are several beautiful beaches in Malacca
and a charming resort on Pulau Besar or Besar Island in the
Straits of Malacca. The beaches at Klebang, Tanjung Kling,
Pantai Kundor and Tanjung Bidara have fine white sands on the
edge of sparkling blue seas.
Sit in the shade of the tall coconut palms and
watch ships go by, in utter peace and serenity. A number of
resorts have emerged along the coast, making it a popular
seaside haven. In Malacca, history views the attractions of the
sea, for your attention. So when you are around, do make a
point of taking in some of the sights of this fascinating
city steeped in history.
There are a number of seaside resorts along the
coast where you can enjoy a few days of rest and recreation.
Fill up your days with swimming, snorkelling and canoeing. Or
just lie down in the shade of the swaying palms. If you have
had enough of such activity, comb the beach for pretty
sea-shells of every shape and hue.
Tanjung Bidara, located some 35km north of
Malacca town commands a magnificent sweep of the coastline.
The blue waters of the cove is ideal for swimming, water
skiing and canoeing. There are also numerous shady spots for
The Tanjung Bidara Beach Resort offers 15 chalets and
50 motel rooms, (all air-conditioned) with rates beginning at
RM 115.00. Facilities include a restaurant serving Malay,
Chinese and Western cuisine, a lounge bar and swimming pool.
There are also tennis courts, a games room and facilities for
boating to keep you occupied.
Malacca is accessible by road from Kuala Lumpur.
Take a leisurely one and a half hour’s drive down
from Kuala Lumpur. Follow the Ayer Keroh Highway until the
Alor Gajah intersection. From Alor Gajah, take the Lendu road
to Masjid Tanah and Tanjung Bidara. This route takes you
through rustic rural kampungs and picturesque padi fields.
down the coast is Pantai Kundur, approximately 17km from Malacca
town. This beach is a favourite spot for swimming and
picnicking. Nearby is a Malay fishing village with quaint
‘kelongs’ - wooden huts raised on stilts, over the water.
Fishermen suspend their nets from poles near the ‘kelongs’
and periodically lower them to net a passing shoal.
Patt Hup bus passes by this stretch on its way to Tanjung
Approximately 10km from Malacca town is Tanjung
Kling another beautiful stretch of white sandy beach set within
a coconut palm grove. This is another favourite beach for
swimming and picnicking.
The Shah’s Beach Resort offers 50 air-conditioned
kampung style chalets with rates beginning from RM 100.00. A
swimming pool and recreational facilities are also available.
The restaurant serves Chinese and Western cuisine.
Further down the coast, nearer to Malacca town
are the beaches of fine white sand at Klebang. This
picturesque stretch is dotted with foodstalls selling a variety
of local fare. The blue waters is ideal for swimming.
The Patt Hup bus passes by this stretch on its
way to Tanjung Bidara.
PERNU & SERKAM
On the beaches of Pernu and Serkam, approximately
10km and 15km respectively from Malacca, on the road to Muar
in the south, are stalls offering the local favourite - fresh
grilled fish. Pick your own fish and savour the delightful
flavour of fish grilled over a charcoal fire.
Sample some of the local dishes like ‘satay’ and
‘rojak’ and wash it all down with ice-cold sugar-cane juice
or coconut water. The delightful aroma of the grilled fish
and the rustic kampung environment in the sultry sunset is
guaranteed to work up your appetite. These spots attract large
crowds usually after 6.00pm.
To get there, board the Tuah bus at the terminal
Pulau Besar is located about 3 nautical miles off
Pengkalan Pernu at Umbai, 10km south of Malacca
town. Those in search of fresh air, sandy beaches and
tranquillity will be entranced by the unspoilt natural beauty
of the island. It also abounds with intriguing legends and
sacred graves and shrines. There is an island resort with
beach chalets, a yacht club and a host of sea - based
sporting facilities. The island is ideal for swimming,
fishing, snorkelling, camping and picnicking.
The Pandanusa Island resort, located on the magical
island of Pulau Besar off the coast of Malacca, is designed
with traditional charm of a native Malay village. Every room
and chalet has a private balcony with a view of the Straits
of Malacca and the mainland.
The resort offers various fun-filled activities
including trekking, snorkelling, water scootering, island
hopping and yachting. It also offers an 18-hole championship
course for golfing buffs.
The journey by boat from the Pengkalan Pernu
jetty takes approximately 45 minutes.