Sailing Yacht SEA BUNNY

West Peninsular Malaysia

Anchorages visited in 2008 - 2015

Positions are the actual WGS84 GPS coordinates recorded at the time of anchoring, either where the anchor went down or where the boat ended up. While they are believed to be accurate they should be used as a guide only, in conjunction with other navigational data, including up to date charts, and must not be relied on for navigation. Where CD is shown after a depth it indicates that we have reduced it to chart datum. Otherwise it is as recorded on our echo sounder, which is calibrated to the actual depth of water. Sea Bunny's draft is 2.4 m in cruising trim.
We have now transitted the Malacca Strait a total of 8 times, 4 each way so we have a fairly established route. It is a fairly  trip, usually with a fair amount of motoring either because there is no wind or to maintain speed on longish day hops. We tend to avoid night travel on this passage because of the number of fishing boats and nets. W

Where SM 2008 or 2010 follows the anchorage name it signifies a location supported by the Sail Malaysia rally organisers for SM 2008 or Passage to the East 2010

We have not necessarily recorded every stop in an anchorage, but believe we have captured the characteristics of each


Northbound Passage 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014

Generally this passage is at the beginning of or during the NE monsoon.

We usually do this passage in day sails starting from Danga Bay (2008), Puteri (2011 and 2014) or Singapore (2013).

Overnight or longer stops are:

Pulau Pisang
Pulau Besar (Water Islands)
 Port Dickson or nearby
Pulau Klang (2014), Pulau Angsa (2008 and 2013)or Pulau Tengah (2011)
Lumut (2008), Pulau Pangkor(2011 and 2014) or Pangkor Island Marina (2013 and 2014)
Pulau Jerejak (2008,
Tanjung City Marina (2008 & 2011) or Straits Quay Marina (2013)
Langkawi: Teluk Ayer Tabang(2008

There are numerous fishing buoys, structures and nets in the shallow waters inside the Malacca Straits traffic separation zone which indicate against sailing at night. In 2008 we were also advised in Singapore against anchoring alone overnight as there is significant traffic in illegal immigrants from Sumatra and the trafficers could see a lone yacht as easy pickings on their return. Probably over-cautious.

Generally we stay in the deeper water outside the inshore shoals and to the east of  the TSS.

Off Port Klang we decided against Selat Che Mat Zin as it appeared too shallow in places - as confirmed by catamarans who used it. To the west of Pulau Pintu Gedong and Pulau Selat Kering is a deep channel.

Southbound passage 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Langkawi to Puteri Harbour, Johor

We have done this passage either during the NE monsoon (2013, 2014 and 2015) or during the transition (2010). In the transition there is a possiblity of a Sumatran wind. Always squalls are possible.

Again we have always done the passage in day sails anchoring for the first night in the south of the Langkawi group at Selat Gabang Durat (2014 & 2015),Pulau Batu Merak (2010)or ... and overnight or longer stops at::

Penang: Straits Quay Marina (2013, 2014 & 2015), Pulau Jerejak (2010)
Pulau Rimau
Pulau Pangkor SW bay (2010
Pulau Klang (2014 & 2015), Pulau Angsa (2010 & 2013)
Port Dickson: Admiral Marina (2010, 2013 & 2014) st anchor  (2015)
Tanjung Keling (unscheduled stop 2013)
Pulau Besar (Water Islands)
Pulau Pisang

Tides run at 2-3 knots. It is worth getting them right, especially on the shorter passages.

In the transition and Sw season there may be "Sumatrans" or other squalls. In 2010 we were hit by a 30+ knot squall and torrential rain when approaching the anchored ships off the Johor Strait. Fortunately we had seen it coming.

Danga Bay (SM 2008)

Anchorage position: 01° 27'.92 N 103° 43'.45 E, 4 m, mud Nov 2008

WARNING: We have not been here since 2008. Things have changed. The marina has opened and closed and there is extensive development

Our first attempt to anchor left us in 2.5 m with some tide still to fall. The given location is on the western edge of the channel which needs to be left clear for a large party boat. Landing by the first restaurant complex or further up river where the party boat docks.

Posh restaurants in the first complex - Italian and Chinese. Cheaper options further along. Shopping complex with ATM etc about 500 m.

We checked in to Malaysia here by special arrangement for the rally as Puteri Harbour Marina had not yet opened.

