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Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

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Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Please can anyone tell us about the beach; how does it compare to Caribbean beaches? Also, our daughter needs to swim in warm water (she has a heart condition but loves the sea), and we have heard from other reviews that the water is clogged with seaweed, not especially clear etc... Can anyone please comment on whether the water is warm, safe and clean? Many thanks

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1. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

The water will be warm, not clear and not recommended for swimming as there is a chance of a jellyfish sting.

The beach is nothing like the Caribbean ones. They are far superior. Better to use the hotel pools-- they will be warm.

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2. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Hotel pools are the go. Temperature is around high twenties centigrade.

Gaja

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3. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Hi Thanks for your response. Are the jellyfish a problem in August too?

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4. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

All year round I'm afraid.

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5. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

At the moment, areas of the beach are unsafe. Please read this article before you go. themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pena…

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6. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Warning - the beach is polluted but the authorities have not cordoned off the area. Make sure you don't swim anywhere near where water flows from the land into the sea.

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7. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Hi, Our son also has a heart condition, He was fine in the pools, a word of caution though, whilst the pool temperatures are warm, there is a marked difference between the water and the ambient temperature, so they may need have an gradual entrance initially to avoid unnecessary shock to the system. After a few minutes no problem, and he was readily in and out. The sea was a bit of a no-go due to the Jelly fish posing what would be an undue risk. we;re back there in three weeks, for a three week visit, Can't wait.

Enjoy..

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8. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

Dear TinaSwitzerland, depending which News Paper you read here, the story may change on its importance! The issue has been reviewed and actions been taken, similarly precautions were taken.

The situation should hopefully return to order within this few days. Everyone is monitoring.

Thanks

Francois

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9. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

nst.com.my/latest/penang-govt-blames-iwk-for… Still no mention of the area being cordonned off today and local authorities are passing buck to Federal government.

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10. Re: Batu Ferrenghi beach & sea

There are more issues with the beach than pollution which I will come to.

Pollution; there is no doubt that the uncontrolled development behind the beach is leading both to water pollution and environmental degradation with litter and rubbish everywhere. Responsibility for any action is so diffuse that inaction results. The dank dark fetid pool in the middle of the beach has just been released into the sea by a mechanical digger - I doubt it is dangerous - just rank.

Other problems include - aggressive take over of the beach space by paragliding operators who fail to observe their licensed space. Unsafe operation with no second crew member in the tow boat. Jet Ski operators not using the kill cord nor requiring clients to do so. Jet skis operating after 1900.

There is clearly no local nor state government prepared to and capable of developing the potential of the beach.

Most foreign tourists thus enjoy the mangy excellent hotel swimming pools

Edited: 16 February 2014, 08:50
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