Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)

Attraction Jalan Hassan Abas,Teluk Bahang, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

3 hours
07:30 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
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The Penang National Park spanning 1,213ha of land and sea awaits scientists, researchers and nature lovers to explore its myriad of natural treasures.

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Why Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is special ?

One of the few natural forests on the island, the Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is located at the North-Western side of the island, in Muka Head. Covering 1181 hectares of dipterocarp forest and 1381 hectares of wetlands, the park is an abundance of lush, natural beauty with a diverse ecosystem. The first protected area legally gazetted under the National Park Act of 1980, the park has over 500 flora and fauna species, as well as a meromictic lake (a lake with layers of water that do not inter-mix) at Pantai Keracut, mangrove swamps, mudflat areas, coral reefs and nesting areas for some endangered turtle species such as the Leatherback and the Hawksbill turtles. If you’re lucky, you can spot rare mammals such as slow loris, flying lemur, civet cats, leopard cats, sea otters and pangolins, especially around Pantai Keracut, as well as soaring exotic birds such as Crested Serpent eagles and Brahminy Kites.3 days

Immerse yourself in the beauty of a protected natural habitat. One of the few natural forests on the island, the Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is an abundance of lush, natural beauty with a diverse ecosystem, containing over 500 flora and fauna species, as well as a meromictic lake (a lake with layers of water that do not inter-mix), mangrove swamps, mudflat areas, coral reefs and nesting areas for some endangered turtle species.

What to explore at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)?

Jungle Trekking :

There are two main hiking tracks through the forest and unless you are extremely fit you will need two separate day trips to do both.

One route takes you along the coastline to Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung) , then on a steep climb up to an elevation of 227m to Muka Head Lighthouse.

The other takes you over the headland to Kerachut Beach (Pantai Kerachut) where you will find a rare meromictic lake (a lake of layers where sea and fresh water do not mix) and the Penang Turtle Sanctuary.

Green Sea Turtles come up on the beaches here to lay there eggs from April and August and Olive Ridley Turtles, between September and February. There is a small hatchery area where, if you are lucky and are there at the right time, you can view the baby turtles.

The track then leads off to the most secluded of all the beaches at Teluk Kampi.

Boat Trips :

Prices for hiring the whole boat (for up to 10 people) are currently 50RM for Monkey Beach to 100RM to take you around the peninsular to the turtle sanctuary.

A popular trip is to take a sunset cruise around the peninsular to Pantai Kerachut where if you'r lucky you may catch a spectacular sunset.

Canopy Walkway :

A 250 metre walkway allowing you a view of the tree tops, set 15 metres above the ground.

The canopy walk is located just over 1 km from the main entrance.

Tickets have to be purchased at the registration office at the entrance.

Ticket Cost : 5RM for Adults - 3RM Children.

Camping in Penang National Park :

There are plenty of free camp grounds set up around the reserve.

Camping is free and should only be done in the designated camp sites.

Monkey Beach :

By far the most popular stretch of sand in the park, it is about a 3.5KM walk (between 1 1/2 - 2 hours) through the jungle following the coastline, up and down over the many headlands.

How to get to Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang)?

If you do not have your own transport you will have to catch the bus to the National Park.

Bus 101 runs from the jetty in Georgetown every 10 to 15 minutes.

On its route, this bus travels along Chulia Street, KOMTAR, then out of town along the coast through Batu Ferringhi beach.

Get off at the last stop where the bus turns around.

The trip takes around one hour to get here from Georgetown, depending on traffic.

Source: Source: http://www.travel-penang-malaysia.com/

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
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Total travel distance
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Jalan Hassan Abas,Teluk Bahang, Penang Island, Malaysia

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  • This national park is free of entrance, you only need to register yourself first and mention your destination
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  • You do have to register at the office at the entrance and get a permit.
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  • You should bring plenty of water and snacks
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  • Open daily including weekends & Public Holidays.
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  • Do wear a pair of comfy shoes and the path may be a bit rough if you have children or elderly with you.
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  • Please do not camp on the beaches as this stops the Turtles coming on shore to lay their eggs.
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  • The entrance is on North-Western tip of Pulau Pinang, a short distance past the town of Teluk Bahang.
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Being a keen nature lover and hiker, I was quite excited to do some trekking in the national park. After reading a few reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to do the Monkey Beach route over Turtle Beach. Staying in Batu Ferringhi, we caught the 101 bus for RM2 right to the park entrance. Considering the heat, we opted to book a boat trip back rather than walk it (RM40)What could be such a peaceful and beautiful walk is ruined by the trash all along the route. From plastic water bottles to cellphone battery packs, I don't understand why there isn't better upkeep of this stunning land. I would rather pay an entrance fee into the park if it meant having a pristine environment. Really hope they do something about it because its such a shame. The walk itself to Monkey Beach took about an hour and a half - ensure you carry quite a bit of water as its VERY hot! A snack or two would be worthwhile too. You can swim once you get to Monkey Beach while you wait for the boat pick-up.

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It is 4R to the park from Georgetown Central - Clulia Street - nice to see how the middle class or wealthy on the island leave.5R for the canopy walk, about a 1k from the office. Didn't see anything in particular probably as it was already about 11am but I enjoyed the walk. I saw a silver tailed manque on the way back who was trying to get food from a bin. As it is ramadan there weren't many food options if you forgot to bring some with you.

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We trekked to turtle beach last week which was a great track, though extremely hot and humid. Once at the beach we loved hanging about in the cool shade while we waited for our boat which we had organised to pick us up. We paid 80RM for the return ride and so glad we did as the track going back was far more challenging then going to the beach. Park itself is in great condition with minimal rubbish.was nice to see the wildlife and hearing the sounds of the park while walking. A worthwhile morning out while in penang.

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