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PULAU KETAM (CRAB ISLAND)

 

 

 

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.
 


 

THE MOST 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.

Pulau Ketam

A view of a fishing village in Pulau Ketam.

Kerapu, Siakap, Tanda, Gelama dan lain-lain banyak terdapat di Pulau Ketam.

Nelayan dan botnya di Pulau Ketam. Aktiviti menangkap ikan adalah aktiviti utama di sini sama ada dilaut, sangkar dan kelong.

 

History

Pulau 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 parallel.

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.

Taking There

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.

Socio Economic Activities

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 town centre.

Fried Crab - seafood main attraction for tourist to come to this island

The Region further The Individuals

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 is a 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.

Famous Groceries

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.

Tourist Spot

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 Temple

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 island.

Hock Leng Keng Temple

One 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.

First Bridge

There 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.

Pulau Ketam Jetty

A 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 activities.

Kongsi House

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.

Fish Dealer Centre

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 visit)

Wooden Fishing Boat Factory

Local Wooden Fishing Boat Factory.( Private business place, our tour guide will arrange acquaintance  boat factory for visit)

Fish FarmSubject 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 Center

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 tourism proposals.

Resource: http://www.luas.gov.my/icm/opprtunities/main_crab_island.htm

 
 
 
 
 
 
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