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Pulau Besar

If you’re looking for a beach getaway and don’t have time to go further afield, then PULAU BESAR (“Big Island”, though it covers just sixteen square kilometres) may fit the bill. The island’s beaches and hilly scenery are pleasant, although the waters are fairly polluted.

Located 5km off the coast of Melaka, Pulau Besar was known as the burial ground of passing Muslim traders and missionaries; as a result locals – particularly Indian Muslims – see the island as a holy place and visitors are asked to behave accordingly.

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