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Introduction about Pahang beaches and islands

Pahang beaches and islands

Pahang, blessed with some 210 kilometers of shoreline, is the perfect playground for seekers of the sun, sands and seas. Visitors are definitely spoilt for choices as the coastline is dotted by numerous stretches of white sandy beaches that are ever-ready to play host even to the most discerning. For the divers, there is Tioman. The island park is teeming with an assortment of exotic marine life that turn the colorful coral reefs as their homes.

Kuantan, the state capital, is located on the east coast and facing the South China Sea. It is fast developing into a modern commercial centre, yet retaining its unique age- old charms. Now, modern high-rise structures coexist harmoniously with pre-war shop houses and colonial buildings.
Kuantan is vibrant, clean and punctuated by lush greenery that gives the town a refreshing countryside atmosphere. Food is easily available as there are many restaurants and open air food stalls selling local culinary delights. Its nightlife is an affair of colorfully decorated stalls selling anything from handicraft to costume jewelry and farm produce.

Beaches, Island and Theme Park in Kuantan

Sepat Beach

Sepat Beach

Just 10 kilometers south of Kuantan is Sepat Beach, a stretch of over 10 kilometers of white sandy beach that is poised to develop into a major weekend destination. A popular spot among campers, the beach is set amidst traditional fishing villages.
Along the beach, you can see monkeys picking coconuts on the trees. It is common for villagers to use their monkeys to pick coconuts. Usually, monkeys are trained for weeks to help their owner with this little task.
When you reach Tanjung Sepat village, you will find that the place is serene and tranquil, a typical Malay fishing village. The houses are far between each other, separated by coconut trees and woods. Fishing boats can be seen far out in the sea and some boats tied along the beach.
Activities : Fishing, Gardening, Camping, Playing Kite
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Kuantan River Cruise

Kuantan River Cruise

The Kuantan river cruise takes visitors through the picturesque landscape of a 500-year-old mangrove forest reserve that spreads along the Kuantan River. The swamp, which covers an area of 340 hectares, is home to fascinating varieties of estuarine plants, birds and fish species.
The first stop along the way is a fishing village where the local community makes a living from the sea. Then the cruise will take a brief stop at the swamp area where visitors are greeted with a profusion of mangrove outshoots that blanket the muddy ground. Wading through the mud is impossible, so a 1000-metre wooden walkway was constructed to enable visitors to walk under the canopy of the tropical mangrove forest. Various species of mangroves such as Fhizephora mucrionata, ecoecaria and xylocarpus can easily be identified as some are marked to assist recognition. Mangroves available here are of the species that can be turned into high grade charcoal.
Medan Feri is the last stop of the cruise, where visitors take a short break for rest and refreshments. Close nearby is the remnant of a Japanese fortress built during World War II.

Beserah Beach

Beserah Beach

Beserah is an old-fashioned fishing village located about 8 kilometers north of Kuantan. The quaint little village has its very own charm and romance, where traditional boats are still used. It is a village that is famous for fresh fishes everyday! You can buy fresh fishes at wholesale prices here.
A thriving fishing village, Beserah is well-known for its quality dried fish and other salted sea products. Visitors can buy salted fishes from here. You can also watch the process of belacan, keropok lekor & keropok leper making.
There are many food stalls in the village. Visitors should try their famous Mee Chalong here.
There is a batik factory in Beserah and a few handicraft centres, which sell souvenirs and decorative items made from seashells by the women of Beserah.
For swimming and seashells picking activities, you can visit Pantai Pelindung.

Balok Beach

Balok Beach

About 15 kilometers north of Kuantan is Balok Beach , a popular venue for windsurfing. Catch the many stunts and antics of amateur and professional windsurfers as they boldly challenge the rolling waves of Balok Beach. The beach is acknowledged as one of the 10 best beaches in the world by the international wind-surfing and kite-surfing sportsmen. Balok hosts the Balok Wind Challenge or Kuantan Challenge annually and participated by top sportsmen and women from all over the world.
Many of the activities here revolve around the string of international resorts and hotels that line the beach. The beach is famous for its seafood and Thai food restaurants.

