Pulau Sibu Besar, Johor, Malaysia.
(meaning Dead Chicken Big Island, it's next to Dead Chicken Small
Pulau Sibu forms part of the Seribuat chain of islands lying 12 kilometers off the east coast of the West Peninsular. The name Pulau Sibu usually refers to the main island in this cluster, which is Pulau Sibu Besar (Big Sibu Island). Other islands in this cluster include Pulau Sibu Tengah (Middle Sibu Island), Pulau Sibu Hujung (End Sibu Island) and Pulau Kukus.
- The boat pick up point is at Tanjung Leman jetty, 120 km north of
Johor Bahru on the Mersing road.
Pulau Sibu is shaped like a triangular hour glass, about 6 km long
and never more than one km wide it's whole length.
The north eastern section of the island has golden brown beaches
that slope away gradually, offering ideal swimming conditions. The
views from these beaches are of Pulau Tinggi and a string of smaller
islands to the south. On a clear day Tioman Island can be seen to
the north. The "moonrise" at full moon is so spectacular it is a
sight not to be missed.
The south western coast is sheltered from
almost all winds and the sea here is frequently so calm it resembles
a lake, allowing mangrove trees to grow along the shore
The south east coast of Sibu rears up as a series of steep, abrupt
cliffs with a rocky shoreline at their base and provides shelter to
the village behind. The rocks here, and where exposed at other
points on the island, are colourful and contorted. This is due to
their composition of layers of volcanic ash run through with later
lavas combining to produce lacework patterns. Low down on headlands
near the sea, rock pools are frequent and contain miniature worlds
populated by colourful fish, crabs and corals. By Tanjung Keramat
the cliffs contain caves and arches.
There is a village, Kampong Duku, with about 150 inhabitants towards
the southern tip of Sibu which has a police post, mosque, school,
clinic and drinks stall. The entire village is solar powered.