Pantai Kerachut or Kerachut Beach is a lovely stretch of white sandy beach located in the Penang National Park on Penang Island and is home to the Penang Turtle Sanctuary just behind the beach.
There is also a very rare meromictic lake here (a lake of two layers of salt and fresh water that don't mix) but to be honest you can't really see that much, just looks like any other lake and sometimes the lake is totally empty.
With such a beautiful beach and especially if you have
just walked through the rainforest and are hot and sweaty, you may be
tempted to take a swim.
Before you do, take a walk out to the jetty.
Unfortunately this beach has a bit of a problem with Jellyfish - Big Jellyfish!
There where over a dozen of these monsters floating around when I took this photo, some of them very close to the beach - so look before you leap - you don't want to be stung by one of these!
For more information about the Turtles here, please visit our Penang Turtle Sanctuary page.
You have a choice of either hiring a boat from the entrance of the National Park at Teluk Bahang which will cost you around 100RM for the whole boat which can take around 10 people, or you can walk in through the park in under 2 hours.
There are two paths through the rainforest to the beach. The first
and easiest way is to walk for 1/2 km along the coast from the park
entrance and take the first left up over the hill and down again the
other side - This pathway is quite wide, easy to follow and not too steep.
The other and slightly longer way is to head to the Canopy Walkway and continue up the hill from there where it meets the first path near the top of the hill. This path is a lot narrower, steeper, less used and with much more forest debris littered over it making it harder to walk along.
On the way down from the top of the hill there is also another split in the path. If you keep going straight this will take you to a bridge over the meromictic lake at the end of the beach, turning left will take you around the lake to the camp site.
If your not too tired, you can carry on hiking further into the park. At the end of the beach you will find a pathway that takes you to Teluk Kampi, the most remote of all the beaches in the park.
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