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Islands South of Langkawi

Between 16 and 25 miles north of Penang are a special string of small islands close to the mainland where day anchorage is easily found in 5 to 8 metres in the prevailing wind shelter.

From south to north they are at Pulau Bidan off the south beach at 5°44.719N, 100°17.422E, north on Pulau Telor off the beautiful tiny sand spit at 5°46.282N, 100°17.181E, Pulau Song Song eastern protruding sand beach at 5°48.678N, 100°17.967E and southwest of the bridge at Pulau Bunting at 5°52.638N, 100°20.159E.

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Pulau Payar and Pulau Segantang

Pulau Payar & Pulau Segantang chart
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440 miles from Singapore

PULAU PAYAR. 6°03.765N, 100°02.513E

The moorings on the east coast of Pulau Payar are for the dive and tour boats, but if unattended are good for a lunchtime stop in calm weather. There are plenty of beaches ashore and an underwater observatory for those who don’t want to get wet.

North of the anchorage are huge floating barges complete with waterslides and recreation facilities for the hordes of fast ferries coming daily from the mainland and Langkawi. Plenty of activities and dive trips can be booked ashore near the small floating pontoon.

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440 miles from Singapore

PULAU SEGANTANG. 6°02.704N, 99°55.655E

This is a marine reserve with three dive sites. The Malay Fisheries and Marine Department officials patrol the entire area. There is a hefty fine if caught anchoring or fishing here. Pick up a mooring or pass a line to the dive boat on the mooring and wait until they leave.

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