5 Best Places To Watch Sea Turtles In Malaysia

The best secret tips from our local community.

Turtle Sanctuary Beach - Pulau Perhentian Besar

The clear waters and soft shores are the favorite spot for hawksbill turtles to come. After sunset, there are barely no lighting on this beach, that’s the reason why the turtles feel safe to nest. When you are lucky enough during the day, you might also able to see our turtles frolicking around in the sea.  By the way, we should always keep a distance at least couple of meters when you see a sea turtle on the beach. 

Cherating Turtle Sanctuary, Pahang

Peak season between June and late September, you will be able to see the hatchlings break out of their shells and release these cuties back to ocean. Truly a great family beach programm. Thanks for the group of people who runs this non profitable small conservation hatchery.

Tioman Island, Pahang

Our secret spot: Juara Beach (east coast), tourists can watch baby sea turtle in the hatchery. Juara Turtle Project runs this turtle hatchery and collects turtle eggs from new nests to incubate and protect them with their love.  

Penang Turtle Sanctuary - Pantai Kerachut

Pantai Kerachut in Penang’s National Park is where this turtle sanctuary located. People there are helping and protecting our Malaysian sea turtles until they hatch up to 60 days later, they trying very hard to increasing the living chances for the baby turtle. Great time to sea green sea turtles usually from April – August and if you com between September and February, you might be able to spot our olive ridley turtles there.

Turtle Island Park - Sandakan, Sabah

This Turtle Island Park is located in the Sulu Sea 40 km north of Sandakan. Thanks for the volunteers there, they provide a safe haven for our green turtles and hawksbill turtles. This is a rare opportunity for you to see sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. 

Sea turtles usually come ashore at dusk, so you must stay an overnight on the island to catch this! Always remember, it is strictly forbidden to use flashlights to watch as turtle will get frightened very easily.

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