Pulau Duyong is an island that is located in river just opposite Chinatown at the river mouth of Sungai Terengganu in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. This island used to be divided into 2 which are Pulau Duyong Kecil and Pulau Duyong Besar. However now, they have merged the two places together due to sedimentation and reclamation. Pulau Duyong has been referred to as the tongue of Terengganu. This due to its geographical shape as well as their locational significance in terms of religious scholarship.
Pulau Duyong are not like Pulau Perhentian or Pulau Redang where many would come here to snorkel or dive. However this island is very well known for traditional boat building. Many of the men who made these custom boats are the fishermen from Marang. Unfortunately, these boats are made of cengal wood and it is getting lesser by the day. Not to mention the labour cost is also increasing hence the whole industry is not thriving.
In 2015 however, the very first Monsoon Cup for International Yacht Racing was being hosted here. It has been held here annually ever since.
Pulau Duyong is an island within Terengganu state. Therefore the people use Bahasa Melayu as their main form of communication. However they do have their own slang when speaking. It is rather different than the normal Bahasa Melayu used in the other region of Malaysia.
One can take a local flight such as Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines and Firefly and fly to Kuala Terengganu. From there, there will be plenty of taxis waiting outside the airport to get the visitors to Pulau Duyong. They will send the visitors to the jetty to take the boat to the Island.
The visitors can take The Heritage City bus which departs from MBKT which is the bus terminal in Kuala Terengganu. They may also drive their cars and access the island from the "Pulau Duyung" exit on Sultan Mahmud Bridge Highway, the main bridge crossing Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River).
Visitors may take the ferry that departs from the jetty which is located at the south of Chinatown (next to Hotel Seri Malaysia) or Shahbandar Jetty (next to Pasar Payang). The crossing takes less than 10min. The fare of the ferry ride is actually less than RM1 only per way.
Fort Duyong is located near the Marina Jetty and is a reconstructed old Malay palace that was built solely from timber. The ruin was then rebuilt using the original brick and cement foundation. The reconstructed palace has 9 roofs with the kitchen, verandah, bathroom and a small bridge interconnected together. The place was originally constructed in 1919 by a magistrate known as Dato' Biji Sura. Later in 1999, the place was reconstructed by The Ministry of Culture and Arts.
This is a mosque whereby the grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.
This is a park that showcases many Islamic values indebted all around the world. One of the attractions is the Monument Park. This park presents 22 monuments from 21 countries from all over the world across Asian, European and African continents. The information of the monuments in the park are all based on the Islamic civilization. It is also open to public and not to the Muslims only. This is a good chance for the Non – Muslims to learn more about the religion which is spread widely all over the world.