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Lesser-known Malaysian beaches that are ideal for a quick getaway–Destination choices you have on your trip to Malaysia

To those living amid the constant hustle and bustle, heading off to a beach sounds paradisal. If you are dreaming of having a beach holiday filled with the delights of the tropics, take note.


Dalit Beach

Situated amid a dense rainforest, Dalit Beach offers an idyllic getaway; it is only 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu. Those who prefer seclusion above everything else will find this beach to their taste. Tourists can lounge on the soft beach sand while taking in the stunning vistas that are exclusive to Dalit Beach. Lounging on the beach is not the only thing you can get up to while there, you can do some jungle trekking, horseback riding and enjoy some watersports into the bargain. Whatever it is you long for, this tropical paradise offers everything a beach holiday entails.


Kerachut Beach, Penang

This is not as touristy as you might imagine, but it is a must-visit. Everyone always heads off to the most advertised places in a country, but nobody really considers visiting a place that's not much frequented by tourists. But those less visited places offer much more than what your imagination dictates, you will see this for yourself if you visit Kerachut Beach, Penang. To get there, you need to get to Penang National Park first, and from there you have to go on a 2-hour hike in order to get to the beach. This beach is one of the most sublime places you find in Malaysia; this is also where you find a meromictic lake: a lake with layers of water that don't mix. If you happen to visit the place during the nesting season, you will see turtles all over the place, and the Penang Turtle Sanctuary is located right beside the beach. The water may not be suited to swimming on account of the jellyfish population, but if you want to bask in serenity and peacefulness, Kerachut Beach is the best place for you to be.


Sepang Goldcoast, Kuala Lumpur

If you want to bring together modern comforts and nature, Sepang Goldcoast is where you should be. With places like Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, you'll not have any complaints with regard to accommodation near the beach. As to the natural beauty of the place, the beach is bedecked with trees and stunning views of Malacca Strait. If you go hungry while lounging on the beach and admiring the accompanying views, you can grab something to eat from the nearby restaurant. If you hang around after dark, you can also enjoy a fireworks display. From the city centre, it's only a 90-minute drive to your Sepang hotel, and needless to say, from there, you'll reach the beach in no time.


Tusan Cliff Beach, Miri

It takes only a 40-minute drive from Miri to get to Tusan Cliff Beach. This is one place in Malaysia where you will witness nature in its most enchanting form – here at the beach; you will be privy to the natural phenomena called 'blue tears': a blue glow emanates from the ocean waters which gives the illusion of dazzling sapphires. This is not an everyday occurrence; your best bet at seeing this wonderment is between September and December.


Chendor Beach, Kuantan

This is another wonderful place in Malaysia that tourists don't think of visiting, but they must. An extension of Cherating, Chendor Beach affords some of the best coastal views in the country, and visitors are given leave to enjoy them without the disturbance of crowds; the beach is situated within a bay that's surrounded by dense vegetation. Those who are after a bit of relaxation, Chendor Beach provides just the setting for it. While you are there, you can watch the sampans pass by, and green turtles trudge up the coast.