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One is able to swim in the South China Sea or in the swimming pool. Next door is Snake River (named after its shape) where the local fishermen moor their colorful boats.



Occasionally the fishing village is visited by a family of Malaysian Otters looking for treats from the fishermen.

We are visited daily by a troop of monkeys, often mischievous but never troublesome.

Why not ask one of the local children to tempt the tame Squirrels down with their favorite banana snack?

We even have an Island located 900 meters offshore! Spend a day exploring, here’s what you’ll find:

1. The island is home to a hermit monkey. Sometimes their curiosity gets the better of them and they’ll come to watch you watching them.

2. A cave in the middle of the island is home to a community of bats. They cling to the cave wall. You can see and hear them as they fly out to feed, a great photo opportunity.

3. At the rear of the island jutting out of the sea is a rock formation that looks like a giant sitting frog.

4. A majestic eagle has made its home on one of the adjacent islands. The island has one tree where he sits proud and handsome on his perch.

5. Three beautiful small coral/sandy beaches ideal for barbeques. The water is crystal clear and inviting.

6. The views to the mainland are stunning. Looking at the Mouth of the River and the palm lined beach are must have holiday photos.

7. Don’t forget your mask and fins! The snorkeling is the best in the area. There are many different types of fish and coral to explore.

We have an abundance of exotic flora and fauna - wild orchids, exotic birds and multicolored butterflies.  In our Gardens we have some 40 Species of Plants & Trees that have Medicinal benefits its alleged.

For the seafarer why not ask the local fishermen to take you net fishing for the day? You are guaranteed a catch of fish and crabs. Who better to know where to look?


We Also have a Beach Buggies you can hire to explore the Beaches

Horseback riding

Equestrian lovers can spend hours telling you about getting closer to nature by exploring it on horseback or the thrill of a fast canter along the water’s edge. The Horses are very well looked after and located just down the road from the resort. Endurance horses are available for riding lessons as well as longer rides on the beach.

SANCTUARY RESORT is an Ideal base to see many other Sights & Activities.

Visit Cherating: The main attractions are the sight of trained monkeys plucking coconuts, mengkuang leaves being woven into bags, mats, and other local handicrafts. It has a quaint relaxed atmosphere, named by lonely Planet as a must see place.


See Giant Turtles: Cherating is among the favorite spots to watch the giant leatherback turtles nesting and laying their eggs on the shore at certain times of the year, normally during early May to October. You can also see the turtles coming ashore on our beach. It is a very special experience to witness, a life memory.

The Turtle Sanctuary: The sanctuary at Pantai Chendor is recognized as a turtle hatching site, where turtles are able to come ashore and lay eggs. The research centre provides information, education and research on turtles. Under the supervision of the Fisheries Department with the support of the Pahang State Government, it opened to the public in 1998. It is located at chendor, just north of Cherating beach, Pahang.

Highlights: Night Visiting Tour: 7:30pm to 7:30am  Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays : 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm | Fridays: 9am to 12:00pm, 3pm to 5:30pm  Location: Just beside Club Med Cherating
Remarks: The centre is closed on Mondays. The centre is closed from 12pm to 3pm for Friday prayer. The Turtle Sanctuary is at Chendor Beach, next to the entrance to the Club Med resort, There are 3 species not Turtles: GREEN TURTLE (CHELONIA MYDAS), LEATHERBACK TURTLE( DERMOCHELYS) :It is the biggest species in the world and can grow up to two meters. HAWKSBILL TURTLE (ERETMOCHELYS)


Windsurfing. The lagoon at Cherating is a great place to learn or improve your skills. Cost to hire equipment is RM25 per hour and instruction for an extra RM5. Surfing is available during monsoon months (November-March). Average wave heigh 3-5 feet. Sand under foot so very safe for beginners. Cost to hire board is Rm15 per hour and RM60 per day. Boogie boards and wave skis also available.


Kayaking - sea and river kayaking available.

Two person kayaks cost RM 20 per hour, Rm 60 per day ; single person kayaks cost RM10 per hour, Rm 40 per day.

River Trip by Boat. Very nice relaxing trip up the mangrove river to see wildlife with the help of your friendly guide. You could see snakes, water monitor lizards, otters, monkeys, birds, turtles and many more creatures of the jungle. Cost Rm 35 per person for the 2 hour trip if without Transport.


Fire-fly Boat Trip at Night. Trip up the mangrove river at night to see the lovely display of insects flashing on and off like Christmas lights. Cost Rm 20 per person for the 1 hour trip without Transport.



