Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pulau Duyung – Mermaid Island

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 9:43 PM

Pulau Duyung or Mermaid Island are consist of Pulau Duyung Besar (big) and Pulau Duyung Kecil (small). They are actually not really an island instead both are two peninsular that extends from the mainland and river towards the sea. Pulau Duyung Besar is the home of the most famous master boat makers and the oldest traditional boat making in Malaysia and is already an international tourist destination. Pulau Duyung which is only a few hectares big sits between The Sultan Mahmud Bridge and Kuala Sungai Terengganu (Sungai Terengganu’s river mouth), making it easily accessible by road or river. Traditional Boat Making Terengganu's world-famous traditional boat makers in Duyung Island are known to build row boats, deep-sea fishing boats and luxury yachts from memory and experience, and without blueprints and nails! Visitors can stroll from one workshop to another to see the craftsmen at work. The island is easily accessible via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge or a short boat ride from the Kuala Terengganu waterfront.


Pulau Duyong had never been known as a tourist destination. It was not as popular as the nearby islands that tourists frequented. It was an ordinary island that had been inhabited by fishermen for generations. It was known as the center of Islamic civilization and where the boat building industry started for the locals at one time. Pulau Duyong had never been anything more.

Kuala Terengganu is strategically positioned along the South China Sea as a port of call for cruising boats from the North-East of Asia to South Asia and Australasia. The current marina at Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, is the only operating mainland marina on the east coast of the Malaysian peninsular.

In July 2005 the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, stepped foot on the island and Pulau Duyong changed forever. Tun Abdullah envisioned a bright future for the island. The Monsoon Cup was born. The Monsoon Cup was an integral part of the Prime Minister's vision develop the state of Terengganu.


How To Get There
v  You can use the Sultan Mahmud bridge and take the Pulau Duyung exit in the middle of the span. From there, ask for directions to the “boat builder’s place” and the place will be just a walking distance away.

By boat
v  Take a river boat ride from Pasar Payang or at the small jetty that lay just next to Hotel Seri Malaysia in Kampung Cina. The short ride should cost about RM0.70 per person.

By Bus
v  Catch a mini bus from bus station at Kuala Terengganu that goes across the Sultan Mahmud Bridge to Pulau Duyung (RM0.80). Walk about 10 minutes before turning into the road on the right and then another right onto a small paved road.

Where To Stay
v  Heritage Marina Bay Club & Resort
v  YT Midtown Hotel
v  Motel Desa
v  Kenangan Hotel
v  Hotel Bintang

Where To Eat
v  Heritage Marina Bay & Resort
v  Weekend Market(Saturday)
v  Local Food Stall

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