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Saturday 26 May 2018

Teluk Segadas Revisit (and Last Visits)

The last I went was in 2015. This round with more kakis. A stay of 3 days 2 nights is more than sufficient.

Getting there

The pickup point
Medan Ikan Bakar Teluk Muroh (searchable in Google Maps) is a common pickup location for those who charter the boat to Teluk Segadas. Parking is big enough for many cars and each car is subject to a payment of RM15 (2018 rate) for the entire duration (meaning ~RM5 per day). More at the Closing section below.

Loading and onboarding
Personal stuff, food catering boxes and water go to the front and passengers take the centre and back. Depending on number of joiners and boat availability, your event may require two trips or more.

Reaching the secluded beach

Arriving at Teluk Segadas beach (2015 photo)

The boat ride from Lumut to the beach takes about 20 minutes with full load and the travel has to take place during high tide so that it is easy to unload at the shore; during low tide, the boat has to anchor far out and it is inconvenient to carry the boxes over the long distance.


Big campsite space (2015 photo)
This camping ground can accommodate 100 people easily. The place is generally flat and can fit many tents. Hammocks are not so suitable as trees are sparse and are too far apart.

My first structure - the flysheet
Since I'm using a summer shelter (which is not a tent), I will need two trees to fix a ridgeline for my flysheet as cover. Wind is strong and guylines have to be taut.

Pop-up tent with flysheet (2015 photo)
A pop-up tent comes handy if you want a quick set-up. This tent is only single layer so a flysheet was added. Now two-layer pop-up tents are widely available, starting with a single-man tent.

Extra cover for the tent
Do note that it can be warm and humid most of the times. A fully-closed tent means you will sweat inside. Putting up an external flysheet (like a vestibule) over the tent allows for ventilation (and more comfortable sleep) with just the netting zipped but with outer tent flysheet unzipped. You can bring along a USB fan if you have one.

My single-man tent, open beach shelter, summer shelter
The summer shelter sleeps three so I sleep in my solo tent. The beach shelter is ready for the beach.

Small footprint
Ventilation is good with netting/doors on both sides. This particular tent has a wide headway and enough space to put personal effects, toiletries and etc.

Observation tower (2015 photo)

View from observation tower (2015 photo)
Today, the tower is in a dilapidated condition. It is no longer safe to walk up - wood panels are either broken or dropped off.


Play time!

Splendid thing to bring!
You can bring snorkeling equipment to see the vast live corals and abundance of sea cucumber just nearby.

Kid will love this! (2015 photo)

Building sand castles - make use of shells (2015 photo)
Say this quickly, "She sells sea shells at the sea shore!"


Foreign visitors

Foreign visitors (2015 photo)

Taking a dip

Rising tides

Getting the splashes (2015 photo)

Enjoying the splash

Receding tides

Tides at its lowest

Resting boulder during low tide
I used this resting boulder as benchmark to mark the lowest tide.

Side view of resting boulder

Sunrise view is not possible
As the cape faces South and both East and West sides stand the forest, it is not possible to catch sunrise and sunset.

The top of that cliff is reachable
Lies beyond this cliff in the forest is "Peak 905" - more below.

Night view of Vale's trestle (photo: Ivan Ho)
At night, you can see clearly at a distance the steel trestle with the conveyor belonging to Vale Minerals Malaysia, an iron ore distributor. It is located not in Pangkor island but on the mainland at Teluk Rubiah. Teluk Rubiah is generally not accessible although one can get to it via forest trekking. The closest beach next to it is the famous Teluk Batik.


Rope is available to hike up to the top of the cliff
Peak 905 is called as such as it lies about 905 feet (276 metres) above sea level. Termed by the locals, many trekked up to the peak and beyond to Pasir Bogak beach on Southwest of the island. Outward Bound students often use this hill for training, alongside hills like Teluk Batik (Teluk Muroh Forest Reserve) and Ungku Busu.

After rope climb, at a small flat land beside the cliff boulder
It is also possible to hike up here without using the rope but using an alternative route that connects directly with the campsite.

Rock wall
This rock wall is similar to C4 of Bukit Kutu.

After the rock wall
This is the viewpoint of Teluk Segadas. It is a good idea to come up here twice - once during the high tide and another during the low tide - the colours vary at different times of the day.

Solo photo (thanks Raymond Ong) with a scenic backdrop

South Pangkor Forest Reserve

Not much of a viewpoint at the peak
To get this sunset view, step up to the boulder at the edge with caution.

The little metal marking of the peak
Behind this signpost lies this big rock where a mystery is to be discovered. See next photo.

H.M.S. (His/Her Majesty's Ship) Iroquois is one of the 24-class survey vessel of the British Royal Navy. See Naval History website, Wikipedia and Dreadnought Project for more details on the vessel. The metal plate is hammered and embedded at the top of the rock. To get up to the rock to see this, go behind the rock and make use of the tree trunk and pull up.


Some otters reside inside the forest beyond the beach (photo: Ivan Ho)

Running off to the waters after seeing us (photo: Ivan Ho)

What a beauty
There are two monitor lizards residing here and apparently is common sight. It is evening and it is time for food.

Hornbill at the main road in Teluk Gedung

Marine life

Small scorpion (2015 photo)

Sea cucumber (2015 photo)

Tiny crabs (2015 photo)

Wild boar (photo: Lee Yang)
A 'domesticated' wild boar from the forest roams a few times during the night, in search of food. It isn't wild, so to speak, and turns away the moment any of us walks towards it.

Beware of monkeys!
They are active during meal times - a nuisance that picnickers must manage - they are more frequently seen at the kitchen area where cooking is done and food is more easily accessible. There are times they will leap to the trees right at the shore with hopes of reaching to picnickers' stuff - so make sure you keep your belongings under guard and leave no plastic bags, food containers and anything small for their swift hands.


Shower room and washroom
Yes - they have washrooms segregated by gender.

Big shower room
The water is drawn into the pool from the forest stream.

Men's washroom - there are two

Dining and kitchen (and 'bedroom')
The kitchen is far back, with a lockable cabinet for food stuff. A generator set (controlled by the operator) will power on during the night till midnight only for lighting dining, kitchen, shower room and washroom. There is no avenue for electrical appliances, and forget about smartphone charging. Bring your powerbanks!

Food and leisure

Meal time
Our food caterer serves meals three times a day plus tea and coffee breaks. We earlier packed along snacks and drinking water so we never had a chance of running into hunger.

Catch of the day (2015 photo)
The last visit, our food caterers who did fishing at the shore managed to haul a number of small fishes to be included into the dinner.

Chat time (photo: Ivan Ho)

The night wasn't completely wasted - we had chat session, we had snacks, we had music, and there is the beach at low tide.



Collecting rubbish

After raking the leaves

Bring a hammock!

Getting the drone ready

Mavic Pro
Aerial view from a drone (click picture to view video)
Don't miss the video (opens in new window)! Thanks Ganesen for the wonderful videography!

Group photos

At the kitchen (photo: Raymond Ong)

At the campsite (while awaiting for boat arrival)

At the shoreline


This (Teluk Gedung) is where you access the trailhead
Use this as landmark to stop the bus (inform the driver in advance)

Exiting the forest to the beach

The special thing about this beach is its remoteness - you can access this location only by boat or by trekking.

The boat ride

To get here by trekking, you can ride a cab or take the bus to Teluk Gedong. The trailhead into the forest is via the open space right after the UMNO branch office - see pics above. The forest walk gives you a good 20 minutes workout. It leads uphill-downhill-uphill-downhill (they are not high so no worries - you may be more concerned with some leeches that reside there) and you exit to the beautiful beach.

Travel by boat means you need to find and engage a boatman. Camping overnight will require food and cooking - this mean BYOF - bring your own food.

There is a campsite charge if you plan to camp overnight.

All the above is made easier (viz. travel by boat) if you get hold of someone who can organise the camping ground booking with the operator, boat transfer from mainland, and food catering.