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Singapore, Johor Bahru & Batam

Singapore

Singapore is the large island (50kms east-west x 25kms north-south) at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its geographical position has made it the key port in Southeast Asia and a crossroads for major east-west shipping routes.

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Singapore regulations

Ships documents and a valid passport for all crew members must be on board.

Most international visitors will automatically get a two week visa on entry. The initial visa is renewable for a further two weeks and it is possible to obtain extensions for up to 90 days.

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Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru (abbreviated as JB) is the capital city of southernmost Malaysian state, Johor. The sprawling city is separated from the island nation of Singapore by the Johor Straits east and west of ‘The Causeway’ at Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint. 

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Johor anchorage ‘D’, Senibong Cove (looking north)  | Photo by Bill O’Leary
Johor anchorage ‘D’, Senibong Cove (looking north) | Photo by Bill O’Leary
RAPID at Pengarang

Departing east from Pengileh, keep well clear of the dredging hardware associated with the new refinery reclamation works.

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Batam

Across the Singapore Straits on the Indonesian island of Batam (about 12 miles), is Nongsa Point Marina which is often used by cruising yachts as a lower cost alternative to Singapore. Regular ferry services operate between Batam and Singapore from Harbour Front and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminals.

Funtasy Island 01°07.807N, 103°52.789E

Funtasy Island is an Indonesian multi-island residential development close to Batam. It is just 10 miles south of Harbour Front Singapore and a mile west of Sekupang Ferry Terminal on Batam.

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Anchorages in Singapore, Johor Bahru & Batam

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Singapore, Johor Bahru & Batam
  • A

RAFFLES MARINA

23 miles from Sisters Islands

RAFFLES MARINA. 1°20.643N, 103°38.081E

Famous ‘Raffles’, named after Sir Stanford, is a modern marina of international standard situated on the western tip of Singapore, a half mile from the Tuas 2nd Link Bridge overpass.

The marina has 170 wet berths, haul-out facilities up to 70 tons and some provision for mega-yacht berthing. There is a clubhouse, restaurant, bars and reasonable hotel facilities ashore.

Approach through the western Johor Straits, leaving Merambong Island, Tanjung Pelepas and Forest City islands to port. Look for the masts and round to starboard at the breakwater lighthouse. Contact the marina office on VHF Ch.77 to be directed to a berth. x

The marina is approximately 25 km from the city with reasonable public transport connections. www.rafflesmarina.com.sg

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Raffles Marina Singapore | Photo by Bill O’Leary
Raffles Marina Singapore | Photo by Bill O’Leary
  • B

PUTERI HARBOUR

28 miles from Sisters Islands

PUTERI HARBOUR. 1°25.132N, 103°39.517E

Puteri (pronounced Poo-Tree) Harbour Iskandar, lies five miles northeast of the Second Link Bridge in the Straits of Johor.

Part of a 688‑acre UEM Land Government Linked Company (GLC) residential and commercial real estate development, the three marinas will eventually offer 300 berths, including space for 20 superyachts, when completed in 2022. Today 76 berths are currently operational, as well as clubhouse facilities, a dozen restaurants and full marina services for visiting yachts.

The Puteri Harbour International CIQ ferry terminal is at the marina entrance and offers daily fast ferry links to Kariman Island Batam and Penang Town Bintang, Indonesia.

The Hotel Jen, Somerset Apartments, family theme park San Rio Hello Kitty and Puteri Harbour Shopping and Dining centre are all right there beside the Marina. Nearby Legoland opened in 2013 and has become the most visited theme park in Southeast Asia.

VHF Ch.18, call ‘Puteri Harbour’ after passing Second Link Bridge. +60 7530 2122.

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 Puteri Harbour looking at Hotel Jen | photo by Bill O’Leary
Puteri Harbour looking at Hotel Jen | photo by Bill O’Leary
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COUNTRY GARDEN DEVELOPMENT

32 miles from Sisters Islands

COUNTRY GARDEN DEVELOPMENT. 1°27.859N, 103°43.483E

This 16-berth private marina is near The Causeway end of the navigable Johor Strait, five miles northeast of Puteri Harbour entrance. From Puteri Harbour, follow the channel markers favouring the north (Malaysian) side passage, keeping Pulau Sarimbun, Heralu Rocks and Horseshoe Reef well to starboard.

At the time of writing there is a single 16-berth marina arm attached to the development’s all-tide silica sand beach. Possibly more for marketing and show than a real serviced marina, we nevertheless see occasional international visiting yachts alongside. Ashore is the nearly completed multi-high-rise development very close to JB town.

