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12 of The Best Beaches in Malaysia

Malaysia’s Best Beach Destinations

Malaysia’s 12 Best Islands and Beaches

One of the best and most underrated places to visit on Earth is no other than the country of Malaysia. This Southeast Asian country has become a rising star in the tourism industry thanks to the vast and exciting options to enjoy within its territory. Malaysia is a multicultural country that offers many fun adventures to everyone regardless of your budget! This is why Malaysia is also known as one of the best backpacking destinations globally.

From the country’s mind-blowing food culture, rich history, breathtaking temples, monuments, and scenic natural wonders such as majestic mountains, caves, and tropical rainforests, Malaysia is truly a haven for all adventurers out there.

But one of the best things to really look forward to during your visit to Malaysia is its world-class beach destinations. The country is home to countless tropical islands that feature extraordinary sights of nature that are truly worth visiting! On top of all that, Malaysia is also known for its fun and exciting nightlife culture. So if you’re looking for the perfect beach getaway in Asia, then you should definitely join me as we both discover the 12 Best Beaches in Malaysia!

Layang-Layang Island Beach | Labuan

Layang-Layang Island by Matthew Lee via Flickr cc
Layang-Layang Island by Matthew Lee via Flickr cc

One of the most famous beaches in Malaysia not only for its pristine beauty but also for its historical significance is no other than Layang-Layang Island Beach of Labuan. It’s not really one of those picture-perfect world-class dive destinations that you’ll usually expect, but it is certainly a peaceful and relaxing place to visit.

Layang-Layang Beach once became a battlefield between Japanese and Allied troops during one of their fiercest encounters in World War II. Now, the beach serves as a strong symbol of peace and appreciation to nature that everybody deserves to witness.

Rawa Island Beach | Johor

Rawa Island. Johor Darul Takzim by @phalinn via Flickr cc
Rawa Island. Johor Darul Takzim by @phalinn via Flickr cc

Rawa Island or Pulau Rawa Beach is a hidden paradise located off the east coast of Malaysia. The beautiful white sand beach and turquoise waters here are undoubtedly some of the best things that you’ll see in Malaysia. The beach is also a protected area where fishing and motorboats are strictly prohibited, which helped maintain the thriving and abundant marine life in Pulau Rawa Beach.

Feel free to engage in fun and exciting activities like swimming, kayaking, diving, and snorkeling. The crystalline waters of Pulau Rawa Beach are so clean that you can already snorkel right off the coast!

Pulau Kapas | Marang

Pulau Kapas by Dave Anderson via Flickr cc
Pulau Kapas by Dave Anderson via Flickr cc

This small island, located 6 kilometers off the eastern part of Marang, Malaysia, is dubbed as one of the country’s premier diving and snorkeling sites. The name itself, Pulau Kapas, is a Malay name for “cotton island,” which beautifully refers to the island’s white-sand beaches.

Pulau Kapas is truly worth seeing, and you shouldn’t let the chance of witnessing its pristine beauty slip off your hands!

Salang Beach | Tioman Island

Salang Beach by Jorge Cancela via Flickr cc
Salang Beach by Jorge Cancela via Flickr cc

Ah, the crystal blue waters, the creamy-white sand beaches, and the lush jungle surrounding Salang Beach is definitely a paradise to die for. Located within the marvelous Tioman Island, this small beach is a popular destination for everyone seeking an unforgettable tropical paradise experience.

There are already numerous world-class hotels, resorts, and restaurants established around Salang Beach. Perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience for everyone!

Golden Beach | Sarawak

Similajau National Park, Golden Beach, Borneo by Paul White via Flickr cc
Similajau National Park, Golden Beach, Borneo by Paul White via Flickr cc

Well, the name itself suggests that you shouldn’t miss the golden opportunity to come and witness the marvelous beauty of the Golden Beach in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the country and indeed the widest and longest coastline you’ve yet to witness.

Golden Beach is truly a breathtaking tropical paradise you’ll regret to miss with the vast beauty of golden sands, crystal blue waters, and the surrounding lush islands.

Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands photo via Pixabay
Perhentian Islands photo via Pixabay

Now, this is the definition of world-class! The Perhentian Islands are surrounded by pristine beaches, crystalline turquoise waters thriving with marine life, and mesmerizing sunsets. Having a vacation here is like enjoying a taste of paradise.

The beaches are extremely clean and presentable, making them undoubtedly picturesque and Instagram-worthy. One of the most popular attractions here is the wooden pathways where you can seemingly walk into the endless horizon of the sea. Imagine how enchanting that feels.

Pantai Bandar | Mersing

Pantai Bandar is yet another hidden gem to explore in Malaysia, where visitors can enjoy a relaxing adventure in its clean beach and crystal clear waters. This must-visit beach located in Mersing has been one of the most popular destinations for locals looking for a quick getaway.

Thanks to its popularity, Pantai Bandar is also home to countless amenities and establishments perfect for a family outing or beach getaway with friends.

Pantai Irama | Bachok

Pantai Irama by Rafiq HMZ via Flickr cc
Pantai Irama by Rafiq HMZ via Flickr cc

Situated within the beautiful district of Bachok is no other than the famous Pantai Irama. This stunning beauty is filled with natural attractions that highlight the unquestionable beauty of Malaysia.

The tall, leaning coconut trees, wide creamy white-sand beach, and turquoise waters all make Pantai Irama worth visiting and witnessing for anyone in Malaysia. Many people say that the mesmerizing view of both the sunrise and sunset is a must-see, so be sure not to miss them!

Tanjung Bungah | Penang

Tanjong Bungah Penang by Chong via Flickr cc
Tanjong Bungah Penang by Chong via Flickr cc

Unlike most of the stunning beaches mentioned here in this list, Tanjung Bungah in Penang district offers a unique experience to every tourist out there. Tanjung Bungah is located beside the urban district of Penang, where you enjoy the perks of urban life and natural attractions at the same time!

The beach is widely famous for locals who want to unwind and take a deserving break from the city without wandering too far away from home. Well, that’s precisely what you’ll get here in Tanjung Bungah, and it surely doesn’t disappoint!

Port Dickson | Kuala Lumpur

Port Dickson by Malaysiaguy2010 via Wikimedia cc
Port Dickson By Malaysiaguy2010 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  cc

When you’re in Kuala Lumpur and would like to enjoy a quick beach getaway nearby, then Port Dickson is definitely the best choice. This clean and relaxing beach is home to creamy white sands, crystal blue waters, and a refreshing view of the ocean and Malaysia’s skyscrapers.

Port Dickson is the perfect place to unwind for everyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. It’s also a beautiful opportunity for tourists to truly explore Malaysia’s irresistible set of natural wonders.

Pangkor Island | Perak

Pangkor Coral Beach by Michael C via Wikimedia cc
Pangkor Coral Beach By Michael C – Own work, Public Domain, cc

Second to the last on this list is the breathtaking Pangkor Island. Truly living up to its name, which literally translates to “beautiful island,” Pulau Pangkor is no doubt one of the best world-class beaches of Malaysia. From the fine white-sand beaches, crystalline waters, and lush forestry surrounding the coast, life really has never been better here at Pangkor Island!

Oh, and there are also numerous resorts where you and your family can book a reservation! So, what are you waiting for? Better pack up your things and see this beautiful tropical paradise with your own eyes!

Langkawi Island

Langkawi Island photo via Pixabay
Langkawi Island photo via Pixabay

Finally, it’s better to save the best for last, right? After all, Langkawi Island is truly the pride of Malaysian tourism. It is the epitome of Malaysia’s vibrant culture, history, and natural beauty.

With 99 thriving islands, all filled with pristine beaches with fine white sands, turquoise waters, dramatic cliffs, and breathtaking rock formations, Langkawi is undoubtedly the best beach destination in Malaysia. That statement alone makes Langkawi Island definitely a must-visit natural attraction in the whole world.

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