Firstly, getting to Monkey Beach. From KOMTAR bus station you take bus 101 all the way to the very end. The driver yelled and everyone remaining on the bus exited. The bus will then turn around and head back to Georgetown (this is also how you get back). If you are nervous about missing the stop, we recommend downloading Maps.me and following along on the map as the bus travels. The one way trip cost us 3RMB .
From the bus you have two options, hiking or boating to get to Monkey Beach. The boat cost us about 50 RMB, but you have to negotiate on a price. Boats to hire can be found right outside the national park entrance. You will need to sign in at the Park office before you are allowed to enter the park, no matter which transportation choice you make (the park office was closed when we left, but you are “supposed to” sign out of the park as well).
The bus ride took at least an hour, and we stood for a lot of the trip. Our bus driver seemed set on trying to drive off a cliff into the water, but somehow we survived.
The boat ride to Monkey Beach took about ten minutes, and was pretty enjoyable. If you have back issues though, this might be a rough ride.
Be careful of jelly fish if you decide to swim. We made a video about Beth’s experience getting stung by a jelly fish (I will link it below). in summary, if you get stung you will likely be okay, but it will certainly hurt!! Be careful if you are with children and maybe don’t put your face under water.
We packed snacks and beverages to have a picnic on the beach. Make sure that you take your garbage with you. The monkeys of Monkey Beach like to tear apart the garbage cans on the beach, and have made quite a mess of people’s rubbish.