We had been asked to contact Puteri Harbour by VHF before passing under the Second Crossing Bridge (Tuas Bridge). We got an immediate response from Jurong Traffic Control who did not understand what we wanted! Never did hear from Puteri Harbour.

Danga Bay is being developed as a tourist attraction. The hype refers to the "pristine blue waters". The reality is a muddy river mouth with all sorts of rubbish floating down - including dead cats and huge quantities of plastic.

A small marina opened in 2010, it was free of charge in early 2011 but Sea Bunny has not been there. The marina closed in July 2014.

Puteri Harbour Marina

Position: 01° 25'.1 N 103° 39'.5 E. Several visits 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 &v2015

VHF channel 18.  Difficult to contach them before about 2 miles out and sometimes not even if in the marina. There is a lot of competing traffic on 18.

New marina (2009) in the West Johor Strait. Tuas Bridge limits access to 25 m air draft.

Excellent shelter behind substantial rock wall. Well constructed pontoons, although one dragged its anchors in early 2015. Water and electricity.

Clearance in and out now (July 2013) at the recently completed ferry terminal adjacent to the marina from where ferries run to Karimun and Batam in Indonesia. There are plans for a service to Harbourfront in Singapore but there appear to be delays - still not operating in February 2015.

Fuel can be obtained alongside at a reather makeshift facility in the outer harbour, or harbour staff will arrange it in cans.

Free minibus to supermarket on Thursdays, to night market on Tuesdays and to local bus station on demand (3 hours notice). Chargeable transfers to Johor Bahru city or airport, Changi Airport etc.

Cafe, laundry, good toilets and showers. Marina has a limited number of membership cards for the gym and swimming pool at the adjacent Traders Hotel which can be booked fo 2-hour sessions. Several restaurants and a pharmacy in the developing mall which also has child-orientated outlets such as Hello Kitty and Toys'R'Us.

Situated in Nusajaya, a new city intended to replace JB as the main city of the state. Roads and infrastructure in place and state government offices already transferred. Rapid development all around. Legoland a short distance away.

Marina staff are friendly and helpful. No marine contractors at marina but staff can apparently organise (not tried by Sea Bunny).

Marina prices are good (around 1/3 those of Raffles). Good for leaving boat while travelling. Car to Changi Airport costs MYR220 in August 2014 . A bit more on return with an hour's stop at a JB supermarket. Driver will usually wait while you visit the Cold Storage in Changi T1 or T2

Bus service to JB Sentral (Causeway link to Singapore), Gelang Patah (connect here for bus to Singapore across Tuas Bridge).

Pulau Pisang

Anchorage position: 01° 27'.91 N 103° 16'.02 E, 2 m (@ CD) Nov 2008

Anchorage is to the SE of the main island. A reasonable passage anchorage. On leaving we did not try the passage between P Pisang and P Suah to its east.

Anchorage position: 01° 27'.7 N 103° 15'.0 E, 5.8m. Thick mud, 26 January 2011

This anchorage is further west, to get better shelter from the easterly wind.  We approached and left to the west.

Anchorage position: 01° 27'.7 N 103° 15'.8 E, 4 m. mud, 29 November 2013

  We approached and left to the east..

The above anchorages are quite a long way out from the island as shallows extend.


Anchorage position: 01° 28'.45 N 103° 16'.03 E, 7 m. Very thick sticky mud. 21 May 2010

This anchorage is just to the north of the smaller island, P Suah to the east of P Pisang. This gave good shelter from the SSW 10 knots that was blowing when we arrived. To the west of this position and north of the pass between P Suah and P Pisang the depths increase to >25 m and, judging from the fishing stakes along the shore of P Pisang, shallows fairly rapidly as the shore is approached. We did not attempt the pass but it is probably significantly deeper than the charted < 2 m.

It took us around half an hour to get the mud off the chain and anchor!

Anchorage position: 01° 27'.68 N 103° 15'.09 E, 6 m. More very thick sticky mud. 3 Feb 2015

The wind had been blowing from the NE all day so we anchored to the SW of the main island. Approaching to the south of the smaller island Pulau Kamudi we passed over the shallows running SE from it. The water then deepened to around 30 m before shallowing rapidly as we approached the anchorage position. While the anchor was in 6 m, we swung back to 17 m, so we had plenty of chain out.

