Malaysia is mostly known as a food haven, but not many people (even our own locals) know that our own country boasts a number of prime surf spots and a growing community of surfers who welcome visiting surfers with open arms. So, instead of looking up places like Australia, Hawaii or the US to surf, consider these places that are closer to home.
1. Cherating, Pahang
This laid-back fishing village of Pahang is about 30km north of Kuantan and first gained its popularity as the site of Asia’s first Club Med. If you’re a beginner, you can take lessons at the surf school located right on the beach, whilst most advanced surfers can enjoy a swell that goes up to 5ft. It’s also not uncommon for you to find point breaks – a really long wave created with perfect natural conditions that lets you ride for up to 500 metres! And if you love animals, you can also head to the turtle sanctuary nearby to learn more about the conservation and preservation efforts of the endangered leatherback turtles.
2. Batu Burok, Terengganu
Travelling with non-surfers or children? Then this friendly surfing spot is the perfect place for you. There are a tonne of beach resorts, shops, restaurants and more, making it an easily accessible spot thanks to surf camps and international surfing competitions. Your non-surfing family and friends can chill on the beach and soak up the sun while you enjoy some great consistent waves.
3. Tanjung Balau Beach, Desaru, Johor
Desary has a handful of surf-worthy beaches to choose from with Tanjung Balau being a main local public beach, home to a strong local surf community who hosts its own international surfing competition.
4. Wild Boar Beach, Desaru, Johor
If you’re looking for something a little more private, then this place is perfect for you. This hidden gem is surrounded by beautiful nature and is so secluded that you need guidance from the locals to show you the spot. There’s also almost no shops or bathrooms in sight, so it’s advisable that you bring alone your own food and water supply if you’re surfing there for an entire day.
5. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah
With a rich cultural heritage, this place has been a cultural magnet for tourists. It’s uniqueness is what advanced surfers love the most, creating waves up to 6ft and 100 metres long. And if that’s not good enough for you, it’s sandy beaches and crystal clear water will certain satisfy the beach-lover in your.
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