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PULAU TINGGI. 2°17.384N, 104°06.037E

Pulau Tinggi is dramatically triangular from all angles because of its 650-metre extinct volcanic peak. It offers several good locations for anchorage, depending on wind conditions, in 5-8 metres all around the island just off the fringing reef.

We recommend the most sheltered spot to be found on the mid-west coast well offshore the resort jetty in 6-10 metres. The seasonal resort ashore has bungalows, a restaurant and some beach activities.

A half a mile southeast from our anchorage is the biggest concrete-poled fishing ‘Kelong’ in the region. The platform is well over 1,000 sqm and belongs to HRH the Sultan of Johor.

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Kelong Fishing Structures

Between Jason’s Bay (20 miles southwest of Pulau Sibu Tengah) and Pulau Sri Buat, are a scattered more than two dozen stilted fishing resorts known locally as ‘Kelongs’. These wooden structures can be up to an acre and are suspended platforms sitting on thin tree-trunk pilings all tied together with polypropylene line.

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Offering basic accommodation, these Kelongs are unmarked on the charts in the open channels between the islands in 10-15 metres depth. They offer superb budget fishing adventures for overnight tourists – mainly from Singapore. Although usually well lit, abandoned Kelongs will not be running lights and pose a severe threat to night navigation. Well worth a stop to check out the wildlife above and below the water.

Kelong fishing structure 20 miles southwest of Pulau Sibu
Fishing resorts known locally as ‘Kelongs’ | Photo by Bill O’Leary
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