KUKUP CHANNEL & KUKUP ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Shelter can be found between Kukup Island and Kampung Air Masin stilted fishing village anywhere in the deep basin away from the dozens of floating fish farms.
Approaching from the south, pass the Kukup outer flashing lateral green and white special light on starboard to avoid the 1-metre soft mud bank. Anchor anywhere in the calmer areas adjacent the Lateral Red light off the Pulau Kukup National Park signs at the edge of the mangroves.
On the mainland is the bright yellow CIQ ferry terminal with immigration and daily connections to Indonesian Sekupang Batam and Karimun Rau islands. Best anchor well clear of this structure. There are plenty of colourful stilted seafood restaurants on the mainland side with excellent local fare and a rustic local town. Across the channel, Kukup Island is a favourite local National Park with a long jetty and a 1-kilometre suspended boardwalk through the mangroves to an observation deck.
If passing inside the island be aware of east current setting strongly toward the shore and the west current toward Long Bank on the opposite side of the fairway. You’ll have to pick your way through the fish farms.