By night, with good visibility, it can be seen at a fairly safe distance. The NE and SW sides of the island are steep-to. A light is shown from the island.
A wooded islet, 48m high, stands 137m from the SE side of the island and is connected to it by a drying coral ridge. A similar rocky island, 43m high, stands about 0.5 mile NW of the island. This islet appears white in places. Between Pulau Berhala and this islet there are depths of 9 to 13m.
A rectangular area, with its center on Pulau Berhala, has been designated as a prohibited area. An ammunition dumping site lies in the SW part of this prohibited area.