For any yachtie who has ventured into Malaysia from Indonesia, Danga Bay was the haven sought. It was originally free to stay there, but by the time we last left it, they were charging 150 ringgits/week to stay. That's less than $50/week to keep the boat--a bargain! But alas, the marina is no more. These pics were taken over a period of about five weeks in October/November 2014 as they were filling in the marina to reclaim land to build high rise condos.
The sand barges with the conveyor belts sticking out the front were plying the waters here now and are nearly a block long each. An entire fleet of them from China moved an immense amount of sand! They dredge the sand from the channel here and elsewhere and dump it in the old marina space.
The view from our berth when we first arrived. Once there were five jetties here. They'd already torn out and filled in the jetties 4 and 5, and we were told we could stay at jetty 1 or 2 until they were ready to work there.
This barge got caught in a cross wind and ended up running into the jetty 3, where boats are still berthed. The marina owner's luxury yacht had been parked there until that morning. Oh that would've been a real disaster if it had still been here. The barge had a hard time getting out again without wiping out the mast of the sailboat there.
If they plan to build on this land, won't they hit the pilings that are left in the sand? We think so, but they pumped the sand in anyway.
We came back to find YOLO soft aground in the muddy sand in front of Country Garden. The spring tide (extra low low water) had coupled with a SW wind to push us into water so shallow we ended up aground. You could've waded out to YOLO from this beach at the resort. We just waited a couple of hours til the water came back up and moved our anchor another 50' out into the channel. I hated moving out even more in the way of those huge sand barges, but we had to keep YOLO off the keels when the tide goes out.
Looking down from the balcony at day's end.
The blue and yellow boat on the left with the metal paddle wheels was used to try to push/pull the pilings so they could remove some of them. It sat tied to the cruise dock and we tied our dinghy behind it every day. The barges came mighty close to hitting these boats several times and we watches as they ground off a little paint as they rubbed against the pilings for this dock.
Looking back along the cruise dock. The "1" piling is in the center here.
Coming and going, the barges are getting very close to hitting these boats and the dock. The Danga Cruise boat just stayed anchored out by us.