PENANG ATTRACTIONS - TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTRE
The Turtle Conservation Centre has been set up at the beach regions located within Penang National Park. The conservation program was initiated by Penang State Fisheries Department since 1990.
The areas specially restored and managed for turtle landings are along the beaches of Pantai Kerachut, Teluk Kampi and Teluk Ketapang Kecil. The main species in the records of the landing turtles are the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Visitors can either travel by motor boat to the beach areas or trek one and half hours in the national part in order to reach landing beach. Conservation activities involve educational trainings, participation in voluntary and conservation programs, environment protection and research and development.
The turtles' landing, laying of eggs, and returning to the sea activities occur during the night. Hence, any activity which can disturb the turtles during the night is strictly prohibited. The activities include prohibition of camping and lighting, making noise and walking or any other activities along the beach which disturb the turtles.
There is no accommodation facilities for camping at the park, except for
those on specially organised and structured programme for nature study
and research education purposes.
Visiting trekkers can have the choice of staying at beach resort hotels, budget hotels or apartments located along the beach regions of Batu Ferringhi which is nearby.
Penang Public Bus Service - Rapid Penang Sdn Bhd
Bus Route Numbers : CAT , 301 , 302 , 303 , 401