Carey Island is famous for two things – great seafood and the indigenous Mah Meri (pronounced Mak Miri) people who have a reputation for some of the world’s finest wooden masks.
Located just off the mainland, they have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are also known for their evocative sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as Nyireh Batu.
There is no accommodation on the island but a day trip is enough to explore the island.
How to get there
Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Teluk Panglima Garang on the Kelang-Banting road. From Teluk Panglima Garang, a narrow road takes you past rustic Malay villages to Pulau Carey. A bridge links the mainland to the island. The entire drive takes approximately 11/2 hours.
Hotels are available in nearby Klang or Kuala Lumpur city.