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The Pulau Tinggi Group

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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 one thousand square metres and belongs to HRH the Sultan of Johor.

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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.

Just to the south are a series of small islets with fantastic beaches and shoals where daytime anchorage is possible. Amongst these is the famous One Tree Rock. Our best pick is idyllic Pulau Simbang off the south-facing beach in 6 metres at 2° 15.843N, 104° 9.000E

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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. A half mile north are jetties that lead to camps and higher-end bungalow resorts on both sides as the island narrows.

The best anchorage on the east coast is off the beach at the islands’ narrowest point on sand in 5-8 metres at 2°12.940N, 104°4.610E.

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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 resort ashore. The 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. Visiting yachts are welcome to anchor inside and use the hotel facilities.

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

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80 miles from Singapore

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

Seven miles east of Pulau Sibu Tengah on the mainland, Tanjong 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.

Pulau Kukus (outside Pulau Sibu Tengah) - Photo by Bill O’Leary
Pulau Kukus (outside Pulau Sibu Tengah) – Photo by Bill OLeary
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.

Offering basic accommodation, these Kelongs are unmarked on the charts in the open channels between the islands in 10-15 metres depth. they offer superb budget fishing adventures for overnight tourists – mainly from Singapore. although usually well lit, abandoned Kelongs will not be running lights and pose a severe threat to night navigation. Well worth a stop to check out the wildlife above and below the water.

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