5 Hidden Gems In Johor We Hope To Visit Someday


Cheng Sim •  Jul 14, 2021

[Updated 9 May 2022]

If you ask us, there are many amazing things to do in Johor! After admiring the scenic Desaru beach and visiting this Instagram-worthy bookstore, it's time to head out and explore the best hidden gems in Johor that Malaysia's beautiful southern state is known for.

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Hidden Gems In Johor

1. Tasik Biru Kangkar Pulai

Starting our list of best hidden gems in Johor is Tasik Biru Kangkar Pulai. Perfect for nature lovers, this scenic lake is actually an abandoned mine filled with water that turned bright blue. Just a 15-minute drive from Johor Premium Outlet, the lake is not safe for swimming, but the locals can take a short hike to catch a glimpse of it.

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2. Desaru Sky Mirror

There are many sky mirrors in Malaysia, and one of them is located in Johor! Called Desaru Sky Mirror, it's called a 'sky mirror' as it's known for its mirror-like reflection of the sky. This phenomenon happens when it's low tide and weather conditions are suitable, which makes it suitable for taking Instagram-worthy photos.

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3. Pulau Dayang

If you enjoy a quiet getaway, there are many stunning islands in Malaysia that are worth visiting and Pulau Dayang is one of them. Situated in the east coast of Johor, it is the second-largest island in the Johor Marine Park, and the clear blue water is absolutely breathtaking. Curious to know what it's like? Our contributor Syahirah shared her experience exploring Pulau Dayang, the hidden island gem of Johor!

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4. Pulau Tinggi

Another beautiful island in Johor you should visit next is Pulau Tinggi. It may be less popular than Rawa Island, but it still offers a stunning beach landscape complete with turquoise waters and lush greenery. Our contributor Fiza Hussein shared her experience visiting Pulau Tinggi, the underrated paradise island in Johor, so you can add it to your bucket list!

5. Heaven's Gate at Pulau Mawar

Wrapping up our list of the best hidden gems in Johor is Heaven's Gate in Pulau Mawar! Getting to Pulau Mawar is easy because it's only a 30-minute drive from town. There are many things to do at Heaven's Gate that include walking along the mangrove swamp, taking photos of the Insta Tree, and savouring some amazing halal food in Johor! Our contributor Steffie Tan wrote all about Heaven's Gate, so you can use it to plan your future adventure.

Whether you're walking along the scenic Pulau Tinggi or taking Insta-worthy photos at Desaru Sky Mirror, we hope these hidden gems in Johor will inspire you to visit Malaysia's amazing southern state when the time is right. Don't forget to check out more articles below!