Malaysia is a nation located in the equatorial region. Owing to this, it is blessed with some of the best beaches, some popular and often visited by tourists and some literally untouched beauties. Find out about the best beaches in Malaysia in this article!
1. Mabul Island Beach, Sabah
Mabul Island Beach is located in the south-east side of Malaysia on the island of Sipadan in the state of Sabah. It is said to be one of the best diving destinations in the world, quite popular among locals and international divers as a muck diving spot. To reach this island you need to take a flight to Tawau and then take an hour long taxi ride to Semporna. From here you can take a speed boat ride to the island. You can book yourselves a chalet to stay in; it’s a really beautiful experience to stay in one.
Mabul Island Beach
Address: Sipadan Island, Sabah
2. Layang-Layang Island Beach, Labuah
Layang-Layang is another island off the coast of the federal territory of Labuan in East Malaysia, located off the northwestern coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It might seem that you are in the middle of nowhere! There is pretty much nothing to do here (other than diving, snorkeling or some bird watching maybe) on this island apart from the dive resort and the runway, a Malaysian Naval Station is situated on the other end of the island opposite the Resort which acts as an observation and training ground for the Royal Malaysian Navy. A big part of the island is said to have been reclaimed from the sea so there isn’t much of a beach on it either.
You can get here by chartered flight operated by MAS Wings. This island is situated in very deep waters. Its location is practically in the middle of nowhere and the ocean waters are very clear and unpolluted; untouched by humans! Very similar to the more popular Sipadan Island, except that this island is too far for any fisherman boat to pass by. You will also note that aquatic life is abundant and the corals are in pristine condition.
Address: Layang Layang Beach, 87000, Labuan Federal Territory
3. Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
Tanjung Rhu Beach in Langkawi Island is another very popular beach. This beach is located near the northeast corner of Langkawi. Pantai Tanjung Rhu is pretty secluded and exclusive. There are several tourist attractions to visit around this area. The beach is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beach. Many a foreign film has been shot here in these crystal clear waters. You have regular beach activities that can be done here. The public beach is lovely, the private beach which is part of the resort is even lovelier.
Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
Address: Tanjung Rhu, Mukim Ayer Hangat Pulau, Langkawi
4. Juara Beach, Tioman Island
This beach is located on Tioman Island, off the coast of the state of Johor. You can reach this beach by ferry from Mersing, it takes about 5 hours from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to reach Mersing by road. After arriving to Mersing or Tanguk Gemok (ferry jetty), you must take the ferry ride that lasts about 3 hours to get to one of Tioman’s jetties. From there take a local taxi to get to Juara Beach. Seems like a pretty long journey but you are going to see a piece of heaven! All the struggle will be totally worth what you will experience in Tioman.
Tip: When at Tioman Island, one thing to take care of are the sand flies. Either cover yourselves completely or use insect repellant, you do not want those pesky sand flies to spoil your holiday!
Address: East Coast of Tioman Ialsnd, Mersing, Johor
5. Perhentian Kecil Island Beach, Terengganu
Perhentian Island is a beautiful destination for people looking for an island getaway in Peninsular Malaysia. The island offers clear blue waters and sandy beaches. You have the Perhentian Besar (big) and the Perhentian Kecil (small) islands. The former is slightly more crowded than the latter. There are a lot of smaller beaches in Perhentian Kecil Island, the Long Beach is more popular among tourists. You can snorkel, visit Turtle Bay, and Shark Point. To reach this island, the fastest and easiest way is to fly to Kota Bharu and take a taxi from the airport to the Kuala Besut Jetty (roughly a 45 minute journey). From the jetty, take the ferry to reach the island.
Perhentian Kecil Island Beach, Terengganu
Address: Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Kuala Besut, Terengganu
6. Rawa Island Beach, Johor
Rawa Island or Pulau Rawa is about 4 hours and 30 mins drive from Kuala Lumpur. You will arrive at Mersing Jetty and take the 30 minute ferry ride to reach Rawa Island. The island is located inside the archipelago of Sultan Iskandar Marine Park. One of the most popular attractions of Rawa Island is its slides! You can’t find them anywhere else in the country! It’s the typical idyllic tropical island for you to relax well! You can snorkel, scuba-dive, do hobby cat sailing, and kayaking.
Rawa Island Beach, Johor
Address: Pulau Rawa, Johor
7. Redang Beach near Taaras Resort, Redang
Redang is a gem located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is very popular among locals for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and an amazing aquatic life. Snorkeling and scuba diving are activities you definitely must do when you are in Redang. The whole experience of a beach holiday is very gratifying and makes you very relaxed. The beach at Taaras Resort is absolutely a treasure and a part of it is open to the general public and referred to as Pantai Awam.
Redang Beach, Redang Island, Terengganu
Address: Pulau Redang, 20928 Redang Island
8. Coral Beach, Pangkor
To get to Pangkor Island you can take a bus to Lumut from where you will have to take a 30-minute boat ride to the island. You could also fly into Ipoh and take a bus from there. Coral Beach is said to be one of the best beaches on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. With clear emerald-green water, and a bleached sandy beach. The Coral Beach is one of the most serene beaches you can find on the island, one that will surely take your breath away. This is said to be an ideal beach for newly-weds for its romantic and almost empty beaches, lots of privacy eh!
Coral Beach, Pangkor
Address: Coral Beach, 32300, Perak
9. Gaya Island Beach, Kota Kinabalu
Gaya Island or Pulau Gaya in Malay is a sizeable Malaysian island located just 10 minutes off Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the East Malaysia state of Sabah. The island is a part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. It is the biggest island of the National Park closest to downtown Kota Kinabalu. It is covered with dense virgin, tropical forest. To reach this island, you can take a speed boat from the Kota Kinabalu jetty point.
Gaya Island Beach
Address: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
10. Golden Beach, Sarawak
The Golden Beach is located in Kuching, Sarawak. You will be very pleased to see the breathtaking views of the South China Sea, a lovely alternative to those living in an urban setting. You can also find that this is one of the beaches where turtles lay their eggs so it is sometimes referred to as the Turtle Beach. This beach is a part of the Similajau National Park.
Golden Beach, Sarawak
Address: Similajau, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak
Website: Golden Beach
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