A further three kilometres from the mangrove boardwalk is a sign marking the turnoff to Pantai Barakuda, a lovely little beach which is also home to a turtle breeding program.
The beach is a sliver of white sand fringed by palm trees with water worthy of taking a dip in. From time to time, hatchlings from the turtle conservation programme are released here and you are able to participate in their release for a fee.
But this situation is more stumbled upon rather than a planned event, so asking around when you get there might be the best option if you want to see this programme in operation.
From the turnoff, follow the dirt tracks and ask for directions to the beach. It’s a bit of a labyrinth of dirt tracks, so don’t be surprised if you end up at someone’s house rather than the beach when you first attempt this.
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