Terengganu Beaches

GRAND TOUR – continued

In my opinion, the state of Terengganu has the best beaches in Peninsular Malaysia. I am talking about beaches on the mainland only and not the islands which I shall write about separately.

I visited quite a few of these beaches during my travels and in case you are planning a trip, these photos might give you an idea of what to expect. These are in order, travelling north to south:

Pantai Air TawarBukit Keluang

Pantai Air Tawar and Bukit Keluang are just a few kilometres apart just outside Kuala Besut. Both beaches look out towards Ru Island (pictured) and, behind that, the Perhentain Islands. I enjoyed Bukit Keluang because you can climb up the hill for great views and there is a wooden walkway leading to some sea caves at the foot of the hill. You can read more about this beach on my Malaysia Traveller website.

Penarik BeachMerang

Penarik is a lovely beach with traditional fishing boats hauled up on the beach. This photo shows how storms during the recent monsoon season have eaten away the tarmac road and reduced the level of the beach by a metre or so. Most tourists who go to Merang do so to catch a boat to Redang Island and do not spend time on its beaches. I took this photo from a small hill with an observatory on top.

Rantau AbangTeluk Bidara

Out of date guidebooks describe how visitors to Rantau Abang lie quietly in wait at night for leatherback turtles to lay their eggs. They would have a long wait nowadays since the turtle is extinct on this stretch of coastline. See my website for details. The beautiful beach of Teluk Bidara is located adjacent to the luxury Tanjung Jara Resort. This hotel is probably the best hotel on the east coast. If you cannot afford to splurge you can at least enjoy this beach for free. Bring a tent.

Kemasik Beachde Monicke Bay (Teluk Mak Nik)

Kemasik Beach and de Monicke Bay (or Teluk Mak Nik) are the last two fabulous beaches I visited in Terengganu. I believe there are still turtle nestings at de Monicke but they are green turtles not leatherheads.

These photos were taken on a Sunday, the busiest day of the week. As you can tell , Terengganu’s beaches are not too crowded! 

5 thoughts on “Terengganu Beaches”

  1. My dilemma when choosing a beach destination is whether it is on east coat or west coast. If east coast, the problem is by 8 in the morning you already got the sun arise & become very hot very quickly because there are no trees to block it (the sun arise from the ocean). On the west coast, it is the other way around (great in the morning but very hot during the afternoon).

    However, in penang batu feringgi beach area which is facing north, during england’s winter (nov-feb) i found out that the sun, being in the south is almost always blocked by the tall trees… so it is good for jogging along the beach whether it is in the morning or in the aftenoon.

  2. I was in Tanjung Jara recently for work and the beach there was lovely. i walked out of the resort’s stretch of the beach to the public beach, sat on the rocks enjoying the quiet (or the noise, as the waves were strong and it was very rocky in that spot) one thing that struck me was that i’m so used to short beaches on the islands that it was quite a sight to be able to see coastline as far as the eye could see. and you could see the mist of sea spray on the horizon. really just very lovely, and the cleanest beach i’ve seen on mainland 😀

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