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SENIBONG COVE

33 miles from Sisters Islands

SENIBONG COVE. 1°29.056N, 103°49.931E

The 50-berth Senibong Cove Marina, carved out of the mouth of the Lunchoo River, is a feature of the Senibong Cove luxury waterfront residential development. Around the edge are restaurants Asahikawa Izakaya, Harvest’s Bar & Grill, and Yew’s Café. All offer a variety of local, Asian and western food. Transport to JB and Singapore is easily arranged at the Marina office.

This smallish marina can accommodate a few boats up to 26 metres and has an average depth of 2.5 metres at LAT. Approaching from Pulau Ubin, motor to waypoint 1°28.681N, 103°49.742E to see the Sembahwang Shipyard on the Singapore side.

Keep an eye out on starboard till past the floating mussel farms, then follow the lateral red and green painted drums past the floating white fishing hut. Keep an eye out for the yacht masts inside till you get your bearings. The breakwater is on port as is the small marina south side of the bridge. VHF Ch.09. Marina office +60 7382 0022. x www.senibongcove.my

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  • E

MARINA COUNTRY CLUB

28 miles from Sisters Islands

MARINA COUNTRY CLUB. 1°24.937N, 103°53.891E

Further up the Johor Straits from the east, passing to the south of Pulau Ubin, is the Punggol River, branching into the main island of Singapore. The marina is on the east bank of the river.

There are 35 berths, maximum 20 metres, and full marina facilities including a travel lift. This is the biggest dry stack storage facility in Singapore catering mainly for small boat fishermen and an active wake board community. VHF Ch.77. x www.marinacountryclub.com.sg

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CHANGI SAILING CLUB & LOYANG

22 miles from Sisters Islands

CHANGI SAILING CLUB. 1°23.610N, 103°58.764E

This quiet anchorage lies on the northeast corner of Singapore Island, half a mile west of Changi Village Creek CIQ where the famous Bumboats run to Pengileh in Malaysia. Approach from the southeast toward the Johor Strait and leave the clearly visible Changi Ferry Terminal and the navy jetty to port.

Changi Yacht Club has a jetty with a small number of docks in front of a modern clubhouse. Dozens of members’ vessels are lined on moorings offshore. Proceed past the club into Loyang Bay to anchor in 5-8 metres on a muddy bottom.

Take your tender back to Changi Sailing Club to arrange a longer-term mooring or contact them on VHF Ch.77. The club has 160 moorings, a small slipway for vessels up to six tons and offers temporary membership to visitors.

Restaurants, showers, swimming pool and chalets can be found at the clubhouse and the famous Changi Village is nearby. Good road connections to the city and very close to Changi international airport.

If port authorities permit, yachts may remain at anchor at Loyang, or across the channel in the lee of Pulau Ubin, and still use the club facilities by tender. Best contact them prior to arrival if you’d prefer a chargeable visitor mooring. x www.csc.org.sg

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TANJUNG BELUNGKOR

25 miles from Sisters Islands

TANJUNG BELUNGKOR. 1°26.642N, 104°03.706E

North of Pulau Tekong, and eight miles from Changi Village, is the antiquated roll-on roll-off (RoRo) car ferry terminal with a small marina at Tanjung Belungkor. Daily ferry services run the 7 miles around Pulau Tekong to and from the Malaysian-leased Changi Ferry Terminal on Singapore.

Both ferry terminals were built in the ‘80s and are equipped with hydraulic link-span bridges for RoRo ferry access. Touted as the eastern ‘3rd Link’ connecting Singapore to Johor, Tanjung Belungkor is a full ISPS port with CIQ facilities and a few marina berths for yachts clearing in or out of Malaysia.

The recent local developments nearby at Desaru Coast include water parks, golf courses, luxury hotels and convention centres. Call on VHF Ch.16 on arrival and stay on board your vessel until an Malaysian Clearance official arrives at the dock.

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SEBANA COVE MARINA

26 miles from Sisters Islands

SEBANA COVE MARINA. 01°24.762N, 104°09.806E

The river entrance to Sebana Cove is north of Pengileh CIQ and the Malaysian Naval Base and east of Pulau Tekong at 1°24.248N, 104°06.694E. This resort marina is nestled five miles up the shallow, and not particularly well-buoyed, Santi River. On the approach to the river mouth there is a sand bar extending from the north entrance. The mangrove channel has a minimum depth of approximately 2.3 metres at LAT.

