Pulau Kukup National Park is located on a relatively small island off the tip of Peninsula Malaysia in the state of Johor. The forest reserve is comparatively smaller than other well-known national parks in Malaysia, but no less interesting.

The main highlight of the national park is its mangrove forest that is rich in biodiversity, and it was this unique habitat that led to it being recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” in 2003 by the Ramsar Convention. Via paid boat-rides, visitors get to tour around the mangrove forest and view the 27 species of mangrove as well as other animals such as the long-tailed macaques, dusky lead monkeys, the smooth otter and wild boars. But in terms of wildlife, birds get all the attention as there are up to 76 species of birds that call this park home. Among them are the collared kingfisher, grey heron, brahminy kite, redshank and greenshank, just to name a few. Therefore, it is not surprising that a large number of visitors here consist of birders. Apart from the main highlights, there are many other selection of activities for visitors to choose from. Visitors can get a closer view of wildlife and the green environment by strolling through the park via the Board Walk. Visitors can get an amazing sight of the Ular River through a 30-metre long suspension bridge, which provides an excellent view of the surrounding park. At each ends of the suspension bridge are two 15-metre tall observation towers where visitors can do bird watching.

Seafood is another main draw to the National Park, visitors usually drop by at Kukup town for seafood before heading home.

Pulau Kukup National Park is one of the hidden gems of nature in Malaysia, losing out in terms of prominence but making up for in excitement, tranquility and quality.

How to get there

From Johor Bahru, use the Jalan Skudai Highway and head for Pontian and subsequently follow the signboard to Kukup, Pulau Kukup National Park is about 1 hour drive away.

From Kuala Lumpur, use the North South Express Way and take the exit at Simpang Renggam. Follow the route to Pontian and look for the signboard to Kukup.

Taxi service is available from Pontian bus station to Kukup.

Upon arrival at Kukup, visitors can get in to Pulau Kukup National Park with a short boat ride from Kukup Jetty in Kukup town.

Opening hour and entrance fee

Entry permit is required for Pulau Kukup National Park, visitors are recommended to join a packaged tour that consists of pick up from Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and other major towns, entry permit, boat fee and tour guide.

Recommended Area to Stay in Johor
Johor Bahru City Centre
Gateway to the city attractions, Legoland Theme Park and eateries.
For those looking for beach vacation and nature exploration.