PAHANG – East Coast Of Peninsular Malaysia
The calm blue waters of the South China Sea make Cherating one of the most alluring beach resorts in Malaysia. A number of water sports such as catamaran sailing and kayaking can be enjoyed here.
Located 47 km north of Kuantan, the capital of Pahang, Cherating is home to the world famous Club Med. The excellent wind conditions in Cherating make it the perfect site for windsurfing and kite flying. Hire a bicycle and explore the beach surroundings. Look out for small entries by the roadside selling inexpensive local favourites and interesting stalls selling souvenirs.
Experience the rustic and laid-back atmosphere at the Cherating Village and take home a handicraft or batik souvenir. Chendor Beach, just a few minutes from Cherating is a favourite spot for turtle watching. The turtle sanctuary here is where turtles come to lay eggs during the nesting period. Nearer to the town of Kuantan are the beaches of Teluk Chempedak and Balok. Sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing can be enjoyed when wind and sea conditions are favourable. Beserah, less then 10-minutes from Kuantan is a fishing village. An interesting sight here is water buffaloes on the beach transporting fish to the markets at certain times of the year.
Cherating is a 5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the scenic route to the east coast. There are buses to Kuantan departing daily from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuantan, there are regular bus and taxi services to Cherating. Alternatively, take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Dungun or Kemaman in Terengganu, and disembark at Cherating.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia has daily flights to Kuantan. From the airport, Cherating is just 45-minutes away.
JOHOR – Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia
This popular seaside destination in Johor is great for a family vacation. Its a magnificent view of the South China Sea.
Desaru boasts 25km of inviting beaches fringed by palms and casuarinas. It lies in the south-eastern corner of Johor, approximately 98km from Johor Bahru. The waters here are conductive for swimming, waterskiing, canoeing and catamaran sailing. In Desaru, you can enjoy thrilling adventures such as learning how to fly an ultra-light aircraft or take part in a go-kart race. Other forms of recreation include jungle trekking, horseback riding, archery and off-road adventures. Accommodation here includes hotels as well as budget chalets, dormitories and camping grounds. The Desaru International Triathlon is held here annually. The Tanjung Balau Fishermen’s Museum, a few kilometres away, features exhibits on the lifestyle of the local fisher folk.
Desaru is easily accessible as there is public transportation from Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi or Tanjung Belungkor. Buses are available from Kuala Lumpur.
There is a ferry service from Changi Point in Singapore to Tanjung Belungkor where transport to Desaru can be arranged.
PORT DICKSON BEACH
NEGERI SEMBILAN – Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia
Port Dickson is the most popular beach on Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast. Its proximity to the nation’s capital, and ample accommodation facilities make it a preferred venue for a host of events and recreation.
Port Dickson, or fondly known as PD, is the pride of Negeri Sembilan. This state is well-known for its unique matrilineal system of Adat Pepatih, whish is distinctly reflected in the state’s architecture of upswept roofs. Port Dickson has an almost unbroken coastline stretching up to 18km. Its sunny beaches, lined by tall palm trees and shady casuarinas, are washed by th gentle waves of the Straits of Malacca. Teluk Kemang and the Blue Lagoon beaches are popular tourist spots here.Teluk Kemang, situated on the 9th mile of the coastal road is one of the longest stretches in Port Dickson. Enjoy a splash in the warm waters, or delight in activities such as canoeing, parasailing, yachting or speed boat rides. The Blue Lagoon, 11km south of Port Dickson town, is tucked away from the main road and offers hours of fun in an undisturbed setting. The Port Dickson Fest and the International Port Dickson Iron Man Triathlon are two exciting annual events in these beaches. A string of five-star resorts, hotel and private bungalows occupy the Port Dickson coastline. Alternatively, camp out by the beach for a pleasant night under the stars.
Port Dickson holds the distinction of being the first place where competitive sailing was introduced in the country. The Admiral marina and Leisure Club offers excellent and comprehensive facilities for yachters including moorage, full club services, brokerage and boat repairs. The Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club has extensive facilities for members and is able to accommodate Optimist and Laser crafts. The charming coastal town has a variety of attractions, from nature-based temptations to historical monuments. Close to Blue Lagoon is Cape Rachado or Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse. Built in the 16th century, this lighthouse was used to guide vessels sailing to Malacca, then a thriving port-of-call in the region. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from this vantage point. To the northeast of Port Dickson is thee Lukut Fort, erected to protect the tin-rich town of Lukut. The museum here offers glimpses into the history of the town.
East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo
Sarawak has a coastline that runs 700km along the north-western side of Borneo. A good place to begin discovering its beauty is Damai Beach, in Santubong.
Sarawak, Land of the Hornbills, is the largest state in Malaysia. Its colourful history under the rule of the White Rajahs, rich tapestry of cultures and traditions, spectacular natural attractions and fascinating wildlife make the state a riveting land of adventures. This vacation spot is embraced by the South China Sea and has the majestic jungle-clad Mount Santubong as its backdrop. Some of the state’s best beach resorts located here include the Holiday Inn Damai Beach resort, holiday Inn Damai Lagoon, Santubong Kuching Resort and Damai Rainforest Resort. A short drive away from this beach is the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum of the various ethnic cultures in the state. Located about 90km from Kuching are the pristine beaches of Siar, Semantan, Penyok and Bandung, ideal for swimming and sun bathing. Sarawak’s national parks offer a host of adventures for eco-lovers. Tanjung Datu National Park, at the western tip of Sarawak, has some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and vibrant coral life.
Similajau National Park in the northeast, features golden sandy beaches that face the south China Sea. In Bako National Park, discover a sandy coastline that is ideal for swimming and sunset watching. Sightings of the long nosed proboscis monkey, a species unique to Borneo will be a memorable experience. Explore the Bako National park and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre for a glimpse of Sarawak’s natural treasures. On the northernmost corner of Sarawak, the long stretches of beaches in Miri are a popular weekend getaway. The Luak Bay and Hawaii Beach are among the well-known shores in Miri. Miri is dubbed the ‘gateway to adventure’ as it is the take-off point to exciting destinations such as Mulu Caves, Niah caves, Lambir Hills and Bareo Highlands. Rivers are the traditional made of transport in Sarawak. They offer a splendid way to take in the sights of the city.