The Pulau Ketam
is located 30 nautical miles from Port Klang (Longitude : 03
01 03 N, Latitute : 101 15 19 E). The area is about 22.921
km2. The Island is a mangrove island surrounded by mud flat
area. It was reported that the first settlement was built in
the year 1920. Total population is about 10,000 of which
95% are Chinese, 4% Malay and 1% Indian. There are four
neighborhood fishing villages consisting of Ketam Island
Township, Bagan Teo Chew, Sungai Lima and Sungai Dua. Most
of them are fisherman and seafood restaurant operators.
There are also a few aborigines families in Sungai Dua
living in traditional fishing village.
There are many natural attraction for tourist to visit Pulau
Ketam. Besides enjoying meals at sea-food restaurant,
they can also do fishing, jungle tracking at the mangrove,
birds watch and monkey watch. As a mangrove island,
its ecosystems is very fragile and sensitive to any human
activities and unsustainable development.
POPULAR FISHING VILLAGE IN SELANGOR
Pulau Ketam (Crab
Island) the most popular fishing Village in Selangor,
Peninsular Malaysia. The simplest way to get to Pulau Ketam
is by a commuter train from KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur
all the way to Port Klang. At the last station, alight and hop
on a ferry at the nearby jetty, paying about RM5 for a one-way
ticket. These ferries are shaped like long bananas, and are
actually retired boats from Borneo that were used to ply the
river routes in Sarawak.
Pulau Ketam is
the best opportunity for visitors to witness and experience
the unique lifestyle of fishermen. Homestay facilities are
readily available. And, Pulau Ketam also having a very special
viewpoint with town city where this island escape from air
pollutions, traffic jams, finding car parking problem etc.
A view of a
fishing village in Pulau Ketam.
Siakap, Tanda, Gelama dan lain-lain banyak terdapat di
dan botnya di Pulau Ketam. Aktiviti menangkap ikan
adalah aktiviti utama di sini sama ada dilaut, sangkar
Ketam is young
accessible from the Port Klang breakwater by conduct. The
floating houses that come to seascape due to visitors advance
the island is a sight to awe section locale slickers. Perching
casually on outstretched wooden stilts, these dwellings are
suspended about one to ten (1 - 10 ) metre uppermost sea
Over twenty years
ago, Pulau Ketam was a marsh land that was devoid of
habitation. Some Chinese immigrants landed on the stave and
decided to call essential down home. The nickname ‘ Ketam ‘
literally means crab. It is derived from the shape of the
island that bears the resemblance of this crustacean if viewed
from a certain position. Pulau Ketam is a inconsiderable
island located ice the south - western coast of Malaysia
leverage the Straits of Malacca.
Pulau Ketam is
delicate accessible from the Port Klang breakwater by a pack
which operates once an hour. The one hour ride ride is not of
course an adrenalin pumping experience but the ‘floating
houses‘ that came to aspect when approaching Pulau Ketam is a
sight to awe and situation slickers. Perching steadily on
elongated wooden stilts, these dwellings are suspended about
one metre larger sea lined up.
Pulau Ketam is
strategically situated connections a halt - over point for
fishermen en-saunter to the loaded fishing grounds beyond.
Pulau Ketam is now a prospering
fishing compass cover a bustling harbour that is frequented by
legion of floating vehicles, ranging from forceless sampan
(inconsequential row boats) to ‘clonking‘ fishing boats and
tongkangs (lighters). Although Pulau Ketam doesn't
overture a spacious area to scout, unfeigned is an Inviting
city compact stifle attentiveness spots, captivating scenes, ‘uncertain‘ seafood and the most extensive, a kinsmen of
broiling, placid tribe.
Most of the residents are
fishermen and they are using small boats and fishing gears
such as nets and fishing rods. The large-scale fishery
activities are actually being carried out in the open sea of
Straits of Malacca and not within the waters of Pulau Ketam.
Cage aquaculture activities are carried out by some
entrepreneur fishermen in nearby straits, well-protected by
the surrounding cluster of islands i.e. Pulau Klang and
Pulau Tengah. At this moment there are 11 units of cage
aquaculture farms in the area, rearing species such as
Grouper (Kerapu) and Giant perch (Siakap). The fishes are
regularly harvested and supplied to the seafood
restaurants/hotels in Pulau Ketam, as well as to Port Klang
in the mainland. The aquaculture operators also provide
home-stay package to tourists who would like to experience
the unique setting of the cage culture farms.
