A Turtle Evening near Kuantan
A Turtle Evening
There is little else that can top seeing a turtle laying eggs. Home of a leading turtle hatching
site along Malaysia’s east coast, it is one of the few beaches where visitors can
admire leatherbacks contributing to the next generation of turtles.
WHY THIS TOUR?
With an extensive coastline like Malaysia, protecting the lushness of its verdant jungle landscape and cultural heritage is not exclusively reserved within the heart of both the Peninsula and Borneo. Wildlife living below the ocean’s surface – and those regularly transiting between the land and the water – areas vulnerable to the effects of modern-day society as the more land-based mammals. A leading example is the turtle, in particular the leatherback turtle.
The importance of keeping these magnificent animals among us for as long as possible has been the cornerstone core value of designated protected zones along the Malaysia east coast. Seen as a pioneer in turtle conservation lies near the beachside town of Kuantan. During this half-day, family-friendly tour, see how local officials at Teluk Mak Nik Beach (Monica Bay) work tirelessly to get the leatherback population back on track.
21:00 - 01:00
This evening-only excursion starts with meeting with your driver at your booked resort in Kuantan. The approximately 1-hour drive in a northern direction towards the shores of charming Chukai deliver ample moments of the laid-back lifestyle, still preserved and kept, of the Malaysian population at this side of the peninsula.
Upon arrival at Monica Bay, you are welcomed by a representative of the Fisheries Department and introduce you to what’s in store for the coming hours. This secluded bay is one of the few places where the public is permitted to watch nesting turtles. As part of a chain of turtle-preservation centres crisscrossing through Malaysia, this beach region is a breeding location for the world’s largest turtle – the endangered leatherback turtle.
Guests on this private tour may witness leatherback turtles crawl up the beach and lay eggs. The return of the seafaring turtles to east-coast beaches is a yearly affair and has positively impacted the turtle population released back in the ocean. Although not guaranteed, it is an amazing feeling to see these large animals drop dozens of eggs at the same time before returning to the ocean. The local beach rangers can provide ample information about these giant leatherbacks, with their unusual black, rubbery skin, and their sustainable work.
Today, these nesting grounds are monitored by the Malaysian Fisheries Department. The only period to witness this is from May to September, especially during high tide. The tour comes to an end with a comfortable transfer back to your Kuantan accommodation.