Balik Pulau is a town situated at the western side of Penang Island, being placed under the Southwest Penang Island District, Penang, Malaysia. In Malay, the name carries the meaning of ‘the back of the island’ which is a reference to the geographical location of the town which is separated from the capital George Town by the island’s central hills. Initially started off as an agricultural town in 1794 by the British East India Company, this town is still heavily reliant on agriculture as its main economic driver, with some of the state’s famous produces such as nutmegs, cloves and durians originating from this town. The initiative was started off by British’s inspiration to encourage spice cultivation to cover the administrative costs of the island with an intention to promote the area as the center of spice production.
Later on, during the first half of the 19th century, the clove and nutmeg farms of Balik Pulau would attract the Malay refugees fleeing the Siamese invasion of Kedah, as well as Chinese immigrants who were then employed at the farms. The atmosphere at the town has always been the stark contrast of the busier George Town which is placed on the eastern part of the island. Regardless of that, in present, Balik Pulau has begun gaining tractions and attracted developers to build houses and high-rise buildings around the place due to the belief that Balik Pulau would offer lower and more stable land values.
There are flights to Penang Island from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Balik Pulau using public transportation or ride-sharing services.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to Balik Pulau. The journey could take up to four hours depending on the current traffic situation.
Being one of the remote beaches of Penang, Kerachut Beach is a lovely stretch of white sandy beach located in the Penang National Park on the west coast of Penang Island. Upon reaching here, one can find a very rare meromictic lake, which is merely a lake of two layers of salt and fresh water that don't mix. The beach is also home to the Penang Turtle Sanctuary, where green turtles that are nesting here from April to August are placed under the protection of the State Fisheries Department, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and the Forestry Department.
Situated at 800 feet above sea level on the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang, the Tropical Fruit Farm ensures visitors to enjoy the sight of the haven of the many types of tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees cultivated in the area. Opened back in 1993, the farm of 25 acres in size boasts 250 species of rare and exotic fruit trees acquired within the region as well as other areas around the globe such as Central and South America, Central Africa, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and many more. Visitors are allowed to sample these fruits and enjoy the deliciousness of the fruits planted here and follows guided tours in which each fruits will be explained to visitors for educational purposes.
An exotic four star accommodation located in Kiri N/T 168, Bukit Penara Mukim 6 which offers a very beautiful view of the island. Hotel facilities include in-room safe, desk, cable television, shower and tub, swimming pool and airport transfer services.
A more tranquil four star resort located in 150 Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang. The settings are good with excellent services and facilities such as express checkouts and check-ins, laundry service, luggage storage, outdoor pool and many more.