Our rubber speedboat, fibreglass
speedboat or the launch may be ‘commandeered’
for excursions to neighbouring islands, many of which
we own. Journey times vary with the weather conditions
and may require a full day for the more distant destinations.
PULAU PANGKIL BESAR
‘Big Pangkil’ is our closest neighbour.
Guests have swum, sailed or kayaked the 2km (one-way)
journey before but we strongly recommend that this
is done only after informing the staff and having
the rubber speedboat on standby. This is a private,
mostly deserted, island which was mined for sand.
The far-side is still largely intact and well worth
a slow circumnavigation to view the mangroves. There
is a walk along the north shore which has some huge
trees and lots of mosquitos.
We thoroughly recommend that you start with a picnic
Murbai, which is about 30 minutes away.
We have started building a resort on this stunning
island. It has its own website:
Suka can be seen from Pangkil on a clear day.
is actually two small islands joined by a sandbar
and well worth a visit. It is planned to be Suka’s
‘picnic island’ as they are fairly close.
It is possible to visit Binyoso
from Pangkil for a picnic, if the sea is calm and
the speedboat can be used, but it will be a tiring
lies in a body of water well-sheltered by larger islands.
We have long-term plans to build accommodation on
The small beach faces west and is ideal for a late
Mapur is well known to the diving fraternity. It is
the biggest ‘offshore’ island in the Bintan
group. Parts of Mapur can be seen from Pangkil. We
are familiar with the best beaches on Mapur. It is
a very long day trip – but really worthwhile.