According to the marina website the island is 389 acres and about 3 miles from the mainland of Langkawi.
We are in the very first row of boats.
You can see how protected the marina is. It is very quiet with very little boat movement. Even tied to a dock boats can move depending on the design of the marina. There is a very small entryway on the left side of the photo.
This is the very narrow entry.
When we were coming here, I actually couldn’t see the opening in the rocks where we entered the marina.
The path that goes part way around the resort.
The rooms at the resort.
There is a main building with lounge and restaurant and small reading room where you can borrow books from the paperback collection. There is also a small building that houses a spa.
The swimming beach.
I went to go for a swim yesterday but it was low tide and there was no water above my knees in the roped off swimming area. I’ll go sometime at high tide which seems to be early in the morning or very late in the afternoon.
The pool is nice with one of those swim up to bars in the water.
Between 5 and 6 pm is half-price happy hour so many of the cruisers go to the pool about 4:30 or so. Randal and I did once.
The trail goes around the back side of the marina complex.
You can follow the trail to another beach or up into the woods. We walked to the other beach but left the woods for another time.
The second beach.
We walked into the woods for a bit but weren’t sure about spiders or snakes or other biting bugs.
The marina restaurant and office complex where we have eaten a few times.
Recommended Safe Zone
“In the event of fire or natural calamities.” I guess forest fires are possible so they have cleared a space between the trees and the marina.
The ferry dock.
These high speed boats provide free transport to the mainland. They are very fast but comfortable. We have been on them as part of the Sail Malaysia Rally so buses were waiting on the mainland to transport us to town. We’re not so sure how it works otherwise but will find out tomorrow when we go to town with Liz and Wally from the sailboat Blue Tango. The veggie man comes to the ferry terminal every Friday and Randal and I both went this past Friday. He came in a van and there was nothing visible through the van windows so I wondered how there could be enough. The man knows how to pack! He had lots of veggies and fruit as well as cheese, bread, frozen chicken and meat, and smoked salmon. If all you needed from town was food, you’d never have to go. We are his first stop of the morning. I was told that by the time he gets to the second marina, there often isn’t enough left for those cruisers. We’re lucky we are his first stop. When you leave the island you sign out at the small ferry office and sign back in at the small ferry terminal on the mainland.
This lovely building houses the marina shop, small gym, and wonderful relaxing, reading or yoga space. The shop sells staples like bread and eggs and milk, chips, soda and beer. The bread is a wonderful whole wheat that the Roanoke Food Co-op wood be proud to sell. I think it’s the best bread we have bought since we started cruising.
That’s basically the walk around the island that Randal and I have done a few times. There is one spot near an abandoned building near the marina offices where you can see lots of monkeys and hornbills. I had never really seen a hornbill and they make a horrible squawk and move too quickly for me to get a photo. This morning while walking by myself, without my camera, I practically bumped into one sitting in a very small tree along the path. I walked past and realized it was there so stood and watched and it perched and watched and then I walked on. I’m not sure if it’s a Black Hornbill “best identified by a disgusting retching sound” or an Oriental Pied Hornbill, “call a clattering laugh.” Hopefully I’ll find someone who knows. There are also monitor lizards, and Julia from the catamaran Papillion was stopped in her tracks by a really huge one that didn’t seem to want to run back into the water or woods. This morning while she and I were walking, we didn’t see any large lizards, but we saw large lizard tracks.
One additional photo:
I passed this couple off for a bike ride. They were trying to deal with her lovely wrap so it wouldn’t get tangled in the bike as she rode.