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Planning a family weekend away from Singapore has suddenly got a whole lot easier. Next time want to book a break but don’t want to get on a plane, then check out this chart put together by the lovely people at It compares Tioman, Rawa, Batu Batu, Besar and Sibu – all family-friendly and easy accessible from Singapore. All five islands are in Malaysia and you can to them via ferry from Mersing (Sibu goes from Tanjung Leman), a 3-4 hour drive from Singapore. Obviously there are other drivable destinations such as Bintan and Nikoi to consider too.

The chart compares access from Singapore, beach and island activities, the diving and snorkelling, the accommodation and what they are best for. They also give you some top tips when it comes to making your travel plans.

You can click on it to make it bigger.

(Please note, this is their opinion, not mine as I haven’t visited all these islands).


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Beach Bliss at Batu Batu, Malaysia

by admin on April 19, 2013

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Not so long ago I was lucky enough to get a free pass from Mr C for a girls’ weekend (or perhaps I should say ‘ladies weekend’, now I am 40) with five friends to Batu Batu, the new private-island resort on Pulau Tengah, located off the east coast of Mersing in Malaysia. It was the first girls’ weekend I’d been on since my hen weekend SEVEN years ago, and my first time without my two children.

The destination

Batu Batu (which means ‘Rock Rock’ in Bahasa Malay) is a three hour drive and 20 minute boat ride from Singapore. The resort has been built-in the Malay vernacular style out of sustainably harvested, tropical hard woods and glass. It has 20 1-bedroom villas and two 2-bedroom villas. This gorgeous island has seven beaches around it, some more accessible than others, with a dense jungle interior. The waters are clear and the white sand beaches are unspoilt, and often deserted.  [click to continue…]

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