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Relax on Malaysia’s Best Beaches

By Kirsty T.
February 27, 2017

The nation of Malaysia is blessed with stunning tropical weather and intense natural beauty, making this the perfect destination for people who want to soak up the sun for a week or two.

There are numerous islands to explore in Malaysia and each is graced with long stretches of powdery golden sand that is lapped by crystal clear waters and fringed by palm trees. There are dozens of excellent beaches for visitors to choose from, here is a selection of some of the best.

Soaking up the Sun on Langkawi

The island of Langkawi boasts a number of excellent beaches where visitors are sure to be in their element. Perhaps the best of them all is Pantai Cenang, which is located on the southern tip of the island and boasts a stunning backdrop and calm waters where visitors can take part in a wide range of different types of water sports.

Those who want to escape the crowds that flock to this popular stretch of sand are sure to love chilling out at Pantai Tengah, which some of the other stunning Langkawi beaches that are just waiting to be enjoyed include Pasir Teng Korak and Pantai Kok, while Pantai Pasir Hitam features striking black volcanic sand and pure white sand that make an interesting contrast.

Paragliders at sunset on Pantai Tengah,in Langkawi, Malaysia

Paragliders at sunset on Pantai Tengah Beach, Langkawi Island. Tourists take pictures and watch the colourful sky.

Turtle Beach

Situated on the north coast of the picturesque Redang island, Turtle Beach is one of the most stunning stretches of sand in the whole of the east coast islands of Malaysia. This gorgeous stretch of sand takes its name from the nearby turtle sanctuary and lucky visitors may have the chance to spot a turtle laying its eggs on the sand in the evening, while the crystal clear water the laps the white sand is ideal for snorkelling.

One of the great things about spending time on Redang is that the island is not highly populated and visitors will find plenty of peace and quiet as well as space to spread out on Turtle Beach.

Desaru Beach

Boasting more than fifteen miles of golden sand, Desaru Beach in Johor is a real paradise for both local people and visitors to Malaysia. The beach is very wide and is waiting for visitors to unwind on, while the clear water is relatively shallow and is the ideal place for swimming and surfing. Desaru Beach is also lined with a number of resorts and restaurants where visitors can gather to dine on freshly caught seafood and watch the sun slowly sink behind the horizon at the end of the day.

Pulau Rawa

Situated in the southern state of Johor, the tiny island of Pulau Rawa is a popular place for visitors to use as a base while they embark on scuba diving and snorkelling trips. Not only is the water in this part of the country crystal clear, it is also filled with colourful coral reefs and shoals of reef fish. People who can manage to tear themselves away from the sand for a few hours will also be able to try their hands at canoeing, windsurfing and fishing, while the sand is back by mangrove forests that are just waiting to be explored.

An idyllic beach experience on Pulau Rawa. Photo taken by Phalinn Ooi. Used under Creative Commons License.

Mersing Marine Park

This picturesque national park is comprised of thirteen different islands, each of which boasts pretty stretches of sand. Visitors can spend several days island hopping here in search of the perfect beach to unwind on.