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  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). There are a number of small resorts on the island, typically used as a weekend or short vacation destination from Singapore, since the closest mainland  jetty Tanjong Leman is only a roughly 3 hour drive from Singapore via Johor Bahru.  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 and 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 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. Sibu Island  ( Pulau Sibu ) is an island off the eastern coast of  Johor , Malaysia.   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. The are no Roads on Sibu. The island does have 1 motorbike in the Kampong. The easiest way is to travel around the island by boat or walk. The lack of roads has kept this island noncommercial unlike some other island in the region.  Scuba Diving and snorkeling from Pulau Sibu are excellent as the whole area was turned into a Marine Park in 1993. It is the closest island to Singapore for Scuba Diving. Dan's Nasty Frogmen has been operating out of Sea Gypsy Village on Pulau Sibu for 18 years. It is both a PADI registered dive centre and an SSI store. [1]  The Mersing Marine Park is located in the South China Sea and consists of 13 islands including; Pulau Sibu, Pulau Harimau, Palau Mensirip, Pulau Goal, Pulau Besar, Pulau Tengah, Pulau Hujong, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Mentinggi, Pulau Sibu Hujung, Pulau Pemanggil and Pulau Aur. You could also go for walks through the forests to explore the island. Though there is nothing much, you could still spot a monitor lizard in the wild! Note: Scuba Doo PADI Dive Center at Cabanas Resort has been closed down since Oct 09. There are no independent Restaurants on the island, the one that did exist 'On the Rocks' fell into the sea and was not replaced. All the resorts on the island have restaurants however most include the food with the price of their accommodation. The food quality is excellent on the island, resorts offering a mix of Western and Malay choices. Saturday Nights are traditionally BBQ nights.    Sea Gypsy Village Resort . Sea Gypsy is a well established and popular eco resort catering for all pockets that thrives in harmony with the natural surroundings, which makes it well worth a visit. It is nestled in 5 acres of  jungle with a pristine sandy beach completely devoid of any hawkers. edit     Sari Pacifica Hotel, Resort & Spa - Sibu Island ,  ☎  603-89428888. This elegant resort is surrounded by a lush tropical backdrop and features a private bay with golden powdery sandy beach and a picturesque view of Tinggi Island. All the guest villas have views of the sea and islands beyond…all with luxurious appointments fitted with large LCD televis ions and entertainment units, huge comfortable beds and bathrooms with a spa bathtub for two. Sibu Island, Teluk Kambau Kecil, Pulau Sibu Tengah, Mersing, Johor, Malaysia . edit   Pulau Sibu Pulau Sibu is a pleasant hideaway with its lush tropical vegetation, endless stretches of golden beaches and clear blue waters. The island is also dotted with numerous sea caves carved out of rocks. The constant pounding of the sea during the monsoon season has given the island a beautiful yet rugged appearance. The surrounding waters contain fascinating coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life. Shipwrecks off its coast can also be found. In the olden days, Chinese  junks and pirate vessels often exchanged cannon fire around this island, and the remains of these battles lie scattered around the seabed. There are facilities for scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and angling. Visitors can go for a hike through the jungle leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps or visit the kelong, or jetty, where anchovies are caught. Alternatively, head for the kampung, or village, to get a first-hand look at how coconuts are smoked to make copra. By Road and Sea  You can catch a boat ride to Sibu Island from Tanjung Leman jetty, south of Mersing. From Mersing town, travel south along the Mersing  – Kota Tinggi (Highway 3) trunk road for about 44km and turn left. The road passes through an oil palm plantation, and is narrow and winding in certain parts. From Johor Bahru, head for Kota Tinggi town. From Kota Tinggi town, travel north on the Kota Tinggi  – Mersing trunk road (Highway 3) for 48km and turn right to the same junction mentioned above. Pulau Sibu is about a 20- minute boat ride away from Tanjung Leman. Sibu Island Resort is Johor’s idyllic i sland getaway, off the East Coast of Malaysia. Enter it and you are entering a private world unlike any other, poised to become Malaysia’s preferred island holiday destination offering premier off  -shore retreat, adventure, corporate teambuilding and spa. On par with international environmental standards, the island’s own desalination plant provides unlimited fresh, clean water for its inhabitants. Tucked away in a private corner of the South China Sea, you can be assured of a sanctuary from the daily pressures with the holistic answer to refresh body and mind, and rejuvenation to the spirit. Four white, sandy beaches and seven dreamy islets around the island are just waiting to be explored.  All it takes is a 30 minutes journey by boat from the picturesque Tanjung Leman jetty.
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