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15 Best beaches in Malaysia

 
  • 01Kapalai Island Beach

    Located at just about 15km from Sipadan Island, Kapalai Beach is known as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. There is only one resort here. The rest of the beach is not inhabited at all. Today, much of the beach has eroded off and only a few sand bars are remaining.

    Highlights – Many years of erosion has reduced Kapalai Island where only a few Malay style wooden chalets are seen. It is not exactly a beach, but a sand bar, on which you can undertake walks during low tides, to feel the water splash all over you. Located on the Ligitan Reef, Kapalai Island excellent diving spots in Mid Reef and The Jetty. Do try out the house reef dives at this island.

    Location – A couple of hours away from Borneo Island and is connected to the more famous Kota Kinabalu by daily flights.

    Timings – April to September.

    Price – Varies as per diving course.
  • 02Sipadan Island Beach

    Located at 600m from the sea bead, Sipadan Island has the unique distinction of being the first and only oceanic island in Malaysia.

    Highlights – The waters of Sipadan Island are home to over 3000 species of marine life and coral reefs, making the island one of the top five diving destinations of the world. Don’t miss spotting green & hawksbill turtles, bumphead parrotfishes, barracuda, whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and many more varieties of marine life here. At the sea bed, you will find a turtle tomb covered by limestone caves, containing the skeletal remains of turtles. During 1933, this Island was declared as a Bird Sanctuary. When you dive here, you will drop 2000metres down to the sea bed.

    Location – Celebes Sea, off east cost of Sabah state in Borneo Island.

    Timings – March to October.

    Price – Island permits are available from RM40 onwards at some resorts, subject to terms and conditions.
  • 03Rawa Island Beach

    Rawa Island is known for its amazing coral reefs, which makes it a sought-after scuba diving destination. It was a lesser-explored beach in the earlier years; however, due to heavy word of mouth advertising, people from all over Malaysia and Singapore have started visiting this place for adventure water sports activities.

    Highlights – Unspoilt beauty, white sandy beaches, lively corals, clear waters and exotic marine life are some of the major features of this island. White doves (Rawa in local dialect), reptiles, sea eagles, jellyfishes, octopuses, squids, Blacktip reef sharks etc. are some species that you can spot here. The island can be reached by ferries from Mersing daily. Enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, beach volleyball, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, canoeing and sunbathing here.



    Location – about half an hour’s drive from Mersing district in Johar.

    Timings – April to October.

    Price – No permit fee; however course fees varies based on the activities.
  • 04Lang Tengah Island Beach

    A small fishing village with excellent marine life and an abundance of corals – this description fits Lang Tengah Island the best. This island is marked by its blue, placid waters and white sandy beaches.

    Highlights – Snorkelling and scuba diving are the two most important activities at the Lang Tengah Island. Apart from this, wildlife lovers too find this island a haven because one can spot green turtles, hawksbill turtles, monitor lizards, lots of varieties of fishes and rays, colourful species of local and migratory birds, frogs and insects during specific seasons here. Do not miss to volunteer incubate the eggs hatched by sea turtles during the night times.

    Location – around 40km from Kuala Terengganu.

    Timing – March to October.

    Price – Varies as per package and activity.
  • 05Redang Island Beach

    Known for its exquisite marine life, Redang Island is one of the biggest islands in Peninsular Malaysia and a popular destination for water sports activities among local and international travellers.

    Highlights – One of the major trademarks of this island is its lively coral reef which is seen at just 50feet of the shores. This is a totally a group of 9 islands, which are all well preserved by the Redang Marine Park. It is the biggest island in the marine park. White sandy beaches, pristine waters and an excellent upmarket ambience are some features that are found in Redang Island. Sea turtle conservation, snorkelling & scuba Diving are the main activites that can be carried out here. Luxury, budget and mid-range resorts located all along the beach to suit people of various tastes.

    Location – South China Sea, off Terengganu Coast.

    Timing – March to October.