We passed a very quiet night, except when the up switch on the windlass decided to connect, stretching the chain between the windlass and cleat. The noise was similar to the keel grating on coral so we both woke suddenly to find Sea Bunny quietly sitting in 12 m of water with a smooth sea-bed. We didn't work out what happened until we found a bar taut length of chain and a tripped windlass in the morning. It's good practice to switch off electric motors with large cables when not in use but the skipper forgot! A friend lost his boat when a bowthruster circuit shorted!

Pulau Besar (Water Islands)

Anchorage position: 02° 06'.24 N 102° 19'.90 E, 6 m Nov 2008, 20 May 2010 and 30 November 2013

P Besar is one of the Water Islands SW of Melaka.

Our anchorage to the east of the island, clear of the shallows off the village. Depths drop off quite sharply to the south.

It is possible to get a ferry into Melaka from here (but we didn't).


Anchorage position: 02° 06'.44 N 102° 19'.37 E, 10 m 27 January 2011

Anchorage position: 02° 06'.40 N 102° 19'.40 E, 9 m swinging into 15 m 2 February 2015

Anchorage is in the bay to the west of the island.  Chart shows a rocky foreshore, rocks are showing through the water closer in and the bottom comes up fairly rapidly.  At anchorage position bottom was mud and shelter from the easterly wind was good.

There is a large resort in the north of the bay but we saw no signs of life there except for some outside lights at night

Melaka Marina

Melaka Marina

Note: Sea Bunny did not stay here. We doubt (2015) whether it is still operating.


While we did not stay at the marina on Sea Bunny, we did visit in May 2010 and stayed on board a friend's boat.


Access to the marina is shallow , requiring high tide access for keel boats and depths in the marina are variable as it is reported to be silting.


The marina is enclosed behind piled walls which, having gaps between the piles, do not provide effective attenuation of swell or surge which, in a strong westerly or northerly, can be significant. The rolling in the marina which such swell causes mean that even monohulls must take a double pen and berth in the middle. In a one-week period boats broke mooring lines and/or the marina cleats. The latter are fixed in aluminium channels on the pontoons and are not through-bolted, enabling them to be physically pulled out. We also saw some cleats that had fractured under the load.

Melaka Marina


The marina is situated on reclaimed land a 15 minute walk out of town. Apart from immigration, toilets and showers there are no facilities at the marina.

Melaka Gateway

In February 2014 an MYR 40 billion project was announced to develop a 609 acre tourist complex around one natural and two artificial islands.

When complete - scheduled for 2025 Malaysian time - the complex will include berthing for 3 large cruise liners as well as a 600-berth marina! To put the scale into context the cost is approximately 1/5 of the budget for the UK's HS2 rail project and about 2/3 of the cost of the Channel Tunnel rebased to today's prices. Watch the space below.

See Melaka Gateway

Admiral Marina, Port Dickson

Position: 02° 28'.56 N 101° 50'.76 E Nov 08 (northbound), May 2010 (southbound), December 2013 (nortthbound) and May 2014 (southbound)

Approach from the south by rounding Tanjung Tuan and following the channel round. From the north you can either follow the coast round inside the sandbars or stay outside and cut across.

The marina has seen better days and not all berths have electricity and/or water. These facilities are allocated on a first come, first served basis even if you have a booking. It may help to clearly state that these facilities are required when booking. We did manage to get a powered berth but only after Susan asked whether the resort had somewhere we could store the food from our freezer.   Some refurbishment was carried out in late 2010/early 2011.

WiFi facilities in the bar (but not to the berths), good pool, restaurant and bar meals. Good 3G/HSDPA signal (Celcom). Fuel dock (not operating Dec 2013, May 2014 or November 2014). Cheapish restaurants and a 7-11 store on the main road, about 20 minutes walk. Taxi to Melaka MYR 100-120 (90 minutes).

Taxi into town MYR20 if booked through the resort, MYR 12 return trip from rank in town. Immigration, customs and port control in town with a short walk between them. Click here to see map of Port Dickson with locations of immigration, customs and port authority marked (opens in new window).

Shuttle bus into Port Dickson from resort to north of pool

Click here to download customs and port authority forms (opens in new window).

Anchorage outside Admiral Marina, Port Dickson

Position: 02° 28'.12 N 101° 50'.63 E 8 m thick sticky mud

Arriving fairly late and wanting an early start we decided it was not worth going into the marina. We anchored to the south of the marina outside the large breakwater for the "Marina Bay" complex. Obviously this was originally intended to be a marina but it doesn't seem to have been developed.  We spent a reasonably quiet night, slightly rolly.

