Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary is located at the northern part of Redang Island which is the main landing place for Green and Hawskbill turtle. It is one of the important nesting beaches in Redang Island, with nesting ranging from 700 to 1700 nests annually. Peak nesting season is from May to July. This beach is closed to public after being gazetted as a turtle sanctuary by the Terengganu state government in 2005, only Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) researchers and volunteers are allowed on the beach. Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary is a secluded and sheltered bay surrounded by majestic rocky cliffs. Its 350m crescent-shaped beach overlooks clear blue waters and a pristine coral reef — a perfect environment for sea turtles to take shelter and feed before making their way onto the beach to nest.​

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Turtle species at Chagar Hutang

Turtle Species at
Chagar Hutang

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Chelonia mydas

Local name : Penyu agar, Penyu pulau
Shell length : 90 – 110 cm
Weight : 110 – 180 kg
Eggs produced : 100 – 140 eggs
Incubation period : 45 – 70 days
Nesting season : January – October
Colour : Olive-brown to green or black
Food : Predominantly seagrass and seaweeds
The green turtle is the main nester in Chagar Hutang sanctuary. During 90’s there were only about 200 – 300 nests of green turtles per year in Chagar Hutang. But as the conservation work progress, now we have more than 1, 000 – 1, 500 nests per year. The highest nests number recorded was in 2020, with 1731 nest protected and more than 30 nesting activities per night during the peak season. If you are lucky enough, you can even find them swimming in our bay!.

Chelonia mydas

Local name               : Penyu agar, Penyu pulau
Shell length              : 90 – 110 cm
Weight                       : 110 – 180 kg
Eggs produced         : 100 – 140 eggs
Incubation period    : 45 – 70 days
Nesting season        : January – October
Colour                        : Olive-brown to green or black
Food                           : Predominantly seagrass and seaweeds
The green turtle is the main nester in Chagar Hutang sanctuary. During 90’s there were only about 200 – 300 nests of green turtles per year in Chagar Hutang. But as the conservation work progress, now we have more than 1, 000 – 1, 500 nests per year. The highest nests number recorded was in 2020, with 1731 nest protected and more than 30 nesting activities per night during the peak season. If you are lucky enough, you can even find them swimming in our bay!.

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Eretmochelys imbricata

Local name : Penyu sisik, Penyu Karah
Shell length : 70 – 90 cm
Weight : 40 – 90 kg
Eggs produced : 70 – 160 eggs
Incubation period : 60 – 70 days
Nesting season : March – September
Colour : Combination of dark brown, yellow and brown
Food : Predominantly sponges
The hawksbill is our rare nester, with less than 10 nests per year. They can be identified through their hawk like beak and beautiful carapace. They are also significantly smaller than our green turtles and spend less time during the nesting process but with a bit of luck, you might have the chance to see them!

Eretmochelys imbricata

Local name               : Penyu sisik, Penyu Karah
Shell length              : 70 – 90 cm
Weight                       : 40 – 90 kg
Eggs produced         : 70 – 160 eggs
Incubation period    : 60 – 70 days
Nesting season        : March – September
Colour                        : Combination of dark brown, yellow and brown
Food                           : Predominantly sponges
The hawksbill is our rare nester, with less than 10 nests per year. They can be identified through their hawk like beak and beautiful carapace.  They are also significantly smaller than our green turtles and spend less time during the nesting process but with a bit of luck, you might have the chance to see them!