Whilst quite similar in name, Pulau Penyali shouldn't be mistaken for Pulau Penjalin, its bigger sibling about 10 kilometers further to the northeast. That said, both islands, Penyali and Penjalin, offer breathtaking beaches, lush vegetation, stunning rugged landscapes and a number of exotic bird species.
The main difference between the islands, however, is that currently (2020) a resort is being constructed on Penyali, whilst Penjalin is still spotless and untouched in the accommodation department, save for a run-down make-shift shelter erected by fisherman to ride out the occasional squall.
But, like Penjalin, Pulau Penyali also offers a couple of excellent rock fishing locations that could well be quite productive when worked with lures especially.
As Pulau Penyali forms a funnel with its neighboring island, Pulau Manda Riau, Penyali also shows excellent promise as a windsurfing or kitesurfing or foiling location, particularly during the southwest season.
But even on wind-free days, Penyali is a very suitable vantage point from which to explore the surrounding islands on SUP, given Penyali's proximity to the Pulau Manda Riau island cluster.
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Pulau Penyali in all its glory