Activities at Balok Beach

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Kite-surfing
  • Water sports : kayaking, jetski
  • Sports activities : volleyball, beach football, netball, table-tennis, sepak takraw, etc.

Gambang Water Park/ Safari Park

Gambang Water Park/ Safari Park

Marketing and Communications Department
Email : enquiry@bgrc.com.my
Contact : 03 - 8941 9898 - Kuala Lumpur's Office
09-548 8000 / 8111/ 8112/ 8113 - Resort

Bukit Gambang Resort City

Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) is a Premier Integrated Resort City located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. Sprawled across 727 acres of lush secondary jungle, BGRC offers multiple attractions in one location, placing it as the ideal one-stop destination for leisure activities and MICE events.
Strategically located about 218 km from Kuala Lumpur and 35 km from the famous beach town of Kuantan, BGRC is accessible by road via the East Coast Expressway. Direct flights to Kuantan Airport are available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. BGRC is a scenic 30-minute drive from the airport.

Bukit Gambang Water Park

Bukit Gambang Water Park – Malaysia Best Water Park that covers a total area of 45.8 acres, designed in a lush secondary jungle. The landscape and surrounding change naturally as the jungle matures offering the tropical ambience to the water park. Experience the longest, highest, largest and widest water-fun attractions in the country. There is always something for everyone to enjoy and a wonderland for children of all ages.
The popular attractions include:

  • Largest wave pool in Malaysia with eight different wave patterns.
  • Longest family raft ride in Malaysia.
  • Longest Canopy Slide in Malaysia.
  • Longest 6-lane racer in Malaysia.
    The award- winning Bukit Gambang Water Park is truly the best destination for holiday and family bonding. Parents and toddlers can also enjoy the water slides. The Penguin Island is specially designed for children and the slides are a replica of the adult version so that everyone gets to enjoy the thrills! The whole family can also experience the gigantic splash from the Giant Pirahna.

Bukit Gambang Safari Park

Bukit Gambang Safari Park is the largest safari park in Malaysia. The 138-acre animal sanctuary aims to bring you countless exciting encounters, up-close and personal with exotic animals from around the world. There are over 300 animal species, many of them being first of their kind in Malaysia. Bukit Gambang Safari Park is an all-weather park suitable for visitors of all ages as there are covered walkways and baby pram-friendly.
Popular Attractions:
Largest drive-through Wild Savannah featuring free roaming animals in their natural habitat.
Two Park Zones: Walking Zone and Tram Drive-Through Zone.
Day and night park districts.
The Simba Hill Gourmet Hall, the First and Only Unique Dining with White Lions Themed Restaurant in the country.
On the show:
African Yabara Fire Show
Tarsan Adventure Show
Wonderful Birds Show
Multi-Animal Show
Educational Animals Briefings
Predator Show ( One of its kind " no human contact " show, showcasing the hunting behaviour and food hierarchy chain of predator animals)

Active Academy

Bukit Gambang Resort City also provides various outdoor recreational activities such as:

  • Horse-riding
  • ATV fun ride and off-road ride
  • Paint-ball target shooting
  • Paint-ball warzone
  • Flying fox
  • Sky trail
  • Outdoor Archery

Jungle Trekking

ATV Safari Adventure – approximately 45 minutes journey (6km) to get up-close with free-roaming animals from the famous African Wild Savannah by riding ATV

Stay and Relax

BGRC also offers 1,866 accommodation rooms of various categories in two themed resorts – Arabian Bay Resort and Caribbean Bay Resort. Holidaymakers also have the option of staying in the Global Heritage (126 units) which are specially designed 3 and 4-bedroom villas depicting typical houses of cities such as San Francisco, Amsterdam and Venice.
Operation Hours and Tickets for Theme Parks - Have single and combo rates
For more information please visit www.bgrc.com.my or call Bukit Gambang Resort City at +6 09 – 548 8000.

