Hidden beaches worth discovering in Malaysia
Beaches are one great reason to heed the call of Visit Malaysia Year in 2020. A lot of people will feel the same way, so if you want to beat the crowd, how about checking out these secluded beaches in the country?
1. Tenggol Island
Part of the Terengganu Marine Park in the state of Terengganu, this island is further from the mainland (45 minutes) but still offers excellent diving site.
Besides the beautiful coral reefs, the island also offers scenic rocky hills that rise over 800 feet (243 metres) from where you can get gorgeous overall views.
Getting there: Fly to Kuala Terengganu and from there, catch a bus or taxi to Dungun. You will, however, need to contact any of the resorts on Tenggol to arrange either a stay or day trip. Plan to stay at least a night as speedboat trips are few in frequency.
When to go: April to September is the best time to go considering November to March is when resorts close due to the monsoon season. October might be too late so try visiting before it.
2. Pom Pom Island
This little island in the state of Sabah is quiet and clean – mostly because there are no villages, just two resorts namely Pom Pom Island resort and Celebes Beach resort.
While all the facilities are at the resorts, it also means you won’t have to deal with crowds or queues. Instead, you can enjoy amazing aquamarine waters and pristine beaches.
Getting there: From Kota Kinabalu, fly to Tawau district and from there, head to Semporna. Make sure you arrange a trip to the island with either of the resorts who are the only ones providing transport.
When to go: Visit between May and August for the best times for snorkelling and other water action.
3. Tusan Beach
If you happen to be visiting Miri in Sarawak, a must-stop is Tusan Beach which is 40km from the city. You also need to descend 30 metres from a cliff to get there.
What’s unusual about it is a phenomenon called ‘blue tears’. It is caused by an interaction between algae in the water and oxygen which subsequently creates the sight of luminous blue lights in the sea.
Due to its secluded location, the beach and its waters are amazingly clean, the unique rock formations as well as the small caves nearby make Tusan Beach a worthy adventure.
Getting there: Fly to Miri city and from there, hire a car to drive 30 minutes to get there. You could also schedule a stopover after visiting Niah caves to maximise your time in Miri.
When to go: It’s best to visit during the drier months from April to September.
4. Kerachut Beach
This little beach in Penang state is secluded enough that it receives few visitors which means a cleaner beach. Swimming is prohibited because of the choppy waters, but you can still sunbathe and stop by the nearby turtle sanctuary.
Getting there: Fly to Penang and from there make your way to Teluk Bahang and the Penang National Park. Fancy walking? One trail through the park heads to the beach while the other takes you to the nearby Monkey Beach. You could save yourself 90 minutes of walking by booking a speedboat instead.
When to go: December to early February is your best bet to enjoy fine weather and avoid monsoons or the hottest months.
5. Teluk Tongkang
This gem is just 5km from Kuantan, the capital of Pahang state. It’s located just next to the popular Teluk Cempedak beach, connected by a 350-metre boardwalk.
The short walk is worth it for a beach that is much quieter and unsullied by too many visitors. It also offers a campsite especially for the adventurous who would want to wake up to sunrise by the beach.
Getting there: Fly to Kuantan and from there take a cab to Teluk Cempedak. You can stop there for a meal before heading over to the quieter Teluk Tongkang.
When to go: So long as you avoid the monsoon season between November and February, the other months will likely provide decent, sunny weather.
Now you know where to go to beat the crowds, don’t forget to pack some sunscreen when you enjoy the mesmerising beaches of Malaysia.
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