Malaysia Destination Information

Peninsula Malaysia – West Coast

Straits of Malacca

The Straits of Malacca is a narrow 800 Km stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  It is named after the Malacca Sultanate that ruled over the Archipelago back in the 1400’s.  The Strait of Malacca is one of the most strategically important and busiest shipping lanes in the world; it is the main shipping channel between the India Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

The seven Malacca Straits States, from North to South, are:  Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Negeri & Sembilan, Melacca, and Johor.

Cruise Destinations:

  • Langkawi Archipelago – A cluster of islands situated at the meeting point of the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca
  • Penang – located off the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang is the fourth-largest island in Malaysia
  • Malacca – Located opposite the island of Sumatra in the Malacca Straits, with several islands offshore

Port Clearances:

Malaysia is an organized tangle of many states, some more semi-autonomous than others.  What this means is that each port likes to know what yachts and what people have sailed in and out.  On the peninsular’s West coast, the Malacca Straits clearance ports (from south to north) are Johor Bahru, Malacca, Port Dickson, Port Klang, Penang and Langkawi.

West Coast Marinas:

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.  Jalan Dato Syed Omar, Kuah, Malaysia

  • 200 Wet Berths – can receive boats up to 60 metres – over 50 metres on request
  • Draft from 3 meters to 10 meters
  • All berths  – water and electric supply , single & 3 phase
  • 24 hour security
  • Complimentary wireless internet
  • Club House, with most modern amenities available, plus restaurants & bars
  • Diesel supply – available from barges at Base Harbour

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club is located on the South East of the island.  Base Harbour and Kuah Town are only a short walking distance.  The seawall provides protection from swell arising from passing ferries frequenting the nearby Kuah jetty pier. 

Admiral Marina and Leisure Club.  Jalan Pantal, Sri Rusa, Port Dickson

  • Mega Yacht Berthing – can handle at least 4 mega yachts
  • 128 Wet Berths – yachts up to 18 metres
  • Pontoon facilities – fresh water, electricity 220/380 volts
  • Fuelling – 165 ft. fuelling pontoon for diesel and gasoline
  • Electric service at slip & metered fresh water supply
  • Harbour Master Tower

Admiral Cove is sited on a 100 acre development on the 5th mile of the Port Dickson coastline.   A premier marina strategically located in the Malacca Straits.  Fully equipped with all the conveniences required by the most discerning sailor.  This marina has the advantage of being located only 40 kilometres by road from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).  Admiral Marina website


Peninsular Malaysia – East Coast

Part of Peninsular Malaysia, the East Coast is largely rural and comparatively poor – the East Coast’s primary attractions are some of Malaysia’s most unspoiled densely forested islands.  Famous for their white sandy beaches, reefs and crystalline water and host to a wide variety of coral, sea-turtles, small sharks and reef fish.

Cruise Destinations:


East Coast Marina:

Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina and Resort

Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina is located at Palau Duyong, in Kuala Terengganu.  Docking is straight forward; with a double breakwater, the entrance is deep and easily negotiated as far as 260 metres from the marina entrance.  This marina offers the following facilities:

  • 5 Mega-yacht berths, with dockage for vessels up to 100 metres
  • 36 wet berths, with dockage for vessels ranging from 10-35 metres
  • calm and sheltered marine basin – no surge, no wake
  • clean, sheltered and non-commercialised storm protected harbour
  • steel piling, HDPE float and tenders, timber walkways and fingers
  • electric service at slip; metered fresh water supply; wi-fi
  • 24 hour security
  • fuel – bunkering available, to be taken by barge


Malaysian Weather

The whole of Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate with high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. Malaysia’s East and West coasts experience their wet months at alternate times of the year.

The East coast is hot and sunny for most of the year with the warm water of the South China Sea generating a breeze that helps moderate the humidity. The North East Monsoon prevails (the wet season) between November and February.

The islands are best avoided during this period, the rains are a lot heavier on this side of the peninsular. During these months many resorts close, re-opening in March.

Malaysia Meteorological Department website


Immigration and Visas

Visitors to Malaysia must hold a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period.  Most nationalities do not require a visa for social or business visits.


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