Kukup, is a little known seaside town in the southernmost state of Johor in Malaysia.
More importantly, Tanjung (Cape) Piai which is a short drive away from Kukup, marks the southernmost tip of the Asian continent.
Kukup is not the place you come to if lounging by a white sandy beach with a swim in the sea is what you are looking for.
Contrary to that, you will find the beaches here quite unappealing – with coarse brownish sand and peat swamps surrounding it.
This peat swamp is what maintains the ecological balance that is needed to keep the marine life in that area thriving in abundance.
Thus, Kukup is the place you come to if you are looking for fresh seafood and a walk through nature at the Tanjung Piai National Park or the Kukup Island Park (a RAMSAR site) which a short boat ride away from the Kukup jetty.
The Kukup jetty is an international jetty from which ferries bound for Tanjung Balai in Indonesia depart from.
Kukup has no fancy resorts and hotels, but plenty of home-stays and small family run hotels and accommodations.
The fishermen’s village in Kukup is itself quite unique. It is more of a floating village or rather a village on stilts known as the Kampung Nelayan Air Masin (translated, it means: salty water fishermen’s village) with homes, restaurants, markets, temples, hotels, shops, hair salons and an array of structures built on stilts over the shoreline.
Just off the shoreline of Kukup jetty and Pulau Kukup are fish farms which take advantage of the rich marine biodiversity from the peat swamps in its surrounding areas.
The seafood here is a little on the pricey side as it caters for tourist from Singapore who usually find it a steal to be able to enjoy fresh and delicious seafood for the price they pay after converting their Singapore Dollars.