Tanjung Rhu (north of Port Dickson)

Anchorage position: 02° 37'.9 N 101° 37'.4 E, 7 m mud. 28 January 2011

We may have been unlucky but we CANNOT recommend this anchorage - see below

Fishing net

This was an open roadstead anchorage in the shallow bay north of Port Dickson.  Bottom shelves gradually.  There is a habitation and a clump of trees on the foreshore just north of the anchorage position.  When we arrived there were a couple of small fishing boats at anchor off the habitation.

On coming in to anchor we checked for the presence of any fishing nets or buoys - there were none.  During the evening a net drifted down and wrapped itself around the anchor chain - we were alerted by one of the floats banging on the hull.  The fisherman came and removed the net. A couple of hours later, after we had gone to bed there was more knocking on the hull.  This time the net had come from the stern - the tide was turning and had caught on the skeg.  The same fisherman returned but this time could not remove the net. In fact he compounded the problem by trying to take it forward and wrapped it round the anchor chain.  He cut it free,  Another two hours later he was back.  The net was once again caught on the skeg and could not be freed - again he cut it free - leaving it under the boat.

In the morning it was a matter of minutes to snorkel and free the net from the skeg.  However, R missed another line  and net fragment which proceeded to wrap itself around the propeller when we put the engine into gear.  This required full dive gear and half an hour with the bread knife to clear.

Pulau Tengah

Anchorage position: 02° 59'.0 N 101° 14'.5 E mud. 29 January 2011

Depths seem greater than charted.  The anchorage position is well on the mud according to the chart.

Having been delayed by the fishing net we were late on our passage north, we entered the straits between the islands west of Klang and anchored just south of the first fish farm on the east of Pulau Tengah.  We reckoned that no nets would be laid here as they would drift on to the farm pontoons.

Most of the fish nets are on the shalllows on the east side of the strait.

Pulau Kelang

Anchorage position: 03° 02'.50 N 101° 20'.32 E 7.8 m May 2014

Anchorage position: 03° 02'.64 N 101° 20'.37 E  October 2014

Anchorage position: 03° 02'.53 N 101° 20'.33 E January 2015

P Kelang is the large island to the west of the Port Klang docks. We closed the coast and anchored in the dark having decided Pulau Angsa looked a bit uncomfortable. Good shelter from E and W. Lots of shipping movements in the port area and channel.

As we were leaving to the south on our first stay we were called up by port control to move out of the way of a ship. At the time we were outside the channel in about 5 m of water and spitting distance from the mangroves. We think they confused us (who they could see on AIS) with another yacht that was in the channel but had no AIS.

Pulau Angsa

Anchorage position: 03° 10'.94 N 101° 13'.04 E, 10 m Nov 2008

We had a couple of attempts to anchor to the east of P Selatan, other boats being anchored in the best places to the south of P Angsa. Depths drop off more sharply than the chart shows. There were several fishing boats at anchor on rope with very long scopes. Eventually we went to the west of P Selatan and had a comfortable night in reasonably shallow water. If wind is right there is plenty of space on this side.

Anchorage position: 03° 11'.03 N 101° 13'.20 E, 13 m 11 May 2010. Wind N 10 knots

On our southbound passage we anchored to the south of the fishing boats, who were again on long lines. There were several other yachts close by to the S and W of us. Most of these had an uncomfortable night as the tide and wind worked against each other and the boats got a bit too close to each other. It seems we chose the best position (quite by chance). The bottom drops off quite sharply to the east.

The fishing boats can be very smelly!

 

Anchorage position: 03° 10'.98 N 101° 13'.20 E, 16 m 3 December 2013. Wind W 10 knots

A bit further south than before. With a westerly wind we thought we might have an uncomfortable night but it was OK. Again fishing boats had the best positions.

Kampong Teluk Kecil, Pulau Pangkor

Anchorage position: 04° 12'.48 N 100° 34'.73 E, 8 m Nov 08

Anchorage is off a village at the SE end of P Pangkor. Plenty of room on the edge of the channel between piers used by ferries.  We arrived under tow at 0200 to be shown where to anchor by other ralliers who had waited up for us.

Pantai Bogak, Pangkor

Anchorage position: 04° 12'.6 N 100° 33'.1 E, 5 m Several stops in this approximate position 2010-2014

Anchorage P Pangkor

The anchorage is in the bay on the west of Pangkor sheltered from the west by the smaller island of Pangkor Laut. Shelter was good in light to moderate SW-NW winds. It is possible to tuck further in to the bay to get better protection. Tide runs strongly between the islands, creating wind over tide conditions.

