Pulau Besar is stretches about 1 - 2km wide and 5 km long. The resorts are located on the western side of the island as the eastern coast faces the open sea and tends to be rough. The fishing villages are long gone, though you can still see the quaint old police station and vacant village huts along the path that runs parallel to the western beach. Pulau Besar and Pulau Tengah were the host islands for the popular and controversial reality TV show in Europe called the 'Expedition Robinson' that ran for 9 seasons. The crew spent at least 7 months on location at this island as well as the surrounding islands for a number of years until the show ended its run in 2005.
Pulau Besar is the ideal island for a lot of sun bathing, catching up on sleep, finishing that novel that's been kept by the bedside table for months gathering dust, a bit of island exploration, and just to immerse in the tranquility of the island life. For city folks, it may be a little difficult to get used to... no traffic honks, suits and power dressing, no laptops and continuous ringing of the phone. It's tough to just let go of the everyday chores and routine but once the island breeze lulls you into that dream-like state, it's difficult to leave.