Pulau Jepak is well-known for its ‘belacan’ (shrimp paste) but it’s a seasonal product that is only available around January, June and December, when that particular species of prawns used is in abundance.
Although Pulau Jepak is accessible by car, reaching the island by water taxi (it’s actually a boat with a distinctly Sarawakian roof) is an experience by itself.
The journey from the jetty in Bintulu town to the jetty at Pulau Jepak takes only five minutes with a fare of 50sen per passenger, one way. Boats ply this route across Sungai Kemana regularly, and boarding it is on first come, first served basis.
The locals at Pulau Jepak are friendly, especially if they know you are a tourist. Some may even invite you to their house for tea.
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