Kukup Fishing Village, or better known to all as Kukup Laut, is a quite popular welcoming fishing community in the Pontian district of Johor. This old-fashioned village is being built on stilts above the muddy mangrove seashore and has ever since been in existence for more than 100 years. Together with the neighboring area which is famous by the name of Air Masin, the settlement is rather the home to a population of 1400 people, nearly all Chinese, and mostly engaged in fishing and catering for tourists.
DO A WALKOUT
What do you think would be the best way to experience how the locals live? Well, I think one of the best ways is to stay and live with them. But however if you’re only there just for a day trip, the next best thing which you can do is to walk around the living areas of the town. The people there might not greet you with open arms, but as the dwellers know each other well, the doors are generally left opened.
CHECK OUT THE FISH FARMS
Located right in the seas of Kukup are about more than 50 or so of fish farms. It is also well known as “Kelongs” Beyond just raring fishes, the entrepreneurial fish farmers here have well enough combined their daily work with hosting of tourists on their fish farms. As most of the fish farm was located in the seas between Kukup Laut and Pulau Kukup, we will be brought over to the fish farm via a ferry. It was a real eye opener with the various fishes that they were raring.
Praying for good harvest and to avoid perils at sea, it is mainly for this reason that you will see many Chinese temples here in Kukup itself, as well as on the coastal road from Pontian Kechil to Kukup. Many of them are built small, simple temple buildings unlike the glamorous ones that you commonly see in many of the bigger towns in the country. Right here they are built to serve a purpose and give peace of mind to the local Chinese populaces that its serves.
VIEW FROM SUSPENSION BRIDGE
The beautiful scenic suspension bridge straddles Sungai Ular and it spans 30m across. From the middle of the suspension bridge, you may get some of the very beautiful views of Kukup village on the mainland and the red jetty. If you looking for a place that can get you inspired make sure you head over to Kukup and take a walk on the suspension bridge, which can be a worthwhile experience.
CLIMB THE AERY FOR BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE ISLAND
Right at the end of the boardwalk is the six-storey high tower which is measured around 30m tall. At level 6, you will have quite an excellent bird’s eye view of the island. The treetops and the neighboring islands will definitely seem so quiet and peaceful right here. This is also another remarkably good place especially for those who enjoy bird watching. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars along when you go there.