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.
4 miles from Redang Harbour
Anchor in 6-8 metres on a sandy bottom. There are two beaches ashore with a seasonal floating jetty for Berjaya’s Taaras Beach and Spa Resort on the west side. The hotel welcomes visitors and has good restaurants and spa facilities. The water in this bay is clear, with plenty of fish both sides for snorkeling and diving.
Another day anchorage worth mentioning for environmental reasons is a few miles around the corner at Chagar Hutang on the north coast. Anchor on sand in 6-8 metres at 5° 48.920N, 103° 00.453E and take a trip ashore to see the Seatru Field Station Turtle Research and Conservation Area. Manned 24/7 all year this beach is a protected turtle egg sanctuary where constant security is required to stop hungry locals digging the eggs up as soon as they’re laid.
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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