Sunday, May 15, 2011

Malaysia and Indonesia by boat

Many do not consider Malaysia as a boat or yacht holiday destination but actually this country offers great places to enjoy yacht cruises. Take for example Johor and its neighbour Pahang. There are nine tropical islands on the east coast of these Malaysian states, stretching from Pulau Sibu from south to Pulau Tioman to the north and Pulau Aur to the east. The most well known, developed and the largest island of them is Pulau Tioman. It has a marina and a runway and is a great weekend escape destination from Singapore and Malaysia. Pulau Sibu, Pulau Rawa and Pulau Tinngi are also popular for weekend holidays and can be accessed from Tanjung Leman by boat. Pulau Sibu is just 70 miles away from Singapore and can be easily accessed by a chartered boat from there.  Most of these islands have at least one small resort.

Pulau Aur
On the other side, Malacca Straits, George Town, Penang, Pulau Pangkor and Langkawi. To the north, Thailand starts with its more popular destinations like Phuket and Krabi.

Batam, Indonesia is located just 26 kilometers south of Singapore and can easily be accessed by boat. The area is great with its crystal clear waters and beaches and many places for snorkelling and skuba diving. To the south of Batam and Bintan, there is an island called Riaus which is less developed compared to its northern neigbours. 

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