November 1st, 2008
Sebana Golf and Marina Resort (SGMR)
Johor Darul Takzim
You couldn’t ask for a lovelier setting for a marina! We are in a cove off the mangrove lined Sebana and Santi Rivers about 3 miles from the Straits of Malacca. A huge stone building complete with verandah sits at the end of the docking area. One feels transported to an earlier time when life was slow and sitting by the pool was the order of the day. (Of course that time was when the British ruled their colonies in Asia and India so as a knee jerk Liberal Democrat I feel a bit odd about that.) But it just looks that way with huge open airy buildings and verandahs and palm trees and a golf course and sail boats…. We have boat work to do, and sitting by the pool isn’t really our thing, but it is such a lovely setting.
You can see DoraMac in slip A 44. The marina can hold about 100 boats and it seems pretty full right now. The building on the far right is the restaurant and just behind it is the lovely swimming pool.
The back side of the pool and restaurant. The pool is the light blue under the walkway. You can see the many boat docked here. The lobby, verandah and view of DoraMac.
The front entrance to Sebana Cove Marina
You get the idea. www.sebanacove.com is the web site.
The closest big city might be in Singapore. But Singapore is another country; the ferry is expensive, hotels are expensive; and exit and entrance fees are expensive. A cruising friend said she ordered a Singapore Sling and it was the most expensive drink she’d ever had. But we may go at some point. Monday we will take an hour bus ride to the city of Kota Tinggy. I really REALLY stupidly tripped over a cleat while running along the dock back in Nongsa Point Marina the day before we left. I fell: bam, scrape, chip!! Now I need to have my chipped front tooth fixed. And Randal and I have scratched up our glasses’ lenses so we need new glasses. The woman who works in the marina office as well as a cruising couple we met today all recommended Dr. Susse, so I will go to see her. My appointment is at 11 am. We will take the marina shuttle to the main gate and then flag down the bus that goes by about 8:40 am. When we get to Kota Tinggy we’ll probably catch a taxi to Dr. Susse’s office to make sure we find it.
Yesterday lots of the cruisers packed into two marina shuttle vans going to the nearby town Sungai Ringgit to buy fruit and vegetables. I was shown the best place to buy fruit, veggies, and where to find the fish man and the meat man. To find the fish you had to go around one corner. “Fresh pork and chicken is available everyday except Monday. This is bought out of the blue station wagon down the side road. Good meat.” (from the Sebana Marina handout.)
We had 2 hours to shop and then everyone packed back into the now overpacked vans for the quick stop at the Pasaraya supermarket. It wasn’t so quick and then there was even more stuff to pack into the over packed vans. But somehow it all fit in and we were back at the boat by about 1pm.
Since we will be here several weeks and since it is flat and the road to the main gate is far enough to make it worth it, we’ll probably take our bikes down from the flybirdge where they have been rusting since the Subic Bay. Even the main road to the small town of Sungai Ringgit might be a nice ride.
I am writing this email from the boat! It is such a nice change to have quite good wifi access. We can follow the Presidential election. Everyone here, no matter where they are from seem to be following the election. If all the cruisers we have met could vote, Obama would win in a landslide. And, of course, I can follow the hot stove season and see what the Red Sox do to get ready for next year.
So here’s a first look at Sebana Cove Marina