    Price – RM5 need to be paid at the Redang Marine Park for entering into the island.
  • 06Mataking Island Beach

    Home to the world’s first “underwater post office”, Mataking Island Beach is known for its pristine waters housing abundant hard and soft corals.

    Highlights – The island is located at a distance of 40 acres and is known for its exotic underwater world. Divided into 2 parts – Big Mataking (Mataking Besar) and Small Mataking (Mataking Kecil). They are located close to each other. Suitable for snorkelling, scuba diving, relaxing and taking excursions along with friends and families. This is one of the lesser-explored islands, hence it is known for its unspoilt beauty and mystical reefs.

    Location – Celebes Sea, in the Sabah State.

    Timings – March to October .

    Price - Depends upon the water sports activity that you choose.
  • 07Sapi Island Beach

    Image Credit : Alexander Synaptic - Flickr
    Sapi Island is one of the smallest yet one of the most exciting islands in Peninsular Malaysia. Due to the large number of activities that this small place offers, peak seasons and weekends gets too crowded here. You can come here on weekdays if you want a relaxing atmosphere.

    Highlights:  When you are here, try out the coral flyer exercise, which takes you in a zipline from island to island. You will get the longest zipline in the world in Sapi Island. White sandy beaches, clear waters, dense forests, great marine life and quiet beaches make this 25-acre island, a wonder, indeed. You will get to see wild boards, monitor lizards and macaques in plenty when you come here. Swimming, snorkelling, sea-walking, scuba diving, coral flying, exploring hidden beaches and cliffs and camping are some of the activities that you can do here.

    Image Credits : Talisen - Flickr



    Location: Close to Kota Kinabalu.

    Timings: March to October.

    Price: RM3 & RM1 per adult and child for Sapi Marine Park (locals).
  • 08Mantanani Island Beach

    Image Credit : Mark Hung - Flickr
    Mantantani Island ( a group of 3 islands) is a paradise for ornithologists as different species of birds come here during the migratory period.

    Highlights – Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and Lungisan are the 3 islands that make up this group. The beach of this island runs up to 2500m. The island itself is shaped like a knife and provides great opportunities for marine life viewing up to 40m in depth. One of the major beauties of this island is that it is not visited much by tourists. Therefore, you can view the unspoilt beauty of the island in its fullest form when you come here. Do not miss to see the Scops Owl when you come here, as it is the only place in Sabah where you will get this chance.

    Image Credits : Mark Hung - Flickr



    Location – Sabah State, north Borneo Island.

     Timings – April to November.

    Price – Activities start from RM20 per person
  • 09Cenang Beach

    Image Credit : Katja Hasselkus
    Turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches and a host of local and international tourists, Cenang Beach in the scenic Langkawi Island, is one of the busy beaches in Malaysia. There are lots of resorts here in various ranges to suit the travellers.

    Highlights – This is one of the upmarket beaches in Malaysia as you will find tourists from Asia and abroad in large numbers, especially during weekends and school holidays. Apt for water sports activities like swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, para-motoring, banana rides etc. To cater to the tourists, many foods stalls are put up all over the shores. While swimming, watch out for jellyfishes.

     Location - Langkawi.

    Timings – Beach can be visited all through the year.

    Price – depends on the activity of your choice.
  • 10Mabul Island

    Image Credit : Eric Montfort - flickr

    A tiny island off the south-eastern coast of Sabah boasting fine beaches of coconut trees, soft white sand and aquamarine waters, Mabul Island is one of the world’s top rated destinations for muck diving. What’s more, Mabul Island also boasts one of the world’s most concentrated reserves of small marine life that includes species like frog fish, scorpion fish, cuttlefish and various shellfish. Visitors here can easily stroll around the island within an hour to explore attractions like the traditional villages with their thatched huts.

     

    Image Credits : johnjodeery - flickr

    Highlights: Mabul Island is a popular place to stay for travellers that plan to dive at one of the worlds' best dive spots and also venture out to the more secluded areas, you will find some truly fantastic beaches.

     How to Get There: It is about 40 minute’s boat ride from the mainland of Semporna.

