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DESCRIPTION:
If the name of "Bluewater" reminds you of something else, you are probably right. This resort is owned and operated by the person behind the famous Bluewater Ferry in Mersing. If you are a frequent visitor to Pulau Tioman or Johor islands such as Pulau Rawa, Pulau Besar and Pulau Tinggi, chances are you have taken the boat rides operated by Bluewater Ferry, which has an almost complete monopoly of the busy tourist routes to these idyllic islands.

The person behind the successful ferry venture is Mr. Rizam who was born in Pulau Aur itself (surprised?). With his family's considerably large tract of land, Bluewater Resort came into being. Perhaps just to show that Malaysians can also own and operate a resort in the island that has long been a playing field of Singapore-based operators.

FACILITIES:
The facilities are extremely basic but I was quite pleased with the spacious room arrangement. The one that I was assigned to had two steel-framed queen beds, attached bathroom (a precious commodity in islands often known for the lazy morning strolls to the outdoor shared bathrooms), air-conditioning, dressing mirror and a semi-private veranda. Otherwise, there are also other types of room that offer fan only if you do not feel like paying for the extra comfort.

I estimated that there are only 20 room units here, which can comfortably fit from 2-4 persons per room. There is also a conference room at the main reception building, which according to the friendly resort personnel, is often being rented by government officials for meeting-cum-fishing trips.

There is an in-house restaurant at the resort which seemed to be closed indefinitely, or until the full blast of visitors start to throng the island in the peak season. During my visit in March 2007, I was the only guest of the resort, which I should not complain much.

The resort is equipped with electricity supplied by both Tenaga Nasional power lines as well as an in-house diesel generator. According to the staff, the use of air conditioners inside the rooms had often caused power trips in the whole fishing village, hence back-up generator is necessary to appease the villagers and resort guests alike.

ATTRACTIONS:
The beach of Teluk Berhala fronting the resort is quite acceptable although it does not look enticing enough for a swim. Due to its proximity to the nearby fishing village, debris and trash from there were often seen washed ashore.

For a better beach experience, I strongly recommend doing the island-jungle trail walk to Batu Kembar and Teluk Ba'ai which should take you no more than 1/2 hours. Also the beautiful beach of Pasir Putih on Pulau Dayang is just a boat ride away across the water channel separating these two islands.

During my stay here, I was also invited by a resort staff to hike the famous Batu Berhala from which great views of Pulau Aur's northern coastlines and Pulau Dayang can be assured.

PRICING:
As far as I know, the resort goes for room-only package with no meals. An air-conditioned room costs RM120 per night while the non-air-conditioned one costs RM80 per night. 

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