6 Best Beaches in Malaysia for a Holiday Near Singapore (2019)

6 Best Beaches in Malaysia for a Holiday Near Singapore
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Whether you’re planning for a family vacation or romantic couples retreat, here are some of the best beaches in Malaysia for a breathtaking vacation that’s just a stone’s throw away!

Situated right next to Singapore, Malaysia is teeming with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. You can easily access these beaches in Malaysia via short flights on local budget airlines and speedboat rides.

From picturesque beaches and glimmering waves to diving paradises, here are some of Malaysia’s best beaches for a short getaway near home:

1. Juara Beach, Tioman Island

Juara Beach Tioman Island, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: tioman.org

Juara Beach sits peacefully along the east coast of Tioman Island. With its traditional beachfront chalets tucked within luxuriant greenery and wide stretches of pristine sand, Juara Beach is an idyllic beach perfect for those seeking a quieter retreat!

Where to stay: Berjaya Tioman Resort (Berjaya Tioman Resort, Box 4, 86807 Mersing, Johor, Malaysia)

How to get there: Take a 4-hour coach from Singapore to Mersing, and hop on the 2-hour speedboat ride to Tioman Island.

2. Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu Langkawi, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Malaysia, and it’s also Langkawi’s most famous beach. Here you’ll find luxury resorts like the popular Tanjung Rhu Resort and Four Seasons Resort residing on its shores. Aside from the crystal clear waters and soft white sand, you can also enjoy variety of restaurants and roadside stalls selling local delicacies!

Where to stay: Tanjung Rhu Resort (07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia)

How to get there: Fly direct to Langkawi from Singapore, and from Langkawi airport, hop on a 30-minute taxi ride to Tanjung Rhu.

3. Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil

Long Beach Perhentian Kecil, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: Adventures Lie In Front

If you prefer a livelier atmosphere, Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil will definitely be your top pick! With its countless stores, restaurants, hotels, and nightlife, Long Beach bustles with life in addition to its beautiful turquoise beaches.

Where to stay: Alunan Resort (Lot 350, Pantai Petani, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Perhentian Island, Malaysia, 22300)

How to get there: Fly into Kota Bharu from Singapore, and take a 60-minute bus or taxi from Kota Bharu airport to Kuala Besut jetty. Board the 45-minute speedboat from Kuala Besut jetty to the Perhentian Islands.

4. Turtle Beach, Perhentian Besar

Turtle Beach Perhentian Besar, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: TripAdvisor

You can also hop over to Turtle Beach on Perhentian Besar, the sister island of Perhentian Kecil! Not only is Turtle Beach a beach paradise, it’s also an animal lover’s paradise. Here, you’ll be able to interact with turtles and also snorkel with sharks.

Where to stay: Perhentian Island Resort (Pulau Perhentian Besar, Daerah Besut, Besut, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Island, Malaysia, 50250)

How to get there: Fly into Kota Bharu from Singapore, and take a 60-minute bus or taxi from Kota Bharu airport to Kuala Besut jetty. Board the 45-minute speedboat from Kuala Besut jetty to the Perhentian Islands.

5. Sipadan Island, Sabah

Sipadan Island Sabah, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: People Express Travel Sdn Bhd

One of Malaysia’s most pristine and only oceanic island, the Sipadan Island boasts stunning beaches with clean blankets of soft sand. The sparkling clear waters are also a hot spot for many divers to swim along the vast marine life from sea turtles to vibrant, exotic fishes. Only 120 permits are issued daily to visit the island, so don’t miss out! You can stay at the nearby Mabul Island and take a speedboat to Sipadan Island.

Where to stay: Mabul Backpacker (Semporna Ocean Tourism Resort Centre,No.1 Custom Road, Block R3, Mabul Island, Semporna, Malaysia, 819000)

How to get there: Fly into Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, and take a domestic flight to Tawau. From Tawau airport, take a 75-minute taxi to Semporna jetty and board the speedboat to Sipadan or Mabul Island.

6. Rawa Island Beach, Johor

Rawa Island Beach Johor, Best Beaches in Malaysia
Photo by: Rawa Island Resort

On Rawa Island Beach, there’s something for everyone! Located in Johor, the Rawa Island Beach boasts endless activities like exciting water sports and snorkelling along coral reefs. If you’re just looking for a relaxing time at one of the best beaches in Malaysia, chill out at Rawa Island’s breathtaking white sandy shores or unwind with the resort’s multiple spa treatments.

Where to stay: Rawa Resort Island (Rawa Island, 86800 Mersing, Johor, Malaysia)

How to get there: Take a 4-hour coach ride from Singapore to Mersing, and transfer via a 20-minute speedboat to Rawa Island.

Ready to pack for your perfect beach getaway? We’ve got you covered for a summer beach wardrobe under SGD $100! Also, don’t forget to bring your YouTrip card along to utilise YouTrip’s Wholesale Exchange Rates for favourable currency exchange rates!

Read: 11 Rare Passport Stamps You May Never Get

Read: 5 Best Floating Breakfasts in Bali You Must Indulge In

Read: 5 Best Luxury Resorts in Bali for a Gorgeous Getaway

Read: White Christmas Holiday: 6 Magical Snowy Destinations

Read: 6 Best Destinations for Summer Christmas in December

Enjoy a worldwide fees-less travel experience!

YouTrip Banner 8

Follow us on facebook