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Selected Nature Trails of Penang Island

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Length: 3 km 1˝ hours
Recreational grading: 2-3
Condition: little disturbance
Use: moderate to regular on weekends.
Status: forest reserve

There is more than one way to reach Pantai Keracut. This trail is the shortest route. The entry point is behind the ‘End of the World’ restaurant at Teluk Bahang. Follow the track along the coast until you cross a suspension bridge. There is a signboard showing the trails to the different beaches. Take the path on the left which leads away from the coast.

About 20 metres away from the signboard there is a steep flight of steps going uphill. Climb the steps. After about 20 minutes you will reach a junction. Continue straight ahead. You will cross a stream and pass a track which leads down towards Sungai Tukun. A minute or so later you will be standing at the highest point on this trail. Look out for the rengas tree. If it is raining, do not stand under it. The black poisonous sap will rot your skin. There are many paths leading away from this junction. Take the one that goes directly downhill.

If you are observant, you will notice many trees with name tags along the way. You could find the famous eurycoma longifolia. This tree is locally known as tongkat Ali, and is reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities. The last part of the trail makes a steep descent into the Pantai Keracut valley. Pantai Keracut is just ahead. You have to wade across a stream to reach the beach.

One of the special attractions of Pantai Keracut is the meromictic lake, visible for only six months of the year. The lake has two layers of water of different temperatures. The bottom layer of sea water is normally warmer than the surface fresh water. The beach is a popular campsite.

There is a turtle hatchery at the far end of the beach. Take care not to disturb the turtle nesting grounds. If you must camp, do not light a fire. Pitch your tent away from the beach. Let's save the turtles.


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