Malaysia's Islands and Beaches


There are three beautiful beaches in Malacca, and a resort is emerging on Pulau Besar, or Besar Island, in the Straits. The beaches of Klebang, Tanjung Kling, and Tanjung Bidara have fine white sands edged with palm trees, and the attraction of the setting has brought a number of resorts to this part of the Malaysian coast. In Malacca, Malaysia's fascinating history vies with the attractions of the sea for your attention. So when you visit, make a point of visiting some of the sights of this twilight city steeped in history.

Exploring Malacca:

Tanjung Bidara
Tanjung Bidara, thirty-five kilometers from the town of Malacca, commands a magnificent sweep of coastline. The beach is ideal for swimming, water-skiing, and canoeing. Chalets and motels are available, and there are a number of cozy picnic spots.

Pantai Kundur
Pantai Kundur, a small fishing village, is approximately seventeen kilometers from Malacca. This beach is a favorite spot for swimming and picnicking, but it is perhaps best known for its graceful form of night-fishing. Fishermen suspend their nets from poles near their kelongs (houses built on stilts over the water) and periodically lower them to net a passing shoal.

Tanjung Keling
Tanjung Keling is about ten kilometers from Malacca. It has a stretch of white sandy beach set within a coconut palm grove. There are a number of things to do here. Among them are picnicking, swimming and canoeing. North of the beach is the Tanjong Keling Mosque, with its unique octagonal minaret and tiled steps. One kilometer away lies the grave of Hang Tuah, the legendary Malay warrior.

Pulau Besar
Pulau Besar is located three nautical miles off the coast. Those in search of fresh air and tranquility will be entranced by the natural beauty of the island. Pulau Besar also abounds with intriguing folklore and sacred graves and shrines. The island has an international class hotel and several chalets. Snorkeling, swimming, fishing, and jungle trekking are popular activities.

Getting there:
A boat service (for a maximum of twelve persons) operates from Pengkalan Pernu to the island daily at RM4 per person for a return trip. For a faster mode of travel, catamarans are available from the town's jetty.


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