Island Life: A Natural History of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia


Authors : Batu Batu Resort Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

Publisher : WS Lifestyle

ISBN : 978-981-4725-45-3

"This book documents just a snapshot of the beauty of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park and highlights the enormous role of the authorities and the people of Johor have to play. I hope this book will inspire individuals and organizations to join together and focus on efforts in preserving the natural resources and beauty of Johor."
-- His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Sultan and Sovereign Ruler of the State and Territories of Johor Darul Ta'zim

"I recommend this publication to anyone who has yet to discover the joys of our islands and to rediscover and marvel at the myths, mysteries, beauty, and majestic glory that make up these islands. This is a manifestation of the enthusiasm that the Batu Batu Team has played in taking on marine conservation and sustainable development in the country."
-- YAB Dato' Mohamed Khaled Bin Nordin
Chief Minister of Johor

"This publication is a commendable effort to highlight Babi Tengah Island's rich biodiversity to nature lovers and the general public. This is in line with the global biodiversity targets to enhance awareness on biodiversity at all levels of society by the year 2020."
-- Dr. Sukarno Bin Wagiman
Director General, Department of Marine Park Malaysia
Nine nautical miles off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, strung along the middle arc of the Seribuat Archipelago, the roving eye will spot a clutch of sun-washed islands. Narrow the lens a little to focus on the middle island, Pulau Babi Tengah (or Middle Pig Island in the Malay language) named after the wild pigs that used to roam its lands.

Set in the protected Johor Marine Park, the island, better known by its shortened name of Pulau Tengah, is three kilometres in circumference with an elevation of 150m at its highest point. Though just sixteen kilometres from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor, and 140km from Singapore, the island ticks every fantasy of an uninhabited paradise island. The beaches that encircle most of the island attract Green and Hawksbill turtles that land to lay their eggs from March to October. The translucent waters that surround the island are home to both coral reefs and meadows of sea grass which in themselves house rich marine life.

Batu Batu sits on the southern end of the island and was built in the traditional Malaysian "kampung" or village style to blend into the natural landscape of the island. The resort aims to tread lightly in order to preserve the beauty of the island and its natural surroundings.

To this end, Batu Batu has set up a variety of projects and funded a number of studies over the past years, including an ongoing collaboration with Malaysia's National Marine Parks Department and the Department of Fisheries for the conservation of turtles.

This book sets out to document and share a broad overview of the natural history of Pulau Tengah. It is a dedication to the work of Batu Batu's staff and the various experts and nature lovers who have visited the island and contributed a little to its preservation.
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"This book documents just a snapshot of the beauty of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park and highlights the enormous role of the authorities and the people of Johor have to play. I hope this book will inspire individuals and organizations to join together and focus on efforts in preserving the natural resources and beauty of Johor."
-- His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Sultan and Sovereign Ruler of the State and Territories of Johor Darul Ta'zim

"I recommend this publication to anyone who has yet to discover the joys of our islands and to rediscover and marvel at the myths, mysteries, beauty, and majestic glory that make up these islands. This is a manifestation of the enthusiasm that the Batu Batu Team has played in taking on marine conservation and sustainable development in the country."
-- YAB Dato' Mohamed Khaled Bin Nordin
Chief Minister of Johor

"This publication is a commendable effort to highlight Babi Tengah Island's rich biodiversity to nature lovers and the general public. This is in line with the global biodiversity targets to enhance awareness on biodiversity at all levels of society by the year 2020."
-- Dr. Sukarno Bin Wagiman
Director General, Department of Marine Park Malaysia

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