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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pulau Sibu

The Location
The word for island in Malay is Pulau and big is besar so in actual fact Pulau Sibu Besar means Big Sibu Island. Pulau Sibu forms part of the Seribuat chain of islands and lies 12 kilometres off the east coast of the West Peninsular of Malaysia. Tanjong Leman is the boat pick up point for Pulau Sibu and is approximately 2 hours north of Johor Bahru on the Mersing road. The island is shaped like a triangular hour glass, about 6 kilometres long and never more than one kilometre wide it's whole length.
The Island
Most of the island's resorts are situated on the north eastern section of Pulau Sibu, where the golden brown beaches slope away gradually offering ideal bathing conditions. The views from these beaches are of Pulau Tinggi and a string of smaller islets to the south. On a clear day Tioman Island can be seen to the north. The "moonrise" at full moon is so spectacular it is a sight not to be missed.

Prior to the area being designated a Marine Park in 1993 the line of kelongs which can be seen off the south western coast provided the resorts with a wonderful supply of succulent seafood. However the new regulations now mean they may only be used as platforms for rod and line fishing, popular with many tourists. This section of the coast is sheltered from almost all winds and the sea here is frequently so calm it resembles a lake, allowing mangrove trees to become established along the shore. There is along narrow spit to the south of the village, mostly planted with coconuts, a quiet, breezy place.
The south east coast of Sibu rears up as a series of steep, abrupt cliffs with a rocky shoreline at their base and provides shelter to the village behind. The rocks here, and where exposed at other points on the island, are colourful and contorted. This is due to their composition of layers of volcanic ash run through with later lavas which have combined to produce lacework patterns and reliefs. Low down on headlands near the sea rock pools are frequent and contain miniature worlds populated by colourful fish, crabs and corals. By Tg Keramat the cliffs contain caves and arches.
There is a large village, Kg Duku, towards the southern tip of Sibu which has a police post, mosque, school, clinic and drinks stall. The entire village is solar powered. The young people of the village now have the opportunity to find employment in the resorts on the island instead of having to find work on the mainland. The older folk continue to earn a living by fishing and follow a more traditional lifestyle.

The Ocean
There is good snorkeling to be found offshore Sibu, notably the north east corner of the island, Tg Semanggar, where there is a good variety of coral and fish. The scuba diving in this area is generally shallow, between 30 feet and 40 feet, allowing longer 'bottom time'. There are many scuba diving sites within a 30 minute boat journey from Sibu offering a variety of both soft and hard corals. The sea life is prolific and varied, from Nurse Sharks to Moray Eels, Bat Fish to Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Box Fish to Nudibranches and much, much more. Less usual sights such as Sea Horses, Leopard Sharks, Schooling Baracuda and Black Tip Reef Sharks can also be seen. With a fast dive boat Pulau Aur and Pulau Permangil are also accessible from Sibu, within 1 hour, where Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can be found!
The Season

The season traditionally starts at Chinese New Year which falls between mid January and mid February. We stay open through to the end of November, which is our favourite month as the colours are superb when the wind is starting to change. The resort is closed for December and January (so all the staff can have a nice holiday!) but opens for a jolly good New Year's bash on the 31st December, usually for 5 or 6 days. The weather remains fairly constant throughout the year, with an average temperature around 29 degrees centigrade. The air gets cooler in the evenings and the nights are pleasant, you many need your jammies! (That's pyjamas to grown ups :)

Pulau Ketam

By train (KTM Komuter) it will take an hour and a half to Pelabuhan Kelang from KLSentral in Kuala Lumpur. The train stops at every station and you will enjoying a nice trip through the Klang Valley. In Klang you will take the highspeed ferry to Pulau Ketam. Its only a half hour ride (12 nautical miles) away from the hustle and bustle of Port Klang. We left KL at 11.00 and we arrived on Pulau Ketam at 12.30. We enjoyed trip by train very much.There are two villages on the island, separated by jungle. They are Pulau Ketam Village and Sungai Lima. There are no roads between those two villages. They say, the people on this island earn their living with fishing and smuggling. When you arrive in Pulau Ketam Village you'll see the biggest sea-food restaurant on the island: Kuai Lok Hian. The population (only 8000) is mostly Chinese (Teochew, Hokkien and Hainanese). The houses are all built on stilt above the mangrove swamps.Most people come to island for just one day. There is only one hotel, and if you like, you can stay at the fish farm or at an homestay The island is popular for its crab and other seafood. This rustic fishing village attracts visitors with its unique stilt-village, where the wooden-board streets are just five-feet across. The traffic consists largely of pedestrians and bicycles. On the island are a clinic, schools, a bank, a church, a mosque, a police station and some pubs.
Pulau Ketam is strategically situated in a stop-over point for fishermen en-route to the rich fishing grounds beyond. The island is now a prospering fishing village with a bustling harbour that is frequented by scores of floating vehicles, ranging from wobbly sampan (small row-boats) to 'clonking' fishing boats and tongkangs (lighters). Although the island doesn't offer a vast territory to explore, it is an interesting village compact with recreation spots, captivating scenes, 'bewildering' seafood and the most important, a community of warm, gentle people. You can stay overnight in the hotel they have on the island.

