Another place that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is Rantau Abang, 60km south of Kuala Terengganu. There, visitors can lie quietly in wait from midnight to dawn to watch giant leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtles, lumbering slowly up the white sandy beaches to lay eggs, are a memorable sight.
These giant turtles grow up to 2.5m long and sometimes weigh more than 375kg. Rantau Abang is one of only six places in the world visited by these turtles, from the months of May to September.
These turtles and their eggs are also protected. Their eggs are located and replanted by scientists in incubator centres where controlled conditions can influence the sex of young turtles, helping the species survive.
When you arrive on the beach, you can visit the Turtle Information Centre first to find out where the best places for a sighting might be.
How to get there
You can catch a bus every half an hour from Marang to Rantau Abang.
There are two simple but cozy guesthouses right on the beach. Your other choice is to make a day trip from Kuala Terengganu, where a whole range of accommodation is available.