Pangkor – A reunion and motorbike riding round the island

As we hadn’t spent any time at Pangkor when we had travelled north after the Sail2Indonesia Rally in 2015, we decided to have a few days there on our way South to joining the West Kalimantan Rally in July. 

At the ferry terminal

In line to get on the ferry to Pangkor Marina


We were delighted to meet up with fellow Indonesian rally participants Psycho Puss and Slip Away. We had a lovely Sunday lunch in the vast shopping complex a short drive away from Pangkor Marina. It was great to catch up on all the news and to share sailing stories and various tales of land based trips and activities. 

Catching up!
As recommended by the Psycho Pussies, we hired a motor bike the following day which allowed us to explore the small island of Pangkor quite thoroughly. 

Boat building Indonesia style
A visit to the local boat builders was of course, obligatory. Piles of timber were haphazardly stacked across a massive area and three boats were in the process of being built – all were at the same stage, surprisingly. 

The Indonesian s build such elegant boats

We went down some lonely tracks that followed the beautiful coastline around but mostly followed the excellent roads that weave like a serpent up hill and down dale. 

The beaches were deserted and very pretty

We had another excellent meal at Daddy’s cafe and walked along the beach looking at the sea that so cruelly tossed us about like a washing machine a couple of nights previously but was once again deceptively calm. 

The sea was deceptively calm
The roads were good but there were some terrifying hairpin bends!

Back at Daddy’s Cafe

Lunch on an idyllic beach
After lunch we rode to a 17th Century Dutch Fort on the Southern end of the island. It was only a small site but it had been restored well and the surrounding buildings constructed in the same style. 

The imposing but small Dutch Fort
Holes built for canons!

Our stay in Pangkor was all that we had hoped for. We were so glad that we had made the effort to include a few days stay there and look forward to our return visit towards the end of this year. 

The sun sets in another great day

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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