Kelong is a Malay word meaning “remote fishing outpost”. It
resembles a kampung (meaning village) house on stilts with strong
Nibung tree trunks buried as deep as 7m in the seabed. At the center
of the kelong is a large net which is lowered and raised several
times a night to catch fish and sea critters.
- Since being designated a Marine Park the waters around Pulau Sibu no longer have working kelongs
in as much as they can no longer use nets for fishing.
- Ever enterprising the kelong owners turned the structures into tourist attractions for line fishermen.
- Whilst we wouldn't necessarily
recommend staying on a Kelong they are great fun to visit, there are
several between the mainland and Pulau Sibu.
- Excellent fun for children and novice fishermen as the surrounding surrounding waters are
teaming with marine life.
- You MUST try squiding, just watch out for all the screaming when
ink starts spurting out the squid! Give them to the kitchen staff
and it’s calamari for supper
- Check the What’s On boards in our restaurant for details of the
excursions planned for that day, or just come on over to the dive
base and have a chat about what you would like to do during your
stay at Sea Gypsy Village.