For people searching for wildlife in Malaysia, there are many places to choose from, but many are not interested in traveling to Pangkor Island believing the lesser possibility of seeing wild animals. For them, the island is equal to beautiful beaches, water activities, anchovies, dried fish and seafood restaurants. However, a lot of people don’t know that Pangkor is a mountainous island that is also ideal for trekking and bird watching. There are three forest areas if you plan trekking in Pangkor Island, namely the central rainforest reserve, the southern rainforest reserve and the northern rainforest reserve. These areas are great for jungle trekking as it is home to various wildlife including hornbills, snakes, monkeys and a lot more.
Northern Rainforest Reserve
Just close to Pangkor Island Beach Resort, this forested area is still untouched, covered with thick flora and fauna. There is no established trail available, which makes it a great place for adventure-seekers and experienced trekkers. Every part of the jungle provides adventure and excitement, an ideal place to hone your jungle bashing skills.
Central Rainforest Reserve
There’s an available trekking trail in this forest area starting from Pasir Bogak until Sungai Pinang Town. The forest reserve comprises Pangkor Hill and Tortoise Hill, with the highest peak of the island. Close to the entrance of the trekking trail, you can see a beautiful waterfall and a pool for a natural Jacuzzi. There are also a lot of interesting sights of wildlife such as monkeys and birds. When trekking in Pangkor Island, always wear comfortable, durable shoes and a long outfit to avoid leeches sticking on your skin and other insects since the jungle is quite thick and dense.
Southern Rainforest Reserve
The highest peak at southern Pangkor is Teluk Segadas Hill. There is also a trekking trail, although the entire trek is relatively short. It starts from Teluk Gedung until you reach the beautiful Segadas Beach. It is an exciting and unforgettable trekking experience as you are greeted by the tranquil and cool ocean after an adventurous encounter with the wildlife.
Besides the conventional jungle trekking in Pangkor Island, another popular activity to get in touch with the sea is coastal trekking. What makes this activity different from jungle trekking? Well, the coastal area from Coral Bay until Belanga Bay is obstructed by a long stretch of boulders. People who want to take a glimpse of the beach in Pangkor Island Beach Resort in the north can trek the rugged rocky coastline. This is an alternative way to reach the beach aside from renting a boat. This is a very thrilling journey since you’ll get pleasure from the trekking adventure while saving money.
Pangkor Island may not be a wildlife paradise, yet there’s an adequate forest spot to keep you busy. When trekking in Pangkor Island, you won’t have a hard time looking for exotic animals because they are everywhere. If you’ll think about the small size of the island and the extent of the forests to explore, this is one of the greatest places in Malaysia you shouldn’t dismiss.