Kukup Island Revisited – 马国柔佛龟咯渔村水上度假屋(在水一方)逍遥游

Everyone enjoyed the last getaway so much so that Benny organised another trip to Kukup, Pontian, Malaysia, on Good Friday. This time, we had to pay an extra S$6 per head (from S$89 to S$95) as the owner did some minor renovation to the chalets like putting up a glass wall to separate the living and karaoke room. You can clap your hands and the disco light would flash according to the speed of the applause, lol… To compensate, chicken porridge late night supper was added onto the menu. There was also 2 bottles of soda on the table for our seafood lunch the next day before we said goodbye to Kukup.

There’s something about Kukup that kept some folks returning year after year even though the food and island activities remained the same for the past few years. I, for one was happy to return. The tranquil environment freed my mind. Their unsophisticated mannerism warmed my heart. Their village fare fed not only my body but my soul. Perhaps, it is the relaxing and relatively slow pace of life that attracted stressed out Singaporeans and other city dwellers; the unpretentious style of living (that we secretly yearn) which is contrary to our elitist and impudent world?

Kukup is an old fishing village established about a century ago with most of its residents working as fishermen. As the predominantly Chinese community village is built entirely above the sea, one would need to be ferried by boat between the island and the mainland.

It was during the 80′s as more and more holidaymakers go to Kukup for meals that some of the more entrepreneurial villagers started renting out their houses as homestay to these visitors who wished to spend the night there. Over years, this place has become one of the most popular recreational spot in the state of Johor.

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Kukup Jetty.

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These people were going back to the mainland.
Our holiday had just begun though.

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Same like last visit’s itinerary, our first stop was to the Kelong.

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The same educational speech of marine life was given.

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Yup, I guess they have been speaking the same things on weekends for years now.
Still, it was a refreshment course for me,

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Scenes along the ferry ride.

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Idyllic lifestyle but not without punishing manual labour.

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More kelongs.

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One of a pair of dogs we saw last year.
I wonder if it recognises any of the returning tourists.

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Local fishermen.

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Sunset was about to begin and we saw a rainbow.
Fascinating sight!

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The children from the chalet next to us.
They were very friendly and allowed me to photograph them when I asked.
Their parents were just behind me.

When we were finishing up with our dinner, this girl came to hawk her ware.

Prune and Plain (below the prune) Kue Lapis, Cereal Cookies, Almond Sugar Brittle and Sambal Chilli Sauce.

Prune and Plain (below the prune) Kue Lapis, Cereal Cookies, Almond Sugar Brittle and Sambal Chilli Sauce.

Caramelised sugar candy with Almond slices.

Caramelised sugar candy with Almond slices.

Kue Lapis or Cake Lapis. This cake commands a premium price because of the manual labour involved. It is practically baked layer by layer.

Kue Lapis or Cake Lapis.
This cake commands a premium price because of the manual labour involved.
It is practically baked layer by layer.

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Contact for the delicious cookies and kue lapis.
Chris made the cakes and cookies overnight so we all had fresh batch to bring back to Singapore.

Free and Easy Package includes two way transfer by coach at an appointed location in Singapore, one night’s accommodation with hot beverage service in the pantry, 1 breakfast, 2 seafood lunches, 1 tea, 1 dinner and 1 supper.

Contact for arranging the tour package. There are several types of accommodation available at different prices.

Contact for arranging the tour package.
There are several types of accommodation available at different prices.

There are lots of food for our breakfast, tea and BBQ dinner which I did not take pictures of. Please refer to the links below for full review of food and activities. Our seafood lunch on both days were held in New Kukup Seafood Restaurant 龙皇海鲜楼 same as previous year, see the last link below.

Kukup Resort Here I come!

Light My Fire!

I Got Sunshine On A Cloudy Day!

Happy holidays 😀

P.S. I accidentally deleted all my photos so the first day’s lunch are not available for this post. I still have the RAW files but lack the time to process them. I am in the midst of considering if I should upgrade my OS to Maverick for applications that needed the newer version. Keeping my fingers crossed that the new OS is stable when I am ready 🙂

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4 Responses to “Kukup Island Revisited – 马国柔佛龟咯渔村水上度假屋(在水一方)逍遥游”
  1. LFFL says:

    Looks like a lot of fun and food!

  2. Wonderful spot to vacation and enjoy the richness of the sea.Cheers.jalal

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