The word “kuala” in Kuala Rompin can mean either estuary or confluence in the local Malay language. In the case of Kuala Rompin it is an estuary. Whereas in the case of the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, it is the confluence where it is located where two rivers, the Gombak and Klang river meets.
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Getting out of the river to the open seas in Kuala Rompin is usually a mundane affair. There is very little drama except for when it is close to the monsoon season or when the weather turns ugly.
The river mouth is actually quite shallow and very silty. Boats, usually from elsewhere and due to their unfamiliarity of the place, have been known to get stranded here during low tide. There was a sailboat that got stuck and eventually capsized many years back.
There is no proper marina here. Instead, you will find a very rustic jetty that is charming in its own ways.
In the animation below, you can see the brown silts being churned up by the waves as charter boats of Kuala Rompin make their way out for another day of sailfish fishing. Rompin river, where the boats dock at, is in the background.
If you have never been here, you can see from the image how the custom built boats more or less looks like in Kuala Rompin. Most are fast and gets the job done while keeping passengers mostly dry even in rough weather. Most boats are in the 30-35 foot length with some hitting 40′.