There are shops resorts and restaurants ashore on Pangkor. Reports are that the upmarket resort on Pangkor Laut does not welcome yachties.

Pulau Mentangor marina

A Jabatan Laut marina was established in 2008 or 2009 on the small island of Pulau Mentangor, just off the northern side of the next bay north. As can be seen from the picture (January 2011), this was not a great success!

A few days after this photo was taken we were told that some of the pontoons had broken loose and were drifting in the Malacca Strait.  Not a good thing to hit!

Pangkor Island Marina

Berth position: 04° 12'.68 N 100° 36'.11 E. Dec 2013

The entrance is approached over the shallow flats. We waited for a boat to come out to show us the way in - it was dusk and the entrance was difficult to make out. The following are waypoints given to us by the marina. The "start" waypoint is the approach and is in the deep water channel. The remainder were prepared for the Raja Muda rally shortly before our arrival. USE WITH CARE - we did not use these (except the first). Going out we followed our inward track..

Entrance waypoints:

 

Start

04° 12'.70 N 100° 35'.03 E

 
 

1

 

04° 12'.72 N 100° 34'.90 E

 
 

2

 

04° 12'.73 N 100° 35'.08 E

 
 

3

 

04° 12'.68 N 100° 35'.43 E

 
 

Marina entrance

04° 12'.70 N 100° 36'.00 E

 
       

The marina has been constructed since our first trip up the Malacca Strait. It is part of a large residential development..

The marina is modern and the staff are friendly. The adjacent ferry terminal for Pangkor Island has some facilities - a small mini-mart, Hertz car hire and some cafes and restaurants, some of which were not actually operating. We discovered a new Japanese restaurant a few hundred metres along the road towards town (no alcohol but BYO OK). There is also a 7-11 some distance further towards Lumut town. The town itself is a taxi ride away.

The hardstand is not concreted and has the look of an area waiting to be developed into something else. Water and electricity are located at the side of the hardstand and could involve a very long run if not positioned close. There is also an undercover hardstand area for about 5-6 boats.

There is a hotel adjacent to the hardstand. Rates around MYR200 per night (2013). Toilets and cold water showers adjacent to covered hardstand (not inspected).

Lumut (SM 2008)

Anchorage position: 04° 14'.41 N 100° 38'.53 E, 5 m, mud. Nov 08

The anchorage is off the grandly named Lumut International Yacht Club. The club has a small marina where some berths may be available.

Space needs to be left off the club for the tugs and barges which use the side channel leading SE past the club. The main channel also has significant traffic as well as anchored ships.

The club has a pool and free WiFi if you don't plug into the power, otherwise RM5 per day. There is also a charge of RM5 per day for the use of the club facilities - pontoon and pool.

500 m walk to town either by road or pleasant riverside path.

Teluk Nipah, Pulau Pangkor

Anchorage position: 04° 14'.27 N 100° 32'.56 E, 4 m, sand. Nov 08

A pleasant bay with better water clarity (at least 1 m!). Restaurants and souvenir stalls ashore. A tourist destination for Malaysians.

Pulau Rimau S Bay

Anchorage position: 05° 14'.66 N 100° 16'.39 E, 5 m, mud/shell Apr 2013

A useful anchorage just south of Pulau Penang when heading south or coming north, reducing the day trip to/from Pangkor.

Pulau Jerejak

Anchorage position: 05° 18'.77 N 100° 18'.35 E, 11 m. Nov 08


We chose to anchor on the east side of the passage between Penang and Jerejak. Others went on the west side. Fish farms on P Jerejak. Landing at jetties on Penang SW of the anchorage. No easy way of getting to the large shopping complex to the NW.

Anchorage position: 05° 19'.7 N 100° 18'.8 E, 12 m Mud. 4-9 May 2010, 1-6 February 2011

This anchorage, also on the Jerejak side of the passage gives easy dinghy access to a fishing boat jetty to the north of the Queensbay shopping mall. The jetty is about 10 minutes walk to the mall where buses and taxis are available (401E and 307 go to the ferry jetty and Komtar bus station). A road comes to the jetty so taxis can drop you off there and pick you up if pre-booked. There is a fish restaurant at the jetty which appears quite well patronised (we didn't try it) and a stall selling fish (also not tried).  Lots of rubbish on the bottom, so make sure anchor is well set.