The main attraction for tourist to come to this island is to
enjoy the seafood especially during weekend and public
holidays. The unique combination of sceneries of floating
houses and seafood restaurants serving fresh fish and
shell-fish dishes, and the experience of walking through the
mangrove forest blessed with diverse flora and fauna, is
just simply invigorating. They can also shop for salted fish
and other marine-base products at rows of shop houses in the
Fried Crab - seafood main attraction for tourist to
come to this island
The Region further The
Unitary the houses
influence the district are interconnected to alone wider
complete a mini wooden alley which serves since the island‘s
sole again alone ‘traffic drawing near‘. Pulau Ketam has a
number of karaokes, schools, bank, an opera stomping grounds,
an arcade and rife restaurants. Pulau Ketam
self - contained community dominated by the Teochew and
Hokkien dialect - utterance Chinese. The islanders are
virtually a ‘relay‘ that leads a sentience and a globe of
their own, uncommitted to the everyday bother, pressures and
hooey of a point.
Seafood is a natal
skepticism of this island. Pulau Ketam
is esteemed for crabs, prawns, fish, shellfish and unbroken
sharks that measure up to 15 feet. One burden
obtain the sea - keep grilled, chilifried, steamed or perhaps
‘sushi green‘. The freshness and rectitude of these drink is
remarkable. Pulau Ketam, a field worth a million to Sojourn.
Pulau Ketam is a fascinating island, full of
fishing village sceneries. All buildings are built 3-5 feet
from the swampland. During high tide, houses look like
"floating on the water" giving a wonderful and romantic
feeling. Villagers are friendly and willing to help tourist in
getting to know this island.
Nang Thiam Keng
The Nang Thiam Keng Hall is a common place for
holding wedding dinners. In 6th of 6th Month of Chinese
Calendar is the God's birthday. This is a big event here. A
celebration of at least 14 days of Chinese Opera and Mini
Concert make the nights more lively and energetic. Every 3
years, the committee board of the temple will organize the
ritual of "Gods Patrol and blessing the island". The event
will be attended by many temple's "God" together and "They"
walk around the town, patrolling the sea, and guarding the
Leng Keng Temple
of the biggest temple in Pulau Ketam. The temple is beautiful
with intricate sculptures and colorful painting. It celebrates
its big events at 28th of 4th Month of Chinese Calendar, with
Chinese opera and mini concert.
are 11 bridge in Pulau Ketam. (Sungai Lima has another 3). The
first bridge is near main street. Here you can see a lot of
boats parking at the small private jetties.
good place to loiter around enjoying sea breezes after dinner.
It is really relaxing and enjoying. At night times, teenagers
assemble here for their leisure and social
A history house how
Pulau Ketam population begin. Private place, for 8-20 pax day
trip group, our tour guide will arrange acquaintance Kongsi
House for visit.
A place where
fishermen clear their sea capture to the fish dealer. (
Private business place, for 8-20 pax day trip group, our tour
guide will arrange acquaintance fish dealer centre for
Local Wooden Fishing
Boat Factory.( Private business place, our tour guide will
arrange acquaintance boat factory for visit)
Farm （Subject to
pay for visiting）*optional
Fish farm is floating
on the sea. It takes about 10 minutes journey to reach by
boat. Fishes are reared in these fishing farms. Most of the
living fish are exported to Hong Kong. Some of them will be
transported to restaurants.
Fishing Story at Kelong Greenway Pulau Ketam
We did a follow
up trip to Kelong Greenway recently. This trip was most
disappointing as we had no exciting catches except for a
handful of tiny Gelama & about a dozen Ikan Duri of 800 to
1kg. Water condition was murky with fast flowing current.
Fishing was most difficult as we had to use heavy sinkers
just to have our baits stay at the bottom. We consider this
trip a failure but learned a valuable lesson. Never go
fishing during strong currents & high tides. Waters would be
muddy & the fishes gone.
It was a
weekday that we choose to make the trip to Kelong Greenway.
3 weeks planning & that was it. As usual, everything went
wrong from Day 1 itself. We didn't plan out the travel route
to Port Klang jetty so our journey took longer than
expected. We even ended up at West Port instead of South
Port. Finally, everyone was gathered at the Jetty so we got
the ferry tickets waited for the ride. Even upon arrival at
kelong, we only realized that the fishes love cockles,
luckily, I brought some left over baits from an earlier
fishing at Carey Island. The Gelama absolutely love our
cockles. We ended up catching close to 70 Gelama, 1
Stingray, 2 Snappers & 1 Angel fish.
Development As Service and Seafood
It is expected that the implementation of the proposals to
upgrade Pulau Ketam to become a service center servicing
about 10,000 population will provide the impetus for a major
infrastructural investments comprising of aesthetically
designed jetties and land bridges, beautification works on
shophouses and restaurants, refurbishment of State�s public
sevices facilities, redevelopment of individual buildings
and dwellings, improvement in utilities services (water
supply, gas and electricity), and adequate provision for
environmental services (solid waste and sewage services).
In accord with the overall plan, there has been a proposal
to develop Pulau Ketam as a major centre for sea-food
restaurant, possibly the biggest of such centre in
Peninsular Malaysia. The place is strategically located at
the estuary of Klang River Basin which has 4 million
affluent populations hungry for an attractive well-package
eco-tourism. In such a case, environmentally friendly hotels
and homestay development should form a basic mainstay of