The island's natural beauty with long, sandy beaches and rugged, rocky coasts is not only a getaway for tired souls but also a haven for marine life such as Green and Hawksbills turtles, Dugongs, coral reefs, sea cucumbers, seagrass, mollusc (giant clams), dolphins, and many colourful coral fishes.
The only accommodation on the private island, Batu Batu Resort, has been operating since 2012 and heavily adoptssustainable eco-friendly practices. The resort believes with responsible tourism, nature and its habitat can be protected; it also trusts that man and nature can somehow coexist.
Here you can experience the much-envied island life as you recharge and relax.
When you break away from its magnificent pool, take a walk on the island's beautiful trails that will reveal thriving flora and fauna, with interesting species of Pandan, Bakau, Paku Laut, and even orchids — proudly displaying their unspoiled beauties.
Whether you choose to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, or dive into the crystal-clear water, you will definitely take home a one-of-a-kind experience that may not be available elsewhere.
Big on sustainability, the resort's Turtle Watch Camp (TWC) has released over 11,000 hatchlings since 2015 (with a 53% success rate). This long and laborious effort had received multiple endorsements and recognition from local and international agencies.
From January till August 2018, the resort has removed over 6,000 kilograms of plastic waste and debris from its beach and underwater clean-up efforts, and its guests even sometimes join the sessions.
The island's conservation hub was recently named 'Tunku Abdul Jalil Conservation Centre' in loving memory of HH Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who succumbed to cancer at the tender age of 25 in 2015. The centre was officiated by HM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar on 4 September 2018.
The island is only 30 minutes by boat from Mersing, Johor and is open for bookings throughout the year. Log on to its website https://www.batubatu.com.my/ to find more details.
*Some photos were extracted from Batu Batu Resort's Facebook page.