Just go to Pulau Ketam for its fresh crabs, prawns and fish. It is indeed a seafood gourmet's paradise!We had a wonderful crab dinner in the mainstreet of the island.

Pulau Tioman

Pulau Tioman merupakan sebuah pulau yang terkenal dikalangan peminat sukan menyelam (scuba). Pulau Tioman memiliki keluasan 39 km panjang dan 12 km lebar.
Pulau Tioman merupakan sebuah pulau di sebelah timur Semenanjung Malaysia, di antara sempadan Pahang dan negeri Johor. Pulau Tioman sebenarnya terletak dalam pentadbiran negeri Pahang Darul Makmur. Bentuk pulau Tioman dari udara seperti seketul paha ayam.
70 km dari Mersing, Johor. Mersing ialah jeti yang paling popular di kalangan pelancong.
36 batu nautika dari jeti Tanjung Gemok, Kuala Rompin di Pahang.
Jumlah pelancong sebulan antara 800-1200 orang pada tahun 1998. Pelancong datang dari Jerman, Perancis, Itali, England, Singapura dan lain-lain negara. Dalam setahun, 10,000 - 50,000 pelancong datang ke pulau ini. Tetapi di masa kini (2009) angaran pelancong yang berkunjung ke pulau ini meningkat. Jumlah pelancong sebulan mencecah 30,000 - 50,000 orang sebulan. Kebanyakan pelacong yang datang ke pulau ini berasal dari eropah. Tempat yang menjadi tumpuan ramai utk dikunjungi ialah Kg.Salang.
Resort Popular Di Kg.Salang
1. Salang Indah Tioman 2. Salang Sayang Resort 3. Salang Pusaka Resort
Ketiga-tiga resort diatas diusahakan oleh penduduk Kampung Salang sendiri.
[sunting] Asal-usul nama
Menurut kisah dongeng yang dipercayai penduduk tempatan, Tioman berasal dari sepasang naga. Pada zaman dahulu kala, sepasang naga suami isteri (naga jantan dan naga betina) meninggalkan Tasik Chini ke laut melalui Sungai Pahang. Dalam perjalanan, naga ini tertinggal kain cindai lalu berpatah balik. Malangnya, waktu itu ayam telah berkokok. Naga ini pantang mendengar ayam berkokok. Oleh sebab melanggar pantang, naga betina bertukar menjadi pulau. Sementara naga jantan bertukar mrenjadi Gunung Nenek Semukut iaitu sebuah gunung yang terdapat di Pulau Tioman.
Menurut kajian arkeologi oleh J. Collin pada tahun 1992, telah ditemui kuali dan seramik purba di Kampung Juara dan Teluk Nipah berhampiran dengan Kampung Mukut.
Pada bulan Mei 1690, seorang pengembara bernama Dr. Kaempfer dalam dari perjalanan Batavia ke Ayuthia (Jakarta ke Thailand) pernah singgah di Pulau Tioman dan membuat catatan tentang keindahan Pulau Tioman.
Terdapat kubur keramat Datuk Bukit di Bukit Datuk. Kubur keramat ini terletak berdekatan dengan Kampung Juara.
Gugusan pulau
Terdapat 8 buah pulau dalam gugusan Pulau Tioman. Pulau Tioman adalah pulau yang terbesar. Antara pulau-pulau yang berdekatan dengan Pulau Tioman ialah :
Pulau Sepoi *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving
Pulau Chebeh *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving
Pulau Soyak *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Pulau Renggis *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Pulau Tulai *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Pulau Jahat *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Pulau Tomok *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Pulau Bahara *Aktiviti: Scuba Diving
[sunting] Kampung
Ada beberapa kampung yang terdapat di Pulau Tioman. Antaranya ialah:
Kampung Tekek
Air Batang
Kampung Salang
Kampung Mukut
Kampung Genting
Hanya Kampung Juara yang menghadap Laut China Selatan manakala yang lain menghadap daratan Semenanjung Malaysia.
Penduduk Pulau Tioman
Pada tahun 1987, terdapat 1564 orang penduduk. Bilangan rumah di sini ialah sebanyak 285 buah. Antara 1989 hingga 1990, penduduk Pulau Tioman ialah seramai 1500 orang. Kampung Tekek mempunyai penduduk yang paling ramai dengan bilangan penduduk sekitar 600 orang. Rumah mereka dibina di tepi-tepi pantai kerana hanya bahagian pantai sahaja merupakan kawasan datar. Rumah mereka menghadap laut dan menerima hembusan bayu dari laut.
