Sailing around Malaysia - Enjoy Boating in Malaysian Waters

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Discover Malaysia by Sea - Sailing Area Malaysia

It is possible to sail all year around in the Malaysian islands. The areas around Langkawi and Tioman are easy sailing areas.

  • Good sailing conditions
  • Easy navigation
  • Few Marinas
  • Many bays
  • Tropical climate

The main Malaysia yacht charter areas are Langkawi, Tioman and their surrounding islands. The Langkawi Archipelago is located in northwest Malaysia near the Thai border. The sailing area is north of the Strait of Malacca in the southern Andaman Sea and includes a group of 99 islands. Langkawi is significantly affected by tourism. The island is a free trade zone and there is a tax exemption that makes the berths for yacht owners very inexpensive. There is also a very good sailing infrastructure. On the southeast coast of Langkawi near the Kuah in the island's capital there is the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. This charter base has 200 berths and is located 30 minutes away from the airport. The lively Langkawi is surrounded by beautiful islands. The sailing area is incredibly scenic and geologically interesting. There are white sand beaches, coconut trees, rock formations, rain forests, mangrove forests, coral reefs and waterfalls. There is a wide range of exotic wildlife and you can see iguanas, sea eagles and monkeys in their natural habitat.

The lovely thing about cruising Malaysia is that planning usually turns out to be of little use - anon.

Tioman is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 30 nautical miles east of the mainland of the Malay Peninsula. The sailing area covers the entire archipelago between Tioman and Aur, and the islands off the coast of Mersing. The islands in the vicinity are all close together and ideal for island hopping. Pulau Rawa, Seri Buat, Tinggi, Sibu and Pemanggil are some of neighboring islands. The islands have long sandy beaches and are surrounded by turquoise waters. You will find lush green vegetation, exotic plants and an abundance of wildlife. Tioman is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world, and along its coastline there are several villages made up of simple huts. In many places you can go on excursions into the tropical rain forest and hike through the mountainous land. Due to the warm, clear waters and stunning marine life, Tioman is also a paradise for divers.

"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit." Brooks Atkinson

The Malaysian waters are well protected and the sailing conditions are not very demanding. There are almost no buoys or lights, and you can navigate mainly by sight. In the darkness reefs and shoals are difficult to see, and night sailing is prohibited by many yacht charter companies. It is recommended to find suitable anchorage at dusk and dock for the night. It is also important to monitor the tides as the tidal range can reach up to 3 m. The sailing areas in Langkawi and Tioman are fairly easily to sail during the dry season. When planning a sailing trip in the area around Tioman, it is useful to know that a southeast wind often blows parallel to the coast between April and October. In the evening there are sometimes winds from the west, which blow strongly at the berths on the west coast of the island. Compared to the dry season, the sailing during the rainy season is more demanding. During this period anchoring on the west coast can be problematic. However on the whole, sailing conditions in Malaysia are very pleasant.

Airports nearby Malaysia

  • Langkawi International Airport to Langkawi harbor: 20,8 km, 27 minutes
  • Phuket International Airport to Phuket Ao Po Grand Marina: 20,0 km, 29 minutes
  • Samui International Airport to Chonwithi harbor: 24,1 km, 31 minutes
  • Phuket International Airport to Phuket - Yacht Haven Marina: 11,3 km, 16 minutes
  • Tioman Airport to Tioman: 5 km, 10 minutes
  • Phuket International Airport to Phuket - Ao Chalong: 21,5 km, 45 minutes
  • Phuket International Airport to Phuket - Sapam Bay / Boat Lagoon: 23,5 km, 24 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical destination. The climate is characterized by the monsoon and is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures are between 31 and 33 °C during the day, and between 24 and 25 °C at night. The water temperature always remains slightly below 30 °C. The East and West coasts provide the most favorable conditions. In the waters around Langkawi it is best to sail in-between November and April as this is a sunny and dry period, and the wind blows at 2 to 5 Bft from the northeast. From May to October it blows a little stronger due to the Southwest wind. Most rain falls between April and November, but compared to the east coast of Malaysia there is not a classic rainy season. It is wettest between August and November, but still with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine per day. In general, temperatures exceed 30 °C during the day and rarely drop below 20 °C at night. Tioman is recommended between April and October, as opposed to the West coast of Malaysia and Thailand. The sun shines a lot, the skies are clear and it rarely rains at this time. The wind is up to 5 Bft from the southeast and it is often necessary to sail close to the wind when it blows parallel to the coastline. This should be considered when planning a cruise.