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LOCATION:
The northwestern side of Pulau Aur is equipped with clearly-marked cement and wooden paths. While there are various trail combinations can be done during your visit to the island, the one that is featured here is for the path from Teluk Ba'ai, where Atlantis Bay Resort is located, to Teluk Sebukang. Estimated walking time is one hour for a leisure stroll.

DESCRIPTION:

I find that Pulau Aur is unique in a sense that the island's many villages are interconnected by the lengthy and well-marked trail. I do think not many other islands offer a similar feature. If you have a few hours to spare, why not try the trail to enjoy the sights and sounds that the island has to offer.

My walk started from Atlantis Bay Resort (which I arrived by a small boat from Pulau Dayang) in Teluk Ba'ai. The clearly marked trail will soon ascend over the boulder rocks of Teluk Ba'ai from which, decent views of the beach and the island channel can be enjoyed. A few minutes later, I got to Diver's Lodge, or supposedly known as Batu Kembar Resort in the old days. I found the portion of the trail to be the most spectacular in term of its ocean view. Not to mention that Batu Kembar is the most beautiful beach in Pulau Aur, at least from my observation.

The trail continued to ascend further along the fringes of some hills and boulder rocks. By then, only partial ocean views can be enjoyed due to the thick vegetation. I also passed by a number of village houses that seemed to be unattended. Words had it that a lot of Pulau Aur's original residents had since migrated to the mainland where there are more job and education opportunities.

About ten minutes later, I began my descend into the village of Teluk Berhala. The village is regarded as the main centre of the island where one can find a primary school, mini clinic, police station, prayer hall and one or two unpretentious eating joints. If you need to take a breather, Teluk Berhala would be an ideal pit stop where you can grab some bottled water from the basic sundry shop.

The trail then resumed upward on a hilly section at the southern end of the village. In general, it was somewhat similar to the earlier parts of the trail from Batu Kembar. There were some great spots to view the wide open sea as well as crystal-clear and secluded coves. One can also view Pulau Lang, a popular dive spot, along this trail.

There was one section of the trail just a few minutes outside of Sebukang Bay which I thought was quite interesting. The hill was devoid of any discernible vegetation except tens of massive boulder rocks which created quite a spectacle. The elevated wooden plank was built over this collection of massive rocks, which seemed like a feature from a man-made theme park.

In general, the view from the second portion of the trail was not entirely breathtaking, to say the least. Nonetheless, the trail is still worth trying just fill the time should you find the island utterly lifeless and too peaceful for your liking.

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