Kerachut Beach is a lovely stretch of white sandy beach located in the Penang National Park. It takes an easy trekking to get there, and is home to a turtle sanctuary.
What to Expect?
Pantai Kerachut or Kerachut Beach is a lovely stretch of white sandy beach located in the Penang National Park on Penang Island and It is one of the remotest beaches located within the Penang National Park, on the west coast of the cape at the northwest of Penang Island.
It shelters a meromictic lake, and it is home to the Penang Turtle Sanctuary, which is located just behind the beach.How to get to Pantai Kerachut
There are 2 ways to get the beach:
1. The first option is to take a boat from the entrance of the National Park at Teluk Bahang (which cost you around RM100 for a boat that fits around 10 people).
2. The second and most popular option is to simply hike in through the Penang National Park. Fear not, it's not difficult to get there.
- A seasoned hiker can get there in about hour from the park entrance
- Any other casual visitors can get there in about 1.5 hours, typically under 2 hours.
We recommend that most visitors take the hiker route, to enjoy both the national park and the beach in a trip. We recommend planning ahead for back-and-forth hike, and give it a safe estimate of 3 hours.
For preparation, we recommend that you bring extra water, as you make your way through the trail and at the beach area you might not find any vendor selling beverages.
From the map, there are two paths through the national park to Pantai Kerachut.
- 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 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.
At the end of the trail, you will be crossing a bridge, which takes you across the river to Pantai Kerachut.
Here you would see meromictic lake at the end of the beach, turning left will take you around the lake to the campsite.
Pantai Kerachut is a white sandy beach, which has much fewer crowds than all the popular beaches - including the Monkey beach in the same park. It’s quiet and peaceful there, and it’s almost certain that you’ll find some shady areas to just sit back and relax.
The beach is also a perfect spot to have your lunch picnic under the shady trees or some wooden huts. Even on weekends the crowd level is typically low, thereby the beach is always very serene and relaxing.
One thing to keep an eye on is the monkeys, so do keep an eye on your belongings.
There's also a campsite right by the beach that visitors can camp and spend a night in, they would have to get the permission from the Penang National Park. Turtle Sanctuary in Pantai Kerachut
One unique feature of Pantai Kerachut is that there’s a small turtle sanctuary there.
Green turtles nest there from April to August, and the olive ridley from September to February. In 1995, a turtle hatchery was set up in Pantai Keracut, and is now managed by the State Fisheries Department, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Forestry Department.