About Dayang

About Dayang

With its crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches, the island of Dayang or called Pulau Dayang by locals, lies 65 kilometres west of Johore, Malaysia. Popular for breathtaking coral gardens and abundant marine life, scuba diving in Pulau Dayang will be an experience you will never forget.

  • Dayang

    Pulau Dayang is the second largest of five islands that belong to the Johore marine park. The other islands being Pulau Aur, Pulau Lang, Pulau Pinang and Pulau Pemanggil which is 15km northwest of Pulau Aur. Situated 70km east from the Mersing jetty in Malaysia, it may seem a fair distance away but worth every minute. Dayang boasts an abundance of Marine life, with sightings of whale sharks, large manta rays, and many juvenile species such as Barracudas, Groupers, batfish & fusiliers.

    Besides the marine life, the spectacular coral reefs are another reason Dayang is famous among divers. Most of these coral reefs are visible from the surface, in certain areas just 10m below the surface, and up to 30m tall from the sea bed. Amidst this beautiful underwater scenery you will be able to spot many kinds of hard coral growth including Table coral. 33m tall Boulder corals can be found breaking the surface at ‘Rayner’s Rock’ north east of Pulau Dayang.

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    Once in Dayang you are sure to enjoy the tranquillity of life there. This destination is popular for attracting many city dwellers with hectic lifestyles and drawing them to the serene and peaceful atmosphere therein. Fishing is the main livelihood of the inhabitants in Dayang. You are sure to enjoy the culture and the people who are hospitable and friendly. The main settlement is called Kampung Pasir Putih – The Village of White Sand, a cluster of huts reflecting traditional Malay heritage.

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  • History

    At a glance, Pulau Dayang looks tranquil and serene, with its crystal clear waters and peaceful inhabitants. For years this area has been a popular area among fisherman for its abundance in marine life. So much so that they brought their families and made residence here. However Pulau Dayang and Aur have not always been that peaceful. That serene ocean hides many a secret. The sea bed around Pulau Dayang and Pulau Aur are scattered with remains of what once would have been ships of fisherman, traders & even pirates as well as warships. Nowadays these wrecks are swarming with Sharks and various other marine life and are very popular diving sites. Rumour has it that there are many more wrecks that remain unfound that contain treasures!

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    Well, you may wonder how those wrecks got there. This takes us back to the year 1803. During this time, the Napoleonic war was raging in Europe. The Emperor of France was discontented about the trade relationship between the British and Chinese and decided he wanted to sever all connections. The emperor set out a fleet of 5 warships under the command of admiral Linios to Pulau Aur. Many trade ships that sailed in the South China Sea had not got the news that the war had recommenced between in Europe; hence they are unprepared for the French war ships that attacked them.

    Then in 1804 a fleet of British-China trade ships were sent out. However the commanding officer at the time, Nathaniel Dance thought up a plan to send 3 warships accompanying the trade ships fitted with false gun ports and the Royal navy flag. These trade ships were said to be carrying a very rewarding cargo of 8 million pounds. Hearing of this ship, the French commander admiral Linios, waited to attack and seize the cargo and gain recognition. However he wasn’t expecting the 3 warships. There was a terrible attack which resulted in Admiral Linios retreating to Jakarta and Commander Nathaniel Dance heading back to Britain and gaining acknowledgment for bringing home the extremely valuable cargo.

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  • Getting to Dayang & Around

    Due to the location of this island direct flights are not available. In the past, even though Dayang had been a popular diving destination, there weren’t many ways of getting to the island. There were a few fishing boats available, however these took six to eight hours to get from the mainland to the island. In some occasions divers had to swim to the island. This lack of transportation made it almost impossible to transfer heavy equipment required for the dives. However times have changed radically and there are many facilities available now. Jetties have been built and along with them, sturdier and faster boats which have cut the travel time in half.

    The travelling time from Singapore to Mersing Jetty is approximately 3 hours by land. From Kuala Lumpur land transfer to Mersing jetty is bout 5 hours. The boat ride in a dive boat from the jetty to the island is approximately 3 to 4 hours. The recommended means to travel to Dayang is through an organised tour with an operator.

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    The nearest Airport to Dayang is Senai International Airport in Johor. Starting 2010, the airport serves only domestic flights and overseas passengers who wish to get into Dayang has to fly to airports in nearby cities. The most popular option is Singapore, neighbouring country of Malaysia. There are regular land transfers to Mersing Jetty (port to depart for Dayang) from Singapore and each transfer is about 4 hours.

    For the air transfers’ rates between Senair Airport or Singapore Changi Airport and the country of origin, you may visit https://www.wego.com/ and check out the list of flights available and their respective rates.

