Malaysia

Day trip to Pulau Ketam

Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is a small island located about an hour’s speed boat ride from Port Klang, in the State of Selangor, Malaysia. Ferry services are readily available from the Port Klang Jetty.

Pulau Ketam was inhabited around 1880 and the residents are predominantly of the chinese dialect group of Teochew and Hokkien descend.

All the houses in the island are built on stilts. The roads in the island consists of 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 inhabitants are mostly fisherman or shop keepers selling seafood and other related products. There are also a few seafood restaurants in Pulau Ketam and the biggest one is the building on the left as you stepped onto Pulau Ketam.

To the jetty for the ferry terminal to Pulau Ketam
The ferry terminal leading to the jetty to Pulau Ketam

Travellers on the way to catch the ferry to Pulau Ketam
Travellers on the way to the jetty to catch the ferry or speedboat to Pulau Ketam
Boarding the speed boat
Boarding the speed boat for our trip to Pulau Ketam

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We went to Pulau Ketam with a friend, who also owns a floating fish farm around Pulau Ketam. So instead of going directly to Pulau Ketam, he took us to visit a fish farm to have a firsthand look at fish farming.

A floating fish farm
A floating fish farm

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After a short visit, we got onto another boat to continue our journey to visit the fish farm that is owned by our friend.

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Approaching our friend’s fish farm. Most of the fishes reared here are of the Grouper and Siakap varieties. They are kept in floating compartments which are separated by nettings. The fishes are fed mostly processed trash fishes.

Approaching the floating fish farm of our friend
Approaching the floating fish farm of our friend
Docking at the fish farm
Docking at the fish farm

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Trash fishes for feeding the reared fishes (sic)
Trash fishes for feeding the reared fishes (sic)
Workers of the fish farm
Workers of the fish farm

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Nettings used for separating the compartments

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Workers processing the trash fishes
Workers processing the trash fishes

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Processing trash fish to feed the reared fish
Processing trash fish to feed the reared fish

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Heavy rain
Heavy rain
Waiting for the rain to stop
Waiting for the rain to stop
Our lunch, one of the unlucky fish from the fish farm
Our lunch, one of the unlucky fish from the fish farm – a grouper
Workers posing for photo
Workers posing for photo

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On the way again to Pulau Ketam with another speed boat
On the way again to Pulau Ketam with another speed boat
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Our handsome friend, the fish farm owner
The Pulau Ketam Jetty
The Pulau Ketam Jetty
Disembarking
Disembarking

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The building on the left in the photo (below) is the Restaurant Kuai Lok Hian. It is the biggest and most popular restaurant in Pulau Ketam serving quite a variety of seafood. Visitors to Pulau Ketam usually come for a day trip but if you wish to stay overnight, the building on the right is the Hotel Sea Lion, the biggest hotel in the island.

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Restaurant where we had lunch
Restaurant Kuai Lok Hian, where we had lunch

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Our fish from the fish farm
Our grouper fish from the fish farm

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The best hotel in Pulau Ketam
The best hotel in Pulau Ketam
Departing Pulau Ketam
Departing Pulau Ketam

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Pulau Ketam is becoming quite a popular holiday destination for residents of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Most of these visitors will be day trippers but if you wish to stay overnight there are a few small hotels there and even homestays are now becoming available in the island.

On the day we visited the island, it was raining most of the time so we didn’t get to do a walk into the interior or around the island. We will definitely return for another visit.

All photos shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g lens.

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