There are many type of motorise water sport activities at Penang beaches.
To name them are water scooter, banana boat pull by the other boat, the parasut sailing.
The operators would always give the safety briefing before a tourist actually start the game.
Those who are healthy and brave can play the games.
Bathu Feringghi has a decent beach with trees who give some shade (until 4pm), some cheaper hotels and a lot of good hotels and restaurants.
Bus 101 goes to Batu Feringghi (from Weld Quai, Jalan Chulia, Komtar..), takes about 30 to 60 minutes depending on trafic, get off at Golden Sands Hotel, between Golden Sands and Lone Pine Hotel is a short path to the sea (with some shops and cheap foodstalls), 2,70 Ringit exact fare! Or use a taxi, no meter, you have to agree about the price before.
Also a nice beach:
Pantai Kerachut, go with bus 101, 3,40 Ringits, to the last station, Teluk Bahang, at the entrance of the Penang National Park, you will have a nice well signpostet walk trough some tropical forest for about 1 hour to a emty (exept weekends) beach.
The “Foreigner’s Rock”, or better known as Batu Ferringhi, is a very popular place in Penang. And abundant in all kind of facilities for visitors. Although the beach is famous, the water is not exactly that crystal-clear. It is told the many visitors do not take care of the beach, however the beach area is rather clean and great for even a brief visit.
I heard the Ferringhi Beach once was world-famous in the 70's where it attracted tourists from all over the world. Even Hippies did overrun the area and stayed there for months, enjoying the pristine beach, the sand and weather ... I can imagine that *big smile*
I will definitely recommend a tour to the monkey beach , we got the package from the tour operator, we were 6 friends so we paid 200 Mr for the 4 hour tour to the beach . You have to pay 30 ringgit per person for buffet there. They make nice BBQ there dont forget to carry your salt and pepper because there they have only catchup and chilli sauce. Beach was very nice and on the way to beach we practiced some fishing , though i was unable to catch anything, my two other friends caught some.
While you are staying at batu ferrenghi you can enjoy para sailing, jet skiing and banana boat ride. Horse riding is available there as well u can hire buggies to ride.
My hotel was situated here. It's the most popular beach destination for both locals & tourists on the island. The stretch of beach is lined with many hotels & resorts, these offer various water sports, leisure and shopping activities. Even though the area was well developed, it was still possible to find quiet secluded areas of beach.
We came to Penang to visit Malaysia beach paradises ! Well, we went to Batu Ferringhi "the best beach in Penang". Our experience can be summed up in one word "disappointment".
No doubt this beach has been neglected for some times as admitted by Penang own Tourism officials. The hand rail walking down the beach was rusted to the core. One unfortunate cut there and you can kiss this world goodbye. Water sport facilities are the main activities there, but they polluted the water so much (along side other hotels in the area). The water is so murky I cannot see my own hand 20 cm apart. It was all itchy, after I dipped myself in the water (not foolish enough to swim though).
I was by a Malaysian friend that Landkawi beaches are better, however as Penang is a busier town, we chose Penang to experience the culture and the ambience. The food is nice, the town is quiet. But if it the beaches you come for, then there are better options elsewhere.
The famous beaches of Penang include Tanjung Bunga, Batu Ferringhi, and Teluk Bahang and they all offer scenic delights of a tropical island paradise.
Along the north-western coastline, on the opposite side of the island from Georgetown, lie some of the finest and least known beaches on the island. Sparkling sea, powdery white sand, and sunlight filtering through coconut groves awaits those who are willing to hike the jungle paths that are the beaches' only access. The effort is more than worthwhile.
Head to the Feringhi Beach to try out the parasailing, a must try, a real breathtaking view and exciting experience...I didnt dare to try out but friend of mine did, before the parasailing you will be brief about the safety, takeoff & landing techniques. Please listen carefully for everything the operator said coz some customers land on the tree!!
You will have a chance to see lot of jelly fish from top.
It cost around RM60/person for a longer trip and RM 50/person for a shorter trip. You can have a companion with you during this trip and it will cost double.
Between Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi is Tanjung Bungah.
In Malay, it means "Flower Cape". There are several small sandy beaches like Miami Beach, Moon Light Bay, etc and rocky capes with hotels.
Popular with locals for fishing off the rocks and family picnic and playing in the sand and sea along the beaches. Caution that the beaches can have submerged rocky and so you might hit one and sink.
Not safe to walk along the road but some have bicycled from beach to beach.
Penang most famous beach is along Batu Ferringhi (Portuguese rock in Malay).
There is a string of hotels like Golden Sands, Rasa Sayang, Holiday Inn, Bayview Beach, etc.
Beaches are public and so you can just walk in through some of the public access or through one of the hotels. Recommend park free at Golden Sands and walk through.
Plenty of water sport activities to choose from - sky parachute, jet ski, water ski and sailing. No waves for surfing. Be careful because accidents and fatalities have happened.
Also horseback riding and foot reflexology massage is abundant.
If swimming, beware of jelly fish. Ask hotel staff or local before jumping into the open sea.
Wonderful sunset if you can hang around. Best to stay at one of the hotels, swim in the simming in the pool, laze on a deck and walk along the beach.
The Northern coast of the island is a succession of beaches and big rocks. This area is known as Batu Ferringhi, that translates as ·Rock of the Foreigner·, as it was here where the Portuguese first set foot and there are a lot of big rocks.
This area is where most of the hotels and resorts are to be found.
Batu Ferringhi is named after the first Europeans (tourists) that landed there. This strip of beach is now lined with highrise hotels, shops, and restaurants. Sunbathing and watersports is the main attraction here.
This is a stretch of beach area, north of Penang Island, where a clusters of hotels and seaside resorts are located. It is a popular destination for travellers, and a nice place for one to enjoy a restful day. On a bright, windy day, one can try the parachute glide above the sea (RM60 - 80). At night after 7pm, there is a night market, commonly known as Pasar Malam, along the main road.
The cheapest way to travel between Batu Ferringhi and Georgetown is by public buses. That costs about RM$2.30, compared with a cab fare, ranging from RM$23 to $30. The bus stop is outside Golden Sands resort.
The beach is nice.
Water sports are cheaper than anywhere I've been to.
Parasailing is only for RM35!
There are a few water sports operators along the beach, so look around and compare prices before paying.
Horse riding is also available for as cheap as RM30 or RM80, depending on which operator you go to.
The beach looks lovely and makes for some great photos. Unfortunately the sea looks pretty dirty and also I didn't want to risk getting stung by jellyfish. It's the only holiday I've been on where I haven't swum in the sea - it really isn't very appealing. I'd say make sure that your hotel has a good pool that you can use, otherwise spend some time on Langkawi where the water is clearer. I really enjoyed Penang but felt a bit cheated by the beaches seeing as it's sold as being a paradise beach location :o(