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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

Langkawi
Port of Entry
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Entrance facilities for cruisers

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 99 islands (an extra 5 temporary islands are revealed at low tide) in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thailand border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of some 45,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba.

Langkawi lies north of the Strait of Malacca in the southern Andaman Sea near the border between Malaysia and Thailand. A few kilometres to the north lies the neighbouring Thai island of Ko Tarutao. The island group's main town, on the main island, is Kuah.

Charts

Charts that are specific to anchorages around Langkawi Island are:

  • Malaysian Chart 5622
  • Thai Chart 350 (The Thai charts are very good for the cruising areas between Phuket Thailand and Langkawi)

Weather

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Sources for Weather forecasts:

Passages

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Islands

This section does not apply for most islands, if that is the case for this one remove it. You may, however, list ismall islands adjacent to this one or list one or two of its neighbors.

Communication

  • Cruisers in Langkawi monitor 16 & 69 talk on 68 or elsewhere on legal VHF frequencies.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Any navigation notes here. If this section does not apply remove it.

Entrance

Clearing into to Langkawi or Malaysia via Langkawi for a yacht and its crew and passengers is one of the most painless exercises that a skipper will endure anywhere on this planet.

For entrance details see Malaysia.

Berthing

Ports

When entering Bass Harbour close to 06d 19' North 099d 50' East; a very large statue of an Eagle (Brahminy Kite) will be observed in the North east corner of the Harbour - see blue arrow. Anchor boat red arrow.

Yellow arrow >> Harbor Master, Immigration and Customs (in that order) will be found in the Ferry Terminal. Dressing sensibly, with a modicum of modesty (this is an Islamic country and these are government Offices where everyone else is in uniform) with long trousers, and at least short sleeves on your shirt, knee length skirts and modest blouses or dress for the ladies, will soothe the way and make this one of the most pleasant checking-in experiences you have ever encuntered in your years of sailing.

Marinas

  • Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. 06d 18'12" North 99d 51' 06" East
  • Telaga Harbour Marina Pantai Kok Langkawi. 06d 21' 42" North 99d 40' 21" East
  • Rebak Marina Pualau Rebak Besar - Langkawi. 06d 17'18" North 99d 41' 31" East
  • Awana Porto Malai Resort, 06d 16' 06"North 099d 44' 01"East Tel: 04-9555111, Fax: 04-955-5222 or Email For reservations, call 03- 2718-1118 or visit website. Awana Porto Malai is south of Wavemaster. You will see the Star Cruises berth adjacent to it. A few Mediterranean style berths are available, stern-to the land-bound arm of the Star Cruises wharf. You can also anchor outside the artificial harbour and there are a couple of moorings which may be free ENE of the NE end of the sea wall (approx. 06d 16.65' N 099d 44.35' E). The Awana Porto Malai will hold mail and parcels.

Anchorages

Langkawi's anchorages listed here are those that are good for specific times of the year - unlike temperate and cold climes where seasons govern cruising activities - here it is the monsoons ie. the North East, between November and May, which comes without rain and the South West, between June and November, that brings rain from the Indian Ocean. Therefore in choosing where to anchor remember where the prevailing wind will come from and most importantly remember that during the SW Monsoon, winds called "Sumatras" will descend without warning from the west coming through for a short time at speeds that will have the potential to take your awning away and unfurl your headsail.

  • Note: Pulau in Malay means island
  • Further Note: Ninety percent of the anchorages in and around Langkawi have a bottom of the thickest, most rancid, rank, stinking and clinging black mud you will ever see outside a septic tank. It is usually good holding but, if you anchor out and you do not have a good chain and deck washdown system, you will be shopping for one on your next trip ashore. Come prepared!

