It was a lazy saturday and we decided to take a drive into Malaysia to visit Tanjung Piai National Park. Spent a good 3 hours there and spotted lots of mangrove creatures including fish, mangrove crabs, lizards, birds, and horse-shoe crabs. These HSCs are quite big (between 8-10 inches) compared to the ones we see along the coasts of singapore. Fun tip: horse-shoe crabs have 2 compound eyes on the top of their shells with a range of about 3 feet. The eyes are used for locating mates.
Dubbed the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, Tanjung Piai is a haven for a diverse species of flora and fauna, including those unique to mangrove areas such as mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers and crab-eating macaques. Tanjung Piai is also famous for being a hot spot for birdwatchers to visit during the migratory season which falls around September and March.
Located within the district of Pontian, Johor, Tanjung Piai is a place where the earth and sea, plant and animal life, live in blissful harmony. Tanjung Piai Johor National Park covers an area of over 926ha — 526ha of which comprise of coastal mangroves. There are two entry points to Tanjung Piai – the one at Sungai Belukang and the other at Desa Sri Piai. Entry into the Tanjung Piai park requires a minimal fee of just RM3 for adults (Malaysians) and RM5 for foreign visitors, payable at Tanjung Piai’s visitor’s complex.
Park opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Counter 1: Open on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Counter 2: Open daily except on Mondays
Closed on Mondays – All counters