The flat land area of Pulau Aman is quite small and limited to the north east corner of the island.
The village (kampung) is built on land unlike some like Pulau Ketam (in Selangor) where the entire village are built over the sea.
The village population is less than a couple of hundred and increased with day trip tourists.
Originally the island was called "Pulau Kera" (Monkey Island) and then renamed to "Pulau Aman" (Peace Island).
On departing Pulau Aman, you can see the happy faces of children and some parents with their plastic bag harvest of the day - a bagful of small shell fish (bivalves) which the locals call "siput".
It is a fun activity of two or more digging into a hole into the sandy or gravel beach near the water line, exposing these small bivalves and spoting them and catching them before they escaped deeper into the sand.
These bivalves are great joy to catch and to eat too. You can soak them into water to wash out the sand and brine and then fry them for a tasty dish.
The local Malaysian Chinese called this digging of bivalves "Oar-see-put"
You can walk around the village and go by the houses. There are no fences and the locals are friendly. You can see them repairing their nets or sleeping on the hammocks.
There are no cars on the island. The paths do have road names and many of the houses have the names of the owners displayed on signs.
As the island is quite small, you will not get lost and will meet again those "strangers" on your boat arrival who are "familiar friends" by the time you depart the island.
Many regular tourists come here for fishing. Do bring your own fishing gear and bait. Did not see any "tourist" shop for fishing enthusiasts. Most are busy out fishing or repairing their nets.
You can arrange for boat fishing trips around Pulau Aman and the next-door Pulau Gedong.
Or just fish off the boat jetties. The new boat jetty is hardly been used as it is a good 15 minutes walk from the village. It is built over a long stretch of the sea as it is shallow at low tide. Hence it a popular place for line fishing.
Also on the mainland side, near Batu Kawan new jetty, there are anglers too.
The neighboring island of Pulau Gedong is isolated and uninhabitated.
You can arrange with the local fishermen for a group trip round the island. It will be more interesting if you are into fishing.
Apparently, a local made a lot of money from selling large plot of land on this island to the late rags to riches Penang millionaire Low Boon Siew. At one time, there were plans of using the island as second home for Japanese retirees though today, the island is still very much "unused".
There are a few legendary sites of the island of pirates, lairs, magical wells and rocks.
You will get a closer view of George Town, Penang Island and Penang bridge too. There are several fish farms in the distance.
There are about 245 populations of 40 families in Pulau Aman. Majority of them are Kaum Melayu, and most of them workes as fisherman and some of them have small industry of process belacan, dried fish and shrimps, Buah Sukun crisps and Homestay.
And I am there like a lost chinese girl in Pulau Aman..haha.. (Cina sesat)
I hanged out at the Pulau Aman Jetty for a few minutes, taking more pictures of cos. Its amazing I can really feel the peaceful of the Island, no motorbikes, no cars but bicycles. The people are so friendly and most of them looking at you with a smile on their face and have a small talk with you asking where you are from and so on.
In Pulau Aman, I was surprised by the many breadfruit trees (sukun in Malay) grown.
Apparently some of the trees are very old. Not sure how old and you may wander to find the oldest tree that has a sign written claiming it so. I did not find it as we were in a hurry.
The leaves of the tree are fleshy green, wavy and unique in shape. They provide excellent shade. It was not fruiting season yet.
Did however found a fruit on the ground and took a picture to show what it looks like.
Step foot in Pulau Aman, you can see a lot of Buah Sukun Trees greeting you.. What a lovely tree with large leaves and the fruit looks like a green cannonball.. Almost every kampung house have this tree.. On my way to Telaga Emas, there's an old Buah Sukun tree that was planted around 1890 by a Tok Guru Al-Quran - Tok Awang Bin Akid. Even though the Buah Sukun tree is almost 120years old but it still bear a lot of fruits.. Amazing tree..
Delicious for making fried fritters, crisps and cucur udang.. I think I will one day cook this Buah Sukun myself and post the recipes here..
As you see the Pulau Aman Map, there's a Telaga Emas (Golden Well) along the island. According to the history, a villager around 1789, dugs a well and found a tempayan (large earthernware jar for storing water) that turned into golden tempayan. Then the British in Penang heard of the golden tempayan and came to dig and dig the well but they cant find any golden tempayan but a lot of golden coloured pebbles. I guess that why the beach are full of beautifuls pebbles..
The well is situated next to the beach, and yet the well's water taste very fresh and with a lot of large tadpoles inside the water, haha..I dont want to drink that water but used it to wash my hand and face for good luck.. and time for snacking...
Pulau Aman is the best place for fishing using fishing rods or fishing nets. Many fishing enthusiasts will rent a homestay with varandah facing the sea and start fishing, what a waste of time, I rather sleep!! Hehe..
Get fishing baits from picture 5.
We are taking a little walk on this village,only can knew they are only have a small school,farm and fish farm.One thing is i never see car,they transport with motorcycles and bicycles.A small island can hold the life till the end,I am very appreciated.
Declared by Mardi as the oldest Sukun Tree in Malaysia, planted by a Quran teacher in Pulau Aman. Earlier trip, I can't find this tree, and this time I found it, just the next road going to the children playground in Pulau Aman. Amazing, the tree still bears a lot of fruits. :-)
Malaysian local goats saying Hello to Barney.. It is good to rear goats in this small island knowing that there is no harimau (tiger) around to kill the goats. Haha..Any visitors from oversea and childrens should be happy to see the local goats, they are so cute :-)
Small road with BIG Road Names, you can't find any car in Pulau Aman, strange for a small fishing village with so many road names. I am sure the villagers should be proud to say "Hey, that's my grandfather's road"