Diving in Pulau Aur & Dayang – Facts Sheet
Destination : Pulau Aur & Dayang
Country : Malaysia
Temperature : 28 – 35°C
Season : March – September
How to go : Take a bus (4 hours) from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing, then take the ferry (5 hours)
Of all of the many islands Malaysia has to offer, perhaps the most charming are Pulau Aur and its nearby smaller brother, Pulau Dayang. Genuine tropical paradises, they offer up some of the greatest diving opportunities in Asia.
Whether you want to dive with the gentle whale sharks, hover over the immense and spectacular coral gardens or explore ominous looking shipwrecks, you’ll have plenty of chance to do so here.
Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang is a truly untouched island, with no roads or cars, just a few small fishing villages and a handful of diving resorts. Diving here is therefore a very private experience. Diving trips here must be pre-arranged before you depart, as due to its seclusion and under-development, the island can only handle a small number of tourists at any given time.
Therefore, you’ll need to organize a package tour before you come here or you’ll risk not being able to dive.
There are several pinnacles under the sea around Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang, rising 30m from the bottom of the sea up to within just 10m of the surface. The pinnacles all show off a thick carpet of hard coral that is home to a diverse ecosystem including many marvelous life forms. The pinnacles can be reached by boat, about 30 minutes away from the main fishing village on Pulau Aur.
North of Pulau Dayang, another tall, submerged rock worth visiting is called Raynors Rock, which features a stunning array of boulder corals. Watch out, if you are lucky you’ll get to encounter the commonly seen large manta rays that visit here, or even a whale shark.
Surprisingly, considering how far offshore this site is, you’ll also witness a large number of young groupers and juvenile barracudas around here. Many of these juvenile fish differ so much from the adults of the species that they can easily be mistook for a completely different species altogether.
For anyone who enjoys the excitement of wreck diving, the waters of Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang offer numerous uncharted wrecks to explore. In amongst the awesome yet daunting wrecks, you’ll also be able to witness a staggering number of sharks, sand rays and many other kinds of impressive marine animals. The wrecks are one site where you simply must bring a camera.