Sometimes the colors and sounds, the hustle and bustle of city life can get a bit too loud for the senses. Kukup Island, a small fishing village in the southern part of Johor, Malaysia, provides a reprieve from all that.
Forget about playgrounds and theme parks packed with thrilling rides, rather Kukup Island provides the pleasures of a much simpler life.
Get away from your phones, tablets and televisions, instead try your hand at fishing. It’d be quite a lesson in patience.
For a live lesson on marine life, bring your little ones on a bumpy bumboat ride to the kelongs where you’ll find a great variety of them, from archerfish and pufferfish to mudskippers and jellyfish. Even sharks and seahorses!
Nature lovers will love a visit to Pulau Kukup Johor National Park. This vast park is all mangroves and mudflats. Swing by early in the morning for a refreshing walk through the lush greenery, breathing in the fresh air, observing the mischievous monkeys (please only observe and do not feed them) and indulging in the serene landscape.
And the one thing you should never do when visiting a fishing village is leave without sinking your teeth into the local cuisine comprising of seafood and there are quite a few floating seafood restaurants in town.
Being a fishing village, Kukup Island also boasts several temples where locals often pray for a good weather. While the temples are small, some of which with its simplicity and some of it with its ornate carvings, paint quite a breath-taking sight.
All in all, Kukup Island is makes for an ideal destination for families looking for a short and affordable getaway.