We have a few days in Cenang in August, are there likely to be jellyfish or will it be safe to swim in the sea?
Jellyfish are present in the sea all the time so yes, they will be there in August. If you are intending to swim in the sea then you will need to watch out for them.
Alternatively chose a hotel with a pool and use that for swimming.
Firstly thanks for all your advice and tips, Steady!
I’m currently in Langkawi and there’s been a big jellyfish panic on Tengah beach this morning - don’t know if anybody has been stung but all the swimmers and paddlers are out of the water, and there’s a couple of locals on a jet ski with a net who appear to be searching the waters.
It is definitely an issue here, but we’ve been in the sea every day - I guess it’s a bit like the possibility of treading on an adder on moorland in England on a hot summers day!
I was in Tengah last week, swimming in the sea every day - I didn’t go very far out, but certainly was not aware of any noticeable currents.
Saw one dead large jellyfish on the beach, but I guess they’re always present in variable numbers. The incoming tide brings numbers of small juveniles into shore - you can’t see them in the water, and they do give you little stings, nothing painful just noticeable - a bit like a mild stinging nettle for us British! It didn’t stop us going in the water, and the sensation soon passes.
Thanks so much for the info @Mopezone1 :)
the beach at Tengah is well known for rip tides. please google 'rip tides' - you will find excellent information on what to look for, and how to behave if you get caught in one. rip tides are not constant - they can arise suddenly. knowing what to do can save your life.
Thanks a lot for this important info! :)