Almost didn’t go because of the bad reviews, but so glad we did!
Tickets to the park are 50 myr per adult. Make sure you don’t arrive between 1-2pm as they close for break! We arrived at 1pm and only just managed to get tickets!!
We already knew we wanted tk walk the trail to the beach with the turtle sanctuary on and from reading previous reviews knew we needed to book a return boat. We spoke to a lady at one of the stalls outside and booked a boat to collect us from the beach to return back. The cost she gave us was 100 myr to go straight back or 120 myr to call at monkey beach on the way. There was two of us. We decided to call at monkey beach. She advised us that the trail we wanted to do usually took 1.30hr to walk and so suggested booking the boat for 2.30hrs time to give us time on the beach. We booked and set off on our hike!
The path is initially paved and we walked past monkeys and stopped to watch a lizard soak in the water. The path was extremely well signposted and was initially a 20 min uphill hike and then up/down the rest. I don’t do a lot of fitness but it was fine for me. The path is uneven natural trail so trainers are definitely a must. We also wore long socks in case of any leeches (didn’t see any but have walked a few forests with them!).
We arrived at the beach having thoroughly enjoyed our jungle walk and looking out for animals along the way. We visited the turtle sanctuary and it was lovely to see the work being done to help.
There is no drink stalls on the turtle beach. Our boat came and he was very informative on the way back, telling us about the different rocks, animals and forest. We stopped at monkey beach for a drink (stalls are here!) and then jumped back on the boat to go back to the pier.
All in all a great afternoon out and we were so glad we did it.
Note: definitely book your boat before you set off on the walk!