Melaka Weekend — Pulau Konet

On our way up to Cape Rachado Lighthouse, we passed by a place that Baby Tilapia wanted to check out. It’s called Pulau Konet. According to articles he’s read online, there’s something special about Pulau Konet that happens twice a day.

View of Pulau Konet from the mainland

When it is low tide, Pulau Konet becomes attached to the mainland via a sand bridge, or tombolo. When the tide is low enough, the sand bridge appears, and you can walk across it to the island, similar to Pulau Intan and Pulau Masjid at Tanjung Tuan.

Online articles stated that the best time to go was around 3.30pm. This was corroborated by a local we met on the beach, but he added that if we came back at about 4-5pm, it would be even better. So we decided to head to Cape Rachado Lighthouse first.

When we came back to Pulau Konet, it was 5pm, but the tide still hadn’t reached its lowest. We checked online and saw that the tide would be at its lowest only at 6.30pm, and we decided to wait for it.

Meanwhile, we saw what appeared to be a tall Malay guy leading a group of shorter Malay guys across the water to the island. It looked like the water reached up to their chest.

However, it was only when they came back and we could see them properly that we realised we were mistaken. The shorter Malay guys were actually kids, and the chest level for kids is not that high.

We waited until about 5.30pm before Baby Crab, Yan Hui, and Teck Hwa decided to cross the tombolo, wading knee deep into the water. Besides the Malay group earlier, no one else dared to cross the water, not until we three started and were more than halfway across.

Video taken by Teck Hwa while crossing. Don’t drop your phone!

Successfully crossed over to Pulau Konet!!

Despite being the one to find the place, and being most excited about coming here, Baby Tilapia chose not to cross, mainly because he doesn’t like having wet feet in his shoes later. He remained on the shore to take care of our belongings, and also to take photos and videos of our crossing.

While watching the three do their crossing, Baby Tilapia wondered how this tombolo was formed, and whether over time, would the waves cause the sand bridge to be eroded and washed away? As the sea level got lower and lower, he soon arrived at the answer to his question.

He watched the waves come round Pulau Konet and realised that it was these waves depositing the sand onto the tombolo. Rather than weakening the sand bridge, the waves were actually strengthening it.

Over time, perhaps in the range of hundreds or thousands of years, enough sand will be deposited such that Pulau Konet will become permanently attached to the mainland.

Time lapse of the return


Thank you for reading!

This is the last post for our Melaka Weekend trip. We are currently on another trip, and will post about it when we have time.

Keep watching this space!

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