Monkey Beach Penang

Named after the macaques that hunt for crabs along the beach, Monkey Beach Penang goes by a few names; it’s also known as the Penang National Park Monkey Beach, Monkey Island or Teluk Duyung in Malay.

While not easily accessible from Georgetown, the fine white sand makes it one of the best beaches in Penang! It’s a popular attraction, with plenty of locals during weekends and public holidays.

Thus, it’s not unusual to see many locals on this beach during weekends and public holidays!

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How To Go To Monkey Beach Penang

You’ll need at least 40 minutes (or 1.5 hours for the bus) to get to the entrance of Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang from George Town.

Note: Entry to the Penang National Park is free!

Location: Penang National Park, north-west corner of Penang Island.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am to 5pm (last entry)

Entrance To Penang National Park
Entrance To Penang National Park – photo credits to shaziaahamed (Instagram)

Step 1: Getting To Penang National Park

There are a few ways to get into the Penang National Park, namely:

  1. By car – simply park next to the entrance in a guarded open-air lot for only RM5.
  2. Local bus service, Rapid Penang 101 and 102 have routes from Weld Quay Jetty Bus Terminal or KOMTAR to the entrance to Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang. It costs just under RM3!
  3. As part of a private tour service (See more below)

Step 2: 2 Ways To Get To Monkey Beach From Penang National Park

  1. Boat – Once you reach Teluk Bahang, there are plenty of boatmen offering their services to take you to Monkey Beach directly by boat.
  2. Hiking – Your other option is to hike through Penang National Park to Monkey Beach!
Stunning Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang
Stunning Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang – photo credits to matka_unelmia (Instagram)

Monkey Beach Penang Hiking

If you’re moderately fit, it can take you about 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Monkey Peach.

Be sure to bring along plenty of water, as the humidity and weather along this jungle trail can wear you down quickly.

It’s a tricky trail too. So do watch your footing as the tangling tree roots can make the surface harder to traverse through.

But you’re also just as likely to stumble across various wildlife such as to monitor lizards, monkeys, and birds during your trek;

However, keep your distance even if you’re tempted to approach them for a photo or a closer look!

Route: Penang National Park Entrance – Pantai Teluk Aling – Monkey Beach

Distance: 3.5km

Duration: about 2 hours

After you’ve reached Monkey Beach and had a good look around (including a quick splash in the shallows):

You can take the extended trail to Muka Head Lighthouse! Which requires another 30-45 minutes (one way) to reach!

Muka Head Lighthouse:

Muka Head Lighthouse is Malaysia’s second-oldest lighthouse!

While no longer in operation, visitors can climb the spiral staircase for some exceptional views at the top of the lighthouse.

Opening Hours: 9am–3pm

Monkey Beach Penang Boat

Whether you’re taking a boat to Monkey Beach or back or both:

A boat trip saves considerable time compared to hiking there, so you can spend more time exploring other beaches in the national park.

A Boat Seen At Penang National Park In Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
A Boat Seen At Penang National Park In Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia – photo credits to jess_travel18 (Instagram)

That being said, hiking does allow you to appreciate the local topography and rainforest a little better, plus the chance of spotting some native animals!

Get the best of both worlds by hiking in and taking a boat back! Or vice versa!

Jetty At Monkey Beach
Jetty At Monkey Beach – photo credits to viniciustcota (Instagram)

Monkey Beach Penang Boat Price

You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a boat at either Teluk Bahang or Monkey Beach!

The fees are usually charged by boat rather than per head though, so it can cost ~RM50 for a boat that sits 10 people!

Boat Duration: 10 minutes

Price Range:

  • ~RM50 per one way trip from the entrance of Penang National Park to Monkey Beach
  • RM85 for a return trip between the Penang National Park jetty and Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach Penang Activities

Even if you don’t plan to do much at Monkey Beach, it’s a good idea to bring along a towel, water, snacks, and some change, as you might find yourself staying there for longer!

Keep a close eye on your belongings as monkeys will always take advantage of a bag that is left alone.

1. Spot Some Local Wildlife

You’re more than likely to bump into some of the local wildlife, especially if you take the hiking trail to the beach.

Just keep quiet and be on the lookout for squirrels, insects, birds, monkeys and monitor lizards!

Macaque Seen At Penang National Park
Macaque Seen At Penang National Park – photo credits to piastaric (Instagram)
Note: Sunscreen and mosquito repellent is recommended; do also refrain from feeding or touching any of the animals!

2. Go On A Picnic At The Beach

While you’ll have to definitely have to bring water if you’re hiking, you can also bring along some food and a blanket for an impromptu picnic on the sand!

