Tikus Island

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Tikus Island
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Tikus Island viewed from the Floating Mosque
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Tikus Island
Location within George Town in Penang
Geography
Location Southeast Asia
Coordinates 5°28′32.5776″N100°17′50.2146″E / 5.475716000°N 100.297281833°E / 5.475716000; 100.297281833
Adjacent to Malacca Strait
Administration
State Flag of Penang (Malaysia).svg  Penang
City Seal of George Town.svg George Town
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Tikus Island viewed from Tanjung Bungah

Tikus Island (Rat Island) is an islet off the northern coast of Penang Island in the Malaysian state of Penang. Located nearly 770 m (0.48 mi) off Tanjung Bungah, a suburb of George Town, this uninhabited outcrop is now home to a solar-powered lighthouse. [1] [2] [3] This active lighthouse marks the northern entrance to the Penang Strait and hence, the Port of Penang. [4]

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Also situated on the islet is a grave belonging to a local Muslim saint. [1] [2] [3] The grave is still visited by local Penangites of various faiths, who occasionally come to seek blessings irrespective of their beliefs.

Etymology

The islet has lent its name to Pulau Tikus, a neighbourhood of George Town. The settlement of Pulau Tikus was established by Eurasian refugees in the early 19th century, who had earlier landed on Tikus Island. [3] It was said that the name Pulau Tikus, which means 'Rat Island' in Malay, was inspired by the shape of the islet's rocks and dunes.

Transportation

Tikus Island is only accessible by boat. Whilst kayaks are available at the Penang Water Sports Centre at Tanjung Bungah, the rough sea current has hindered several approach attempts to the islet in the past. [2] [5]

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