Malaysia isn’t necessarily known for its beaches, as they often take a back seat due to the beautiful beaches in neighboring Thailand and Indonesia, making it not a traditional beach destination. However, with the same beautiful seas as Thailand on its east and west coasts, Malaysia certainly has stellar coasts that are second to none than its neighboring countries.
From stunning tropical islands with corals and white sand, to the continent’s long languid beaches, to the incredible landscapes of distant Malaysia Borneo, this Southeast Asian country has great potential when it comes to the confluence of sand and sea. the sea. . Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches in Malaysia.
1. Pasir Panjang, Redang
One of the largest islands in mainland Malaysia, Redang Island is located in the seas of the northeastern state of Terrenganu and is famous for its stunningly white sands and sparkling, crystal-clear waters.
It is known as a tropical island because of its reputation for coastal beauty, which of course includes a number of beaches, but none of them are as beautiful as Pasir Panjang.
This sloping strip of fine sand that surrounds a sharply curving circular bay is a very popular place that receives many local and international tourists, whether on a day trip or staying at one of the many hotels in the area. Beach. There is a plus: some of the sand flows over a breakwater to form a smaller section of the beach, away from the main bay area.
2. Rawa Island, Mersing
Located off the northeast coast of Malaysia’s most southerly state of Johor, and easily accessible from the coastal town of Mersing, Rawa Island is a true gem of a beach destination. Named after the white pigeons (known locally as rawa) that inhabit the island in large numbers, this tiny island is a haven for wildlife, both marine and land.
Since there are no suitable roads on the island, you can only get from one destination to another on trails. With tall, rugged cliffs on one side of the island, the other side is almost entirely made up of white sandy beaches that meet the stunning blue sea in a perfect harmony of what paradise should look like.
3. Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Malaysia’s premier island destination, Langkawi has it all in terms of the elements that make up the best beaches: facilities, nearby accommodations, restaurants. So it’s no wonder that your best beach is a combination of all of these.
Pantai Cenang, although popular with domestic and international tourists, will practically be yours as a private ‘off season’ beach, since, if you are a backpacker, there is no ‘off season’!
There are smaller islets jutting out into the turquoise sea that runs along the huge white-sand Pantai Cenang Beach, while there are plenty of food and drink options a short walk from the beach. The nearby services and the relatively calm waters make this a very familiar beach.
4. Manukan Island, Sabah
Another island located in Sabah – this time off the state’s west coast – Manukan Island is very popular with residents of neighboring state capital Kota Kinabalu. It lies within the boundaries of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Malaysia’s first marine national park, dating back to 1974.
For this reason, the small island is famous for the incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities that its coast offers. Of course, it is equally known for its superb beaches; the perfect meeting point between the blue sea and the pure white sand in a corner of coral paradise.
However, far from the coast, there are many opportunities to discover the dense vegetation of the island, thanks to the many hiking trails that crisscross it.
5. Kapas Island, Terengganu
Kapas Island is another of Malaysia’s island paradises, with beaches that look exactly like those seen on a postcard from yesteryear. Today, it looks more like the beaches on your Instagram feed; the palm trees bow their heads over the fine white sand, bathed by a transparent sea which ends with a magnificent turquoise blue panorama.
Located off the town of Marang in Terengganu, Kapas is one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. It is a snorkeling and diving paradise, with a wide variety of marine life; the coral here is shiny and vivid, always an incredible sight.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, this tropical island in the South China Sea is also known as the main research site for Amphidromes, an enigmatic species of snails with colorful shells.
6. Coral beach, Pangkor
One of the main attractions of Perak – a state on the west coast of Malaysia – is the beautiful island of Pangkor. Packed with historic sites ranging from a century-old Dutch fort to testimonies of ancient Chinese settlers to the Taoist temple of Fu Lin Kong, it is a popular tourist destination in the region.
However, it’s not just the cultural heritage of this small island steeped in history – which witnessed one of the earliest treaties that led to British rule of Malaysia – that draws visitors to its shores. Pangkor is known for its beautiful beaches, the best of which is the magnificent Coral Beach.
With a desert island feel, white sand stretches across the turquoise blue sea in a picturesque curve, while tall palm trees lean over the glistening sands in what is practically a postcard from paradise.
7. Juara Beach, Tioman
This relatively large tropical island is located off the east coast of the Malaysian state of Pahang. Although this densely forested and sparsely populated island has several beautiful beaches – which earned it the title of one of the most beautiful islands in the world according to TIME magazine in the 1970s – it is one that stands out above the rest. : Juara.
Yes, the amazing Juara Beach is a true jewel in the crown of Malaysia’s best beaches, due to its relatively remote location – ferries do not land on the beach, and it is only accessible by road. paved road that runs through the central Tioman range.
Although the beach is unreal, it is also known for the conservation of sea turtles, since the Tortuga Juara project operates a hatchery here.
8. Sipadan Island
Stunning turquoise gem located at the bottom of the Celebes Sea off the coast of eastern Sabah in Borneo in Malaysia, Sipadan Island is a beautiful destination, both above and below sea level .
With an incredibly scenic tropical reef lagoon, the island is a popular dive site where visitors flock for its thriving marine life. In fact, it was voted “the world’s best diving destination” on Scuba Diving magazine’s gold list, and for good reason: loggerhead turtles, mantas, hammerhead sharks and whales frequent this almost legendary place.
Even famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau called it an “untouched work of art” in 1989, and luckily – for marine conservationists and recreational divers – little has changed since then. Although there are some beautiful beaches here, not to take a dip in the waters of Sipadan would be almost insane.
9. Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil
The Perhentian Islands, located off the northeast coast of mainland Malaysia, are already renowned for their beauty and are arguably the country’s most famous destination for a tropical island getaway.
The smaller of the two main islands, Perhentian Kecil, is geared more towards backpackers, while neighboring Perhentian Besar is full of expensive resorts. Perhantian Kecil has several beautiful beaches, but none are as good as the huge and aptly named Long Beach. The sand at Long Beach is fine and white, and as the tide persists here for a while, the water remains very shallow for a while, making it ideal for swimming in the warm waters.
Snorkeling, splashing in the water, and sunbathing are the order of the day at this exquisite beach.
10. Mataking Island, Sabah
Another fantastic tropical island located just off the east coast of Sabah in Borneo in Malaysia, Mataking Island is kind of a bonus when it comes to a beach destination. It is connected to another much smaller island, called Pulau Mataking Kecil, via a sandbar, which means most of this beautiful island is basically a collection of beach, beach and more beach.
The entire island is surrounded by white sand, which means you’ll never run out of space. In fact, you probably don’t know where to sit – there are plenty of opportunities to take the time to gaze at the perfect coral sea that surrounds Mataking.
This eastern island is also known for its incredible diving opportunities: in addition to being the site of Malaysia’s first “submarine mailbox”, the marine life here is wonderfully diverse and vibrant.