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5 reasons to visit Pangkor Island

By Aura Farrando Image: Pulau Pangkor and its many islands

By Aura Farrando
Image: Pulau Pangkor and its many islands

Searching for that perfect weekend getaway? Perhaps something a little quieter than tourist hotspots like Langkawi and Perhentians? Look no further than Pangkor Island, located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Perak, just 90km from Ipoh. It has everything you want for an island escape — and so much more — with sleepy fishing villages, relaxed atmosphere and amazing views. Here’s our Top 5 for Pangkor Island.

 

  1. Perfect Location

Unlike other beach destinations in Malaysia, Pangkor Island is quite easy to get to. You can drive or catch a bus from Kuala Lumpur to the ferry port at Lumut. The ferry from Lumut to Pangkor take 35 minutes and operates 7am to 8.30pm daily. Pangkor also has an airport, with Berjaya Air flying there three times a week. Once on the island, the best mode of transport is by scooter. Renting a scooter is relatively cheap, and will allow to you to cover most within 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can hail one of the island’s famed pink taxis.

Image: Pangkor’s famous pink taxis. — http://www.pangkorislandhomestay.com

Image: Pangkor’s famous pink taxis. — http://www.pangkorislandhomestay.com

2. Beaches and water sports

 Pangkor is just 8 square kilometres, but you’ll be surprised how much you can do, and what you can see. Of course, sun baking on the beach is the most popular pastime for visitors, with Nipah and Coral beach often dotted with holiday makers. There are also two small islands nearby — Giam and Mentagor — that are perfect for snorkelling with an array of coral, sea cucumbers and other sea life to be found. If you’re more adventurous, grab a kayak and circumnavigate the islands. Pasir Bogak is another famous beach, just 2km from Pangkor Town and it is the best place for jet skiing and parasailing.

Image: Snorkelling in Pangkor

Image: Snorkelling in Pangkor

  1. Food

With a thriving local fishing scene, it’s no coincidence that the choice of seafood is amazing. The main catch is cuttlefish and anchovies. Selling dried fish is still an important part of the economy, with locals often transporting large bags of dried anchovies from the port, to the mainland and to the markets. You’ll most likely experience a taste of these anchovies at breakfast with your nasi lemak. At evening, head to the many beachside restaurants and order ikan bakar or grilled fish. What more could you want to end your day. Oh, and it’s cheap, too.

 

  1. Explore by foot

If, for some reason, you are allergic to the ocean, there’s also plenty to do on land. There’s an uphill trek across the island with great vantage points of the local wildlife, particularly the hornbill. You can even feed these gracious birds every day at 6.30pm at Sunset View Chalet. Its owner Nordin Bakar has been feeding the island’s population of hornbills for the past 12 years. For nature lovers and hikers, also check out the jungle trails at Teluk Segadas Hill and Titi Ganung.

 

Pangkor Island has some must-see historical landmarks, too. The island has always been a trading enclave in the state of Perak. The vestiges of history can be traced in the Dutch Fort built in the 17th century. The reason behind its construction was to monopolise the tin trade in Perak and protect the Perak Chieftan.

Image: Hornbills rule the island

Image: Hornbills rule the island

  1. Relax and indulge

Pangkor Laut provides the ultimate luxurious experience. This private island is next to the bigger and busier Pangkor Island. The resort includes 140 villas and suites and has 300 acres of rainforest as a playground. If you feel like splurging, you can stay in the huge Pavarotti Suite. The tenor sang at the launch of the resort in 1994 and said the island was “paradise”. Other celebrities who have stayed here include Michael Schumacher, Eric Cantona and Michelle Yeoh. The resort will also organise your transport to and from the island. More information: http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

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10 best dive locations in Malaysia

Where can we find a best dive spots in Malaysia?

Malaysia has countless good dive locations. The best dive sites in Malaysia can be found in a southeastern segment of Sabah (on a island of Borneo). Easiest to strech are a dive sites during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, yet this segment is disposed to a yearly monsoon deteriorate between Oct and March. Below a top10, formed on a dive conditions, bio-diversity and attractiveness.

1. Sipadan Island, Mabul Island and Kapalai Island

Diving during Sipadan Island in Malaysia

These 3 islands substantially enclose a best dive sites in a whole of Malaysia. Sipadan is by distant a best place to suffer scuba diving; it is also not that easy to indeed dive during given of a restricting manners that are in place (daily permit). Mabul is famous worldwide for a extraordinary plod diving conditions. Kapalai is a tiny silt bank, not that good for diving, yet here we can find a unequivocally disdainful review built on stilts. Actually both Sipadan and Mabul acquire their possess mark in this list, yet given we can’t revisit one (Sipadan) yet a other (Mabul) we usually listed a whole cluster as one entry.

