Kukup Island National Park
Pulau Kukup National Park is the second largest uninhabited mangrove forests in the world. It is located at the most southern part of Johor, 1 kilo meters offshore the main land. In the interest of preserving its unique habitat, Kukup Island was gazetted a national park at 1997 under the Johor State Park Corporation Enactment 1989. The aim of the national park is to preserve the natural ecosystem of the island, which is a home to abundance of flora and fauna.
The island was declared a “Wetland of International Importance” or RAMSAR Site by Geneva- based Ramsar Convention Bureau in 2003. The island shelters an extraordinary array of wetland-associated plant and animal life. Concealed by the dense foliage, the sound of the residential birds can be heard echoing though the woods. The abundant vegetation is a magnet for many kind of creatures, from the playful mud skipper and the industrious crab, to the wild boar and the monkeys.
The boardwalk of the national park provides a scenic and easy walk through the forest. It is built with five levels of elevated platforms, enabling a bird’s-eye view of the island in its entirety.
This island is shrouded in legends of princesses and curses. A local folklore tells the tale that Pulau Kukup was an abode for five celestial princesses. Their peaceful existence was shattered when one of them fell in love with a sailor eloped. A curse befell the island and it was submerged by the sea. The island later resurfaced, but it was covered in mangroves. Many have tried to live on the island, but none last long. Rumor has it because the island is the gateway to the spirit world.
Image by: Pulau Kukup Johor National Park FB
Monday - Saturday: 9.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m
Sunday: 9.00 a.m - 1.30 p.m
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Without MyKad: RM 10.00
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For me, Kukup Island National Park is high light of the trip and should not be missed. It has one of the world largest enclave of mangroves. The world tallest mangrove tree, and the mangrove tree with the highest root can both be found in the park. The walk on the mini suspension bridge was exhilarating/exciting, and the view from the top floor of observation tower was very refreshing!
The view from the top of the four floor observation tower was really a highlight of the trip. Looking out across the mangroves – whose branches and leaves have a very distinct look compared to regular jungle – we were impressed by the size of the island. It’s good to see that it is largely unspoilt and that even the hiking trails touch only a small part of it. You can see from the GPS trail below just how much of the island we covered.
If u r looking for a cheap weekend getaway with great seafood, maybe this is not a bad idea. I just feel we are so lucky that there are many interesting stuffs in Malaysia. Which many of us take it for granted. Need to teach the kids to learn to appreciate the green grass in our own country 😉
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