Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Pulau Ketam - Cuti Cuti Malaysia with my Nikon D80

Wikipedia describes Pulau Ketam ... literally translated, means "Crab Island". It is a small island located off the coast of Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, and was founded circa 1880.

The island is easily accessible from the Port Klang jetty by ferry. The "floating houses" that come to view as visitors approach the island is a sight to awe any city slickers. Perching casually on long wooden stilts, these dwellings are suspended about one to ten (1-10) metre above sea level. The main thoroughfares are narrow concreted pavements, whilst in the residential areas, the older rickety wooden plank bridges can still be seen. There are no cars in Pulau Ketam, only bicycles, some of which are motorised.

The locals are mainly Teochew and Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese, with Teochew, Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese the main dialects spoken.

Here is our Cuti Cuti Malaysia trip to Pulau Ketam, 11:30am - 2:45pm. Yes, in just over 3 hours, one can travel by ferry to Pulau Ketam, check out the idyllic lifestyle and take a bunch of photos (Nikon D80 with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Tamron SP 90mm Macro f/2.8), have some seafood lunch, and return on the ferry! Memories ... priceless!

RM$7 air-conditioned ferry ride each way, departs 45 mins past the hour, each hour. Hop on board the ferry, and pay when the attendant makes his way around. The ride took 45 mins (Port Klang - Pulau Ketam), and 1 hour on the return.

Arrival at Pulau Ketam :-)

The local town! I like the quaint little police station, kinda reminds me of Mabul near Sipadan. I was surprised there wasn't more fresh fish on sale, perhaps cos' it was Friday lunchtime, and the "good stuff" is kept for the weekend tourist trade?

Religion plays an important role in the lifes of Pulau Ketamites...
Caught by L's Canon G10, using my Tamron SP90 :-)

Interesting colours!

The quiet life...

RM$5 per day, bike hire :-)


Mandy's World said...

quite long time didnt go visit pulau ketam and the seafood also nice eat, price not so expensive...i like it

CUMI & CIKI said...

love the sky! looks like rain.. very dreamy la..

fishermen villages are the best.. I can waste time here, easy!

mimid3vils said...

never step into this lovely island b4, so shame to tell u this ;P

Julian Si said...

MW - I agree!

C&C - Dreammmmmmmm... mmmh :-)

Mimi - Its not so far away from PJ/KL, make it a mini day trip. For a day with more "atmosphere" i.e. people, go on the weekends. I prefer a quiet visit!!
Slurp, the BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN CHOP on your blog looks yummy.

My Taste Heaven said...

Never been to Pulau Ketam before.Heard about the seafood, is it nice? One day would go there to try !