Aur Island Marine Park is located approximately 67 kilometers or 39.7 nautical miles from the town of Mersing, Johor, is the most remote islands off Mersing. The island is one of a group of islands in the South China Sea is part of Sultan Iskandar Johor Marine Park.
This island is the main of the island where there are 3 small surrounding island of Dayang Island, Lang Island and Pinang Island. Dayang Island small channels separated by about 400 meters wide at its narrowest point.
Aur Island area of 2,072 hectares (eight square miles), rocky forested, and its hills reaching heights of up to 500 meters. There are several villages on the island, such as Berhala (“idol”) Bay, Batu Kembar (twin stone), Bahai, Sebukang Bay, Meriam (“cannon”) Bay, Payang Bay, Tanjung Pandan, Bayu Musuh , Ba’ai Bay, Teluran, Palas, Tok Jong and Kabu Village.
Distance from Aur Island to the islands in the vicinity are: –
- Tinggi Island – 25 nautical miles;
- Pemanggil Island – nautical miles;
- Sibu Island – 35 nautical miles;
- Besar Island – 35 nautical miles; and
- Tioman Island – 36 nautical miles.
This island is one of the islands around the islands in Mersing which was gazetted as Marine Park in 1994 under the Penubuhan Taman Laut Malaysia (“Establishment of Marine Park Malaysia”) and the Akta Perikanan (“Fisheries Act”) 1985 (Amendment 1993). Recognition as a marine park area is due to the uniqueness and diversity of marine resources and the presence of coral reefs around the island.
Sitting a fair distance from the Malaysia mainland, Aur Island offers the clearest water and is among the most interesting dive sites in the country. This island treasures unique and diverse marine including colorful fish and coral reefs. Among the fish species found here are barracuda, Manta Rays, whalesharks and Bumphead.
Most tourists do not know the rustic of this island even though it is already known among divers and deep sea anglers in Malaysia and in Singapore. Aur Island and surrounding islands have 18 popular dive sites. Between dives locations are Rayner Rocks, Lang Island, Pinnacle and Meriam Bay.
No ground vehicles on this island, no broadband lines, no high rise building except its school and Maxis tower. Crystal clear water, fresh air and the true beauty of Aur Island Marine Park waiting for tourists and nature lovers here.