The Space"Tiger Rock is about low impact, sustainable tourism which includes participation of the local Pangkor Island community, preserving the natural environment and cultural way of life as well as ensuring mutual respect and benefits to all parties involved. This commitment is reflected in every aspect of Tiger Rock, from the way it is designed and built, to how it is managed by local islanders." Rebecca Duckett- Wilkinson Guest Access3 houses are available for private rental. The houses have their own living and dining areas (the Studio shares those of the Main House). In addition they share a large library pavilion below the Main House, and the pool and Pool House which is fabulously situated with views over the bamboo and jungle. The Pool House is the heart and meeting place at Tiger Rock and becomes the central dining area when all houses are in use. It is stunning at night when candlelit for barbeques and seafood dinners. Interaction with GuestsBavanni is the our wonderful chef at Tiger Rock. Married to Mohan, our managing caretaker, Bavanni is a true natural cook who with all the fresh seafood and ingredients available on Pangkor, conjures up some of the best local food you will ever eat. This is not an exaggeration.Bavanni will also provide the most delicious vegetarian menus and can also cater for gluten free meals.
Please let us know if you have any particular food allergies. Children's meals can be provided for separately and please let us know in advance what they really don't like. We know that a big part of family happiness is about keeping the kids well fed with tastes that they love. The NeighborhoodPangkor Island is situated off the West coast of the Malaysian Peninsular in the Straits of Malacca. It sits within the state of Perak which means 'silver'- a state that is rich in local Malay history, rich in tin, much planted with palm oil plantations but also containing some of the most beautiful rain forest in Malaysia. Along the Perak River a traveller can see a charming array of typically idyllic Malay wooden architecture and villages. It truly is one of the most lovely areas in Malaysia. Many of its 'new' villages and towns established during the 'Tin Rush', provide great examples of architecture that combined the best of Colonial, Malay and Chinese style. Many of these towns are no longer on a main route so they more often than not have an air of abandonment- but this is beautiful in itself.
Pangkor Island is small, approximately 10 km long and 2 km wide. Villages have developed along parts of it's coastline with Pangkor Town, Sungei Pinang Besar and Sungei Pinang Kechil, being the main areas of settlement. Smaller Malay kampungs have been long established in Teluk Gedung, Pangkor Town, Teluk Kechil and Teluk Dalam. The whole of the island is covered in jungle with 3 main Permanent Forest Reserve areas within them. The island has previously been lightly logged in the 1920's and 1930's with the sliding ditches still visible within Tiger Rocks boundaries, along which buffalo were used to pull out logs. Some rubber was also grown by small holders at the that time. Pangkor's coastline is dramatic with the jungle and huge boulders(common all over the island) often looking as if they are tumbling into the very blue green coloured sea. Getting AroundYou can do lots of things around the island of Pangkor.
The Sembilan Islands are 35 minutes boat ride away. Mohan & Bavani prepare your packed lunch - nasi goreng, fried chicken, sandwiches, salad, fruit & drinks. - and the day is spent snorkeling, snoozing in the sun, and playing on the soft sand. We use a licensed boat operator and Mohan can make arrangements for you. You can also do a sunset cruise if you prefer.
Mohan is happy to drop you off at any one of the beaches for the morning. Kids love collecting the pretty little shells & bits of coral. A collection of shells with holes can be strung into great holiday necklaces.
You can also go hiking. Short and long hikes are marked. A short easy hike to a lovely beach, Teluk Secadas is nearby. You can walk out of Tiger Rock, turn right at the fort and then make your way behind the kampung houses to a jungle path over the hill to the beach. In the mornings you can also hike with the locals as they do their daily exercise around the hills by the airport. This is a good heartpumping morning hike before breakfast! Specialised guides can be hired in for a tougher jungle experience which is not for the lighthearted or unfit.
Retail Therapy for those in need is aplenty on the island. Things to buy are colorful beach wraps and holiday gear, incense coils from the temple shop, dried ikan bilis and island fish crisps, and stuff from the kitchen ware shop. Make arrangements with Mohan to get dropped into town. Other Things to NoteMohan takes all guests on a 'round the island' trip in our vehicle. This gives you your bearings.
The tour is pretty comprehensive and you will certainly go away feeling like you definitely know how Pangkor Island works. There is a lot to see and it is really fascinating to learn that there is so much activity and culture on this small island.
Things you will look at are the fishing boat jetties, the ikan bilis drying and sorting areas (Pangkor is famous for this dried whitebait type fish), the boat building yards, all the various temples, the markets and obviously the beaches.
There is also an opportunity to try some of the breakfast food at Sungei Pinang Kechil (SPK) where the street is set up in the morning with stalls selling different foods.
Mohan's wonderful local knowledge also gives you the opportunity to see the different temple ceremonies. Local people are incredibly friendly and welcome you all into their various ceremonies.