Kuantan and the surrounding area is full of culture, the Kuantan coast offers an easy glimpse into everyday Malay life. Any trip to the area requires at least a quick tour of the town of Kuantan. The town is remarkably friendly and easily to explore on foot.

Mosques give the town's architecture an exotic feel. The colonial-styled Courthouse and Handicraft Center adds contrast.

Old Kuantan is still alive, and a walk down Jalan Besar (literally "Big Street") will take you back in time a little. The town's Hindu and Buddhist temples are located in this area.

Teluk Chempedak is about 3 miles from the town of Kuantan. Teluk Chempedak Forest Reserve. And if you are up to a little hike, there are waterfalls and a mini-zoo, play areas for children, monkeys and a lot more in the area.


About 9 miles north of Kuantan is Balok Beach about the same distance from the Resort -- a paradise for wind-surfing fanatics. Tropical breezes and long stretches of white sand blend with the crystal blue South China Sea to make relaxation impossible to resist. The beach at Balok is acknowledged as one of the 10 best beaches in the world by the international wind-surfing and kite-surfing sportsmen. It is also quite a popular fishing ground for the local boys when the sea is calm.


Royal Pekan. 48km drive south towards the Royal Town. See the resplendent setting of the Palace of The Sultan of Pahang, polo field, an old locomotive, the Royal Stables, Museum, Mosque and a silk-weaving centre

Balok Water Recreation Center: At the beachfront, you can find the Balok Water Recreation Center (Pusat Rekreasi Air Balok), administered by the Kuantan Town Council.  Here sports equipment and other necessary facilities are rented out to the public or groups at very reasonable prices. Water activities such as kayaking, boating, fishing, sailing and jet-skiing are available there. Arrangements can also be made for external activity like jungle trekking at the Teluk Air Tawar Forest Reserve nearby.


Heart pounding, gut-wrenching, totally exhilarating! How else would you describe a ride on nature's roller-coaster? For some, a run down churning, thundering rivers is the ultimate adventure. For these thrill seekers, Malaysia has rivers that would put any amusement park ride to shame. Other Locations and Guides are always on hand to assist you as are we. The journey down the rapids can be on an inflatable dinghy, bamboo raft, or the traditional sampan (dugout canoe). The best river wilds in Pahang can be found in Sungai Tembeling and Jeram Besu in Pahang.

Fly Fishing  Skytrex     Paint Ball Also Rafting and Jungle Trekking is available 30 minutes From the Resort

Taman Pertanian Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Kuantan   Jalan Pintas Kuantan - Kemaman, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang

TASIK CHINI is a remote natural lake which is home to a large settlement of Orang Asli aborigines.

Lake Chini by bus Lake Chini Tour: A 1 ½ hour's drive from Kuantan. Board the motorized sampan at Kg Belimbing to cross Sungai Pahang and Sungai Chini. The boat cuts across the lake to an Orang Asli settlement for a blowpipe demonstration.

The surreal Lake Chini is shrouded in myths and legends, attracting curious travellers and tourists. Approximately 100 km away from Kuantan, the lake's most famous legend is that it was once an ancient Khmer city that became submerged in water. Still, the amazing flora and fauna around the lake offers visitors a picturesque sight and there are chalets and restaurants for overnight visitors. The best time to visit are the months of July to January because at this time the lakes are covered with pink and white lotus flowers.



BESERAH: Situated ten kilometre from Kuantan, Beserah is a fishing village and is well-known for salted fish. A unique practice of the Beserah fisherman is to employ water buffaloes (which are not normally seen on the beach as they are usually used to plough paddy fields or to pull heavy carts), to transport fish from the boats to the processing area. It also boasts a batik factory which involves painting onto material unique designs and colours. There are many cottage handicraft workshops producing items made mostly of sea shells and plant materials such as dried nuts and leaves.

Batik printing cottages can be found at Kampung Beserah and Tanah Putih. Apart from watching the printing or painting process, you could try your hand at designing your very own batik. Beserah has several batik factories and cottage industries which produce handicraft from sea shells and pandanus leaves.

See The Sleeping Budda "The Charah caves have always been the site of a revered Buddhist sanctuary. The caves continue to serve as solitary meditation retreats for Buddhist monks and nuns."

The limestone formation of the Charah Caves is located about 25 km northwest of Kuantan.

