Pulau Tengah, meaning “middle island” in the local Malay language, is set in the protected Johor Marine Park off the east coast of Mersing, Johor, Malaysia— approximately 130km north of Singapore.
The uninhabited island boasts eight pristine powder white sand beaches, translucent waters and coral reefs just off shore as well as coconut groves and tropical forest at its interior.
Pulau Tengah has a rich and varied history. From 1975 to 1981, the island was home to over 100,000 Vietnamese “Boat People” when it was a United Nation’s Refugee Counsel Transit Camp for refuguees waiting to start their new lives in Europe, Australia and North America.
From 1998 to 2010, Pulau Tengah was used to film Expedition Robinson, a highly popular Swedish reality TV show which was the predecessor to the island castaway series Survivor. In 2012, Pulau Tengah and a handful of other islands in the Seribuat archipelago were used to film the French Survivor Series “Koh Lanta” and the Dutch, Belgian and Finnish Survivor series “Survival”.
Pulau Tengah or Tengah Island lies nine nautical miles or 16 kilometres off the east coast of peninsula Malaysia in the South China Sea. The island is accessible by Batu Batu’s private speedboat from the coastal town of Mersing.
The journey time from Mersing to Pulau Tengah by speedboat is 20 minutes in good weather. They have a number of scheduled return speed boat journeys each day (dependent on occupancy and tides). Additional chartered boat transfers can be scheduled at an additional cost.
BATU BATU is a rustic private island resort set amongst coconut groves, rocky outcrops and fine sand beaches on the tropical, uninhabited island of Pulau Tengah, Malaysia in the South China Sea. This simple resort is built from a variety of hard woods in the style of a Malay “kampung” or village. The resort’s buildings were constructed by local carpenters using traditional techniques in the Malay vernacular style.
BATU BATU consists of 20 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom villas set into the island’s wild and natural environment.
The beach slopes gently into the sea. It is ideal for children to swim. The island is similar to Pulau Gemia.
Batu Batu’s PADI Dive & Activities Centre is situated on the island’s spectacular Long Beach. Rent a kayak to canoe around the island jumping off to snorkel in one of the reefs or join a dive or snorkel trip to the nearby reefs and islands. Guests can also head off on a self-guided jungle walk to discover the island’s more remote beaches, explore the island’s forested interior and take in some spectacular views of the archipelago’s other islands from a number of look out points. There are currently two well-marked treks, one around the island (3km and approximately 1 hour to complete) and the other through the island’s interior (1.5km and 30 minutes).
Batu Batu has two recreational boats, our 24 foot Batu Batu Explore and our 32 foot Batu Batu Dive. Speak to one of our Dive &
Activities staff members to organise a trip around the island or to visit some of our beautiful, uninhabited neighbours.