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Exploring Pangkor Island in Perak - Pulau Pangkor

Pangkor Island or Pulau Pangkor is located around 250 km north of Kuala Lumpur in the state of Perak. If you are planning to drive to Pangkor Island from Kuala Lumpur, it will take around 3 hours to reach Lumut, which is the nearest city to Pangkor Island. Pangkor Island is a popular holiday destination from Kuala Lumpur with plenty of quality accommodation and interesting things to do for the entire family. 

Pangkor Island consists of Pangkor Laut, Giam Island, Mentagor Island and Simpan Island. These islands are popular destinations for tourism and fishing making Pangkor one of the most popular Island locations in Perak. The interior of Pangkor Island is home to over 60 species of reptiles. The popular beaches at Pangkor include Pasir Bogak, Teluk Nipah and Coral Beach.

How travel to Pangkor Island from Kuala Lumpur?

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor either from KL Airport or KL City is an easy option. You can either rent a taxi that will cost around USD 100. Alternatively, driving by yourself is a great option to explore the region at your own leisure. The car rental at KL airport can cost around USD 30 per day to less than USD 20 for long term rental. Airport transfers are also a great way to travel without the hassle of renting a car. The drivers have well-maintained luxury cars and have excellent city knowledge. 

Airport transfers from KLIA to Pankgor Island

Can I drive to Pangkor Island?

In the last couple of years, I have had a chance to drive several times from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Lumut. Pangkor Island itself is not accessible by car. You will need to park your car at the designated parking area near the ferry terminal in Lumut Marina and catch a ferry to Pangkor Island. 

Driving on two-way country roads can be a fun and enjoyable experience to see the more provincial parts of Malaysia. I have driven from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, Ipoh to Kiri Iskander and Lumut. Petronas University is located in Kiri Iskander and attracts students from across the world. 

Renting a car from KLIA or KLIA2  can be a great option. Get amazing rates under $USD 30 per day for a mid-size car. Don't forget to get a full insurance cover on any car rental in Malaysia.

During my last trip from Kuala Lumpur, I rented an economy car from KLIA2 from Asana car rental. The intercity freeways in Malaysia are world-class and driving is very easy on 3 lane roads. There are rest areas at a distance of every 30 km and you will be able to refuel, have your meals or enjoy a drink. The toilet and well-maintained and there are Muslim prayer areas on every stop.  

During my last visit, I drove from Genting Highlands to Lumut and followed AH2 past Batang Kali. Once I exited the freeway near Sungkai, I followed Route 58 to Lumut. The traffic slows down on two-way roads once you get off the freeway.

Is Pangkor Island Open?

Pangkor Island is open for travel as of March 2021. Pangkor Island can be accessed by private charter boat or catching a cruise that operates between Lumut Marina and Pangkor Island. 

How much is Marina Island to Pangkor Island Ferry Price?

The ferry charges RM 10 for a day return from Pangkor Island. 

How to get to Pangkor Island from Lumut?

The bus service does not exist at Marina, you will need to catch a taxi from the Lumut waterfront area to Marina Ferry Terminals. The Marina area is a relatively modern part of the city with a nice waterfront and a car park. 

You will need to catch a ferry which takes around 15 minutes to reach Pangkor Island Jetty. The ferry ticket is around RM10. Once you reach the Pangkor Island Jetty there are a number of cafes and restaurants serving Malays food and sandwiches etc. 

A few recommendations for visiting Pangkor Island

  • If you are planning to stay for a day at the Island, I suggest booking a waterfront resort for a day. Sometimes, the heat and humidity can be very high and you will not be able to spend a lot of time in the sun.  Most resorts have their private beaches you will have access to a shack on the beach
  • Carry a water bottle, hat, light summer clothes, swimsuit and sunscreen
  • If you are comfortable riding a bike, rent a bike near the Jetty and explore the Island on your own
  • If you are planning to stay on the island for 1 or 2 nights, I suggest getting a Pangkor Island Snorkelling Package from one of the operators in Lumut

Pangkor Laut is a luxury Island Resort offering private ferry pickups at the Marina Jetty. Compare rates for Pangkor Laut

Pangkor Island Ferry

Catching a Ferry from Lumut Marina to Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island has some resorts and hotels available. It is a good idea to book a resort or villa beforehand if you plan to stay for more than one day. Most resorts have their own private beaches and provide easy access to water sports.  

