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The Pulau Tinggi Group

Pulau Tinggi, Malaysia
Welcome to Pulau Tinggi | Photo by Bill O’Leary
The Pulau Tinggi Group chart
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10 miles Tanjong Lehman

PULAU TINGGI. 2°17.384N, 104°06.037E

Pulau Tinggi is dramatically triangular from all angles because of its 650-metre extinct volcanic peak. It offers several good locations for anchorage, depending on wind conditions, in 5-8 metres all around the island just off the fringing reef.

We recommend the most sheltered spot to be found on the mid-west coast well offshore the resort jetty in 6-10 metres. The seasonal resort ashore has bungalows, a restaurant and some beach activities.

A half a mile southeast from our anchorage is the biggest concrete-poled fishing ‘Kelong’ in the region. The platform is well over 1,000 sqm and belongs to HRH the Sultan of Johor.

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Kelong Fishing Structures

Between Jason’s Bay (20 miles southwest of Pulau Sibu Tengah) and Pulau Sri Buat, are a scattered more than two dozen stilted fishing resorts known locally as ‘Kelongs’. These wooden structures can be up to an acre and are suspended platforms sitting on thin tree-trunk pilings all tied together with polypropylene line.

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Kelong fishing structure 20 miles southwest of Pulau Sibu
Fishing resorts known locally as ‘Kelongs’ | Photo by Bill O’Leary
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15 miles from Tanjong Lehman

PULAU IBOI. 2°18.459N, 104°08.651E

Good holding is found on the east coast of Pulau Tinggi north or inside the small islets of Pulau lboi. The waters here offer the best snorkelling and scuba diving in this group.

From the north of Pulau Iboi looking southwest at low tide creates the optical illusion that the passage between Pulau Tinggi and Pulau Iboi is full of drying rocks. However, the passage is clear and always more than 5 metres deep. Motor west until the true passage south opens up.

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6 miles from Tanjong Lehman

PULAU SIBU. 2°12.443N, 104°04.160E

Otherwise known as ‘The Island of Perilous Passage’ because it was a pirate haunt, Pulau Sibu is well known for its beaches and is a favourite for Singaporeans and regional expats.

Anchorage is available anywhere in 2-8 metres all around the island depending on prevailing conditions. We like just off the kampong jetty in 2-5 metres on the east coast. It leads to the local village school and administration buildings.

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Pulau Sibu Jetty, Malaysia
Jetty at Pulau Sibu | Photo by Bill O’Leary

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6 miles from Tanjong Lehman

PULAU SIBU TENGAH. 2°10.928N, 104°05.818E

Pulau Sibu Tengah is two miles south with a small marina basin and deserted resort ashore. The abandoned resort has a fully enclosed rock wall on the southeast corner giving protected anchorage in 3 metres to their own ferry vessels and a service jetty. At the time of writing visiting yachts are still welcome to anchor inside.

One mile south is the white sand islet of Pulau Kukus with its all-tide beach and excellent snorkelling. Anchor outside the swim line in 4-6 metres at 2°10.816N, 104°.06.475E.

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80 miles from Singapore

TANJUNG LEHMAN. 2°09.219N, 104°00.321E

Seven miles west of Pulau Sibu Tengah on the mainland, Tanjung Lehman services the adjacent islands and fishing ‘Kelongs’ (see box feature). The granite breakwater protects the ferry jetty tucked inside a circular rock wall.

Onshore is a small building with some shops, a car park and a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. Roads connect to the rest of Malaysia and daily ferry services run to the fishing Kelongs, southern Sibu and Tinggi islands. At the time of writing there was heavy siltation on the inside south entrance and bank to the jetty. Deeper draft vessels best anchor outside in a comfortable depth and go in by dinghy to get your KFC.

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