Anchorages in no particular order

Bass Harbour. 06d 19m N x 099d 50m E
Anchor where you see the most cruising yachts
Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Timun 06d 19m N x 099d 55m E
a. 06d 19.0m N x 099d 52.9m E Mud
b. 06d 19.2m N x 099d 55.9m E Mud
c. 06d 13.7m N x 099d 55.7m E Mud
Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Bumbon, Pulau Tiloi 06d 18m N x 099d 51m E
a. 06d 17.7m N x 099d 52.2m E Mud
b. 06d 17.2m N x 099d 52.0m E Mud
c. 06d 17.7m N x 099d 53.0m E Mud
Pulau Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the Pregnant Lady) 06d 13m N x 099d 47m E
a. 06d 12.6m N x 099d 46.4m E sand/mud
b. 06d 17.2m N x 099d 52.0m E sand/mud
a. 06d 16.2m N x 099d 47.8m E sand/mud
b. 06d 15.5m N x 099d 47.7m E sand/mud
Pulau Dayang Bunting, (The Fjord Anchorages) 06d 11m N x 099d 48m E
a. 06d 11.2m N x 099d 47.2m E 'sand/mud
b. 06d 10.4m N x 099d 48.0m E sand/mud
a. 06d 10.1m N x 099d 48.8m E sand/mud
b. 06d 10.3m N x 099d 49.2m E sand/mud
Pulau Tuba 06d 15m N x 099d 51m E
a. 06d 15.5m N x 099d 51.3m E mud
Pulau Beras Basah - Anchorages 06d 14m N x 099d 43m E
a. 06d 14.7m N x 099d 43.5m E sand
b. 06d 14.5m N x 099d 42.9m E sand
c. 06d 13.3m N x 099d 43.0m E sand
Pantai Kok - Anchorages 06d 21m N x 099d 41m E
a. 06d 21.6m N x 099d 40.0m E sand
b. 06d 21.7m N x 099d 41.0m E Now at entrance to Telaga Harbour Marina
Datai Bay 06d 17 N x 099d 39m E
a. 06d 25.7m N x 099d 40.3m E Sand
Pantai Cenang & Awana - Anchorages 06d 16 N x 099d 45m E
b. 06d 16.7m N x 099d 43.5m E Mud
c. 06d 15.8m N x 099d 44.5m E Mud
(BEWARE Coral Hazard at 06d 15.1m N x 099d 44.9m E CORAL)
Pulau Rebak - Anchorages 06d 17 N x 099d 42m E
a. 06d 17.4m N x 099d 43.0m E sand/mud
b. 06d 17.0m N x 099d 41.7m E Entrance to Telaga Harbour Marina
Hole in The Wall & Tanjung Rhu 06d 25 N x 099d 50m E
a. 06d 25.5m N x 099d 54.7m E mud
b. 06d 25.6m N x 099d 52.1m E sand/mud
c. 06d 27.8m N x 099d 49.2m E sand
Pulau Singa Besar - Anchorages 06d 12 N x 099d 44m E
a. 06d 13.5m N x 099d 44.9m E mud
b. 06d 12.5m N x 099d 45.4m E sand/mud
c. 06d 11.4m N x 099d 44.4m E sand

Yacht Services and Repairs

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

Marine Stores

Duty Free items

LANGKAWI IS A DUTY FREE PORT - Stock up with all the "goodies" here.

  • H.E.TRADING - 20 and 21 Pusat Mas, Lorong Tiram, mukim KUAH. Stainless Steel - Hardware- tools - small generators.
  • RD Yachting Services - 95 Langkawi Mall, Jalan Kaliban - KUAH. Small Watermaker Manufacture - Refrigeration - Specialized chandler. Boat Sitting Services - Boat maintenance - Fibreglass fabrication. Tel (60) (0) 12 4770 100 Rolf Dreher. Email: watermakersATgmail.com
  • Ian Carter Yacht Electrics and Electronics. P.O. Box 113, KUAH. Tel.Mob. 019 5187763 - International 0060 19 5187763 (GMT +8.00hrs)
  • Peninsular Yachts - Terry Sheedy. General Yacht Chandler - Importer. 106 Jalan Persiaran Mutiara. Tel (60) 4 966 8711 mobile (60) 12471 1804. Email: terry.sheedyATpeninsular yachts.com
  • Shipping Agent - Indera Langkawi Sdn. Bhd. 8 Jalan Persiaran Mutiara. Pusat Pelancogan Kelana Mas, KUAH. Pulau Langkawi - Kedah - Malaysia 07000
  • Multiquip (similar to H.E Trading above). Tel # 04-966 2988 Kuah. Pulau Langkawi
  • Hun Chain Enterprise. Tel # 04-2616577, 04-398 7103, 04-398 8108 Kuah, Pulau Langkawi
  • Marinequipment.com - on-line chandler and marine equipment supplier. Very convenient on a Duty Free Island.

Repairs/Yards

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
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Water
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Electricity
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Things to do Ashore

Tourism

Check the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board for tourist information.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Eateries

Internet/WiFi

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Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

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Transportation

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Friends

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Forums

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Links

References & Publications

See Malaysia.

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