My experience of Staying at Swiss Garden Resort Damai Laut in Pangkor

Reaching Swiss-Garden Resort at Damai Laut

Swiss-Garden Resort at Damai Laut Resort is easily accessible by road via the North-South Expressway. From Kuala Lumpur, it is a scenic 3-hour leisurely drive. If you are travelling by air, there are regular scheduled direct flights from KL International Airport (KLIA) to Penang International Airport; from there it is only approximately a two-hours drive to the resort. Alternatively, you can take a comfortable coach ride from Kuala Lumpur to Manjung or Lumut.

swiss garden damai laut
Swiss Garden Resort Damai Laut
swiss garden damai laut
swiss garden damai laut

The resort comprises 290 rooms, elegantly outfitted with modern amenities and private balconies, each commanding a spectacular view of the sea or verdant greens.

However, if you want to enjoy the best of Pangkor, stay at the Swiss Garden Resort at Lumut  located on the outskirts of Lumut. The resort is spread over 16 acres and offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including a day tour to Pangkor Island, golf course & beach sports etc. 

Swiss Island Resort Lumut

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Swiss Island Resort

Private Beach At Swiss Garden at Damai Laut

Pirate Bay Resort

Pirate Bay Restaurant offering Seafood Buffet Dinner overlooking the ocean at Swiss Garden Damai Laut

 A day in Pangkor Island 

Once you get off the boat, there is a number of options to move around the island. The easiest is to hop on a taxi that takes from 10 to 70 ringgit depending on how far you want to go. You can also rent scooters for 20 ringgit a day. 

Pangkor Island water sports

Water Sports at Pangkor Island

Things to do at Pangkor Island 

Pangkor Island is an amazing place to indulge in "nature experiences". The island has thick forests which are more than 2 million years old. This location is ideal for a tropical jungle adventure with a guided tour to explore the rich flora and fauna on the Island. The trek also provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy amazing views of the Island.

Boating Tours and Adventures & Fishing Charters  

Rent a boat for a day to explore the amazing Island destinations, swimming spots and bays around Pangkor Island. Enjoy sailing in the strait of Malacca and enjoy amazing views along the way. 

If you are into fishing charter a boat to Pulau Sembilan after lunch with our professional fishing guide.  A number of fish species found in this region include bigeye tuna, barracuda, giant trevally and queenfish. 

Watersports at Pangkor Island

A number of activities are available at Water Sports Center. You can explore the amazing spots on the Island by Kayak, enjoy waterskis or rent a catamaran for an ocean excursion.

For water lovers, a varied selection of watercraft is available for hire at the Water Sports Centre. Choose to explore the island in a kayak or enjoy windsurfing. Safety rental equipment is available at the centre for safety reasons. 

If you prefer to stay local and enjoy water sports with your family there are a number of operators available along with the beach offering the following water activities. 

  • Banana Boat
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing Trips
  • Island Hopping

Make sure you are carrying your sunscreen as the weather get hot and sunny. Also, if you plan to indulge in water sports it is a good idea to find accommodation for a day at Pangkor Island.

Local service providers on the Island provide Island Hopping Tours in Pangkor Island where you can explore:

  • Pangkor Island Resort ( A 5 Star Resort on a private Island)
  • Coral Bay
  • Whale Rock
  • Foot Rock 
  • Nipah Bay
  • Monkey Bay
  • Turtle Rock

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Ozasiatraveller exploring Pangkor Island

Most of these locations offer shallow clear water that is ideal for snorkelling and swimming. Most of the service providers are located along the coast where you can find some shops and basic cafes and restaurants. You will need to hire a bike or catch a van that goes around the Island for under 5RM. This is an interesting way to explore various parts of the Island. 

Water sports in Pangkor

Some banners posted by Water Sports Providers along beach area in Pangkor

A high-end accommodation is Pangkor Laut Resort  costing on average of $A 300 per night. The services offered are world-class and you will have to book your own speed boat to get to the resort. 

Pangkor Island Resort Pangkor Laut
Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut Resort


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I have been exploring South-East Asia for over twenty years and have visited some of the best destinations in the region. Through my blog, I want to share some interesting travel tips, my experience of driving across Asian destinations and some of the best places to explore in this region. I have undertaken hundreds of road trips, across Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Most of the information in this blog comes through my own road trips and adventures in the exotic locations I have visited. 

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