The Charah caves have always been the site of a revered Buddhist sanctuary. Visitors may explore some of the caves and gorges, including one that houses an impressive stone sculpture of the reclining Buddha. If you are into rock climbing, the Charah Caves is an ideal climbing spot,it takes approximately 15 minutes to scale to the top. For the more intrepid adventurer, there are a myriad of other caves to explore.

Sungai Pandan Waterfalls: About 25 km from Kuantan is the Sungai Pandan Waterfalls. Spanning 11 hectares, it is easily accessible by main road and a 10-km stretch of paved road.  The waterfalls are about 100 metres high and consist of a series of cascading rapids, culminating in a large sparkling pool, excellent for revitalizing the senses after a dip. Enjoy the serenity of nature under the shade of tropical foliage.

There are lots activities that you can do at the waterfalls. Find a secluded spot where you can try your hand at fishing. If you wish to be at one with nature, you can trek the relatively easy paths thro’ the jungle.

A visit to the Sungai Lembing Museum calls to Sungai Lembing's glory days as Pahang’s richest manufacturer of tin, before the drop in the price of that commodity in 1984. The tin mine in Sungai Lembing was the deepest and longest underground mine in the world, and was once commercialized on a big scale, contributing much to the nation’s economy

Kuantan City Tour: Mingle with the folks at the fishermen’s' jetty. Visit the blue pastel colored mosque and a Hindu temple. Watch how the experts turn a piece of white cloth into a piece of lovely art by deftly interspersing dye and wax in the skillful process of batik-making.

Handicrafts: If you are into handicrafts, Kampung Pandan along the alternative road from Kuantan to Kemaman is a must stop. You will find an assortment of souvenirs made from woven pandan (pandanus) leaves. Or you may want to consider visiting Kampung Sungai Karang where you can find other items like kites and handicrafts. Pahang silk is produced at the Pahang Silk Weaving Centre at Sungai Soi in Kuantan and Pulau Keladi in Pekan. At these centre’s, you will also get a chance to watch the delicate silk weaving process.

Kuala Gandah: Elephant Conservation Centre

The Elephant Conservation Centre is 40km from Bentong, its dedicated to the rescue of abandoned or wild-caught elephants. Here, elephants that have been caught destroying crops are moved and then transported to other remote forests where they can avoid conflicts with farmers. There're also tame elephants, visitors can feed and play with during bathing hours in the river. Open daily (8.00 am to 4.30 pm) Activities are held from 2.00pm to 3.45pm. Located in Kuala Gandah, 40km from Bentong


Royal Pahang Golf Club is a long established 18-hole golf course in Kuantan. It is about 30 minutes drive from the Resort Address: Km.5, Jalan Telok Sisek, 25700 Kuantan, Pahang.

Awana Kijal Golf Course, this is about 45 minutes drive from the Resort. The par-72 18-hole championship golf course KM28, Jalan Kemaman-Dungun, 24100 Kijal, Kemaman Terengganu Darul Iman, Malaysia.

Pantai Lagenda Golf & Country Club.  A good 18-hole golf course about 55 minutes drive from the Resort. Lot 877, Kampung Kuala Pahang, 26660 Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia.

Taman Teruntum

Taman Teruntum is yet another popular recreational park near Kuantan with plenty of playgrounds for children as well as small ponds and canals. They have built tree houses in some of the larger trees, climb up, relax. Horse-riding is also available. Watch out for the free-roaming mischievous monkeys. To see more animals, visit the mini zoo here which has a sun bear, porcupines, snakes, birds, tortoises and other creatures. Opening Hours: All day open Location: uphill on the road to Teluk Chempedak, opposite the Royal Kuantan Golf Club.

ECO TOURISM The rainforests around Kuantan in Pahang state are Peninsular Malaysia’s richest repository of flora and fauna. Millions of species of trees, plants, shrubs and moving creatures thrive in these deep, tropical forests, offering fascinating sights to explore.

National Park (Taman Negara) Taman Negara is indeed one the oldest rainforests in the entire world, estimated at 130 million years old. The abundance and diversity of nature is phenomenal in Taman Negara, one of the world's most complex and rich ecosystems. The park is open all year round. Please note that Taman Negara is a restricted area. All visitors to the park must get permits from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm  Address: KM 10, Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.


Endau Rompin: Endau-Rompin National Park is the second designated national park in Peninsular Malaysia after Taman Negara (National Park). It contains the one of world's oldest rainforests and the volcanic rocks there date back 248 million years. It’s about 1 Hour away from the Sanctuary Resort. There are many attractions and activities available for the Eco friendly, nature loving guest. These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you want us to research a specific activity before your arrival just let us know.


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