The mangrove river itself has port and starboard buoys right up to the marina entrance. There are 100 berths and all the usual amenities of a modern marina, residential low-rise waterfront apartments and a golf course. x
VHF Ch.71. +60 7826 6688    www.sebanacoveresort.com

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PENGILEH FERRY TERMINAL & MARINA

19 miles from Sisters Islands

PENGILEH FERRY TERMINAL. 01°22.205N, 104°05.303E

This small government-run CIQ facility and ferry terminal is located near the navy training base in Pengerang district. Approaching from the southern point and cardinal mark lights of Pulau Tekong reclamation wall, head directly north for three miles into the Tanjung Pengelih marina facility, just south of the well-signed Malaysian Navy base.

This is a popular entry point for Indonesian ferries from Batam and Bintang and for lower budget Singaporeans and Malaysians to and from Pengerang and Changi Village by Bumboat. Singapore’s extensive land reclamation south and west on Pulau Tekong has added five more miles to this well-worn Bumboat passage from Changi Village, making it a total of 10 miles. Bumboats wait alongside until numbers constitute viability so expect to wait sometimes hours for one to ‘fill up’ before departing.

Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Marine departments are open during office hours and private yachts are welcome at the tight 25-berth marina inside south of the covered ferry jetty. Call on entry VHF Ch.16. Ashore is a small shop, taxis and – close behind the car park – are historical WWII Japanese gun turret sites cut into the base of the hill.

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ONE°15 MARINA CLUB

2 miles from Sisters Islands

ONE°15 MARINA CLUB. 01°14.637N, 103°50.446E

On the southeast of Sentosa Island and close to the Central Business District, ONE°15 Marina Club is within the integrated luxury residential development, Sentosa Cove. This multi-million dollar development has oceanfront properties and private berthing facilities.  x

The 270-berth marina has minimum depth of 4.5 metres with full facilities. There are 13 purpose-built Mediterranean-mooring berths for visiting mega-yachts up to 60 metres. There are many themed attractions such as Universal Studio and Resorts World on the island and Marina Bay Sands and Orchard Road are close.    www.one15marina.com

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MARINA AT KEPPEL BAY

3.5 miles from Sisters Islands

MARINA AT KEPPEL BAY. 01°15.905N, 103°48.661E

This marina on reclaimed Keppel Island is part of a multi-million dollar residential and leisure complex part funded by government. Its dogleg entrance is situated past the huge concrete breakwaters on the Singapore side, just north of the western end of Sentosa Island.

Round the west end of Sentosa, keeping a good eye out for the fast ferries in and out of Harbour Front, before heading directly north into the entrance. The skyline is dominated by the architecturally significant ‘Reflections’ high-rise development looking like so many bent shards of upright crystal.

The marina is accessed from the mainland via a spectacular suspension bridge that changes colours every few minutes at night. This 168-berth city marina is home for many yachts belonging to the owners of the nearby luxury condos. It has six Superyacht berths inside the entrance for vessels up to 178 metres. There are no haul-out facilities, although visiting yachts are welcome. x

There are two world-class restaurants and a nightclub in the main building. It’s very close to Orchard Road and downtown Singapore. +65 6303 8448.    www.marinakeppelbay.com

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REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB

7.5 miles from Sisters Islands

REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB 01°17.651N, 103°45.672EE

This marina lies in the Jurong Fairway inside Pulau Selayar. The entrance is just east of Pasir Panjang port terminal; the channel is busy and well buoyed. There are 127 standard berths, ranging from 35ft to 70ft, 218 dry berths and a 140-metre-long outer wharf for larger yachts. The 3 T-berths also cater for larger yachts up to 30 metres. The traffic in and out of Jurong Port can create uncomfortable rocking and rolling on the outer berths. x

Call the marina on VHF Ch.77 or call +65 6768 9233 at least six hours beflear before proceeding to the berth. The marina is a popular club and has a pool, restaurants and accommodation with taxi links to the city and other parts of the island.   www.rsyc.org.sg

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NONGSA POINT MARINA

16 miles from Sisters Islands

NONGSA POINT MARINA. 01°11.804N, 104°05.862E

This 65-berth marina is on the northeastern tip of Batam has full facilities but no haul out. The Riau Yacht Club is based at the resort ashore and has a restaurant, pool and some accommodations.xVHF Ch.6.   www.nongsapointmarina.com

The check in and out with Customs, Immigration and Sailing Permit application can be done at the CIQ Nongsapura Ferry Terminal in the adjacent creek. Regular Batam Fast ferries run to and from Tanah Merah and Harbour Front in Singapore.

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