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ISLANDS HOLIDAYS
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MARANG
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DUNGUN
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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
DUNGUN - Rantau Abang (Turtle Nesting)
 
 

Situated about 56 km south of Kuala Terengganu, the beach is one of the main nesting areas for sea turtles, and one of only six in the world to be visited by the giant leatherback from months of May to September.

 
 
TURTLE NESTING
 

There, visitors lay in wait quietly from midnight to dawn to watch giant leatherback turtles laying eggs.  The turtles lumbering slowly on the white sandy beaches to lay eggs is a memorable sight.  These giant turtles, up to 2.5 m in length and sometimes weighing more than 375 kg is indeed a phenomenal sight to behold. Make a visit to the hatchery centre, and find out more about the conservation and protection of these rare species. The Leatherback Turtles have probably been inhabiting the beach at Rantau Abang since ancient times. An old Malay legend tells of Batu Penyu (Turtle Rock) that lies submerge off the cost of Rantau Abang which explains why turtles are attracted to nest here.

Giant Leatherback Turtles at Rantau Abang - Dungun, Terengganu

 

Walking around the beaches at Rantau Abang in the night is an exhilarating experience with the great round moon casting and traces of shimmering path on the calm sea from the horizon up to the shore. Coconut palms lean silhouetted by the moonlight and towering sand bunkers are found along this stretch of beach.

 
Hawksbill Turtle at Rantau Abang - Dungun, Terengganu Green Turtle at Rantau Abang - Dungun, Terengganu. Olive Ridley Turtle at Rantau Abang - Dungun, Terengganu.
 
 
 
KUALA ABANG BEACH
 

Just a few kilometers away from Rantau Abang are this stretch of beach  that is different from all other beaches in Terengganu.  Unlike other beaches, Rantau Abang has rock formations right on the waterline thus creating a unique landscape.  The resting areas available are also perfect for visitors to unwind during long journey.

Kuala Abang Beach - Terengganu

 
 
 
RANTAU ABANG RECREATIONAL FOREST
 

Rantau Abang Recreational Forest - Terengganu

 

Rantau Abang Recreational Forest encompasses an area of 159 hectares.  Officially opened to the public in 1994, this Beris Soil Forest dominantly covered with Balau Pasir (Shorea Materialis) is the only one of its kind found in Malaysia.  To add to its attraction, the area is just a few km away from The Rantau Abang Beach, the famous destination for turtle-watching. The Rantau Abang Recreational Forest is the best place for you and your family to stop-over and admire its beautiful natural scenery while increasing your knowledge in the biological world of our flora.  So, come over and visit Rantau Abang Recreational Forest, and appreciate the fun of recreation and learning at the same time!

 
Scenic view of Rantau Abang Recreation Forest - Dungun, Terengganu.

EDUCATIONAL

Here is where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the natural environment.  Labeled trees, experimental plots and arboretum are sure to arouse your curiosity and interests.  Like nowhere else, you will certainly have an exciting day of educational fun!

 

Arboretum

The arboretum encompasses an area of 50 hectares and is designated for research and educational purpose.  Various species like Balau Pasir (Shorea Materialis), Kelat Jambu Laut, Beruas, Penarahan, Medang and many more species are found at the arboretum.

 

Experimental Plot

There are altogether 30 experimental plots of various species of indigenous and exotic plants.  Among them are the pines (Pinus caribaeae, p. oocarpa, p. insularis, Araucaria cunning hemii), Acacia mangium and Merawan Siput Jantan.

Arboretum at Rantau Abang Recreation Forest - Dungun, Terengganu..
Experimental Plot at Rantau Abang Recreation Forest - Dungun, Terengganu..
 

Gelam Forest

This is a wide swampy are where the Gelam Trees grow abundantly, and it is a favourite fishing spot for fresh water fish.

 

Wildlife

The recreational forest also a habitat for a few species of wild life, such as monkeys, wild fowls, wild boars and various species of birds and insects.

 

Jungle Tracking / Cycling

Rantau Abang Recreational Forest have established interesting jungle-tracking and cycling track for those who want to explore the forest or simply have fun cycling.

 

Strolling / Picnicking

With its beautiful environment, clean and fresh air, the area is well-equipped with facilities such as boardwalk, rest-huts, tables and chairs, providing the perfect ambiance for strolling and picnicking.

 

Fishing / Camping

Apart from fishing at the swamp forest, you can always camp out for the night at the camping-site provided.

 
 

GETTING THERE

The distance from Kuala Terengganu to Rantau Abang is approximately 60km and from Dungun to Rantau Abang is only 10km.  Bus and taxi services are readily available from Kuala Terengganu to Dungun or from Dungun to Rantau Abang.

 

 

For more information, please contact;

 

 
Pejabat Perhutanan Negeri Terengganu
Tingkat 8, Wisma Negeri,
20200 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu Darul Iman
Tel. 09-622 2444
 

Pejabat Hutan Daerah Terengganu Utara,
Batu 6,21200 Kuala Terengganu.
Tel: 09-666 7473 / 667 2834

Fax: 09-666 7061

 
 
 
 
DUNGUN - Rantau Abang (Turtle Nesting)
TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA