Pangkor is a small island three kilometres by nine kilometres and so extremely easy to navigate without any hassle. Pangkor Town is where ferries from the mainland port of Lumut dock and is midway up the east coast of the island. Most of the decent beaches and accommodation is on the west coast, however, and there is a direct road bissecting the island from Pangkor Town to Pasir Bogak as well as a ring road snaking all the way around the coastline.
Ferries to/from Pulau Pangkor
Ferries transport passengers from the mainland port of Lumut to Pulau Pangkor roughly every half-an-hour and cost RM3. Journeys take around 40 minutes but there is a high speed catamaran which only takes half the time (RM5). Services run from 06:30-20:30 to the island and 07:00–20:30 to Lumut. Call Mesra Ferry for advance tickets or pop into any of the guesthouses on the island.
Getting around Pangkor
Although it is easy to stroll around the main beach areas, getting from one to another really requires some mode of transport. Bicycles are easy to find and cost around RM15 for a day, with motorbikes a better option if you’re planning to do a full circuit and available for around RM35 depending on your bartering skills.
Pink minibuses take passengers around the island and cost RM5 for the quick jaunt from Pangkor Town jetty to Pasir Bogak, RM10 to Coral Bay or RM40 for around the island. It is also possible to rent kayaks and paddle up the west coast.
Buses to/from Pulau Pangkor
Services from Lumut Bus Terminal can be booked in advance from Pulau Pangkor guesthouses or travel agents. There are hourly buses to KL (four hours) and Butterworth (three hours), two daily buses to Melaka (seven hours) and Kota Baru (eight hours), three daily buses to Johor Bahru (10 hours) and Kuantan (six hours).
Flights to/from Pulau Pangkor
There is a tiny airport towards the north of the island which has regular departures to Kuala Lumpur International Airport with Berjaya Air (website: www.berjaya-air.com). Services depart KLIA at 11:40 every day except Tuesday and Thursday and return at 13:40 from Pulau Pangkor. They are extremely busy on weekends so remember to book in advance.