There were 17 people in this kelong
trip. The group was made up by 2 couples, 1 single, 2 families
of 4 and 6 including a total of 4 children, Kenny and his
On that Saturday morning, we met
at Delifrance in the World Trade Centre (WTC). When everyone
arrived, we checked in to wait to board the ferry to Batam
Waterfront City. The ferry took an hours time to reached
Batam. We had our temperature taken (SARS precautionary
measure) before we queue up to have our passport stamped
and cleared from the Indonesia Custom.
Next, we left our bags and other
barang barang on the 2 vans (the land transport we are taking).
Then, we proceeded to the 2nd level to enjoy light shopping
for can drinks, cigarettes, beer, titbits, etc. After half-an
hours time, we were on the vans heading to the seafood
kelong restaurant. The journey from the ferry terminal to
the seafood kelong restaurant is about 30min.
At the restaurant, there
are several nets where you can see different kinds of live
seafood - scallop, grouper, flower-crabs, prawns, lobster,
crabs, etc. While waiting for the food, we were watching,
playing and photo-taking with the live fishes. We had flower
crabs, scallops, vegetables, soup, groupers (steamed), prawns
(butter) for our lunch.
After nearly an hours time,
we were backed on the van heading to where the boat is waiting
for us to take us to the stayed-kelong. The sea journey
to the kelong is about 20 min. Rooms were first distributed
so that we can put our things and enjoy the rest of the
The Anglers could not wait any longer;
set their fishing tackles up and went to the further end
kelong to fish. The ladies and kids also joined in the fun.
Some used small hooks just to get some small actions. Some
used bigger hooks targeting to bigger fishes. Kevin, one
of the anglers, caught a sholver nose/guitar fish of more
than 10kg. Unfortunately, he did not manage to get it out
of the water. The fish struggled for at least 20 min and
when it did a final struggle, it managed to break free from
Kevins line. However, his girlfriend had taken photo
of the fish on the surface water and Kevin definitely had
enjoyed the fight. Most of the people were at the kelong
fishing till evening.
This is the fishing
kelong where some of them enjoyed their fishing.
Kevin caught the Shovelnose
fish here while Desmond had a todak (see pics below).
When we called all the people back
for BBQ Dinner, they were hungrily enjoying the dinner.
There were, chicken wings, sting ray, hot dogs, selar, sotong,
etc. There was green bean soup for dessert. After the dinner,
most of them were back at the fishing kelong to continue
their fishing while the rest just hung around there and
play. Later, some took their bath under the cooling tap
water. Some just rest and chat in their room. Some just
couldnt get out of touch with the world, were watching
news on TV. Some went to enjoy watching the twinkle, twinkle,
little stars. As the night was quite warm, we had watermelon
to help cool us down.
Brian, brought a bottle of white
wine to share and enjoy with few of us while eating supper
(some left over from the dinner). What a great idea, white
wine with seafood. Yami.
Early the next morning, a boat man
brought 3 anglers out to nearby spots and the kelong opposite
to fish. Mike caught most of the fishes - ang kuek and groupers.
Mike suggested to steam the fish and share with us. The
anglers were as usual, back to their fishing. The little
kids were playing on the sand; picking up shells.
Children are happily playing at the
sea and picking up shells.
Ang kuek and groupers
At around 1pm, the boat came to fetch
us to the jetty. We took the vans to the Seafood Kelong
Restaurant to have our lunch before we set home. We had
red grouper, sotong, crabs, vegetables, scallops and soup.
We had our last shopping at the Batam
Waterfront City before we checked in. After an hour of ferry
ride, we were back in Singapore WTC. Everyone bid goodbye
and went home.
To book a trip, please cotact
Kenny @ HP96238875 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org