. Other activities include hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, angling and volleyball.
  • Sports fishing is allowed only 2 miles from the island, trips can be arranged.
  • No ATMs or banks on the island. Take cash. Visa and Mastercard accepted in some resorts. Some resorts accept Singapore dollars.
  • There can be many sandflies so take oil with you.
  • Mosquitoes come out at sunrise and sunset so bring repellent.

     
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Wikipedia - Pulau Sibu

The beach at Pulau Sibu
The beach at Pulau Sibu's Rimba Resort

Pulau Sibu also known as Sibu Island is a small island off Malaysia's eastern coast, facing the South China Sea. It is actually made up of several islands namely Sibu Besar Island, Sibu Tengah Island, Sibu Kukus Island and Sibu Hujung Island.
Sibu Besar, the main island, is approximately 6 km long and 1 km wide and for the most part covered by tropical vegetation. On the southern end there is a small fishing village called Kampong Duku with a population of fewer than a hundred people (about 40 families).
The main leisure activities on the island are watersports such as snorkeling and diving - not surprising since the area was designated a Marine Park in 1993 and numerous coral reefs are close to hand.
There are four main beaches on the Eastern side of Sibu where most of the beach resorts are located. Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base and Sibu Island Cabanas are situated on a beach facing Tinggi Island. Other resorts, such as Rimba Resort, are on the opposite side. Resorts facing the mainland/pick-up point (Tanjong Leman jetty) are Coconut Village Resort, Junansa Villa and Twin Beach Resort. Most of the resorts are closed during the annual 3-month monsoon period save for those facing the mainland.

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Wikitravel - Getting There

Beach view on Pulau Sibu
Beach view on Pulau Sibu

Access to Sibu is via the small town of Tanjung Leman, about 130 km north of Johor Bahru and 72 km south of Mersing. There is no public transport to Tanjung Leman, so you need to sort out transfers with your resort (from RM 80/person return, incl. boat) or take a taxi (around RM 180 from JB). If you want to cut back on your taxi fare, take a bus to Kota Tinggi first and continue from there. Some of the resorts operate shuttle buses directly from Singapore, with a total transfer time of about 3.5 hours.
There is no Ferry from Tanjung Leman to Sibu. All the resorts on the island arrange transport for visitors. The trip takes 30 mins and costs RM 70 return.

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