Pontian District, Malaysia · 2 hotels available
A local folklore tells the tale of Pulau Kukup which was a place for five celestial princesses and one day, one of them fell in love with a sailor and they eloped. A curse was set upon the island of Kukup and it was submerged by sea. The island later resurfaced, but it was then covered in mangroves. Pulau Kukup is today the home of countless species of wildlife. Pulau Kukup is declared as a RAMSAR site on 31 January 2003 and it is protected as a national park under the Johor State Park Corporation Enactment 1989 on 1997. Kukup Island or Pulau Kukup is one of the biggest inhabited mangrove sites in the world and there are various species of wildlife such as monkeys, wild boar, mudskipper and many more. The island was declared as “Wetland of International Importance” aimed at preserving the natural beauty of the island and it has a wonderful view and walkway through the forest which has five levels of elevated platforms giving a bird’s-eye view of the island. Pulau Kukup is also a kilometre away from the mainland with boat trips to the island costing RM5 and admission to the National Park costing another RM5.
Regular taxi service is available between the Pontian bus station and in the town centre to Kukup jetty. From there, tourists can take boat to Kukup island.
Those coming from North will head to North-South Expressway and take exit at the Simpang Renggam toll . Next, you can take the left turn and head for Pontian/Benut. After that, follow the signboards to Kukup and you will arrive to jetty.
Those coming from the South will take the Jalan Skudai Highway from Johor Bahru to Pontian, then go to Kukup following the signage available. From Kukup town, tourists can reach Kukup Island by boat from Kukup Jetty.
Tanjung Piai is one of the largest mangrove habitats in Malaysia and is the home for around 20 different species of mangrove plants. There are also some wild animal such as monkeys, mangrove crabs and various species of birds. Tanjung Piai has a national park which is Tanjung Piai Johor National Park which allows visitors to observe the habitats of mangrove plants. There are platforms built in the park so that visitors can walk and observe the habitat of mangrove and unique fauna in comfort. The entrance fee for the national park is RM3 for Malaysian adults and RM5 for international visitors. While in Kukup, do not miss the chance to try the fresh, delicious and cheap seafood. Coastway restaurant is one of the best and recommended restaurants to enjoy seafood such as fish, crabs, prawns. There are also local seafood and international cuisines to enjoy here. Besides that, there are local shops selling local products such as ikan bilis, salted fish and belacan and also shopping centre which tourists can buy local things.
The Oikos Hotel is situated in Pontian Kecil and takes around 25 minutes to reach Kukup island by using Kukup road. The hotel consists of 21 rooms and suites, all rooms from standard single room, deluxe room and family room come ensuite with its own bathroom and toiletries, Astro channels and with free WiFi throughout this place. Some of the rooms feature a seating area to relax in and rest. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property to help and assist you and other services when requested.
The hotel is only a 20-minute drive to Kukup Golf Club, and a 30-minute drive to Kukup Fishing Village as well as Tanjung Piai National Park. Each room is elegantly designed and furnished to the highest standard of comfort. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV and an electric kettle as well as private bathrooms for hot and cold shower. Sunflower Express Hotel also can assist guests with laundry and car rental services. Newspapers are provided for reading and non-smoking rooms are also available.