I have been told about this Keracut beach (Pantai Keracut/Kerachut) around year 2003/4 for jungle tracking and leisure hiking. I didn't went to this place until year 2007/8. Its one very comformtable place to be and perfect spot for photography session. It have been declare as Penang reserve forest
23-May-2009: I have added more info for hiking experience and unique lake
Among some of the few things that you can expect from this location would be tourist, clean beach, relaxing environment and maybe some scout or ranger that doing a camp in one of the destinated area.
One of my personal favorite thing that I would love to do is look at those cute baby turtle. They actually store them in a big blue box. The duration can be as short as a week till a month period before releasing them to the big ocean. This is all depends on the baby turtle condition.
Other than baby turtle, you can actually visit the dock. Its pretty neat and nicely build. With 200mm, you can get great effect over this location.
Don't expect any mobile service to work over here. If you need to arrange anything at all (like boat service), please ensure you have set the expectation over the timing correctly with your service provider.
If you are traveling by boat, you will pass by the famous "turtle head" stone. Its pretty neat to have something like this to look forward while taking the ride on the boat. If anyone of you dare to take a portrait shot of the turtle head, please do inform me so I can post it up for others to see.
Unique lake/tasik unik
I'm not sure if you have heard about "unique lake"/"Tasik unik" before. There are 19 unique lakes in the world and its also known as "Meromictic Lake". What is so unique about this lake? Well.... for start... it have 2 mixture of water in the lake itself. For more info, please visit wikipedia over this lake uniqueness.
Over in Pantai Kerachut, there are two spot where you can maximize your photography. They are
Bridge area (located at the far end of the seaside and you will use the bridge if you exit from hiking (exit by following the "Pantai Kerachut" sign board)
Resting hut over seeing the whole location (located near the camp site). You will pass by this resting place if you choose to hike down to Pantai Kerachut (exit by following "Camp site" sign board). If you choose to walk from Camp site to this location, it will take around 10 minutes hike back into the jungle.
From the bridge area, you are in between the beautiful ocean and the view back to the unique lake surrounding by thick forrest. Personally, I'll choose the sea view as its much more impressive.
From the resting hut, you can actually see the whole lake while overseeing the bridge. Just becareful of people walking on top of the bridge as it will spoilt your perfect image unless that is what you like in your photo.
There were rumors about haunting at night over this particular location so I personally won't recommended if you are planning to shot at night. You have been warn!
Suggestion over theme
- Break away
- Beach ware
- Something about turtle
No entrance fee but you need to register your name in a book so that they know who is in the reserve forest.
How to get there?
There are actually few ways to reach this location....
The most easiest way would be by boat. It cost around RM140* per boat for two ways. You can actually call those freelancer fisherman to bring you there (you need to nego with them for the best pricing) or go for those official boatman which station near to the registration area. If you are going for those freelancer fisherman, pay only after you reach back safely to the same place where you take the boat.
The other method for those who are adventureus would be by using jungle tracking. Its not that hard to be frank since the journey is quite pleasing. Recommended if you are going on light or you would like to maximize your time spend over that side. There are only jungle road and with lot of broken stairs+slippery road. So becareful while you are going for the jungle trekking. For those who have large equipment, please follow the signboard using "Pantai Kerachut" and move down toward "Camp site" (around 900m left) as the path will be much shorter and easier.