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105 miles from Singapore

PULAU AUR CHANNEL. 2°28.11N, 104°30.13E

Approach from the west, either side of Pulau Lang, to anchor in 8-16 metres anywhere in the channel. This is the regional overnight spot providing good protection from north and south swells. The tidal flow through the channel can run up to two knots on springs. Fishing boats often raft-up in heavy weather.

A half a dozen reasonable diving and snorkelling sites are within dinghy access of the anchorage. The jetty on the bigger Pulau Aur has a small local village and rustic bungalow accommodation ashore. An elevated 500-metre wooden walkway connects the western bungalows and makes for an easy evening stroll. Across the channel is the all-tide beach on Pulau Dayang with a few more up-market dive bungalows catering to a younger local market.

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