Discovering Batu Laut village’s hidden gems

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 27 Dec 2019

Batu Laut village’s attraction is its beach which remains serene amid coastlines surrounded by mangrove trees. — Photos: K.K. SHAM/The Star

BATU Laut village has been long overlooked by tourists.

Batu Laut beach or ‘Pantai Batu Laut’ is located at Batu Laut village, about midway between Morib and Tanjong Sepat.

Not too far from the city, this village offers a taste of rural life for those in need of a break.

Tranquil seafront

Filled with oil palms, banana trees and other greenery, there are a few local shops opposite the beach and facing a carpark where a large anchor statue and sailing centre are located.

According to the locals, Batu Laut village’s attraction is undeniably their beach which remains serene amidst coastlines surrounded by mangrove trees.

Batu Laut village head Subandi Sangadi, 58, said, “There have been many productions coming here to shoot their films.”

Subandi, who also runs a homestay, said tourists could experience staying in a village while some developments were underway to provide more activities for them.

Training ground for sailors

The Batu Laut village sailboat training centre (or Pusat Latihan Perahu Layar Kampung Batu Laut) provides dinghies.

Selangor Sailing Association vice-president and Malaysian Sailing Association (MSA) committee Abdul Aziz Abas, 56, said Batu Laut village sailboat training centre has been in operation since 1998.

“Headquartered at Port Klang, it was moved to Batu Laut in 2005.

“It is crowded on weekends as the majority of visitors are school children and university students,” he added.

He said the centre had two full-time coaches and the operation depended on the programme.

“Customers can choose short period training and long period training.

“For short period training, it usually takes in up to 30 members for three-day of sailing that will not exceed a RM1,000 fee.

“The long period training will facilitate children as young as seven years old until they become adult sailing professionals.

“Most sailors are outsiders coming from Sabak Bernam, Sepang, Cheras as well as Kuala Lumpur and they often attended sailing theory class here for one night,” he added.

Local products

Dried fish is one of the famous local products produced by Batu Laut villagers.

Fisherman Yusof Shahardin, 58, who also owns Cik Mah Aduhai Enterprise, said he had been running his business for almost 30 years at Permai Sungai Besi.

He has been back at Batu Laut since 2010.

“I use two types of species which are besia and talang fishes and the process of fish-drying takes up to three days.

“For the drying process, a subtle knife is required to divide the fish into two equal parts and take out its stomach fillings.

“I also sell dried baby renjong crabs.

Yusof said there was a high demand for the dried fish as it was less salty and very crispy.

“I pack 100g dried fish for RM5 each and 250g to 300g of baby crabs for RM10 each.

“I usually do up to 30 packets and market them to Kuala Lumpur buyers through WhatsApp,” he added.

Other than that, tourists are able to purchase classic homemade chilli sauce.

Abdul Rahman, 55, owner of “Roha Man Sos Legend”, said the chilli sauce was made from scratch and perfectly complemented Malaysian snacks such as “cekodok” and “tauhu sumbat”.

He took over the business from his mother, Jamilah Aisyah, in 2016, also inheriting her chilli sauce recipe.

“The ingredients are simple. They are made using dried chilli which we then cook with other ingredients for hours. This is to ensure a thick texture and viscosity.

“The difference between this chilli sauce and the others in local markets is that it is made without using preservatives,” he added.

The chilli sauce bottles are sold at RM5 per 500ml.

Fishing trips

To experience a more authentic side to the beautiful village, the pristine Batu Laut jetty along the mangrove swamps has something to offer.

According to the locals, it has been serving fishermen for years, hidden from the public.

Villager Abdullah Sahrim, 68, said, “A majority that comes to the jetty are fishermen. This jetty is filled especially during the weekends.”

He charges his customers RM200 per adult for an eight-hour fishing trip.

“The boat trips depend on the seasons. If it is in the low season, we would adjust the amount of hours or the price for each trip to ensure that it is fully utilised by the tourists.

“Golden snapper, grouper and red snapper are among the species you can catch,” Abdullah added, saying it depends on the seasons and currents.

It is a great experience, even for first-timers.

When we were there, the friendly locals were guiding us as we boarded the boat.

The boats are available for rent from the locals and will coast through the Straits of Malacca.

For anyone looking for a simple vacation, Batu Laut village is accessible.

Those coming from Kuala Lumpur can reach here via Banting and Morib.

The other option is going through Sepang and Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.

Besides Batu Laut village, there are also nearby beaches and attractions one could visit such as Tanjong Sepat, Bagan Lalang beach, Cunang beach, Kelanang beach and Morib beach.

Other than that, there are other tourist spots such as Endah Village and Kuan Wellness Eco Park.

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