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Update Your Holiday Bucket List: Walk Over To Pulau Giam From Pulau Pangkor!

Update Your Holiday Bucket List: Walk Over To Pulau Giam From Pulau Pangkor!

It’s not a long walk to Pulau Giam and you’ll see some sea cucumbers along the way.

Adeline Leong

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Koh Nang Yuan in Thailand is popular with tourists because it’s uniquely connected to three mini islands via a sandbank.

If you haven’t got a chance to holiday there, you might be able to have a similar experience right at Pulau Pangkor.

Many don’t know that one can walk to Pulau Giam from Pantai Teluk Nipah during low tides.

Recently, a TikTok user @md.rockk shared a video showing the route to take in Pulau Pangkor.

@md.rockk Final part fenomena laut terbelah #fyp #fypシ ♬ bunyi asal – Syafiq Rock

The perfect time to be able to cross the sea waters on foot is around February and during the lunar month (Chinese New Year season).

The tides will be low during this time, and there’ll be a pathway to walk directly to Pulau Giam.

It’s not a long walk to the small island either. The distance between Pantai Teluk Nipah to Pulau Giam is about 385 metres.

Beachgoers who have walked across to Pulau Giam said it takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

@md.rockk recommended wearing footwear when walking over to Pulau Giam to protect your feet from broken corals, sharp stones and seashells under the water.  

Throughout the walk, beachgoers might be able to see sea cucumbers too. The sea cucumbers are gentle creatures so do not panic if you see them in the water.

You can gently pick them up to observe up close but remember to place them back on the seafloor carefully.

Sea cucumber picked up from the sea floor. Image: @md.rockk/ Tiktok

While you’re having fun exploring Pulau Giam, remember not to spend too long on the island because the tides will rise within a few hours.

When this happens, you might need to hitch a boat ride back to the main island.

Last but not least, the most important question commonly asked is whether it’s safe to walk over to Pulau Giam.

The good news is it’s safe to walk to Pulau Giam because there are safety personnel on duty.

According to Kosmo, about eight firefighters including the Water Rescue Unit (PPDA), and seven Civil Defence Department members (APM) monitor the popular holiday area.

They are assisted by ten Persatuan Rekreasi Pangkor members (made up of beach boys), Rela volunteers and the police.


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