Malaysia may not offer the challenge that die-hard surfers seek, but in season, the waves do roll in and the wind does blow at Cherating. Although Cherating Beach’s surf scene relies on monsoon season swells, a fun surf session can be had from roughly October through March with the best waves in December and January. Decent boards and lessons are also readily available. The main operator, ... Read more about Learn to surf, windsurf and kiteboard .
Mangrove tours can vary in flavour, from a simple boat ride on the water to a more interesting look at the diverse fauna and flora, depending on your guide. While the mangroves here are not nearly as impressive (nor as expansive) as those at Langkawi, the mangroves at Cherating are worth experiencing. Payung Guesthouse is the most popular backpacker operator that runs these trips with both ... Read more about Mangrove and firefly tours .
The turtle sanctuary is on the next bay north from Cherating on the same beautiful beach that hosts Club Med. It is easily reached by hired bicycle or you can do a tour. If you really wanted, you could walk here, but it would be a solid hour-plus walk each way. We'd suggest making a half-day trip of it -- spend an hour at the sanctuary then hang out on the beach -- just remember to bring your ... Read more about Turtle sanctuary .