Beaches in Malaysia

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This Malaysia beaches intro page will help you make the right choice in visiting beaches while holidaying in Malaysia. The beaches of Malaysia are one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Malaysia’s beaches offer a private and serene place to relax and admire the vivid colors and abundant marine and jungle life. There are many beaches on both the East and West coasts as well as dozens of easily accessible islands. The West coast is sheltered by the island of Sumatra thereby deeming it a beach-going destination all year round.


This island is mostly owned and maintained by private luxury resorts, making it the most expensive and exclusive. You can snorkel off of any beach and scuba diving is also available. Home to a turtle sanctuary and a marine park, the sparkling crystalline waters and pure white sand are attractions in themselves.  

Perhentian Island

These 2 small islands are an hour by boat from the mainland. Popular with budget travelers, affordable accommodations are available right on the beach. This is an ideal place if you want to become a certified diver as the courses are competitively priced and the location is world-class.

Tioman Island

Tioman is toward the south of Malaysia’s east coast and is part of a protected marine park. Rich, vibrant coral reefs that are within snorkeling distance from the shore make this a popular snorkeling and diving destination. Budget accommodations are easily found and the island can be reached easily from any city by bus and then ferry.  


This is the island most visited by tourists on the west coast, due partly to its popularity as a duty-free zone. Unfortunately, most of the best coves are exclusively owned by luxury resorts. The beaches are not quite as serene and ‘untouched’ as those on the east coast, but there is a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and shops. Large luxurious resorts offer a place to escape and be pampered. There are regular daily express ferries from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis, as well as from Penang.  

Penang Island

The beaches of this island at the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia, do not boast the crystal blue waters of the eastern islands; however, this is the place to be if you are into water sports such as boating, parachuting, canoeing, sailing and horse riding. There are a number of different beaches to choose from, differing in their accessibility, activities and facilities.

February 19, 2010 change by schitti
February 12, 2010 change by kwalker

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