Anchorage position: 05° 18'.79 N 100° 18'.14 E, 10 m Sandy mud, chain blackened overnight! December 2013

On the Penang side of the channel inside P. Jerejak, just north of the jetties with restaurants and fishing boats. Beware of submarine cable between here and the northern anchorages. A good stop when coming from the south.

Tanjung City Marina, Georgetown, Penang (SM2008)

Position: 05° 24'.83 N 100° 20'.64 E November 2008 and 7 - 23 February 2011

Tanjung City Marina is sadly no more. It finally succumbed to silting, surge and swell. in 2012.  Why marinas are built without adequate protection is difficult to understand!

Tanjung City Marina

Straits Quay Marina, Penang

Position: 05° 27'.5 N 100° 18'.8 E April and December 2013.

Approach on leading marks bearing 189° T from isolated danger mark at 05° 28'.5 N 100° 19'.0 E. Turn to starboard 100m approx before front lead towards marina entrance. Channel dredged between our visits in 2013. On our first visit, at HW we approached from a position E of the leads with no problem.

Straits Quay is another development since our first visit in 2008. A large residential complex with a lots of restaurants. The marina is relatively small and booking is essential. Marina staff are helpful. Essential facilities only - no pool or other luxuries. No marina WiFi to boat but available in office. Penang Free WiFi available but signal weak, service slow. Poor Celcom signal. All in all not a good location for serious internet buffs.

The marina has a substantial sea wall. However, we have had reports of large seas breaking over it and boats sustaining damage from the rough conditions inside.

Buses into town from outside the large Tesco a couple of hundred metres from the marina (fare MYR 2 in Dec 2013). Large food court a 15 minute walk, close to a medium sized Cold Storage supermarket. Another Cold Storage at Gurney Plaza.

Teluk Ayer Taban, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 10'.64 N 99° 48'.07 E, 4 m sand. Nov 2008
Anchorage position: 06° 10'.87 N 99° 48'.05 E, 2 m (CD) soft mud. 17 March 2011

Very scenic in a bay on the south of the island.  Shallow quiite a long way out.  Nice sandy beach with monkeys (not so nice!). 

Tk Ayer Taban, BBQ Beach

 In the small sandy bay on the east side of the main bay (06° 10'.75 N 99° 48'.28 E) there are tables, benches and an oil drum bar-b-que, presumably set up by one of the resorts. Being close to the trees, the BBQ could be a bit of a fire risk.

Teluk Ketapang, Pulau Singa Besar, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 11'.29 N 99° 43'.90 E, 7 m, sand Nov 2008

Another pleasant, peaceful bay with a couple of beaches.

Teluk Dayang Bunting, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 12'.1 N 99° 46'.8 E, 5 m. Mud. 24 February 2011

Bay is open to the west and southwest, sheltered from other directions.  Tour boat traffic to jetty for the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden in the NE of the bay.

Pulau Gabang Laut, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 10'.66 N 99° 46'.88 E, 9 m. Mud with rock patches. Calm. 3 May 2010

Anchor dragged on first attempt - felt like rock. Eventually set.

A scenic anchorage between the islands. Open to the SSE but protected from other directions.

Pulau Gabang Durat, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 11'.19 N 99° 47'.24 E, 14 m. mud, boat swung into 10 m.  16 March 2011

P Gabang Laut anchorage from N

Very sheltered anchorage in channel between P Gabang Durat and the main island of P Dayang Bunting.  Easy dinghy ride to Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.  Pleasant breeze channels through between the islands.  No serious insect life when we were there.  No phone (Maxis). Very weak Celcom.

Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi (SM 2008)

Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi (SM 2008)

Position: 06° 21'.98 N 99° 41'.13 E. . Several visits 2008-2014

 

Contact VHF 69 - will switch to 72

The marina was not taking bookings Nov-Dec 2008 so we expected to see several rally yachts anchored in the extensive sheltered area behind artificail islands outside. In the event we did not see any yachts we knew so we called the marina and got a berth.

Harbourmaster, immigration and customs on site. Harbourmaster closed Sundays and seems to take holidays at short notice in which case you have to go to Kuah. Customs are a sub-office of the airport and may be unpredictably closed if airport is busy. On check-in customs only want your previous clearance which can be handed in at leisure when you go to Kuah. Checkout requires customs clearance so you might have to go to Kuah.

