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The Pulau Tinggi Marine Park consists of the waters surrounding 13 islands including Pulau Harimau, Pulau Mensirip, Pulau Goal, Pulau Besar, Pulau Tengah, Pulau Hujong, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Mentinggi, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Sibu Hujung, Pulau Pemanggil and Pulau Aur. These islands are located off the northeast coast of the State of Johor and situated between 8 to 35 nautical miles from Mersing. The island group and its surrounding waters was gazetted as a Marine Park in 1994 under the Fisheries Act 1985 (Amended 1993).        
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The topography of these islands is characterized by narrow coastal fringes, sharply rising to rocky ridges and escarpments. The height of these hills can be considerable reaching up to 600m in Pulau Tinggi. The coastal fringes feature long stretches of fine sandy beaches interspersed with rock outcrops and coastal alluvia of marine origin. Most of the islands’ interior is forested, with fruit trees and coconut being dominant around villages and chalets.
 
The islands are dominated by undifferentiated granitic rocks or overlain by Permian sedimentary material comprising of phyllite, slate and shale or subordinate sandstone and schist. Granitic rocks range from big boulders to smaller cobbles due to the continuous exposure to waves and weathering.
 
The climate of the island group is typically hot and humid all year round. The temperature rarely drops below 20°C even at night, and usually reaches 30°C or more during the day. Humidity is generally about 90%. The monsoon season is between November and March. During this time there is heavy rainfall and the surrounding seas are rough, making the island group almost inaccessible by boat.
 
The main economic activity on the island is tourism and fishing. Tourism development is concentrated mainly in Pulau Besar, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Pemanggil and Pulau Aur. The islands are sparsely populated, with few villages, and a population of about 370 families.
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:: Facilities and Services
Toilet and wash facilities, picnic tables and barbeque pits are provided at selected sites. A jetty at the visitors centre allows boats to come along shore. The park management provides mooring buoys over coral reefs to allow for snorkelling and diving boats. Visitors can shop for small items of food and drinks at the village shops. For hiring of diving equipment and filling of air tanks, visitors can enquire at the respective dive shops.Anchorage areas To avoid destruction of corals by anchoring activities, vessels are only allowed to anchor within designated areas.
 
Mooring buoys
The park managers provide mooring buoys over the coral reefs areas to allow for mooring of boats for snorkeling and diving.
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:: Things To See and Do
Pulau Tinggi Marine Park has several stretches of excellent camping sites with extensive good beach for picnicking and shallow water for safe swimming. These can be found in the large bay of Pulau Sibu, Pulau Dayang and Pulau Rawa. Boaters can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the islands, observing rock formation such as Pulau Aur and the rain forest that covers the major part of the island. Other activities include hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, surfing and diving.
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:: How to Get There
Land and sea

The main staging points to the Pulau Tinggi Marine Park are Tanjung Leman or Mersing (both in Johor). There are scheduled ferry services (2½ hour journey) from the Mersing to Pulau Besar, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Sibu and Pulau Rawa (1-hr) and Pulau Pemanggil and Pulau Aur (2½ hours). Similar ferry services from Tanjung Leman links it to Pulau Sibu and Pulau Tinggi (1-hr). Express bus services from major towns and cities to these two points are also readily available. The major routes are as follows:
• From Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Leman Jetty (4 hours) or Mersing Jetty (5½ hours journey).
• From Singapore to Tanjung Leman Jetty (2 hours) or Mersing Jetty (2½ hours journey).

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