Visit the idyllic Orang Utan Island after a long scenic drive along Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Bridge, the longest bridge in Southeast Asia.
To get to Orang Utan Island, you will first have to take approximately an hour’s worth of a drive down Southeast Asia’s longest bridge. Travel from the island of Penang to its mainland on the 24-kilometre long Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Bridge. About 17 kilometres of the bridge sits over a beautiful expanse of water, making the drive a scenic one as there are no buildings to block your view of the sky and the South Channel of the Penang Strait.
Head south along the North-South Expressway and you will find yourself in the sleepy town of Bukit Merah that invokes a sense of peace with its vast plantations of palm trees and pineapples. Once you’re out of the land vehicle, you will embark on a short ferry trip that will cruise through a freshwater lake to bring you to Orang Utan Island, nestled away within the perimeter of the eco-friendly Bukit Merah Laketown Resort.
Orang Utan Island spans 35 acres and has been upgraded from having the status of a sanctuary to that of being a recognized ex situ conservation facility and referral centre for Orang Utans. Orang Utans are an endangered species due to habitat loss, having experienced a sharp decline in their population amassing to almost 100,000 orangutans lost. Orang Utan Island is constantly putting its best efforts into curbing the decline through scientific research and conservational activities.
Upon stepping off the cruiser and stepping foot onto the jetty, you can be on the lookout for one or more of these beautiful primates in the trees, swinging around or just napping. At the island, you will spend an hour and a half with these clever apes and their antics. You can learn about Orang Utans and their behaviours, as well as take a humbling walk along their enclosure which cages the humans instead of the apes. Peer out of the enclosure and you will see Orang Utans freely roaming around wherever they please, living out their happy lives on the island.
Take as many pictures as you want with the amazing Orang Utans for memory’s sake, as these great apes are native only to Malaysia and Indonesia. Here is where you’ll get to see them outside of a miserable zoo enclosure, roaming free and lazing about as they wish. After your educational visit, stop by Lilac Café where you can have your lunch before being brought back to Penang.
Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.
List of Locations:
Pick up is also available for other locations under the vicinity of Penang. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.
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