Full service marina. Electricity and water to every berth. WiFi to the berth. Fuel dock (best to book). Arabic restaurant, KFC and convenience store, ATM and bank (don't rely on getting Thai baht here though - they may only have 100). Marina can arrange car hire (no papers, no questions therefore no insurance). Car hire with paperwork and insurance can be arranged through companies at the airport - their desks are airside in the arrivals hall but security will let you in to get to them.

Several other restaurants a short walk round the marina basin - tourist prices. Cheaper local restaurant at back of these. Large upmarket hotel - The  Dana on the beach. Moderately priced snacks in the coffee shop - good pool.

"Vege man" visits on Fridays and sells, in addition to vegetables and fruit, frozen vacuum packed meat and fish, cheese and butter.

Sail Malaysia 2008 activities were supposed to be "in the vicinity of Telaga Harbour". Two were a 20 minute minibus ride away and the third a 5 minute taxi ride. We explained to the organisers that to a yachtie "in the vicinity of" means less than a 10 minute walk.

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The extensive anchorage outside the marina is fairly sheltered but holding is apparently not good - a thin layer of sand over rock. We  have limitedfirst hand experience but no problems. The beaches on the artificial islands sheltering the anchorage are popular with catamarans for scrubbing off.

Rebak Marina, Pulau Rebak, Langkawi

Position: 06° 17'.74 N 99° 41'.90 E. Contact VHF 69 - will switch to 72. Several stays November 2008 - 2014

The entrance is not easily visible on the south side of Pulau Rebak. It is to the west of the ruined pier and marked by a green stake and a red mark on the shore. There is a sharp turn to starboard on entry. Resort ferries may be leaving at speed but marina will usually warn you about this if you call before entering.

Well sheltered marina with associated four-five star resort. Marina residents can use resort facilities (but may be asked to limit use of the excellent pool if the resort is exceptionally busy - this was not a problem when the resort was full at New Year).

Resort prices are high but they lay on special activities for the yachties at friendly prices. The Hard Dock cafe is specially for yachties and workers, has very reasonably priced meals and allows BYO wine and beer.

Extensive hardstanding, DIY allowed but limited on site contractors.On-site chandlery with stock of essentilal items can arrange West Marine at essentially catalogue prices. Free WiFi at at most berths but slow. Australian run brokerage on site.

Many yachts base here for the SW monsoon period.

Regular ferry to Langkawi, convenient for the airport but less so for anywhere else.

Vege man at the ferry dock on Fridays (see Telaga entry).

The resort is now (Dec 2013) the Taj Vivanta. Other changes, including the location of the ferry terminal may be on the way.

Teluk Datai, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 26'.0 N 99° 40'.3 E, 7 m (CD). Thick clayey mud. 8 March 2011

Tuck in behind the small island, P Datai in the NE of the bay for shelter from N and NE.  Drying bar between P Datai and main island.

Good sandy beach with two resorts - Datai to the west and Andaman to the east. 

Pantai Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 27'.5 N 99° 49'.9 E, 4.8 m. Mud. 10- 12 March 2011

This anchorage should not be confused with Tanjung Rhu, north of Port Dickson.

The anchorage is totally enclosed, offering perfect shelter.  There are a few long-term residents working on their boats.

Approach to Tanjung Rhu anchorage

Enter keeping the headland close to port, pass close to the small island and the next headland, follow the coast round by the jetty serving the radar station and anchor in the centre of the pool.  Do not proceed far towards the jetty with numerous tour boats.On leaving on this route we saw a least depth of 2.7 m when HoT was 1.9 m, so most boats should not try it at low springs.

There are a couple of floating seafood restaurants/fish farms in the north of the anchorage - open until about 1800. Reasonable prices.  There are also some low-key eateries on the beach - either take the dinghy to the jetty and walk a couple of hundred metres, or take it round to the beach.  There are large rubbish bins near the road from the jetty.  There is also a large, upmarket resort on the beach with signs warning that the pool and sunloungers are for house guests only.  We were taking a walk along the beach and Susan was approached by a security guard to be told that she could not use the loungers - which she had no intention of doing.

Tour boats operate from the jetty up the inlet in the SW af the anchorage.  They dash around at speed, making some wash which makes it difficult if you are trying to clean the hull, as we were.  The main attractions are eagle feeding and trips through the mangroves to the Hole in the Wall. The eagle feeding is impressive, but probably ecologically bad as the population seems too large and is probably dependent on the feeding. They are apparently fed chicken - not natural food for sea eagles.