Penduduk Pulau Tioman sangat ramah tetapi keramahan mereka lebih terasa. Apa yang dikatakan oleh kebanyakkan pelancong yang datang ke sini ialah betul. Pelancong asing dan tempatan turut merasakannya. Mereka menyapa pelancong yang lalu lalang.
Seorang pelancong Jerman menyatakan bahawa telah banyak pulau-pulau di seluruh dunia telah dikunjunginya, tetapi Pulau Tioman adalah pulau yang tercantik dan menarik.
Penduduk di Pulau Tioman jarang pergi ke tanah daratan. Ini mungkin kerana tambang agak mahal untuk selalu pergi ke Mersing. Seorang perempuan di sini menyatakan, dia hanya 3 bulan sekali pergi ke Mersing. Tambang untuk penduduk tempatan sebenarnya lebih murah.
Bahasa penduduk Tioman ialah bahasa Melayu pulau. Mereka cenderung kepada dialek Kelantan lawan bahasa Darat. Ramai juga yang telah menguasai bahasa Inggeris kerana bahasa ini amat diperlukan oleh para pelancong asing. Menu di restoran-restoran di sini ialah dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Begitu banyak restoran dan gerai di Pulau Tioman kerana kebanyakannya dibuka pada sebelah petang dan malam.
Akibat daripada ramainya pelancong yang datang, budaya anak-anak tempatan sedikit sebanyak turut berubah. Ada pemuda yang menukar nama menjadi Michael atau Joseph. Ada 2-3 pemuda yang berkahwin dengan wanita Inggeris dan kemudian berhijrah ke Eropah. Ini menunjukkan berlaku kejutan budaya yang mendadak di Pulau Tioman.
Pelancong yang hendak datang ke sini bolehlah menginap di hotel atau di chalet. Antaranya ialah Tioman Island Resort.
Di Pulau Tioman terdapat sistem tadahan air hujan semulajadi dimana di gunakan di beberapa buah kg di sana. Kebanyakkan rumah menggunakan air bukit untuk kegunaan harian. erdapat juga beberapa batang anak sungai.
Musim tengkujuh merupakan musim senyap. Ombak tinggi pula datang dari Laut China Selatan. Tiada aktiviti pelancongan pada bulan Disember, Januari, dan Februari. Ombaknya mencapai ketinggian 5 meter dan boleh menenggelamkan bot.
Kerajaan Pusat bercadang hendak menjadikan Pulau Tioman sebagai pulau bebas cukai mulai bulan Ogos 2002 melalui Lembaga Pembangunan Tioman. Seluruh Pulau Tioman adalah tanah rizab Melayu. Seluruh penduduk Tioman adalah orang Melayu. Jika ekonomi Pulau Tioman hendak berkembang lebih pesat, cadangan kerajaan ini patut digalakkan. Barangkali kerajaan akan bertindak bijak bagi memastikan orang Melayu khususnya di Pulau Tioman menikmati faedah setelah pulau ini dijadikan pulau bebas cukai.
Beberapa projek jutaan ringgit akan dilaksanakan seperti:
Menaik taraf jeti di Kampung Tekek dan Kampung Mukut
Sistem pelupusan sampah
Sistem kumbahan di seluruh Tioman
Penempatan semula penduduk.
Sstem bekalan air ke Kampung Tekek, Salang dan Genting - RM5 juta

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pulau Pangkor

Off the coast of perak State, north of Selangor , lies a cluster of fabulous islands with unquestionably some of the best coves and beaches on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia. Among them, two islands predominate in terms of accessibility, infrastructure and development - the largest island, Pangkor and her sister Pangkor Laut. Those who are not familiar with the geographical locations generally confuse the two.
Forty minutes by ferry from Lumut, the popular island resort of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island) welcomes visitors with its serene golden beaches, crystalline blue waters, and cool refreshing breezes. Located about 90km south west of lpoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk.
They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch comprises mainly cuttlefish and anchovy. The modern facilities make it an ideal gateway. A wide range of sun and sea activities are available such as scuba diving, wind-surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


aku bangga menjadi anak malaysia!