Thursday, February 26, 2015

Penang - Penang National Park

On Monday Feb 23, Penang was almost back to normal after the Chinese New Year holiday weekend and after getting an early start we rode bus #101 20 kms or so to the northwest of Penang Island to do some hiking at Penang National Park.

Our plan was to walk to Turtle Beach with high hopes of seeing turtles and monitor lizards.

I should interject at this point and mention that with the long holiday weekend over, we were able to move to a hotel were we had a sea view. Nice!
George Town, Penang, Malaysia

After registering at the National Park Visitor Center, we headed out on a paved path along the northern coast of the island.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Soon the path became sandy with some ups and down as it paralleled an old logging track.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

After 1.5 hours we had cut across to the western coast at Turtle Beach, Sun-Ling's favorite kind of beach; that is, one with some natural shade.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

Not to mention an uncrowded jetty with a pavilion at the end.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

And we saw baby turtles at the Turtle Research Center.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

And on the way back we ran into a medium sized lizard sunning on the trail.
Penang National Park, Penang, Malaysia

And as usual had a late vegetarian lunch on returning to town.
Penang, Malaysia

3 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

Were you told by staff you might see native turtles from the pavilion? Or were you not disappointed? Did the sunning lizard remain in place as you walked past it or did it scoot?

john said...

Ed, Turtles were as expected although *more* would have been better and a "release" would have been "the best ever". SL was not disappointed in any way.

The sunning lizard: I first saw him moving on the path. We stopped dead. Then he/she assumed the sunning position. Then I took a few photos. Then we moved closer. More photos. Finally he slowly climbed off the path. No scooting - assume he is at the top of the food chain. Later we saw a bigger lizard but did not get a photo. Also saw a smallish snake - no photo.

Liz said...

I agree with Sun-Ling, a natural shady beach is most relaxing!