MARINA BATU UBAN
Just south of Penang’s 1st Bridge is an unpretentious government-run public facility with 35 berths for vessels up to 12 metres. Coming from the south, after the new bridge turn into the Pulau Jerejak channel and keep an eye for the Komptar cylindrical tower block in the distance. You wont see the marina until you’re nearly on top of it because another jetty building with a blue roof mainly obscures it.
Marina Batu Uban is one of the successful marinas built and operated by Malaysia’s Marine Department, but has very few available berths for visiting yachts. There is no breakwater so it’s open to wind wave and vessel wake from the east. Anchoring off in the channel in 8 metres is fine, but dinghy access to the docks does incur a small fee.
Just north, the 1st Penang bridge has air height of approximately 6 metres here so passing close in to go north is not possible. Best to schlep back south around Pulau Jerejak then north, unless you go at high tide. At any other time best trust someone with local knowledge to draw you a mud map to safely navigate the shallow banks between the marina and the high span mid way. Guaranteed depth across the mud banks close in near the bridge is debatable, even among the locals.