Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

Malaysia West Malaysia, West Coast Pangkor, Lumut & The Dinding River

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Lumut is a small town at the mouth of the Dinding River and is the location of Malaysia's west coast naval base.

The mouth of the river is protected by Palau Pangkor, which has some fine hotels and beaches on its west coast. There is also the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort on the small island of the same name just off the southwestern tip.

There are three approaches to the Dinding (cold in Malayu) River: one from the southwest and two from the north. All are well marked with buoys and beacons along the passageways.

Once inside the main river, the water is deep. Smaller local vessels often cross over shallow banks and should not be followed in a keelboat.

A MARINA ISLAND PANGKOR 290 miles from Singapore

MARINA ISLAND PANGKOR. 4°12.709N, 100°35.971E

This residential real estate development on reclaimed land, opposite Pulau Pangkor in Teluk Murah, includes the newest serviced marina in the region.

Approach from the north or south to the waypoint 1 mile west of the marina at 4°12.767N, 100°35.100E before turning east into the well-marked channel entrance. The shallow mud bank directly en route levels at 1.7m deep at lowest astronomical tide. Deeper draft vessels can anchor closer to Pangkor Laut Ferry Terminal and wait for high tide to cross. If in doubt follow one of the Pangkor deeper-draft ferries.

Part of an ambitious real estate development, Marina Island Pangkor was the first man-made island reclamation in Malaysia. It has become the new gateway to Pangkor Island and Pangkor Laut via their own ferry jetty and terminal. The reclaimed island is 320 acres connected to the mainland by a 400-metre causeway bridge.

Facilities include 60 wet berths, a slipway, acres of extensive hardstand and covered work sheds for seven yachts. The jetty complex has ferry terminal, marina management, restaurants, bars, offices and shops. It also houses the luxury departure lounge for the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort.

Full Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) are nearby and the marina offers a free shuttle bus service for longer-term yachts. Fuel is available by jerry cans booked in advance.



This small marina with 40 berths is situated in front of the Yacht Club House three miles up the river. There are a limited number of moorings to the northeast. The club is just east of the main town and convenient for shopping and port clearances. Fuel is no longer available in any quantity but can be brought in from outside in jerry cans.

For larger quantities of diesel, proceed three miles further up the river and turn right before the bridge. A 30-metre fuel tug is usually tied up on portside at 4° 15.987N, 100° 39.823E. To come alongside the bunker you'll need plenty of fenders and payment is in cash only. This river is of strategic security significance to Malaysia and houses several of their naval shipyards. The ramp and sheds at the end of this northeastern tributary is also capable of hauling superyachts. +60 56837800.

C PANGKOR LAUT RESORT 300 miles from Singapore

PANGKOR LAUT RESORT. 4°11.915N, 100°32.875E

Pangkor Laut is the iconic luxury Malaysian YTL managed resort. Anchor on the 15-18 metre bank right between the main jetty and the stilted villas over the water. There is a mooring with a small resort-owned Platu sailboat monopolising the best spot.

Get in as close as comfortable with some swing room off her stern. The bottom rises quickly from 15 to less than 2 metres here, so slow care is required. Take your dinghy behind the main jetty wall on the north to tie up on the small-craft marina docks at the back. Resort management are helpful and it's a great midpoint stopover from Singapore to Phuket. Excellent restaurants and spa treatments await, if you've got the budget for a splurge.

D BOGAK BEACH WEST PANGKOR 300 miles from Singapore

BOGAK BEACH WEST PANGKOR. 4°12.490N ,100°33.425E

Just across the passage on the west coast of Pulau Pangkor proper. There are several sandy bays on the west coast and in the right wind conditions good anchorage can be found anywhere in 4-6 metres. We like just northwest of the granite rocks off the main link road in the south of Bogak Beach.

Plenty of restaurants and a few hotels are ashore. A short taxi ride gets you to the east coast stilted villages for cheaper shopping, food or fast ferry back to Marina Island on the mainland.

Another sheltered spot with less going on is a few miles north. Go around the abandoned Metangor Island Marina and into Nipah Beach. Anchor on sand in 4-7 metres inside Pulau Giam off the Nipah Bay Villas at 4°13.980N, 100°32.600E. There is a small private beach on the east edge of Pulau Giam that makes a good half-day dinghy excursion. Roads connect back to Bogak, east Pangkor and north to Batik Resort Bay and the airport in Dalam Bay.

Anchorage at Pangkor Laut - Photo by Bill O’Leary
Anchorage at Pangkor Laut - Photo by Bill O’Leary

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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