Located just off the mainland, Carey Island is well-known for the orang asli community known as the Mah Meri. They have assimilated into life with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms. However, they have retained the unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of the traditional dances and music, Mah Meri are particularly known for their votive sculptures, fashioned from a kind of a swamp hardwood called “nyirih batu”.
Morib Beach is better known as a weekend seaside retreat, with wind whispering through the tall shady casuarina trees and lapping sea waves. It is an ideal place for visitors in search of peace and tranquillity. On weekends, food stalls sprout to cater for the visitors.
Once the seats of ancient kings, the placid town of Jugra has several fascinating historic buildings. The intriguing Istana Bandar (or Bandar Palace), built in 1905, features exquisite woodcarvings by the late Sultan Alauddin, reminiscent of the previous century. The Sultan Alauddin Mosque, ‘next to Istana Bandar, was erected in 1932, but its classical Moorish architecture has given it timeless, mystical look. The Royal Mausoleum, the Jugra Lighthouse and the ruins of the legend shrouded Istana Jugra are also well worth a visit.