9 Adrenaline-Pumping Activities in Mersing, Johor

Mersing is a coastal town in southeast Malaysia. Located in the northeast of Johor, this sleepy fishing village is actually a popular tourist spot. It is well-known as a getaway to breathtakingly beautiful islands around Johor. Most of it is accessible via the ferry services at Mersing Jetty.

Nevertheless, Mersing is so much more than just an interchange point. This town itself offers plenty of adrenaline-rush activities for thrill-seekers. Let’s check them out!




Adventurous Snorkeling

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Undoubtedly, Mersing is a hub to the crystal clear waters of the ocean in Malaysia. It is certainly a paradise for avid divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. The abundance of wildlife makes it the perfect spot for you to bask in the mystical and magical wonders of sea life.

One of the mustn’t-miss spots for diving is Tioman Island. For certified divers, don’t miss out on the chance to go on a diving trip around this famous island. If you are not keen on taking a dive, why not go for a wonderful snorkeling trip? Surrounded by healthy and rich coral reefs, this trip will be a memory for life.

Aman Tioman Beach Resort
Address: Lot 73, Kampung Paya Pulau Tioman, 26800 Mersing, Pahang
Contact: +609-419 7788
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours



Island Hopping

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Dreaming of a laid-back, relaxing beach getaway? Worry not; Mersing got you covered. Why spend your time on one island only when you can cover a total of 5 islands in a day? Apart from Tioman Island, there are a handful of islands that are just a boat’s ride away from Mersing Jetty:

  • Pulau Rawa
  • Pulau Tinggi
  • Pulau Besar
  • Pulau Pemanggil
  • Pulau Aur

Book your ferry ticket here for a hassle-free island hopping!

Mersing Jetty
Address: Jalan Abu Bakar, Mersing Kechil, 86800 Mersing, Johor


Relax at Air Papan Beach

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Apart from beautiful islands, Mersing is also home to several pristine beaches. One of the most popular beaches is Air Papan Beach. Not far from the jetty and Mersing town, you can have a quick stop here. Don’t forget to have a refreshing walk along its gorgeous white long beach.

Address: Air Papan Beach, 86800 Mersing, Johor



Visit Mersing Harbour Centre

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Mersing Harbour Centre is like a one-stop centre that provides all the tourism information about Mersing that you need. Just opposite the pier, you can rest comfortably here while waiting for your ferry ride to other islands such as Tioman Island and Rawa Island.

Address: Mersing Harbour Centre, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.30 am – 8.00 pm



Fishing Experience at Ah Fatt Kelong Fishing

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For fishing enthusiasts, try this hands-on fishing experience at a proper fishing kelong. Located offshore just nearby Penyabong Jetty, Ah Fatt Kelong Fishing is a fishing haven and highly recommended by the fishing experts. In fact, you can also opt for the night fishing session to catch squids and cuttlefish.

Address: Kampong Kota, 86900 Mersing, Johor
Contact: +6014-988 1988
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm



Conquer the Peak of Gunung Arong

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Gunung Arong a small hill with an elevation of 237 meters above sea level. A stream runs through the forest, which provides refreshing sight for many hikers. It is certainly a memorable experience for many. Its peak rewards hikers and trekkers with a panoramic view of the South China Sea and its neighboring islands.

Address: Mersing-Endau Road, 86900 Endau, Johor
Contact: +607-7981 030
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 6.00 pm



Explore Hock Soon Temple


One of the most beautiful Chinese temples in Mersing, Hock Soon Temple is a unique religious site that you must not miss. It is famous for its magnificent architecture carving design, dated from a century ago. Built as a dedication to the Taoist God of Prosperity, this temple is also rich with history.

Address: Jalan Jemaluang, Mersing Kechil. 86800 Mersing, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 7.00 pm



Discover Sri Subramaniam Temple


Another religious site that you can discover in Mersing, Sri Subramaniam Temple is a Hindu temple. This place is actually nearby Hock Soon Temple, so you might as well explore both temples while you are here. This temple is dedicated to a particular Hindu deity who is commonly associated with Thaipusam.

Address: Jalan Jemaluang, Mersing Kechil. 86800 Mersing, Johor
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 7.00 pm



Uncover Masjid Jamek Bandar Mersing

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Looking stunning with it blue and white architecture, Masjid Jamek Bandar Mersing situated on a small hillock overlooking the esplanade of Mersing. Climb up to this hilltop and admire the magnificent views of the South China Sea, Mersing River, and Mersing Town.

Address: Jalan Masjid, Mersing Kechil. 86800 Mersing, Johor



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