Three months have passed since my trip to the Pearl of the Orient (Penang). I’m going to write about my little time spent at Pantai Kerachut. Penang National Park, is lesser known compared to the other national parks in Malaysia, such as the Taman Negara which span across three states (Pahang – Kelantan – Terengganu). Covering an area of 1213 ha of land and sea, it is of importance for researchers and nature lovers.
I went there with a group of colleagues. We arrived on the Penang Island in the afternoon upon which we got clearance from the national park administrative before taking a boat cruise to our destination – Pantai Kerachut. The boat fare is RM80. Another option is to take the trail hike, it was just that I wasn’t feeling very adventurous on that day.
The boat ride took about 15-20 minutes. I was mesmerised by the rock formation along the shore of the island. Nature work wonders, just like an artist, ‘carving’ the rocks into the shape of rabbit, turtle and crocodile head. The national park is also famous for its green turtle and Olive Ridley turtle conservation by the Fisheries Department.
Pristine, undisturbed and tranquility is what best to describe Pantai Kerachut. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.
I set up my tent at the designated camping site. This place is very well managed. You can find basic facilities here – water and washroom. No food stalls are available here, we came prepared with all the necessary cooking utensils and our own food. If you’re a Instagram freak like me, there is no way you can share your photos instantly. This area is out of the mobile phone reception coverage.
Meromictic lake – a lake that has layers of water that does not mix. Here, the sea water, being more dense remains at the lower layer while the less dense fresh water remains on top. It’s seasonal, the best time to see the phenomenon of the meromictic lake is during the change of monsoon, normally in April-Mei and also in October-November. The rest of the year it is dry. It was semi dry during my visit.
A suspension bridge crossing the meromictic lake, for the convenience of hikers and nature lovers.
Along the beach, the most prominent feature is the wooden jetty. It is a good place to watch the sun sets. At night a group of us had a long conversation with the two wardens here. They told us about their lives here. They work on a two weeks rotating shift and along with their arrival they bring sufficient diesel to power the generator here. Hats off to the wardens for taking the park and its visitors so well.
Warning! Jelly fish! During my short stroll on the beach, I spotted at least three whitish transparent jelly fish. It was a no swimming for me, only managed to take several quick dip in the water while the eyes were on the scan for the venomous creatures.
One thing I like about this beach is its clear and define crystal sand. You can see the very distinctive difference of each sand particular.
Due to the short trip, we could not make it to Teluk Kampi (the nicest beach according to the wardens there) and Muka Lighthouse. I hope to make a trip to this national park again. Fingers crossed.
PS: Have been busy lately, mostly with work which required detailed attention and time-consuming. While the other reasons, mainly procrastinating and being rather forgetful.