Kerteh is a district in Kemaman District, Terengganu, Malaysia. Kerteh located on East coast in peninsular Malaysia. The distance from Kerteh to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 350 km (218 miles). Kerteh is one of the bases of oil and gas operations for Petronas in Terengganu, overseeing the oil platform operations off the state's coast as well as petrochemicals production and crude oil refining in nearby Paka. Kerteh is a two hours trip to Kuala Terengganu by land transport. The economy of this tiny town has increased in a night-time changing from 'no city' to a city with an important economic role for Malaysia. During night-time, visitors can enjoy seeing a bright fire that causes from the release pipe at sea.
Petroliam Nasional Berhad or Petronas retain the airport for airlifting its employees and ExxonMobil employees to their various oil platforms that located 100–200 km offshore the South China Sea. The airport only can be landed by STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft such as turboprop aircraft like ATR and Boeing 737-400. There is no direct flight to the Kerteh Airport. The airport is operated as a charter flight that is contracted to Petronas oil and gas employees from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, which located in Subang, Selangor. Most of the time, Kerteh Airport is used by the helicopters that were used to transport the workers to the oil rig.
The airport is located 140 km (87 miles) from Kerteh and this airport is for the domestic flight. Travellers need to land to Sultan Mahmud Airport and take land transport to Kerteh with additional 1 hour 30 minutes trip. The airport is situated in Kuala Nerus, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. There are two flights available to book from Changi Airport, Singapore to Sultan Mahmud Airport that can be booked which is from Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air.
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Average temperatures in Kerteh vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures is hot all year with a meager chance of rain throughout the year. The tourist needs to bring a sunscreen all the time. The best time to Kerteh is on May, April, and June, which is the warmest time to walk to the beach and travel to local places. During the night, the temperature can be dropped from 33 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius.
Tropical Rainforest of Menduru – It located in 10 km from Kerteh Town via Paka - Kerteh Road and 120 km from Kuala Terengganu Town. The Water Frenzy Forest is located within Rasau Kerteh Forest Reserve, which is a low dipterocarp forest. Many facilities are accessible for visitors such as huts, public toilets, pedestrian walkways, water supply and camping sites. The rainforest is open from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm. For camping and overnight stay, please contact the District Forest Office. The rainforest is open to public visitors for free in charge. The visitors need to use their own transport to go here.
Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary – It located 1.7 km of beach and 70 hectares of flat sandy plains is Ma’ Daerah from Kerteh. This baby turtle is a hatch in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia between the towns of Kerteh and Paka. It is one of most important turtle nesting beaches for all four species of marine turtles found in Malaysia. Ma’ Daerah beach will be announced as a turtle sanctuary, while the surrounding Bukit Labohan has been proposed as a State Park. Visitors can have experience here to release the baby turtle at night and always follow the rules such as don't turn on your touch light to avoid the baby turtle scared.
EcoCare Environmental Education Centre – The Centre is located on Kerteh, which aims at providing integrated environmental education on the restoration and rehabilitation of mangrove habitat along the Kerteh River. It is fully subsidized by PCG and managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). The visitors can visit from 9 am until 5 pm daily. Visitors can get information about locals plants such as mangrove.