1. Water Activities
Cherating beach, during the monsoon season (November and December) , is one of the only beaches in Peninsula Malaysia with waves good enough for surfing. You can also try yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, river cruising and swimming.
2. Learn Traditional Arts & Crafts
Beautifullly crafted traditional kites of various colours and designs, elegant woodcarvings, pottery, and fine batik, songket and Pahang silk textiles can be found at the Kompleks Kraftangan Kuantan in Cherating Village. There are also some classes offered to learn batik painting.
3. Visit Turtle Sanctuary
This sanctuary is a tribute to the gentle giants of the South Seas, the near extinct Leatherback turtles, that made Chendor Beach their destination of choice to lay their eggs. The Chendor Turtle Sanctuary is located only a few minutes drive from Cherating.A small turtle information centre, a souvenir kiosk, and turtle pools with live Green or Ridley turtles are kept for conservation purposes. It is a recommended spot for turtle watching ( April - September ).
Visiting Hours :
Tuesdays to Sundays : 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm (The lunch break is from 1pm to 2pm. The centre is closed on Mondays.)
Fridays: 9am to 12:00pm, 3pm to 5:30pm (The centre is closed from 12pm to 3pm for Friday prayer)
Night Visiting Hour :-
Mondays to Sundays : 7:30pm to 7:30am (The programme during the night include turtle watching, releasing the hatchlings to the sea and the turtle hatching programme)
Contact : +609 581 9087.
If you are coming from Kuantan, follow the direction to Kemamam/Kuala Terengganu towards Cherating by using the scenic coastal highway route No. 3. You will see the signage that takes you to Club Med and Cherating Turtle Sanctuary.
4. Visit Charah Cave
About 25 kilometers from Kuantan is the well-hidden Gua Charah, with a labyrinth of complex cave structures made up of 8 separate caves and is spread over an area of 92 hectares. One of them, Gua Buddha or Gua Gelap, is home to an 8.1 meter long statue of reclining Buddha. It was discovered by a monk named Tham Achran Sakatapunya in the 1950s. There's other caves : Gua Batu Nisan Raja, Gua Pecah, Gua Gajah, Gua Tiga Beradik, Gua Puteri Bersikat and many other caves to explore. Entrance fees is RM 2.
5.Visit Sungai Lembing
Sungai Lembing is known as "The Town That Time Forgot", it is a small hamlet in the hills, about 45 kilometers from Kuantan. It is now a quiet settlement from a bygone era of tin mining, but visitors could still catch a glimpse of its past glories. You can also visit Sungai Lembing Mining Museum here. A foray into the 'Cities of the Underground' can be had at the Sungai Lembing Museum. The museum is where the legacy of the heydays of the world-famous Sungai Lembing underground tin mine are showcased. It is open everyday from 9.00am - 5.00 pm except on public holiday. Contact : 609 - 541 2378
Places to Visit :
Kolong Pahat / Hanging Bridge / Pasir Kubur / Panggung Wayang Lama / Kilang Biskut Kubur / Orang Asli Sungai Emas / Ladang Rusa / Air Panas Sungai Jin / Rainbow Waterfall / Panorama Hill / Homestay Kuala Kenau ( 013-944 3975)
Visitors can watch fireflies by taking night river boat trip from local tour. It is available every night at 8 pm, for 1 hour trip.
Contact Yahya : +6014-210 2973