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TAN่JONG RHU

Anchor in 4-6 metres well clear of the reef around Pulau Kelam Baya. There is so much to do at this anchorage we recommend at least a few days here. The tidal currents here are often strong, so hang a line and float if swimming off the boat. Ashore are beaches, rivers, the Tanjong Rhu Resort and a few good restaurants.

Just around the headland to the east is a beautiful shallow all weather circular bay at 06° 27.716N, 99° 49.759E. Anchor in 4 metres off the jetty serving the radar station and use your dinghy. Looking south from here are three mangrove rivers. The southwest one is sandy and shallow with a jetty and floating docks housing dozens of shallow-draft high-speed outboard-powered tour boats.

These race around packed with life-jacket-clad Asian tourists to photograph the shy Dusky Leaf Monkeys and feed the White-Bellied Sea Eagles. The middle river is where all this action happens. At eagle feeding time several dozen birds can be seen swooping down to collect food near the tour boats.

This same tributary winds another six miles through mangroves and small fishing communities before a tight channel cut through high rock ends up at ‘The Hole in the Wall’. Really worth doing by dinghy, but don’t underestimate the time and take extra fuel.

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