Malaysia: Anchorages around Penang

With the help of a number of cruising friends, Jennifer Rouse has put together a useful list of anchorages, which run from south to north, around Penang.

Published 5 years ago

Batu Urban Public Marina (05° 21″ 3′ N 100° 19″ 0′ E)

• At the northern end of Jerejak Island and north of Queensbay Mall.

• Anchor at 05° 19″ 428′ E 100° 21″ 032′ N – 0.5nm outside the marina.

• May only be used for a maximum of 24 hours and you must advise Jabatan Laut in advance of your intention to anchor there.

• The marina currently has berths available at RM2 per day per metre, fresh water available Rm2 per 10ltr.

• For a berth, or approval to anchor for 24 hours contact: [email protected].

• Shore access is via the marina – limited dinghy space at the southern-most pontoon.


Fisherman’s Wharf Anchorage

• Aka McDonalds Anchorage with a view of the Golden Arches ashore!

• The security gate at the jetty is currently locked at 5 pm daily (I am working with the Fisheries Department to gain all-hours access).

• Very convenient location just south of Georgetown off the expressway.

• A large, lively food court, (pork and beer!), at the jetty and a waterfront promenade with many shops, restaurants, Starbucks/McDonalds etc.

• A small but comprehensive industrial area to explore with potential for engineering, mechanical, parts, etc.

• Fishermen’s Wharf locked gate ashore is at 05° 23″ 654′ N 100° 19″ 603′ E.

• Fishermen’s Marina area seaward entrance is at 05° 23″ 608′ N 100° 176″ 19″ 668′ E.

• Suggested anchorage is just to the west of a 600 meter. line between the following two positions: 05° 23″ 623′ N 100° 19″ 753′ E and 05° 23″ 850′ N 100° 20″ 000′ E.


Junk Anchorage (05° 24″ 64′ N 100° 20″ 58′ E)

• Just off the Clan Jetties.

• A very busy but vibrant location right in Georgetown.

• The Chew Jetty no longer encourages dinghies to be left there but they do operate a water taxi – call Mrs Chew 019 415 9391 or Mr Sun 016 433 7624 – Rm5 per person each way.


Straits Quay Marina and Anchorage (05° 27″ 5′ N 100° 18″ 9′ E)

• Very convenient location with a short walk to 3 major supermarkets, dentists, restaurants, bars. performing arts theatre

• Easy transport options to Georgetown and the Gurney Drive Malls such as GRAB or the Penang free bus service.

• There is a great deal of reclamation and dredging currently underway in this area.

• Boats are welcome to use the facilities in the marina – showers, toilets, and laundry facilities.

• Security gate access cards are available at the marina office with a refundable deposit of Rm50.

• For the latest advice re berths, rates, anchoring, and access for dinghies contact the Marina Office – John Ferguson, Marina Manager – 012 311 6058 [email protected] or [email protected].


The above information is as up to date as possible and provided as a courtesy, but as anchorages in Penang are a work in progress, things can and will change. Thanks to Cecilie MV Tigerlily, and Paul SV Osborne Star, and Elizabeth Coleman for your valuable assistance and contribution.

Jennifer Rouse


AHOY Penang – A Hub of Yachting 

Set up by long-term SE Asia cruiser Jennifer Rouse in May 2016, this group is for cruisers to share important information and fun things about destinations in the Straits of Melaka – Penang. It is also a good place to report any security incidents whilst cruising in Malaysian waters.


(Editor’s Note: Additional anchorages or updates to the above information are very welcome for this report. Please either post a comment below or e-mail [email protected]).

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