“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”- Isak Dinesen. Sometimes, all you want is to unwind and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city – somewhere to relax, that’s free of crowds. We totally understand because we feel the same🤗
Hold on to your seats as we introduce these stunning hidden beaches in Malaysia you should drive to!
1. Tusan Beach, Miri, Sarawak
Located about an hour’s drive away from the Miri city, the Tusan beach is known for the Blue Tears phenomenon. Even though the sea does not glow at night anymore, many people still drive to the beach for its peace and serenity😌
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This beach is truly a paradise for those who yearn to enjoy beautiful sunsets. Compared to other popular beaches in Miri like Tanjong Lobang and Luak Esplanade, Tusan Beach is an unknown gem that continues to leave visitors amazed!
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As you enjoy the beautiful scenery, indulge in the local and homemade Tusan Ice- cream. From its original coconut ice-cream to coconut shakes, your short beach getaway would be complete😎
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2. Damai Beach, Kuching
Overlooking the vast South China Sea, the Damai Beach is surrounded by the tropical rainforest and Mt. Santubong. Although the beach is only 40 minutes from the heart of Kuching, it remains one of Malaysian’s hidden beach gems!
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Lay back and unwind as you immerse yourself in nothing but nature! The trees surrounding this beach make a perfect backdrop for the ultimate beach getaway😍
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But if you’d like to spice up your trip, you can learn about the Sarawakian culture at the Sarawak Cultural Village nearby!
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3. Pulau Tiga, Sabah
Known as the Survivor Island after being the very first secret location of the hit reality series Survivor, this island is a hidden gem not many know about. And lucky for us! It’s white sandy beaches and gorgeous blue sea are just begging to be explored.
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Pulau Tiga is one of the islands of Pulau Tiga Park. It is formed by a volcanic eruption hundred years ago, making the island known for its therapeutic natural volcanic mud! Talk about going au naturale 😉
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The trip will only take about two and a half hours drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Penyu town. You can then take a 20- minute boat ride to reach Pulau Tiga. It might sound like a long drive, but I can assure you it’s going to be worth it!
4. Monkey Beach, Penang
Located in Penang National Park, the Monkey Beach is also known as Teluk Duyung. The beach is known to be one of the nicest beaches on the island – promising an abundance of serenity and calmness!
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It takes only 45 minutes to drive from Georgetown to this haven. Spend your time hiking, jungle trekking and even bird-watching. But remember to leave some time to stroll down the beach and feel the soft waves on your skin🤗
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Of course, it would not do justice to visit a monkey beach without seeing actual monkeys😜 These animals are pretty cute and sassy, if we could say so ourselves!
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5. Pasir Tengkorak Beach, Langkawi
This legendary beach, also known as Sandy Skull Beach, is a secluded beach in Langkawi that many don’t really know of. The tropical vibe at this beach is strong with the forested area, white sand and clear blue water!
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Legend has it that there was a massive hailstorm that overturned and wrecked ships which passed through the sea. The skulls of the dead ended up on the shore, which could have led to its name. Don’t be frightened though! There’s no skulls here – only a beautiful beach and a relaxing getaway 😌
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To get to Pasir Tengkorak Beach, it would take you up to half an hour of drive from Kuah town. Pretty fast and worth it really!
6. Palm Beach, Mantanani Island
The Palm Beach, Mantanani Island, is one of Sabah’s beloved spots for both locals and tourists alike. It’s no surprise that anyone who visits this place would be immediately mesmerized by the gorgeous landscape! It’s starting to gain a tad of attention, so we recommend hurrying there before it becomes crowded!
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This beach is perfect for spending some alone time with nature and animals. Swim with the fishes amidst the coral reefs and sea anemones! A getaway cannot get anymore perfect than this😍
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All you need to reach this paradise is 2 hour drive to Kampung Kuala Abai Jetty in Kota Belud from Kota Kinabalu. You will then need another hour to get to the island by speedboat.
7. Kerachut Beach
Beaches cannot get anymore hidden than Kerachut Beach. To get here, you’d have to go through 2 hours of hiking in the forest😱 But we assure you that once you see the white sandy beaches, all your fatigue will be non-existent!
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Another attraction at this beach is the Meromictic Lake, which consists of two layers of salt and fresh water that don’t mix!
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If you’re looking for even more insta-worthy spots, this bridge would be perfect! It overlooks the beach with a backdrop of lush trees😌
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8. Bukit Keluang
Offering one of the best coastal sceneries in Malaysia, Bukit Keluang is indeed one of Terengganu’s hidden gems. The cliff edge and small caves are only part of the attraction- not forgetting the golden sand and green hills!
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We recommend exploring the beach at greater heights, literally! Hike your way up to the top of Bukit Keluang and be mesmerized by the vast blue sea and small islands that you can spot! Not to worry if you’re not good at hiking as the trails are suitable even for new explorers.
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Enjoy tacos from Trak Koboi (Muslim-owned) as you gaze at the jaw-dropping view this beach offers.
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Bukit Keluang can be reached by land either through Kuala Besut or Jertih. It is only 4km away from Kuala Besut town, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t head there soon!
9. Teluk Senangin, Perak
If the previous beaches did not entice you, this beach – nestled in Perak – definitely will! It’s quiet and peaceful unlike other developed beaches like Pangkor Island. But that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer😉
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A day trip here will not suffice so we recommend booking a stay at the nearby chalets!
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We know that you’re raring to go now😜 It’s time to escape to these beautiful beaches before everyone does!