The channel in the south of the anchorage leads through to the Hole in the Wall - about 11 km one way.  Being slightly short of fuel for the outboard we did not try it.

Kilim Geoforest Park - "Hole in the Wall", Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 24'.97 N 99° 51'.95 E, 10 m. Mud.  13 March 2011

Hole in the Wall

The entrance is just to the south of the large sign on the cliff saying "Kilim Geoforest Park".  On seeing it it is clear why it is called the "Hole in the Wall".  Entrance is deep - 16 - 20 m, shallowing to 5 or so for a while once inside, then deepening again.  It shallows rapidly just after the branch to the right with moorings.  Our anchorage was just before the junction.

Shelter is excellent, being totally enclosed.

There are many fore-and-aft moorings in the branch to the right with a large number of permanently moored boats.  These are apparently organised by the floating restaurant.

This branch is also the one that leads eventually to the Pantai Tanjung Rhu anchorage.

Eagle - Kilim Geoforest Park

Tour boats operate from the end of the main creek; again eagle feeding is a major attraction as are visits to caves. Kayaking in the mangroves can also be arranged

The "Hole in the Wall" floating restaurant is good and serves beer! There are some seriously large fish in the fish farm if you are in a large group.

All in all we preferred the Pantai Tanjung Rhu anchorage and, if we go again, will ensure we have plenty of petrol to enable us to go through to the "Hole in the Wall".

Pulau Intan Besar, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 14'.4 N 99° 43'.1 E, 10 m. 18-19 March 2011

Anchorage in the indented bay on the west side of P Intan Besar gives shelter from N and NE. Other islands give some shelter from most other directions except W.  Depths are constant until quite close in, so we anchored well out to allow swinging room.

Sandy beach on P Intan Kecil, frequented by a few PWCs and local families. Beach approach rocky at low water.

No Maxis phone signal but a weak Celcom broadband

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Marina, Kuah, Langkawi

Southern entrance: 06° 18'.0 N 99° 51'.0 E VHF 69, will swap to 67.  15 March 2011 and other visits

Unless you have been allocated a berth on A pontoon, or have a mega-yacht heading for the appropriate pontoon do not use the northern entrance, the channel to the rest of the marina is bouyed off.

The marina suffers from some wash from the nearby ferry terminal but this was not as bad as we had been led to believe.  Tidal current through the marina can make berthing difficult as the fingers are at right angles to it.

The marina has the usual facilities - electricity, metered at RM 0.50 /kwh, 63A single phase plug where we were.  Water is not metered.  WiFi, but we had a good Celcom signal so did not use it.

Easy walking distance  to ferry terminal, where Port Control, Customs and Immigration are co-located. 

Very small swimming pool, no shades for the seating.

Restaurant on site - Charlie's Place - Australian/European prices.  Food court, much cheaper, just past ferry terminal on way into town.

Langkawi Fair shopping mall, with Billion supermarket is in reasonable walking distance.  Centre of town with lots of duty free shops about 20 minutes walk. Langkawi "Mall" with Celcom, good bakery and hairdresser about 30 minutes brisk walk.

Chandlery on site, Nautical Bits; Paul has limited stock but is very helpful and can get things for you - also has internet terminals in shop.  Dive operator and shop - East Marine (not to be confused with East Marine in Phuket) - air fills, tank inspections etc.

Diesel fuel available on site from fuel position between pontoons B and D. Probably best avoided when tide is running to the NW as boat would be pressed on to the rather worn wood pontoon edge and leaving could be difficult. Pump and meter not visible from fuelling position, where there is just a hose on a reel. No autostop on nozzle but staff were careful to fill slowly as requested (facility used Dec 2013). 2% surcharge if paying by card.

Kuah anchorage, Langkawi

Anchorage position: 06° 18'.7 N 99° 50'.7 E 5 m mud. Several stops 2010-2013

Possibly better to anchor further NW than position given to avoid wash from tourist boats leaving at speed from the jetty.

A large anchorage area to the northwest of the marina and the ferry terminal. Dinghy landing at the tourist jetty (Jeti Pelangongan) costs MYR 3 in the mornings. Restaurants and car hire in Pekan Rabu complex. Also small shop selling yachtie- friendly goods like beer and wine, diesel in cans etc.

Updated from Admiral Marina, Port Dickson, Malaysia on 25 October 2014


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