Teluk Chempedak Beach

Teluk Chempedak Beach

It's a beach life at Teluk Chempedak Beach, located only five kilometres from Kuantan town. Go for swim, take to the sails, surf the waves or just while away the hours on the promenade with a purpose built local food court, an international fast food outlet and 5 star resort hotel in the vicinity. Teluk Chempedak is a complete beach getaway that can get rather busy on weekends as it is the most popular amongst local. If you like company, then this place is for you.

Cherating Beach

Cherating Beach

Cherating is located about 45 kilometers north of Kuantan, nesting on the Terengganu-Pahang border and fronting the South China sea. Here, wide gently sloping sandy beaches extend as far as the eyes can see and it is a perfect place for a quiet holiday.
Cherating was discovered in the 1960s, by backpackers who stayed at guesthouses and wooden huts among the coconut groves by the sea. Cherating became well known among visitors since around 1970s when a family called Mak Long Teh share their house with visitors. Today, there are world-class hotels and chalets, including the world renowned Club Med.
Visitors can begin their vacation by strolling along the white sandy beach. A walk on the beach will offer opportunity to collect beautiful seashells and occasionally you may find tiny crabs struggling to find their way out of the sea.

Chendor Beach, Cherating

Chendor Beach, Cherating

It is located about 2 kilometers from Cherating and a natural extension of Cherating beach. The beach is usually not very crowded compared to other beaches in the area. You can also try traditional foods like otak-otak, satar, and keropok lekor near Chendor town.
At the Chendor Turtle Sanctuary, from May to September, visitors can watch green turtles and occasionnally giant leatherbacks toil ashore to lay eggs. The Turtle Sanctuary is managed by the Fisheries Department who also provides an information centre.

1. TURTLE SANCTUARY (47 km) :

chendor-beach-turtle-sanctuary

This sanctuary is a tribute to the gentle giants of the South Seas, the near extinct Leatherback turtles, that made Chendor Beach their destination of choice to lay their eggs. The Chendor Turtle Sanctuary is located only a few minutes drive from Cherating. A small turtle information centre, a souvenir kiosk, and turtle pools with live Green or Ridley turtles are kept for conservation purposes. It is a recommended spot for turtle watching ( April - September )

Timetable :
This place can be visited during office hours from TUESDAY - SUNDAY and closed on Monday. For those who intend to watch turtle in the evening please inform the beach guide or call the centre at 09-581 9087. Beside this, you could also ask the management to participate in releasing babies turtle back to their home.
Contact : 609 581 9087.
Direction : If you are coming from Kuantan, follow the direction to Kemamam/Kuala Terengganu towards Cherating by using the scenic coastal highway route No. 3. You will see the signage that takes you to Club Med and Cherating Turtle Sanctuary.

Fees : Free
Only a few kilometers from there you could try some traditional foods like the famous ‘Satar’ and ‘Otak-Otak’ as well as ‘Keropok Lekor’. All these can be found along the road at a little town of Chendor.

2. CLUB MED CHERATING ( 47 km )

Club Med Cherating

Club Med Cherating is the first Asia Club Mediterranean (Club Med), a unique concept for holiday makers, suitable for outdoor adventurous visitors and built to accommodate families and kids. Cherating is the perfect spot suited for this needs, with lush thick greens of rainforest around, making it ideal for jungle trekking and bird watching, whereas on the other end is the wide blue sea with long white sandy beach for water activities and relaxation. 

One of the most popular activities is archery, golf and sailing, suitable for all levels of expertise, making trying for the first time all fun and exciting. There are experienced trainers around to perfect and guide your steps and skills. Apart from that, there are exciting performances and games around such as magic show, animal circus and bingo to escape the heat in the noon time. There are plenty of cafe, restaurant and bar around for all day dinning and drinking.

