Once the most famous islands of Malaysia – Tioman, Perhentian and Redang islands – have been checked off the list, one starts to look for less visited ones, like Pulau Kapas and Lang Tengah. We were looking at islands near Johor, and reviews of Pulau Besar Johor came up.

One of three little islands not far from the mainland, it was originally called Pulau Babi Besar – the Big Boar Island. The neighbouring Tengah island is home to the luxurious Batu Batu which we love, but we were on a stricter budget this time. When we realised the two islands hosted the contestants of Expedition Robinson, a popular European reality TV show in the golden 1990’s, the decision had been made!