Sumptuous Picnic At A Beach In Penang National Park
Sumptuous Picnic At A Beach In Penang National Park – photo credits to julielondons (Instagram)

There are some F&B Vendors in the area too so you don’t have to worry about going hungry while you’re there!

3. Try Some Water Sports

The main section of the beach is less than ideal for relaxing, mainly due to all the activity going on in the water.

Water Sports At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park
Water Sports At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park – photo credits to coolmingchu (Instagram)

You can join in by renting water sports equipment and even quad bikes if you want!

Note: If you are taking a dip in the ocean, be wary of strong undercurrents and the presence of jellyfish!

4. Find A Quiet Corner

If you’d like to avoid the busier areas of the beach, you’ll find some rope swings and hammocks on the farther ends of it.

Then, you can proceed to do nothing but just relax!

Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang
Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang – photo credits to matka_unelmia (Instagram)

5. Go Fishing (Only Where Permitted)

For larger groups:

Fishing trips (and a BBQ lunch for extra RM35 per pax) with Penang Nature Tour Guide Association costs RM150 per hour for a boat for up to 6 pax!

Grilled Seafood At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park
Grilled Seafood At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park – photo credits to coraliewickens (Instagram)

6. Camp On The Beach! (Advanced Booking Required)

As long as you have your own tent and other camping supplies, it’s only RM5 to camp on Monkey Beach and other designated campsites on Pantai Kerachut (turtle beach) or Teluk Kampi.

Just let the staff at the park entrance know that you intend to camp before filling up the register.

Do ask for the location of the Ranger’s Station too, so you can get more information on where to camp as well as the camping rules.

Note: The camping areas are restricted to avoid negatively affecting turtle nesting sites, so there’s a limited number of people per day allowed for these camping sites!

Monkey Beach Penang Camping (Lazyboys Campsite)

It does cost RM5 if you want to camp at Monkey Beach! But you will have access to a kitchen, toilet and shower facilities!

Café Or Bars At Monkey Beach

Being the most touristy beach at Penang National Park has its perks, such as the variety of food and drink vendors on offer!

1. Tiger Monkey Bar & Leisure

This is where you can get a beer or mojito after making a detour to the Muka Head Lighthouse or after your hike to Monkey Beach!

If you’re hungry, their fried noodles are delicious too!

Opening Hours: 8am–8pm

2. Lazy Boys Café

Like Tiger Monkey Bar & Leisure, Lazy Boys Café has a laidback atmosphere and a friendly owner too!

This is another recommended place to get some cheap chilled beer or a fresh coconut juice!

Fresh Coconut Juice At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang
Fresh Coconut Juice At Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang – photo credits to matka_unelmia (Instagram)
Opening Hours: 8am–8pm

3. D’duyung Café

Another simple beachfront food and drinks stall just next to Lazy Boys Café, they offer a variety of drinks to sate your thirst!

Opening Hours: 8am–6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Read more: 17 Best Cafe In Penang With Great Coffee (Includes New Cafes)

Monkey Beach Penang Review

What You’ll Like:

  • Beautiful bay
  • Doable hike for those with moderate fitness
  • No entrance fee required
  • Great views from the lighthouse!
  • Easy to get a boat
A Quiet Corner Of Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang
A Quiet Corner Of Monkey Beach In Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang – photo credits to matka_unelmia (Instagram)

Good To Know:

  • Busy on weekends
  • Swim at your own risk
  • The hike is not recommended for young children
  • A guide is needed for groups of more than 10
  • Arrange boat transfers in person as there is poor phone signal reception in the national park
  • Before entering the park, you must register with your intended trail and estimated return time
  • Sign your register again when you exit the park too!

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Private Day Tour In Penang

There are so many things to do in Penang and Monkey Beach Penang is just one of them!

If you’d like to have a local and experienced guide bring you to Monkey Beach as well as around their hometown, try a private day tour with RayTheTour!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

  • Comfortable transport (MPV or van)
  • Chinese-speaking and English-speaking guides are available
  • Flexible Penang day tour itinerary from morning to evening
  • We do transfer and tours to Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Taiping too!

Head over to our WhatsApp or Facebook for a booking inquiry!

Read more: 4 Best Ways For Getting Around Penang (With All Penang Transport Options)

Conclusion

Monkey Beach Penang is one of the prettiest beaches in Penang. Reason enough to make a trip to Penang National Park if you like being outdoors!

Hike through the scenic jungle trail and chill by the quaint beach afterward, or simply take a boat there to just enjoy the surf and sand!

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