Cruising Malaysia – Sebana Cove, Port Dickson and Malacca
After leaving Senibong Cove Marina we stopped at the Sebana Cove Marina for a few days. Sebana Cove was in the middle of nowhere but it was a nice break just lazing around the pool. We walked through a oil palm plantation and watched the monkeys and I got to see my first ever hornbill in the wild!!
Once we left Sebana Cove we made our way to the Admiral Marina near Port Dickson. We sailed throughout the day weaving our way through a maze of huge ships – you haven’t seen huge until you’ve seen a supertanker!!
We anchored another three nights before we reached the marina. Our plan was to stay in the marina for a couple of nights in order to catch up with a friend in Kuala Lumpur. We ended up being there for a week before moving on. We caught up with Ilija and met his wife Anka and their two boys, Nikola and Luka. Beautiful, hospitable people, insisted we stay for three nights, looking after us as though we were royalty. We had a great time.
Dwayne went to watch Luka play rugby with Anka, while I stayed at the house to catch up on my blogging and watch Ilija make his famous goulash (I even found out his secret ingredient)!
When Dwayne, Anka and Luka arrived back from the rugby the goulash was ready and we all sat down to a delicious goulash, pasta, hot rolls and red wine. After this long awaited lunch (Ilija had promised us goulash when we met him in Bali earlier in the year) it was time for a swim in the pool.
The next day we had some shopping to do, so along with Ilija and Anka, we wandered the Pavilion Mall and KLCC before having lunch on Jalan Alore.
When it was time to head home, Ilija took us to Malacca before dropping us back to our boat. We ended up staying in Malacca for the night. Malacca is a great little place and very interesting, with many souvenir shops and art galleries.
A walk around the waterfront was interesting, with the remains of old forts and cannons, a huge water wheel and a dutch windmill! We even got to see birds catching their dinner.
After a good look around we had a drink at a tiny bar and a game of pool.
Malacca looks great at night as it is lit up with hundreds of lights. There are many restaurants and bars along the river. We had dinner at the Dutch Harbour Cafe on the river but unfortunately it wasn’t very good, satays were nice though.
Once back on Thorfinn we spent a couple of days preparing to leave, i.e. a bit of shopping, we also had to see the harbourmaster and customs officials. We had arrived on a long weekend so had as yet been able to check in with the harbour master. So we headed into Port Dickson and checked in and out on the same day and we were once again on the water and on our way the next day as the sun came up.
Travel Notes (April 2015)
MYR – Malaysian Ringgit written here as RM
Sebana Cove Marina – Cost RM42.50 /day (AUD $15.00) for a 45 foot monohull.
Savings for longer stays i.e. weekly/monthly.
Power and water additional, charged by usage.
Use of shower facilities, restaurant, bar, pool and gym
The Boathouse Tavern Restaurant meals were good, lots of cheap choices of local dishes. The nasi lemak with rendang curry was delicious. The menu includes western choices, including steak and not expensive. The staff at The Boathouse were lovely, especially Esmira, gorgeous guy with a bubbly personality!
Marina itself needs some maintenance! But the resort pool etc are lovely.
CONTACT – 07 826 6688 / Fax – 07 826 6677 / Email – [email protected]
Admiral Marina – Cost over RM70.00 /day (AUD $25.00) for our 45 foot monohull.
Power and water charged extra by usage.
Sue of showers, pool, restaurant and bar. Bar astronomically expensive!
Port Dickson – Ports Authority to see Harbour Master on arrival. True Value supermarket and small department store nearby.
Malacca – We stayed in hostel accommodation – double room with air-conditioner RM58.00 (AUD $20.00)
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