Pulau Tuba Homestay Program
Pulau Tuba is one among the 3 islands in Langkawi that is inhibited by people. This island occupies an area of about 20 square kilometre and consist of 5 fishing villages. Pulau Tuba is also known as "Pulau Islam" as all of its 3000 people are Muslims.
There are 4 entry points at Pulau Tuba namely, Telok Puyoh, Telok Berembang, Sleat Bagan Pauh and Lubuk Cempedak. However, freey service is only available at Telok Puyoh.
Pulau Tuba is one of the six homestay holiday destination promoted by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia as an innovative tourism products. There are 30 houses registered under this program and all of the household head works as a fishermen.
Apart from fishing they do some farming, raring animals like chicken/cows/water buffalo/goats and mend their orchard. Occasionally the islanders goes to the jungle to collect forest product including herbs, medicinal roots, honey bees and wild fruits. The woman folks weave pandan mat and make other handicraft products to supplement their family income.
Malay is the main language but you no need to worry as at least one of the family members, understands some basic English. Most of them have previous experience in hosting foreign and local student.
Their houses are made of wood and have all the basic amenities such as electricity, water, phone lines, television and motor vehicles.
Pulau Tuba offers 2 types of accommodation - homestay package and chalet for hire. For RM60.00 per person, you can rent a room in a fishermen family house. This fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Privately owned chalet are available at the rate of RM 30.00 per person per room.
Places Of Interest
Pulau Tuba holds many secrets. You'd learn how the islander lives, make a living, enjoy their life and spent their spare time when you participate in this homestay program.
1. "Gua Kelawar" or Cave of Bats
"Gua Kelawar" got its name from a species of bats that lives in the caves. Before modern fertilizer is being used for paddy planting in Pulau Tuba, guano extracted from this cave are the main manure. During Japanese occupation of Malaysia, the caves was used as a hideout by the islanders.
You can now explore the caves as part of your jungle trekking actibity. A walk in the forest would take about 30 minutes.
2. Colonies of firefly
Firefly are commonly seen flying solo at night in other parts of Malaysia but in Pulau Tuba, you'd see see colonies of firefly flickering their lights into the darkness of the night. It is a really amazing sight. Pulau Tuba is one of the only few places in Malaysia that have this natural phenomena.
3. "Bronok" delicacies
"Bronok" is a types of sea creature that lives in the shallow water of Pulau Tuba. It looks like a sea cucumber and you can catch this creature easily during low tides. They are then cut up, cooked and mixed with a few other ingredient to form a dish called "kerabu". Here is your chance to taste something different and unique.
4. Squid Scooping
You'd have experience squid jigging in Terengganu, but have you ever squid scooping? It sounds ridiculous but the activities is only possible in Pulau Tuba and is done during a moonless night.
5. Migratory birds
Once a year, between the month of September and November, flocks of birds will transit on this island. They came by night and disappeared during the daytime.
6. Hermit crab
You can see hermit crab running running around under trees canopy and bushes. Hermit crab can live on land as well as in the water.
7. Picnic spot
One of the most favorite picnic spot on Pulau Tuba is Batu Reban. The beach is sandy but since it is situated at the banks of Dayang Bunting Strait ,the seabed is a mixture of mud and sand. This is an ideal place for searching "bronok", a species of "sea cucumber" and other mollacses. The islander like to spend their days here - camping and fishing.
You can choose one of the 3 options - open waters fishing, beach/jetty fishing or platform fishing. For open water fishing, you'll be taken to the secret fishing sites or "unjam-unjam" by hired boat. As for beach or jetty fishing, you'll be introduced to secret land based fish spot which includes jetties, ports and rocks outcrop. In Pulau Tuba 3 jetties and a few rocky beach are available for fishing. Platform fishing can be enjoyed at 2 sites, namely "Kelong" and fish cages.
9. The flora and fauna
Tuba plant, in which the island derive its name from is among a rare species of flora thriving on the island. The roots are used to catch fish. You can also see wild flowers, wild fruits, herbs, tropical fruits, exotic edible plants and edible tuber. You can also see domestic and wild animals at various point on Pulau Tuba. You can even see Hornbills flying everywhere.
10. Pulau Tuba's Handicraft
The woman of the island loves handicraft, but only for the own basic usage. Pandan and coconut leaf Mat is among the common product produced by the people of Pulau Tuba.
Getting to Pulau Tuba
The main route to Pulau Tuba starts at Kedah Cement Jetty in Kuah, Langkawi and ended up at Telok Puyoh, the main entrance to Pulau Tuba, a distance of 5 nautical km from Kuah. From Kuah, Langkawi, two types of transportation are available specifically speed boat (fibre-glass ) and normal passenger boats (modified fishing boats). Speed boats are meant for chartered services only. Chartered boat service are available at any time of the day. For a normal passenger boat, adults are charge RM 6.00 per person and RM3.00 for children. The boat ride will take a time of 25 minutes.
From Telok Puyoh, you can hire car and motorcyle (RM2-RM3) to explore the island.
For bookings please contact:
Langkawi Fishermen Association
07000, Kuah, Langkawi.
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