     

     

  • 11Layang-layang Island

    Image Credit : Mark Hung - Flickr
    Also known as Swallow Reef, Layang Layang is one of the islands located towards the north of Sabah Coast in Borneo Island.

    Highlights – This is a very remote island, as it located in highly deep waters. The diving spots are close to 2000m deep. There is a naval base here and tourists are prohibited from entering into this area. There are lots of restrictions for tourists in these waters, due to which marine life is well-preserved. You will be able to spot Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and abundant coral reefs here. Scuba diving is the main activity here, with the island providing maximum depths of up to 40m. Some famous diving spots in Layang Layang are Crack Reef, D-Wall, The Point, Pier Diving, Dog Tooth Liar and Wrasse Strip.

    Location – 300km towards the north the Sabah Coast, Borneo Island.

    Timings – March to August.

    Price – Depends on the package.
  • 12Tanjung Rhu beach

    Image Credit : Patty-OH! - Flickr
    One of the beautiful island beaches in Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu is known for its crystal clear water and white sands. This is a delight for tourists who love to come here for a vacation with their friends and families.

    Highlights – Wildlife lovers are in for a treat as this beach can be accessed only after passing through dense forests. The flora and fauna at this place are simply exotic and rare, giving you lots of busy moments with your camera. This beach is completely secluded; therefore it offers tourists a great deal of privacy. Limestone cliffs are found in most of the places in the borders of this island. Due to its unexplored character, this beach has pollution-free air and waters, a rarity in a hot island destination like Malaysia. Do not miss boat cruises to explore the mangrove forests here.

    Location – Next to Patai Pasir Hitam, Langkawi.

    Timings – Can be visited any time during the year.

    Price – No permit fee to enter this beach.
  • 13Turtle Beach

    Image Credit : nadiology - Flickr
    Located in Pulau Perhentian Besar Island or Big Perhentian Island, Turtle Beach, as the name indicates, is famous for its sea turtle preservation and wildlife reserves.

    Highlights – During the night hours (from 9PM to 5AM), green turtles are seen coming and laying their eggs on the shores. You can volunteer with various groups to help in incubation of these eggs. This is the widely preferred island amongst all the islands found in Perhentian Island. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sea turtle watching are some of the great experiences that you can get from here. Perfect spot for families and honymooners.

    Location – Perhentian Island.

    Timings – March to October.

    Price – Water taxis are available to this island at RM50 to RM70.
  • 14Tioman island beach

    Image Credit : Alison Druhan - Flickr
    With its crystal clear waters and great choices of dining stalls available all along the beach coast, Tioman Island is one of the best islands in Pahang State offering incredible facilities to guests at affordable rates.

    Highlights – The beach is considered to be paradise on earth as it buzzling with activities all around the year. Visit the beaches during the night hours to visit a large number of food stalls that have been set up along the shores of this beach. Jungle trekking, swimming, scuba diving etc. are some of the main activities to be done here. Paya Beach, Salang Beach, Juara Beach, Monkey Beach and Melina Beach are some of the breathtaking beaches in Tioman Island.

    Location –Pahang.

    Timing – May to July.

    Price – Dependent on the activity of your choice.
  • 15Perhentian Islands

    Image Credit : rarb1950
    The serenity and natural beauty of Perhentian Islands can blow the minds off any tourist who comes here. This is a group of small islands that have rich coral reefs and are part of a well-preserved marine park, which ensures that the exotic marine life is given due protection & preservation.

     



    Highlights – There are 2 islands here - Small & Big. The small island is known as Pulau Perhentian Kecil. It is the busier of the two, as it offers great features at affordable prices. The bigger island is known as Pulau Perhentian Besar. Water taxis are the only modes of transport to get to different places in the island. Do not miss kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea-turtle watching, sunbathing and other water sports activities when you come here.

    Location – 10 miles off the coast of Terengganu.

    Timing – June to October is the best time to visit this island.

    Price – Entry fee of RM5 fort the marine park.