In general, Malaysia has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 21 °C to 32 °C. This sunny country has many beautiful islands and beaches that one can enjoy. Langkawi Island, a duty free island is located to the north west of the country.
The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia also boasts many beautiful islands such as Penang Island, Pangkor Island and Payar Island. The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is shielded from the strong wind of the Straits of Malacca by the island of Sumatra hence you can visit the islands anytime of the year.
The Malaysian beaches on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has many unspoilt beautiful islands such as Tioman Island, Redang Island, Perhentian Island, Pulau Lang Tengah and Kapas Island. As this part of Malaysia faces the South China Sea, it is not advisable to visit these islands for sea activities during the Monsoon Season from November to March as the waves can be quite strong during this time.
At a survey done by CNN recently, three Malaysian beaches made it to the top 50 best beaches in the world. The top beaches are located in Pulau Perhentian Kecil (position 14) followed by Juara Beach (position 21) in Tioman Island and Tanjung Rhu (position 49) in Langkawi.
The island of Borneo is where Sabah and Sarawak are located. Islands such as Turtle Islands, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park , Pulau Tiga, Layang Layang Island, Labuan Island, and the world renown Sipadan Island are located here.
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This beach is located about 50 minutes away from Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Batu Burok Beach
Batu Burok Beach is just 1km away from Kuala Terengganu where you can take an evening stroll and enjoy the food at the food stalls. Try the fried ice cream and keropok lekor here.
Take a look at the life of the fishermen in Beserah, Pahang. Water buffaloes are used to pull the catch of the day to the market.
Cherating is one of the most visited beach in Pahang. Club Med is located here as well as the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary.
This coastal beach is located between Kijal and Kerteh town in Terengganu. Good place to take some pictures as there are nice formation of huge rocks here.
Langkawi Island is a free duty island and one of the most developed island in Malaysia. There are many beautiful beaches and hotels of international standards here.
Morib beach is about 70 km away from Kuala Lumpur. Do a day trip here and enjoy the breeze of the sea. The beach is not suitable for swimming. Visit also Kelanang Beach near Banting town.
Pangkor island is located off the west coast of the state of Perak. One can see the long stretches of golden beaches in many parts of the island and the popular ones are Pasir Bogak Beach, Golden Sands Beach or Pantai Puteri Dewi and Teluk Nipah. You will pass the town of Lumut where you will take a speed boat to the island.
Pantai Remis Beach, Jeram
This beach is located at Jeram, Selangor and is popular with the locals during the weekends. Good to drop by and have a look.
Known also as Pearl Of The Orient, Penang Island is a must for those who have not been there. Popular Malaysian beaches here are Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah.
Located approximately 75 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, this is the nearest popular beach for city dwellers to spend their weekend here.
This island is about 45 minutes by ferry away from Port Klang. A day trip is good enough to experience this fishermen village.
Pulau Payar Marine Park
This marine park is about an hour away by speed boat from Kuah Jetty, Langkawi Island. Do your snorkelling, swimming and diving here.
Teluk Batik Beach
If you are somewhere near Lumut or Sitiawan, take a comfortable drive to Teluk Batik beach and enjoy the sea and its golden sandy beach.
Teluk Chempedak Beach
This beach is located approximately 5km away from Kuantan, Pahang in the east coast. This beach is located within the vicinity of major hotels in Kuantan.
Teluk Rubiah Beach
Teluk Rubiah resort near Teluk Batik has been sold to a Brazilian iron company that will use it to build an iron factory. It is closed to the public effective October 2010. This place is now history for those who have been here.
If you intend to swim or snorkel in the sea, it is always a good idea to check and make sure that it is not the jellyfish season.