Timothy Tye
Pulau Rimau

Pulau RimauPulau Rimau (18 April, 2004)

Pulau Rimau is a small island on the southeast corner of Penang Island, off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut. Pulau Rimau is the site of a lighthouse which helps ship navigate into the South Channel of Penang. The lighthouse was built by the British. It is a steel tower that is 17 meters tall and is sited at an elevation of 39 meters. Apart from the lighthouse itself, Pulau Rimau is uninhabited.

Pulau Rimau has been documented as early as 1591/2, when Captain James Lancaster was sailing the Bonaventure for the English. His ship anchored off the coast of Penang, and he mentioned the island is "Pulo Rimau".

Getting there

Due to the presence of the lighthouse, Pulau Rimau is likely to be out of bounds to the general public. Pulau Rimau is visible from the coast of Permatang Damar Laut. To view it, take the Permatang Damar Laut road that leads from Bayan Lepas to Batu Maung. After you passed the airport, make a turn to the right, entering any of the country lanes. Go straight until you reach the southern coast of Penang. You will be able to see Pulau Rimau on the horizon to the left, while Pulau Kendi is on the horizon to the right. Alternatively, you can hire a boat to take you around Pulau Rimau without actually landing there.

What to see or do

Pulau Rimau is not a tourist spot and is not open for tourism.

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