Friday, March 07, 2014
Pulau Duyung or Mermaid Island is situated in the estuary of Sungai Terengganu. Pulau Duyung Besar is home to some of the master boat makers and one of the oldest traditional boat making in Malaysia. Branding its name as an international tourist destination with marina facilities capable of handling international water sports events such as yacht racing, jetski racing, boat racing as well as the venue for luxury yachts stopovers. Pulau Duyung is accessible by road via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge or by the water boats that ply regular trips from Shahbandar Jetty. 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, taught to them by master craftmen of the previous generation and without blueprints and nails! Visitors can stroll from one workshop to another to see the craftsmen at work.
Take the Sultan Mahmud bridge and turn left to 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.
Take a river boat ride from Shahbandar Jetty located opposite the new Waterfront Heritage Bazaar next to Pasar Payang.
Catch the Heritage City bus from MBKT Bus Terminal in Kuala Terengganu that included Pulau Duyung in one of its stopovers. Attractions such as the Kota Lama (Old Fort) and the boat making area are within walking distance. There are food outlets situated next to the fishermen marina.
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