08 November 2012 | Jahor Bahru, Malaysia
Ruth renamed Danga Bay Marina to Daggie Bay Marina. It was certainly in need of some work, it sure had been neglected. Aside from that, all the boats were happy to get into a marina, this was the first one since leaving Darwin, time to give the boats a long overdue wash. During our stay here, we were experiencing quite torrential rain most days, the rainwater was really polluted, you would not want to leave your boat here for any length of time as they became covered with this black, slightly greasy film.
Through out the Malaysian Rally, we were to experience many delicious dinners, great entertainment and wonderful tours. The organiser of Sail Malaysia, Sazili had done an amazing job. The Welcome dinner was no exception, a beautiful Chinese Banquet was provided with traditional Malay dancing and singing. Even though it was alcohol free, (there were Moslem dignitaries dining with us), it was a fantastic night.
Danga Bay was where we actually cleared into Malaysia, a relatively painless operation. We were picked up and transported to the 3 different offices, Customs, Immigration and the Harbour Master and delivered by to the Marina.
Fantastic supermarkets here, one chain of supermarket had a section of Australian Foods and right through out Malaysia we were able to get most food items. Alcohol is expensive on Mainland Malaysia, being mostly a Moslem country, Langkawi is the place to shop, everything is duty free.