Pontian District, Malaysia · 3 hotels available
Kukup is a small fishing village in Pontian District, Johor. It is famous for its open-air seafood restaurants built on stilts over the water. Regularly scheduled ferries connect Kukup with Tanjung Balai in Indonesia. According to history Kukup became more prosperous when the famous Singapore Arab Syed Mohamed bin Ahmed Alsagoff obtained the approval of the Sultan of Johor to develop the southwest coast of Johor. Many government organisations were set up there, including a harbour and port. Boats and ships from the north to the south would stop there, loading and unloading cargo, leaving for Singapore or Malacca. Shops were opened and many people went there to settle down. At that point, many people disagreed with the name Kukub on the grounds that it was not a Malay name, so they changed it to Kukup. Due to its rapid development, Kukup became one of the big towns in Johor.
The nearest airport to Kukup is Senai International Airport located in Senai approximately 1 hour drives from Kukup. Travellers may take Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Malindo Air and Firefly flight to reach Senai International Airport. From airport you may take bus, taxi, uber or grab car to reach Kukup.
You may drive to Kukup where it takes approximately four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway. If you travel from Singapore, you may use Singapore Causeway or Second Link Expressway that connect Singapore to Johor as well as the rest of the peninsula. If you travel from Johore Bharu you may proceed to the north via trunk road or you may use the North South Expressway to reach Kukup.
You may take ETS train from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station (KL Sentral) to reach Johor Bahru. The ETS will stop at Gemas and from there you may take KTM to JB Sentral. You can buy joined ticket that it takes 10 minutes to wait at Gemas for between trains. If you travel from Singapore, you may take KTM at Woodlands Station to JB Sentral. From JB Sentral you may hail taxi to reach Kukup where the journey takes 1hour 5 minutes from JB Sentral.
There are ferries that go to and from Singapore and Indonesia, as Kukup is a popular weekend getaway for visitors, especially Singapore. If you travel from Singapore, you may take ferry from Harbour Front to Sekupang International Sea Port. The journey takes 2 hours from the port to Kukup Ferry Terminal. If you travel from Indonesia you may take ferry at Tanjung Balai, Karimun Island to reach Kukup Ferry Terminal where the journey takes 2 hours to reach Kukup.
Kukup Island National Park is a wetland which homes to wide array of unhabituated mangrove trees. There are submerged plants, underwater flowers, floating water plants and swamps that you hardly seen before. This unique habitat comes along with various species of wildlife such as wild boars and mudskippers.
Kukup Fishing village, which is also called Kukup Laut, is an ancient fishing village with history over a century. The village was built on stilts right above the sea. There is only a jetty that connects the village to land. You can experience their daily lives, cheap and fresh seafood, fishing, visiting fish farm, sight-seeing and boat-touring are some of the activities offered here.
Trip to Kukup Kelong (Fish Farm) is normally included in the package offered by every resort in Kukup. The resort will arrange a boat transfer to the fish farm from the jetty. There is a big net in the fish farm to capture sea creatures. All the captives are put in gigantic fish tanks. Here, you can find putterfish, horseshoe crabs, eels, mudskippers, prawns, jellyfish, stingrays and etc. The farm offers a close distance to look at these cute sea creatures. You can also touch them if you want.
Tanjung Piai National Park is a well-known tourist destination in the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia. It is mostly made up of mangrove and mudflats. As the park is wholly guided by wooden boardwalks, visitors do not have to worry about walking through the swampy mudflats. There are information boards along the walkway, where visitors can gather the details of the habitat in the park. When the visitors reach a globe-shaped monument, they know they have arrived at the southernmost point in Peninsular Malaysia.
Pontian Market is known as a fish market and fish bidding market. This is the place where fishermen sell their harvest. Regardless of the weather, the market is continuously selling different types of fresh fishes. Sometimes, extremely huge fishes and pretty rare fishes can be found here. There are restaurants opposite the market where customers can request the restaurants to cook up the fishes they have purchased.
Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri conveniently located at Nusajaya where the distance to reach Kukup is about 24.11km. This 4-star hotel offers great facilities, comfort and excellent service. With its convenient location, this property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Staying at Hotel Nusa CT is a perfect choice when you are visiting Kukup. This 3-star hotel is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities. For travelers who wish to travel comfortably on a budget, Hotel Nusa CT is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.