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  • Location: Penang, Malaysia
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Find yourself surrounded by myriad colors as beautiful butterflies flutter about at the Penang Butterfly Farm. This private half-day tour includes the Penang Botanic Gardens, located at the foot of Penang Hill. You’ll see more than 120 species of rare and exotic tropical butterflies, live tropical insects and unique reptiles. Then stroll with your private guide through a rich collection of tropical flora in gardens inhabited by long-tailed macaques. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is included.


  • Private tour of Penang Butterfly Farm and Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Observe local varieties as well as rare and endangered butterfly species
  • See scorpions and other fascinating insects and reptiles
  • Spot long-tailed macaques that make the botanical gardens their home
  • Learn about Malaysia’s native flora and other tropical wonders from your private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle

What You Can Expect

Private Penang Tour: Butterfly Farm and Penang Botanic Gardens

Pivate Tour: Penang Botanical Garden & Butterfly Farm Tour

This private tour is perfect for nature lovers! In the specially designed natural environment of a butterfly sanctuary you’ll find more than 4,000 butterflies flitting among the flowers and see entertaining monkeys playing in the botanical gardens.

After hotel pickup by private vehicle, your guide will take you on a private tour of the Penang Butterfly Farm. Watch brilliantly colored butterflies float in the air as you wander through an enchanted garden that 120 species of regional and exotic tropical butterflies inhabit. You’ll find a living museum for preserved butterflies of the world at the hatchery, a leading center for research, breeding and education to help protect rare and endangered species. In addition, investigate a variety of creatures such as snakes, frogs, turtles and free-flying birds.
After your tour of the Butterfly Farm, your private guide will whisk you away to the foot of Penang Hill, site of the 75-acre (30-hectare) Penang Botanic Gardens—more popularly known as the Waterfall Gardens. The lush and undulating gardens, established in 1884, were transformed from an old granite quarry. Stroll through a rich collection of tropical flora, which supports many unique animals. You will be greeted by long-tailed macaques who make these gardens their kingdom. With help from your guide, you may also be able to spot dusky-leafed monkeys, known as spectacled langurs as they appear to be wearing spectacles!

Attractions you’ll see during your botanical tour include the magnificent rain tree, whose umbrella-shaped canopy and small pinkish-white flowers provide great shade. Admire the remarkable cannon ball tree, which bears large, globular fruits that attain the size of a human head and contain a mass of sour-smelling pulp. The candle tree is something not to miss with its 6-inch (17-cm) long fruits that resemble little green candles.

Afterward, your guide will transport you by private vehicle back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The Butterfly Farm was awesome. Be sure to take one of the guided walks led by members of the staff. The times are posted on the wall near the doors of the restrooms. The Botanic Gardens were a total disappointment. All of the interesting collections are in big cages "to protect them from monkeys and humans," so you can't see anything. The only plants you are allowed see up close and personal are in the "formal garden." They are nothing special and not even very well maintained. Special kudos to Viator's partner in Penang. When we arrived at the cruise port, there was no one there to meet us. A guide from another company kindly called the number on our voucher and eventually told us that the company was sending a driver. It turned out that I had booked the tour for the following day, but I don't think they would even have told me it was my mistake unless I had asked. Except for a longer than expected wait at the cruise terminal, everything went as planned--just a day early.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

I have been before but well worth a second visit, l was not disappointed, we arrived early before the coachloads of tourist, well worth a visit

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