The trail begins from the main jetty at the fishing village of Teluk Berhala. The initial part of the trail is properly marked by cement pathway and elevated wooden planks until a few minutes outside the village. Then some serious hiking required to the reach the top of the rock of Batu Berhala.
It is best to hire a local guide to bring you to this landmark of Pulau Aur.
This was quite an impromptu hiking trip on my part. One of the two personnel at Bluewater Resort suddenly asked me if I would like to make a trip up the boulder rock of Batu Berhala, from which, he claimed that fabulous view of of the two islands of Pulau Aur and Pulau Dayang can be enjoyed.
The hike took into the familiar Aur's village trail that connects Teluk Berhala with Batu Kembar and Teluk Ba'ai, except somewhere in the middle, one needs to divert into somewhat unmarked path with occasional thick shrubs and thorny trees that ascent steeply to the famous boulder rock. It was slippery at parts, especially on bare rock faces which retained traces of moisture and moss. Apparently, there were a number of kaffir lime trees on this trail, which I was not sure they grew in wild or were planted by the locals. The stems protrude piercing sharp thorns, which if one is not careful, will shear minor gashes on your fingers, arms or legs. I guess I spoke from my own experience when I grabbed on of those thorny trees while climbing a steep rock and duly paid the price.
Actually, we did not make it all the way up. The final path to the rock seemed to be covered with even thicker bushes. According to my guide, the last time he attempted to get to the top was about a year earlier. It seemed that nobody had since negotiated the path again. While I was somewhat disappointed, I was glad that we did not continue since the trail did look unreasonably steep for leisure hikers.
While the promise of spectacular vista from the top of Batu Berhala did not materialise, the view from that midway point can still be considered second best. Parts of Pulau Aur's coastlines and the whole of Pulau Dayang across the narrow island channel can be enjoyed from here.
Enough about the hike. If you are asking why it is called "Batu Berhala" or "Idol's Rock" in English, you just need to get yourself to the jetty at the fishing village of Teluk Berhala. When you look up to the northeast, you will see the rock vaguely resembles a Buddha statue in meditative position. For better viewing effect, try to enjoy the sight at sunset, or in my case, during a full-moon night. The "idol" seems to be watching over the village and surely some form of mysterious sensation can be felt when looking at it.