2. Lankayan Island

Whale shark sighting during Lankayan Island in Malaysia

A tiny island located north of a city of Sandakan in eastern Sabah. Lankayan usually has one (luxurious) review and it’s all about diving and relaxing. Accommodation competence be utterly costly for non-divers, they competence be improved off during countless other islands. After Sipadan, Lankayan substantially offers a best dive spots and diving conditions in Malaysia.

3. Layang-Layang Island

Diving during Layang-Layang Island in Malaysia

Layang-Layang is not a pleasant island per se. It is a petrify alighting frame with one review and a sea base, located on a large silt bank located usually next sea level. Layang-Layang is located in a remote area, where a underwater universe has not been influenced by tellurian beings. Corals are in primitive conditions. Layang-Layang is a place to see large class and large schools of fish (not so most smaller stuff).

4. Mataking Island, Pom Island and Sibuan Island

Diving during Sibuan Island in Malaysia

Though not as good as diving conditions during a circuitously islands of Sipadan and Mabul, a area surrounding Mataking, Pom and Sibuan still offers utterly a few extraordinary dive sites (especially Sibuan is famous for good plod diving). Mataking is a smashing place to stay. There is a unequivocally lush review from where we can suffer dive trips in a area.

5. Redang Island

Diving during Redang Island in Malaysia

Redang is a initial island in a list that is not located in Borneo. Redang Island lies within a Terengganu Marine Park, circuitously a city of Kuala Terengganu during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. Redang offers good dive sites and ideal dive conditions. It is a good place to start with your diving adventure, as prices of a 4 day PADI march are unequivocally affordable. Redang can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

6. Lang Tengah Island

Diving during Lang Tengah Island in Malaysia

Located between a some-more renouned islands of Redang and Perhentian, a smaller island of Lang Tengah offers good diving opportunities. The island has a few good resorts, and is also suitable for non-divers. Lang Tenggah can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

7. Tenggol Island

Diving during Tenggol Island in Malaysia

Tenggol Island is located during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. It offers superb diving conditions, yet it is maybe not suitable for beginners due to a currents that mostly play a large purpose in dives around a island. There are a few good resorts on a island. Tenggol can't be visited between Oct and Mar given of a monsoon season.

8. Tioman Island (and a approximate islands)

Diving conditions during Tioman are identical to a other renouned islands during a easterly seashore of Peninsular Malaysia. Especially good about Tioman is that besides diving it is also a good place to do snorkeling, sunbathing and kayaking. The island is large adequate to do countless other fun activities. Possible downside competence be that is not that easy to strech compared to other islands (unless we are peaceful to compensate dearly for a approach KL – Tioman moody operated by Berjaya Air).

9. Perhentian Island

Diving during Perhentian Island in Malaysia

Perhentian is a best island in Malaysia to do a diving course. The diving conditions are superb for beginners, and there are many dive spots accessible to suffer immediately after finishing a PADI course. Perhentian has ease waters and an contentment of sea life. Besides diving it is substantially one of a best islands for snorkeling, with shoal reefs with flattering good corals and good sea life (also large fish and many turtles). At Perhentian prices for fun dives and for a diving march are substantially a lowest in Malaysia. If we are a beginner, Perhentian Island is unequivocally a place to be!

10. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Diving during Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Malaysia

Right conflicting of a city of Kota Kinabalu in western Sabah (Borneo) lies a smashing Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TAR Marine Park). This area contains countless dive sites that are unequivocally value a visit. Dive schools generally work from out of Kota Kinabalu, yet there are also a few that are located on a islands. Similar to Perhentian Island this is a good place to start diving by doing a 4 day PADI march as a dive conditions are optimal for beginners.

Dive locations in Malaysia that roughly done it into a top10

Of march there are many other good places to dive in Malaysia, next a few that didn’t make it to a top10, yet are still unequivocally most value a revisit (especially if we take certain non-dive aspects into consideration):

11. Mantanani Island; a tiny bit improved than TAR Marine Park yet also a bit some-more remote located.

12. Kapas Island; good option, tiny island, easy to strech from Kuala Terengganu. Many (better) dive sites during circuitously islands though.

13. Talang-Talang Island; tiny island circuitously Kuching. Not unequivocally a eminent dive spot, yet competence turn one in a future.

14. Tiga Island; renouned island circuitously Kota Kinabalu. Better dive sites during a easterly seashore of Sabah, yet still some unequivocally good sites.

15. Mengalum Island; if we are usually staying around Kota Kinabalu.

16. Pulau Payar; your best choice if we are usually visiting a west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia.

And some turtle islands (for those that do not dive):

17. Selingan Island (Turtle Island circuitously Sandakan); not unequivocally a ideal dive spot, yet a best place to revisit to learn some-more about turtles.

18. Satang Island (Turtle Island circuitously Kuching); another turtle island in Malaysia.

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