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    The land and sea transfers are inclusive in all the diver and non-diver packages with Dive Asia Now.

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    Direct transfer from the Airport to the resort is available daily. The transfer time between Singapore Changi Airport and Dayang ranges from 7 hours to 8 hours (both land and sea transfer). The transfer time between Senai Airport, Johor Bahru and Dayang ranges from 6 hours to 7 hours (both land and sea transfer). No transit accommodation is needed in Dayang.

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  • Useful Information

  • Climate

    The climate in Pulau Dayang like Pulau Aur, its neighbouring island, is affected by the monsoon winds that blow between November and March, which bring in heavy showers. These winds blow from the China Sea and the straits of Malacca. The northeast monsoon blows winds from South China Sea from November to March and this is the time when the east coast states have heavy rainfall. Sea activities at this time are very much confined and the main activities at this time is usually the maintenance of boats and fishing related equipments as well as kite flying.

    During the months of March to November the weather is beautiful and clear. Temperatures can range from 16 C in the mountain areas to 24 C in other areas.

  • Currency

    The currency used in Dayang is the Malaysian Ringgit. The currency comes in the form of both notes and coins. Ringgit banknotes are issued in the following denominations RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 while coins are issued in one sen, five sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and RM1 denominations.

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    Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques can be converted into Ringgit at banks or authorised moneychangers. A few resorts will be able to change US dollars and Singapore Dollars. All resorts have credit card facilities: visa and MasterCard preferred.

    Resident travellers are allowed to carry any amount of money in and out of the country.

    Those who are carrying in excess of these – when entering or leaving the country – are required to obtain permission from the Controller of Foreign Exchange and declare in the Traveller’s Declaration Form the exact amount of Ringgit carried. Approval is usually given within one day of application.

    Non-residents are allowed to bring in any amount of foreign currency (including traveller’s cheques). However, declaration in the Disembarkation Card issued by the Immigration Department is required when an amount in excess of US$2,500 is brought into the country.

    Non-residents must also obtain permission and declare Ringgit exceeding RM1,000 when leaving or entering the country.

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  • Electricity

    There is electricity on the island and run on normal 240V. The power point used is of the British Standard BS 1363 which requires use of a three-wire grounded and fused plug for all connections to the power mains. The suitable plug will be one with three rectangular prongs that form a triangular pattern.

  • Time Zone

    Time zone for Pulau Dayang in GMT/UTC + 08:00 hours.

  • Telecommunications

    In Malaysia, there are three notable cellular phone operators: Maxis, Celcom, and DiGi

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    Do check with your cellular operator back home if they have roaming capacity in Malaysia. 60 is the International Country code for Malaysia. Maxis and Celcom are on GSM900 frequency while DiGi is on GSM1800 frequency. Maxis and Celcom supports 3G connection too.

    The general phones are at the reception and some resorts allow overseas call. However there is no Internet service on the island.

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  • Immigration

    Citizens of the following countries are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia: People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea. Nationals other than those stated will receive a visa upon arrival or are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month.

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    However, it is recommended that visitors contact the nearest Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate before visiting as regulations are subject to changes. Visitors can also check https://www.imi.gov.my/ for updated information.

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  • Useful Contacts

    Dive Asia NOW!

    +65 6536 6532

    Emergency Service Numbers:

    999 – Ambulance, Civil Defence, Fire or Police

    Mersing Hospital

    Tel: +607 7993333

  • Dayang Frequently Asked Questions

    You’ve come to the right place! Here you will find a list of Dayang’s most frequently asked questions.

    Just ask if you can’t find what you are looking for. We will be most glad to answer your questions! No bookings with us is required.

  • When is the best diving season in Dayang?

    The weather in Pulau Dayang is at its best during the months of March to November. The North east monsoon affects the island from November to March making diving almost impossible.

    Where can I dive at Dayang?

    There are several diving sites in Dayang. Opposite Dayang, there is another island named Pulau Aur. Both places share the diving sites around the two islands. The most famous diving site is Rayner’s Rock, there has been sightings of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks over the past years during the season opening.

    How easy it is to get a flight to Dayang?

    The two main transit cities to Dayang is Johor Senai Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. Senair Airport serves only domestic flights starting from 2010. Guests may choose to fly in to other Malaysian cities before transiting to Senai Airport. Alternatively, guests may also fly to Singapore and take the regular transfers in Mersing Jetty (port for departure to Dayang). The transfer time from Senai Airport and Changi Airport to Dayang is only 1 hour difference with Senair Aiport nearer to Dayang.

    What is the common language in Dayang?

    In Dayang, the locals speak Bahasa Malaysia and English.

    Is there internet at the resort?

    No, there is no internet service at the resort.

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