On the Isle of Outcasts


A fascinating hike on Pulau Jerejak offers a rare glimpse into Penang’s history.

Most Penangites are aware of Pulau Jerejak, located between Penang Island and the mainland, with the two bridges to its north and its south. But few have taken the ferry across to explore the island, and even fewer are aware of its historical significance. I have hiked here twice – once in 2012 and again earlier this year; in the intervening years this already neglected piece of Penang’s heritage has sadly noticeably decayed further.

After a pleasant 10-minute boat ride across the water from the jetty near Queensbay Mall we disembarked at the jetty by the hotel, the Jerejak Rainforest Resort.

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