Berhala Island

Attraction Pulau Berhala Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

6 hours
09:00 AM
03:00 PM
First-time visit
0.00 USD

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Berhala Island is a small forested island situated in Sandakan Bay in East Malaysia. The island is approximately 5 hectares in size and has prominent cliffs at its northern end.

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Why Berhala Island is special ?

Berhala Island (Pulau Berhala in Malay) is a small forested island situated in Sandakan Bay in Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia.

The island is approximately 5 hectares in size and has prominent cliffs at its northern end. Many birds of prey can be seen on and around Berhala, including brahminy kites, serpent eagles and sea eagles.

The island has a lighthouse at its highest point.

In the period prior to World War II, the island was used as a quarantine station for labourers coming from China and the Philippines, and was also home to a leper colony. During the war, civilian internees, including Agnes Newton Keith and her husband Harry Keith were held in the quarantine station which served as a makeshift internment camp, before being transferred to Batu Lintang camp in Kuching, Sarawak. After the civilians left, POWs were interned in the camp. A daring escape took place from Berhala Island in June 1943, when several POWs who were due to be transferred to Sandakan POW camp managed to escape to Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines.


What to explore at Berhala Island?

The beauty does not end there, besides enjoying the beaches are clean and natural, this beach save the diversity of coral reefs and marine life, if you want to go snorkeling or diving the best places can be found on Berhala Island as one of medan tour places or islands that flank this island as the Sokong Siembang Island and Sokong Nenek Island which covers only no more than 0.5 hectares, various types of either hard or soft coral reefs and colorful fish reef dwellers can see, the best diving depth of 4 to 25 meters.

This island is also a turtle breeding and cultivation are managed by the department of marine and fisheries Serdang Bedagai, generally on this island where the turtles lay their eggs, if you want to capture when the turtles dig a nest and lay eggs, maybe you can come at night when the turtle turtle began to come,

Fishing is a popular activity, a local tourism operators have been offering fishing activities around the island, the island will be your base camp, then you will be fishing not far from the island toward a particular spot using a fast boat, fish variation can be found such as tuna , snapper and grouper and the thrill of pulling a fish is a distinct preoccupation for you conquered, if fishing is your hobby is certainly fierce tug sea dwellers around the island is a challenge that you will subsequently conquered.

For facilities and accommodation of this island has been ogled and developed by local entrepreneurs, there are several facilities such as lodging and resorts can be found on this island, so do not hesitate if you plan to stay and should go with your friends to this island.


How to get to Berhala Island?

If you are from Medan, you can take bus to Sei Rampah. It takes one hour. And then you go to fishing village (Kampung Nelayan) by public transportation or motorcycle (ojeg) with travel time about 20 minutes.

When arriving in fishing village, you can rent fishing boat to Berhala Island. There is no special ferry to the Berhala Island, so fishing boat is the only one way to get there. Boat rental fee is quite expensive. It’s about IDR 800.000 – 1.500.000 per day or US $80-150 per day. It is better if you go with a group in order to save costs. Another way to get there, you can use travel agent such as Jelajah Adventure Club Sumut. (Phone Number : 0819839859 – 082166205577)


Selling points

  • A memorable trip
  • Beautiful view, peace atmosphere
  • White sand, crystal clear sea water in the outlying island of Indonesia
  • Enjoy trekking, snorkeling
  • Experience wild life
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Tips for you

  • From top of the hill, you will see clearly Sokong Kakek Island and a wonderful panorama of Malaka Strait. Even, you can see Malaysia which is located pretty close to Berhala Island.
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  • You should bring T-shirt and shorts in case you can get wet.
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  • You should bring raincoat, plastic or waterproof bag for your personal belongings.
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  • You should bring long trousers and long sleeved shirts in bright colour (evening and night time)
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  • You should repellent and sun block to save your skin.
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  • In Berhala Island there is no hotel. If you want to stay, you should bring tend or you can rent Soldier’s mess. Don’t forget to bring foods and water, because there is no mini-market. You also bring toiletries, special medicine.
  • You should keep a clean environment to save out nature before leaving.
  • For those who does not want to ride a fisherman boat, can use renting boat, but it costly. It takes Rp. 800.000 – 1.000.000 / night. ($62-$77)
  • Children under 18 years old should go with adults.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid them playing near beach alone.


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There is a jetty for dropping passengers and luggage. Since it is the outlying island, there is marine guard camp built here and they do patrol around the surrounding waters. Once you get up from the boat and turn your face to the water, all you’d see is fish. Bunches of fish you clearly see go around beneath the surface, and the coral. Once you step on the jetty you’d feel like you wanted to feel to get down and feel the white sand like really. The beach is clean particularly and amazingly, the water. On the certain deep like around 3-onward meters (10 feet-onward) is the best site for snorkelling and diving.

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Please bring along your sun tan lotion, and enjoy the bloody clearest water beach.Don't forget to get a travel permit from either polisi laut or marininir in the serdang bedagai before leaves!!

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