Monkey Beach, Penang National Park

Monkey Beach, Penang National Park

Monkey Beach is situated in the Penang National Park in the North - Western Coast of the Island. It is one of the few pristine beaches left on the Island due to the fact that it is not as exposed to the pollution found along the West Coast of the Island.

As it's name suggests, the beach is inhabited by monkeys of the Crab-eating Macaque species. A variety of fauna and flora can be found within the park including green turtles, flying squirrels, flying lemurs and over 150 species of birds. On the beach itself the White-bellied Sea Eagle can often be spotted.

The beach can be reached either by a one and a half hour hike along the coast or by a short boat ride from the park entrance. The calm bay of monkey beach is considered safe to swim in by locals, unlike many beaches on the island that are infested with jelly fish. Although it is relatively isolated visitors to the beach are not uncommon and numbers increase especially during the summer tourist season. A further half an hour uphill hike from the beach will take visitors to the scenic light house.

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