To keep you busy there are ‘Guest Organizer’ (GO) around to guide and assist you in making your holiday more fun and exciting. The experience trainer is always around to help you to manage doing activities and play games. During meals, plenty of foods (especially French Delicacies) will be served at the restaurant. For non Muslim people there are Café & Bar selling liquor and beer. In addition to that, in the evening, you can relax and watch the exciting performances such as ‘Games Show’ and ‘Magic Show’ perform at the open theatre as well as disco at the beach front.

For the young, there are 'Children Club', children nursery, games room and library to allow your kids to mingle and get to know other kids around. Your children will be having fun and taken care.

Tioman Islands

Tioman Islands

About 58 kilometres off Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, in the South China Sea, lies Tioman Island, a tear-shaped island paradise. Tioman Island, measuring 38 kilometres long and 19 kilometres at its widest, is the largest in a group of the 64 volcanic islands. The striking profile of the twin peaks of Simukut Mountain provides a remarkable landmark to this beautiful island, reputed to be one of the ten most beautiful and idyllic island in the world.
Tioman Island is said to be the final resting place of a fabled dragon princess from China. Legend has it that on her way to visit a prince in Temasek (Singapore), she made a stop at Tioman where she immediately fell in love with the charms and beauty of the island. She decided to dedicated her life to weary travelers by giving them shelter and comfort while resting on the island.
There are several villages in Tioman Island : Tekek, Genting, Paya, Nipah, Mukut, Juara, Salang and Air Batang Village.

Underwater Paradise

Underwater Paradise

Endowed with miles of soft, white sand, swaying palms, wild flowers growing in a vivid of colours, cool waterfalls cascading down mass-covered rocky slopes and rustic charming villages inhabited by friendly hosts, Tioman Island is a perfect sun-seekers' and adventurers' paradise.
Noted for the crystal-clear waters, as far down as 30 of colourful marine life, offering underwater sportsmen some of the best diving sites in the world. The shallow reefs at the nearby islands of Tulai and Renggis are popular spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. Divers can also explore the underwater cave around Chebeh Islands are uninhabited and within an hour's boat ride from the main highlands. Around the waters near Mukut Village, divers have a change to view a coral encrusted wreck of a Japanese warship. At the Marine Park Centre located between Tekek and Air Batang, you can also savour the thrill of swimming among the fishes as they swim out to greet you.

5 Things to do in Tioman Islands

5 Things to do in Tioman Islands

1. SCUBA DIVING

Tioman Island is a heaven for divers of all levels. The calm water and dive sites such as a little islands of Renggis and Soyak are ideal for beginners and underwater photography. Dive sites like Chebeh and Magicienne Rock are popular spot among the advance divers. They occasionally sighting of huge Manta Ray, Whale Shark, Black Tip Reef Shark, Great Barracuda and Turtle. The seabed around Tioman holds many secrets and mysteries. It is the final resting place for numerous vessels, mainly scuttled wooden hulled fishing trawlers. Night dives can also be arranged to witness the display of nocturnal marine life.

2. SNORKELLING

Snorkeling in Tioman is a paradise for you to discover the underwater world. Warm waters and high visibility make Tioman is a popular destination for snorkeling. Small marine life nearer to the beach is ideal and suitable for beginners. For those who wish to swim alongside fishes, marine park is a favorite spot and at the same time enjoy the beauty of underwater garden.

3. MARINE PARK

The cluster of Tioman Island was gazette as marine park to protect it’s precious marine life. The water of Tioman are home to splendid marine life and colorful dense corals. The Marine Park centre is located between Tekek and Air Batang village and manage by the Fishery Department. As a protected area, only certain activities are permitted such as snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and underwater photography. Coral, shell picking and other damaging activities are strictly forbidden. Fishing is not allowed within 3 km. radius of the island. Great efforts has been made to protect the island, visitors are urge to help and support the local authority to preserve the nature.

