Formerly known as Dayang Island Resort, this establishment has since been merged together with the adjoining Dayang Beach Chalet to form the present-day Dayang Blues Resort. You probably guessed it right, this is also a Singaporean-operated resort which is run by Gill Divers Pte Ltd in Tanjong Pagar in the city-state.
This resort is quite well known among diving fraternities in Singapore as it can host up to 300 guests at any given day. This resort is also serves as the base point for many Singaporeans undertaking the final stage of their Open Water Dive courses. During my visit, there were at least 120 guests to the resort, 90% of them were probably soon-to-be certified divers.
Look can indeed be deceiving. My first impression of the resort was a very good one with modern-looking reception centre. Not to mention the resort location fronting the beautiful beach area of Pasir Putih. Nonetheless, this resort is very basic in term of facilities that it offers. Apparently the resort is harping on the tagline of "experiencing nature without caring too much about accommodation and amenities", which I should not blame them for that. Plus, with about 4 scheduled dives per day, with typically loud and young newly-certified scuba divers, a beach to die for and various types of sports activities, many cannot be bothered about the amenities, or the lack thereof.
Most standard or basic rooms offer quad-sharing beds, although during my visit, the resort management could easily switch the bed arrangement to twin-sharing or triple-sharing upon requests. After all, the resort was not running at full capacity as yet in the month of March. Some rooms also have old air-conditioning units installed inside, but most come without one. Otherwise, for hardcore budget travelers, they can opt for either 6-pax or 12-pax dormitory rooms. There are no attached bathrooms in the resort. The operator has provided at least 20 units of outdoor bathroom behind the resort.
There is one small restaurant near the reception counter where certain selections of a la cartè meals can be ordered (please, do not expect any pasta bolognaise or chardonnay-braised escargots, just simple nasi goreng or char kue tiaw at most!). During high-volume period, the meals are often served on an open-air patio some distance away from the beach.
The Pasir Putih beach fronting the resort is fabulous and beautiful, with a hive of beach activities day and night. The sands are typically powdery soft and the full length of the beach can be yours as most guests are often away for their dive outing.
The rates are often quoted in Singapore Dollars, so it is quite a bad news for Malaysians (at the writing time, the current exchange rate is MYR2.27 to SGD1.00). The cheapest rate normally goes for SGD380 for the most basic of rooms up to SGD480 if you would like to add some modern amenities that you cannot leave behind.
For Singaporeans, journey normally starts from Tanjong Pagar at 1900hrs on a Friday with close to midnight arrival at Mersing jetty, depending on the traffic and the custom clearance at the causeway. On a good day, the big boat to Pulau Aur can depart before 2300hrs, but as for my case, it left the jetty after 0100hrs the next day.
Read more about the boat journey to and from Pulau Aur.