1. Pulau Ketam's crab icon at Port Klang jetty

1. Pulau Ketam’s crab icon at Port Klang jetty

I never imagined that it is so easy to go to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) from Ipoh, until I made the trip myself. Experience is the best teacher, they say. In fact, it is so hassle-free that I went to Pulau Ketam twice within a span of under two weeks!

 2. ticket counter of Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises Services

2. ticket counter of Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises Services

If you plan to use public transport like I did, hop on KTM Komuter heading towards Pelabuhan Klang (Port Klang) and disembark at the last stop, which is Port Klang. From the train station, take a short walk to the Port Klang Jetty.

3. boarding the boat to Pulau Ketam

3. boarding the boat to Pulau Ketam

At the jetty, there are three boat services to Pulau Ketam. There is the water taxi that takes just 20 minutes (Teksi Air Pulau Ketam Port Klang), then there is the air-con speed boat (Khim Hoong Ferry Services) and last but not least, a fairly new service that was just launched on 25th Nov, 2016 (Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises).

 4. the new Alibaba boat

4. the new Alibaba boat

Alibaba uses a double decker boat with indoor passenger cabin that can accommodate up to 107 pax and has an open-air viewing deck. It also has a couple of 240V power sockets.

 5. Alibaba's indoor passenger cabin with air-conditioning and toilet facilities

5. Alibaba’s indoor passenger cabin with air-conditioning and toilet facilities

Passenger fare for the water taxi is unavailable at this time as the counter was closed when I was there. As for the air-con speed boat, it is RM8 per trip. Alibaba charges RM10 (adult) and RM6 (child) for single trip. Return tickets are RM18 (adult) and RM10 (child).

6. Alibaba's open-air viewing deck

6. Alibaba’s open-air viewing deck

Do take note that some boats stop at Sungai Lima jetty before proceeding to Pulau Ketam jetty. So, make sure you disembark at the correct jetty. The whole trip takes about 30 – 40 minutes although the water taxi claims to do it in 20 minutes. On the other hand, delays caused by passenger load or weather may delay the trip.

7. Khim Hoong Ferry Services - air-con speed boat

7. Khim Hoong Ferry Services – air-con speed boat

Schedule: Khim Hoong Ferry Services (air-con speed boat – does not have toilet or open-air deck)

From Pulau Ketam (Mon – Fri)
7.25am
8.30am
9.15am
10am
10.45am
11.30am
12.15pm
1pm
1.45pm
2.30pm
3.15pm (via Sungai Lima)
4pm
4.45pm
5.30pm (via Sungai Lima)

From Port Klang (Mon – Fri)
8.25am
9.30am
10.15am (via Sungai Lima)
11am
11.45am
12.30pm
1.15pm (via Sungai Lima)
2pm
2.45pm
3.30pm
4.15pm
5pm
5.45pm (via Sungai Lima)
6.30pm

From Pulau Ketam (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
7.45am
8.30am
9.15am
10am
10.45am
11.30am
12.15pm
1pm
1.45pm
2.30pm
3.15pm (via Sungai Lima)
4pm
4.45pm
5.30pm (via Sungai Lima)
6pm

From Port Klang (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
8.45am
9.30am
10.15am (via Sungai Lima)
11am
11.45am
12.30pm
1.15pm (via Sungai Lima)
2pm
2.45pm
3.30pm
4.15pm
5pm
5.45pm (via Sungai Lima)
6.30pm
7pm

8. a glimpse of Pulau Ketam

8. a glimpse of Pulau Ketam

Schedule: Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises

From Pulau Ketam (Weekday excluding Public Holiday)
7.30am (via Sungai Lima)
9.30am
11.30am
1.30pm (via Sungai Lima)
3.30pm
5.30pm

From Port Klang (Weekday excluding Public Holiday)
8.30am
10.30am (via Sungai Lima)
12.30pm
2.30pm
4.30pm
6.30pm

From Pulau Ketam (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
7.30am (via Sungai Lima)
8.30am
9.30am
10.30am
11.30am
12.30am
1.30pm (via Sungai Lima)
2.30pm
3.30pm
4.30pm
5.30pm
6.30pm

From Port Klang (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
8.30am
9.30am
10.30am (via Sungai Lima)
11.30am
12.30pm
1.30pm
2.30pm
3.30pm
4.30pm
5.30pm
6.30pm (via Sungai Lima)
7.30pm

*Do take note that buying the “return” ticket means that you can hop on the ferry at any time, although it may depart earlier than the scheduled time if the ferry is full. For more information: Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises

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