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Monkey beach

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Monkey beach

Will be arriving on Friday for a week and am potentially considering a trip to the national park and monkey beach. Can I get a boat to the beach and then trek back through the national park. Don't want to join a tour as they don't look like good value. I have also seen on you tube clips that the beach has huts which looks like the may sell drinks etc. Have I seen right?

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Monkey beach

were there just last January .. and not worth the trip

Penang Island...
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2. Re: Monkey beach

You can take a boat in either direction. Many people walk in and take a boat back but there are always boats available so you can do it either way. You will have to negotiate a price for a boat. Often there are several stalls at the entrance so just enquire from each about prices.

Yes, there are now shacks that sell drinks, and you can also get some basic snacks. Last time I was there the beach was lined with jellyfish. A friend who went another time dived into the sea and hit his head on a jellyfish. It took three months for the scarring from the skin burns to start to fade, so don't be fooled into thinking it's a good place to swim from. Also beware of the monkeys. They know that tourists = food and can be quite vicious.

Hobart, Australia
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3. Re: Monkey beach

Hi Paperstonescissors

When you say jellyfish do you mean box jellyfish? If yes is there a specific season like in Queensland?



Penang Island...
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4. Re: Monkey beach

No idea what sort of jellyfish they are, but they do have a nasty sting as my friend found out. You'll see them along the waters edge if you want a closer look. Plus they are all year round now.


North West England
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5. Re: Monkey beach

We did the walk in and boat back via Monkey Beach trip a couple of years ago and the whole trip was most enjoyable. Monkey beach was particularly pleasant in that it as near as one can get to an unspoilt tropical beach. Rather lacking in amenities but it's not BF! The monkeys did look a little intimidating but didn't actually bother us at all. Enjoy your trip.

Colac, Australia
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6. Re: Monkey beach

I wouldn't bother with Monkey Island, It has been trashed from what I can gather people like the above poster say unspoilt but when I went there, there was lots of rubbish strewn all over the place along with the jet skis and 4 wheel bikes making it anything but relaxing

United States
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7. Re: Monkey beach

If you want a nice walking workout, then go for it. But...

There is nothing special about Monkey beach. The beach water is gross. There is a lot of trash behind those little huts. When you do use the boats, the life-saving vests stink to high heaven. There is nothing special about this place, don't waste your time and money.

Teriang, Malaysia
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8. Re: Monkey beach

Can I know how much does it cost to take boat from monkey beach back to the national park for 2 person ?

Osoyoos, Canada
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9. Re: Monkey beach

How is the trail to the Turtle Sanctauary? Is it worth making the trek?

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