1. at the jetty to board a boat to Pulau Rusukan Besar

1. at the jetty to board a boat to Pulau Rusukan Besar

When visiting Labuan Island for a vacation, island hopping is one of the main activities, especially if you relish the sun, sand, sea and surf. The main island of Labuan is surrounded by six smaller ones, one of which is Pulau Rusukan Besar. ‘Pulau’ is the local word for island.

2. heading to Pulau Rusukan Besar

2. heading to Pulau Rusukan Besar

3. the comfortable passenger boat

3. the comfortable passenger boat

Visiting Pulau Rusukan Besar has to be arranged through a tour operator. The main company is Emma Glorious Tours Sdn. Bhd. Those who sign up for a package will be ferried in a passenger boat and collected at the same spot at a designated time according to a daily schedule.

4. the boat arrives at Pulau Rusukan Besar

4. the boat arrives at Pulau Rusukan Besar

5. this is Pulau Rusukan Besar

5. this is Pulau Rusukan Besar

What’s there to do on Pulau Rusukan Besar? Of course, there’s sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and diving, for those who enjoy the sun and sea. There’s also massage services for vacationers who want a relaxing time under the shade.

6. the tranquil Pulau Rusukan Besar

6. the tranquil Pulau Rusukan Besar

7. these bright colours remind me of the houses at Pulau Ketam, Selangor

7. these bright colours remind me of the houses at Pulau Ketam, Selangor

The Marine Park Information Centre is located on the 14-hectare Pulau Rusukan Besar. Opening hours are from 9am to 4.30pm. Much information is shared through photos, posters and exhibits.

 8. the beach is your garden

8. the beach is your garden

 9. the tortoise is one of the marine icons of Pulau Rusukan Besar

9. the tortoise is one of the marine icons of Pulau Rusukan Besar

Actually, how much time does one need to allocate for a trip out to Pulau Rusukan Besar? Half a day is fair, if you go for snorkelling or other water activities.

10. coral samples on display

10. coral samples on display

11. informative boards to share knowledge

11. informative boards to share knowledge

Holidaymakers who wish to spend a longer time on the island may rent a chalet for the night. The shocking pink chalets are spacious and comfortable, as you can see from my photos.

 12. more information boards

12. more information boards

13. Nuar poses with the Pulau Rusukan Besar welcome sign

13. Nuar poses with the Pulau Rusukan Besar welcome sign

So, if you do find yourself visiting Labuan one day, do not miss out the chance to head out to Pulau Rusukan Besar.

Visitors to Pulau Rusukan Besar also need to pay the following charges to Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia:

Malaysian
RM5 /adult
RM2 /child

Foreigner
RM30 /adult
RM15 /child

*fishing is strictly prohibited on this island.

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