4. ISLAND HOPPING

Another popular activity in Tioman is the Island Hopping. There are several Islands around Tioman that can be visited such as Tulai, Chebeh, Sepoi, Labas, Sembilang, Sri Buat Tokong Bahara and Jahat. Located about 45 minutes off Salang Village is the Tulai Island, reputed to be the best, the water is crystal clear, white sandy beach, swaying coconut trees, colorful corals and fishes has made Tulai is and perfect place for swimming and picnicking. On your lucky day, you will be greeted by ‘Dolphins’ a friendly mammals that occasionally spotted around Tioman.

5. DIVING COURSE

(PADI) Tioman also offer an opportunity for diving enthusiasts. Most dive operators and instructors cater to varied preferences from introductory dives, night dives to technical diving ‘PADI’ certification courses are also conduct by many dive operators on the island. This course can be conducted only within a week of your stay.

Beach at Rompin

Tanjung Gemok Ferry Terminal, Rompin

Tanjung Gemok Ferry Terminal, Rompin

The Tanjung Gemok Ferry Terminal is the gateway to Tioman Island. Built in 1994, the terminal has a total area of 25 acres. Facilities include seven ticketing and baggage counters, an information center, a customs office, a fisheries department office, a marine department office, restaurants as well as a fenced car park for about 100 vehicles. Visitors can find many affordable resorts and chalets around the village. There are also nearby Orang Asli village to visit.
Contact : 609 - 514 1206 / 419 1242

Lanjut Beach

Lanjut Beach

A mere 15 kilometers away from the town of Kuala Rompin is Lanjut Beach, one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches along the southern coast of the state. There are many water sport activities like scuba diving, but golfers usually head to the Lanjut Golden and Beach and Golf Resort. Apart from golf, visitors can try their hand at wood ball, a newly introduced game that is similar to golf but using a wooden mallet instead of iron, wood and putter.

Freshwater Prawns - Udang Galah

Freshwater Prawns - Udang Galah

Rompin is famous for its yummy prawn dishes. If you are a seafood lover, you should probably visit in the best time : September - October. These fresh prawns are caught from the Rompin river, Nenasi River, Endau and Anak Endau River.
There is a restaurant called Restoran Leban Condong in Kampung Leban Condong that specializes in fresh, ready-to-cook giant prawns. There is also a famous restaurant for giant prawn lovers in Menchali Forest Reserve.
Other than prawns, Rompin is also a place where you can find clams or kepah. You can join the locals to collect clams when the water level in the river is shallow and the sandy islands on the rivers are easy to reach.

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge is an annual off-shore fishing competition under the auspices of the Pahang State Government. It is jointly organized by Tioman Development Authority and the Pahang office of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, in collaboration with the Malaysian Angling Association.
The competition is only for catches of sailfish and marlins and contestants are guided by the rules of conduct based on international standards set by the Billfish Foundation and The International Game Fish Association. Catch and Release is compulsory whereby after capture the fish is unhooked photographed and returned to the sea before experiencing exhaustion or injury.
The event is held at Lanjut, Kuala Rompin about 125 kilometer south of Kuantan in the State of Pahang. It is aimed at showcasing the area as the “Billfish Capital of Asia’’ where sailfish and marlins would spend much of their time cruising the seas off Kuala Rompin during their active migration season in the months of March through September each year.
The billfish at Kuala Rompin are not big in size but you can’t deny its beauty, incredible fighting spirit, breath-taking high leaps, somersaults and tail dances that forces your fishing line to go off or arching at unbelievable speeds that make your andrenalin rush to unprecedented levels. Thus, the event is set to excite all level of anglers over two action-packed days of spectacular game fishing.
Phone: 09-517 1111 / 1112
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.rpbic.com.my/v2/
Organiser: Tioman Development Authority

 

*source: https://www.pahangtourism.org.my