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Pulau Besar (Melaka) Destination Guide
Located approximately three nautical miles off Pengkalan
Pernu in Umbai, 10 km south of Malacca town, is Pulau Besar.
Covering an area of 133 hectares, it is the largest of eight
islands off the coast of Malacca. Believed to be the location
of Malaysia's earliest civilisation, it abounds with legends
of mermaids and princesses, as well as sacred graves and
Its unspoilt beauty makes it a tranquil haven for those
in search of fresh air and white sandy beaches. There is
an international class hotel and several beach chalets,
an 18-hole international golf course, a yacht club and a
host of water sport facilities for fishing, parasailing,
windsurfing, water-skiing and Snorkeling.
The island is an equally inviting spot for island hopping,
swimming, camping, picnicking and jungle trekking.
SHRINE OF SULTAN ARIFFIN
According to legend Sultan Ariffin of Baghdad stopped over
at Pulau Besar on his way home, whilst spreading the Islamic
faith in Acheh from 1416-1420. On his way home, he disembarked
on the island and fell ill there. Soon he passed away and
was buried on the island. His tomb, measuring some thirty
feet long is considered the oldest ever built in Melaka.
Back then, it was beleieved that the size of the tomb was
determined by the age of the deceased. If he was 30 years
old at the time of his death, then his tomb would be five
cubic long. If he was 60 the tomb would be ten cubic or
thirty feet long.
The mysterious cave where a wise man called Yunus used as
part of his training in self-discipline and silat practices.
TELAGA AIR TAWAR (FRESH WATER WELL)
It is a unique fresh water well exceedingly close to the
sea. Legend has it that when the tide is high the water
in the well would be saline but during low tide the water
would be fresh.
TELAGA TEMPAYAN (WISHING WELL)
Legend has it that this well could make your wishes come
true if you dipped your hand in the well and made the wish.
SHRINE OF SEVEN PRINCESSES
The tomb belonging to seven princesses from India who while
on a visited to Pulau Besar were struck down by an epidemic.
The princesses were buried on the island and their graves
marked with the shrine.
BATU BELAH (SPLITTING ROCK)
The famous rock at the golf course, where more then a century
ago Panglima Lidah Hitam demonstrated his power by using
his tongue to crack the rock into two.
SHRINE OF SHARIFAH RODZIAH
Sharifah Rodziah was a pious woman and a devout Muslim.
She was said to be the 'guru' to Malay queen legend, Siti
Zubaidah. Sharifah Rodziah played a prominent role in the
spread of Islam in the region.
GETTING TO PULAU BESAR
Syarikat Kenderaan Aziz bus line operates
regular services to Umbai from the Jalan Tun Ali Terminal
in Malacca town. From the Pengkalan Pernu jetty, a speedboat
then transports you to the island; the journey takes 15
minutes. A 45-minute boat service is also available from
the Shahbandar jetty and the jetty behind the State Tourist
Information Centre in Malacca town.