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East Coast Malaysia… change of season

gem island malaysia

By now, one can safely say that we are in the Transition Period when our wind swings from the Northeast to the Southwest. It’s not going to be instant so while it takes it’s time there are a few other things you might like to consider doing! This post has nothing to do with sailing but everything to do with the cleanest waters you could hope to see! And we all love that!!

While the Transition is not particularly good for cat sailing at Changi Sailing Club it does mark a change on the East Coast of Malaysia – perhaps the world’s best kept cruising secret!

Especially for those new to our shores, the East Coast of Malaysia is a beautiful stretch of the Peninsular. Dotted along the coast are stacks of little islands, scattered like jewels in the South China Sea. It starts with the islands off Johore and stretches all the way to the coast of Terengganu.

Gem Island is one of the nicest that i have ever been to. Why?
Well for starters it’s a private island that means NO maddening crowd!
It requires a little bit of effort to get there, that keeps the wannabe’s away!
Once ensconced on the island there is precious little else to do but relax, swim, read and appreciate the quiet – that keeps the hoards away!

But the privilege is… having the whole island to yourself! 
It won’t cost a fortune too… try about RM 240/night for the privilege.

You can get to Gem from Singapore by driving (the East Coast Road) or flying, first to KL and then to Terengganu and taking a cab to Marang before boarding a ferry to the island. An effort… but the reward is something else.

Gem Island also has a sea turtle conservation program running and so, for the price of a few beers at CSC you can do some real good for the world and help a turtle with it’s 1% chance of survival dodging predators on land, in the water and avoiding the soup pots!!

Of course I love riding, so hitting the highway is one of those delights to enjoy while the weather settles down. You could sail there – but it’s a long way on a cat, not that I’m averse to that sort of thing!

On top of that, Gem Island would make the ideal base for a ‘Raid of the Islands’. The photos are completely untouched! I know my Sony takes good photos but it really is that incredible especially when compared to the Milo waters of Singapore! 

 Do something, do it this weekend!

Gem Island/Pulau Gemia

About prosailing

In Southeast Asia a long time and all the while, sailing cats. But the cat love-affair began when I finished building my first catamaran at age 15... "never again". After building 2 more Formula 16 cats in Malaysia it's really 'never again'. Now we have a large fleet of high-tech speed machines including the Nacra 20 Carbon. Then we decided to spread our wings a little more and imported the Corsair Dash 750. Now we are well on the way to establishing a Coastal One Design Dash Class. As a test bed, we had 4 Dashes take part in the Neptune Regatta and now the plans are rolling out.


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