Approach from the south or east in daytime only (unless you have radar) leaving the small stand of Pulau Penang to port. There are leading marks into the small harbour where the jetty and other anchored vessels can be clearly seen.
Anchor in 6-8 metres on a sand-mud bottom amongst the other anchored vessels. A village ashore is basic but there’s a proper fuelling dock at the head of the jetty and the international airport is a short distance by road. There are some nice beaches on Pulau Penang and a small resort.
The whole south east coast of the island, which has many sandy bays, is developed with a series of budget bungalow resorts and 4- and 5-star properties. Adjacent to the red and white telephone mast there is even a small floating dock in front of a resort, suitable for shallow draft vessels only.
Anchorage along this coast is possible in 5-10 metres off any of the beaches in the right wind conditions. Our favourite is in 3-5 metres at 5° 46.529N, 103° 02.170E. Approach by turning to port just north of the island connected by the sand isthmus. Ashore is a seasonal floating jetty and half a dozen resorts and restaurants.
Several small islands lie off this coast including the well-known dive site Pulau Lima. There is also an unmarked drying sand bank less than a mile offshore in open water; passage close to the coast at night is not recommended without good local knowledge.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.
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