Port Klang, Pulau Ketam · 4 hotels available
The island was first settled by a group of fishermen from Hainan in southern China in the year 1870. Currently, it is home to a community of about 8000 people which majority are Chinese who have built mostly wooden homes on stilts over the soft tidal mudflats. Pulau Ketam itself is low-lying, muddy and fringed with mangroves forest which is an ideal habitat for the crabs and other marine crustaceans. There are two villages on Ketam Island which are Kampung Pulau Ketam and Kampung Sungai Lima. The village consists of two main streets with many small shops and restaurants and there are no cars on the island except bicycles, some of which are motorised which acts as main transportation within the villages. There are also no pavements linking the villages and the main transport is boat. There are daily ferry services link the island to Port Klang jetty on the mainland and lately, new and convenient public ferry service between Port Klang and Crab Island was launched in late 2016.
If you are driving by (rental ) car, get onto the Federal Highway, and follow the signs to Port Klang (South Port). There are car parks available at Port Klang Komuter station. From Port Klang railway station, head across the tracks towards the water and look for the small ferry terminal to the left. Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises Ferry services provider started operation since October 2016 and it uses high speed sight-seeing passenger boat which can accommodate more than 100 pax per trip, equipped with indoor air-condition cabin and open air sight-seeing upper deck. Standard travel time to reach Ketam Island is around 35 min and it may take longer during low tide. Services starts from 7:30am - 7:30pm during weekend and 7:30am - 6:30pm during weekday and the charges are RM18 for return trip and RM10 for single trip. The last boat from the island leaves at 5.30pm on weekdays and at 6pm on weekends. There are always speedboats on call that can be chartered at any time of the day or night. You can also rent bikes for RM5 per day or take a boat trip.
You cannot miss out eating seafood here at Pulau Ketam where many varieties of seafood such as clams, prawns, fish and oysters are fresh from the sea. There is restaurant called Restoran Po Seng for you to enjoy clams, prawns, crabs, fish and oysters dishes that you may want to try. The price is almost similar to if you were to take them at the mainland. Restoran Sea Food Kia Hiong Haun and Restoran Kuai Lok Hian are also among the many restaurants that you can try.
There are many stalls here selling snacks and souvenirs. The smell of seafood-related snacks such as oyster pancakes, fried prawn crullers will surely attract visitors and stirring your appetite to try. The snacks here are freshly made by community here.
There are many tiny crabs crawling by the hundreds across the muddy ground, which is exposed during low tide. People can catch these tiny crabs but the crabs are non-edible for humans. A good spot to watch these little crabs scurry about is from the pier. The community here likes to hunt tiny crabs as their activities.
Portview Hotel is located at Pelabuhan Klang across Ketam Island and visitors must commute by using boat to reach Ketam Island from this hotel.The rooms here come with a flat-screen TV and fitted with a private bathroom. Portview Hotel also features free WiFi throughout the property. The price range for standard room is from RM43 to RM87.
Located 2.8 km from Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahmah Klang in Klang, Talents Motor Park Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi and also free private parking is available on site. Visitors must commute by using boat to reach Ketam Island from this hotel.Along with a coffee shop and café, this hotel also has 24-hour room service and dry cleaning. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, free newspapers, and a porter or bellhop. All 46 rooms provide free WiFi, patios, and 24-hour room service. LED TVs, minibars, and free bottled water are among the other amenities available to guests.