Visiting Pangkor Island – 10 best things to do

Easiest is to drive there.  There are car parks available at the ferry terminals.  There are also buses and maybe minivans.  Or a twice weekly flight (Tuesday & Thursday) on Berjaya Air from KL to the tiny airstrip on the island.

If you drive you can catch a ferry either from Lumut, which costs RM10 return and takes about 30 minutes – first stop on the island is Sungai Pinang, and the second and last stop is the one to take if you are staying on the west side of the island.
Or you can catch a ferry from Marina Island, which costs RM10 and takes only 10 minutes to Pangkor.
Marina Island entrance

Marina Island entrance

My GPS really did not want me to go there, and was determined to direct me to Lumut.  You simply go straight instead of turning right to Lumut at the big shell sculpture.

 

ferry timetable from Marine Island

ferry timetable from Marine Island

 

ferry

ferry

 

Pangkor terminal

Pangkor terminal

 

Pangkor terminal

Pangkor terminal

On the island you can rent a bicycle, a motorbike or a car from the ferry terminal. Touts are waiting outside to do just that.   Or you can just catch a taxi.  If you want to see the sights of Pangkor renting a motorbike or car for one day is enough.  Otherwise, a taxi will do.

 

a car we rented

a car we rented

 

taxi rank

taxi rank

 

taxi fares

taxi fares

 

The 10 best things on Pangkor in order of increasing interest:

10. Drive around the island – costs RM70 by taxi – about 40 minutes without stops.

09.  Dutch Fort.  Something to see near the town and ferry terminal.

Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

 

Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

08. Fu Li Kong temple – has a mini Great Wall of China. it’s quite fun if you happen to be nearby.

 

Chinese temple

Chinese temple

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

 

07. Jungle walk – presently under repair and due to reopen in three months, or so I am told.  I am also told the walk takes about two hours.

06. Pasir Bogak beach – four minutes and RM10 from the main wharf by taxi.  Quite a nice beach.

Pasir Bogat beach

Pasir Bogak beach

 

Pasir Bogat beach

Pasir Bogak beach

05. Walk to Giam Island at low tide from Coral Bay beach.  About 10 minutes walk through shallow water.  The trick is to wear flip flops to protect your feet from the rocks.  Without flip flops it may take over 20 minutes as you have to tread very carefully.  For the sandy parts you can take off the flips flops, of course.

walking to Gian Island

walking to Gian Island

04. Chinese temple – Lin Je Kong.  Perched on the rocks at the northern end of Coral Bay, in a perfect setting.

Chinese temple

Chinese temple

 

Chinese temple

Chinese temple

03. Fresh fish – BBQ’d fish (ikan bakar) at Nipah Bay.  Often Malay restaurants don’t sell beer (a couple of years ago they did) – but  you can buy it at the convenience store and bring it to the restaurant.

fresh fish

fresh fish

 

BBQ fish

BBQ fish

 

BBQ fish

BBQ fish

02. Beach – Coral Bay – just past Nipah Bay.  A lovely beach with clear water literally a few minutes walk from  Nipah Bay.  There are cafes on the beach with nice food and beer, and sun lounges, and showers you can use after a swim.  And great sunsets.

Coral Bay beach

Coral Bay beach

 

cafe on Coral Bay beach

cafe on Coral Bay beach

 

cafe on Coral Bay beach

cafe on Coral Bay beach

 

sunset at Coral Bay beach

sunset at Coral Bay beach

01. Hornbill feeding – you can feed wild hornbills.  This is really the best thing. For directions on where to feed them and videos of hornbills see here.

hornbill feeding

hornbill feeding

 

hornbill feeding

hornbill feeding

 Note that you can do the 1, 2, 3, 4,  and 5 best things just by catching a taxi from the ferry to Nipah Bay – where there is also the most accommodation. ( 12 minutes and RM15 by taxi from the main ferry terminal.

I made my third visit in late February, 2016.  The more I visit the more I like this island.  My blog from my first visit tells you more details, and not much has changed.  Except it has improved.  It’s cleaner, and monkeys are less of a problem.  Again we stayed at the Anjungan Beach Resort and Spa.  Their breakfast is now good, and their Internet speed and coverage is better.   The staff are now much better and more knowledgeable.

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