Melaka, Malaysia

Islands & Beaches


Though Melaka is located by the coast, it does not have its own urban beach and you have to travel a few kilometres from the city centre to get to the nearby islands and beaches. The waters here are not crystal clear compared to Langkawi but nevertheless the beaches are beautiful, sandy and offer great weekend getaways for many Malaysians and Singaporeans. Furthermore, the beaches are not as touristy compared to the beaches of Batu Ferringhi in Penang and Pantai Cenang on Langkawi Island.

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Beach near Melaka by Adiput

Pulau Besar
Pulau Besar (Big Island) is located about five nautical miles off the coast of Melaka. To get to the island, there is a scheduled ferry service from
the Anjung Batu Terminal located about 10 km south from Melaka's city centre. The ride to the island takes around 15 minutes and the two-way transfer cost MYR11. Accommodation on Pulau Beasar includes a resort and chalets, a great getaway for a quiet holiday. The island features sandy beaches, secluded coves and the waters here are calm for swimming. Popular activities include jungle trekking, fishing, snorkeling and a great place for an evening stroll along the beach.

Tanjung Keling
Tanjung Keling is the nearest beach from the city, located about 10 km away. Much of the beach area is occupied by resorts and hotels. Coconut trees line the sandy beach and late afternoons offer quiet strolls and cool breezes. Besides the beach, the area is a popular destination for fresh seafood with several local restaurants located along the road parallel to the beach. Just north of the beach is the
Tanjung Keling Mosque (Masjid Kampung Keling), constructed in 1872 and features Sumatran architectural influence. Just a kilometre away is the grave of Hang Tuah, a legendary Malay warrior who lived in the 15th century during the era of the Melaka Sultanate.

Tanjung Keling by eugenethephotobug 

Pualu Upeh (Upeh Island) is a small island located off the coast of Tanjung Keling. The island is a sanctuary for the nesting
Hawksbills turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beaches at night. Pantai Kundor is a small fishing village located 17 km from Melaka's city centre. The casuarina tree covered beach is a popular picnic spot and at night, fishermen ride on their boats to the 'kelongs' (wooden platforms on the sea) to fish with their nets. Tanjung Bidara is about 25 km from the city centre and though the water is slightly murky for swimming, it is still a popular beach destination. There are several motels and budget chalets along the coast of Tanjung Bidara.

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