Category: Penang National Park

Penang Tourist Attraction :: Penang National Park @ Taman Negara Pulau Pinang

Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve straddles 1,266 hectares is the smallest national park in Malaysia, was declared the Penang National Park (PNP) on 4th April 2003.

Located at the north-western corner of Penang Island stands the last wilderness and nature heritage of Penang. Taman Negara Pulau Pinang hosts several habitat types not found in a single location in other major nature reserves in Malaysia. These include tropical rain forest, wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, and the coast. It also boasts a rare meromictic lake, one square kilometre in size.

It is the nature park for scientific & nature studies and recreational activities.

Meromictic lake

A must-see is the rare meromictic lake near Pantai Keracut. It is one of the few such lakes in the world where fresh and salt water creatures co-exist during the wetter months of the year. The best time to watch this is in May.

Five river tributaries feed the lake but in April and May, when the winds and tides are strongest, sea water pours into the lake, turning it into body of fresh water on a layer of denser salt water.

Turtle Land

At Pantai Keracut, you can observe baby turtles at the turtle rehabilitation centre as green turtles come to this beach to lay eggs.

Uneven patches of sand near trees are signs that turtles are digging for spots to lay eggs. Turtles may come up to the beach several times before settling on the right spot to lay eggs.

It is fascinating to hear the staff explain how temperature control can determine the sex of the hatchlings, so by covering eggs with sand of certain temperatures, they can hatch male or female turtles.

Scurrying Animals

Other attractions are flying lemurs and squirrels. There are bright boards nailed to trees, with pictures and information about the animals. Most people come here for a day trip but for the more adventurous, there are camping facilities including pits for cooking.

All In A Name

The names of the places in the park are rather exciting too. Mukah Head has a rocky protrusion resembling a crocodile as well as an old lighthouse built in the last century which still functions. At Teluk Duyung (Mermaid Bay) and Monkey Beach, you can sunbathe, swim or play in complete privacy.

At Sungai Tukun, I see that more work is being done to equip the park. The canopy walk is new and now there are boardwalks, cement walkways, pavilions and quaint wooden structures for one to sit on and rest.

To prevent littering, bins are placed along the way to the canopy walk.

Fast facts

Penang National Park, Jalan Hassan Abbas, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Penang. Tel: 04-881 3530/881 3500. Fax: 04-881 2016. Email: [email protected]


There are two entry points: Teluk Bahang and Kuala Sungai Pinang estuary in Balik Pulau. Permits can be obtained at the National Park Counter in Teluk Bahang.

Main Attractions: Meromictic lake, lighthouse at Mukah Head built on a granite outcrop in 1883 and Canopy Walk at Sungai Tukun,

Flora and Fauna: Over 1,000 species of plants, 36 mammalian species, 44 reptilian species and 163 bird species

Camping sites: Sungai Tukun and Pantai Keracut.

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GPS Coordinates: N1.858852, E102.922196 Geotag Icon Show on map

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Category: Penang National Park