Most of Kelantan’s lovely beaches are off limits to holidaymakers when the rough monsoon season hits the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Middle of the year is the better time for you to plan a memorable beach holiday which filled with sun, sand and fun with your family or friends. There are a number of famous and serene beaches overlooking the South China Sea adorn the coastline of Kelantan.
i) Moonlight Beach (Pantai Cahaya Bulan)
Formerly known as the Beach of Passionate Love or Pantai Cinta Berahi, Moonlight Beach with 1.2km lovely stretch of shimmering sand is perhaps Kelanian’s most famous beach.
Its warm golden sands and crystal blue waters amidst tall and graceful palms encourages one to just lay on the sand and bask in the sun. Fringed by swaying casuarinas and coconut palms, providing the ideal place for picnics, camping and relaxation.
Located about 10km from Kota Bahru, Moon Beach is definitely a crowd puller during the weekends, popular among the local to bath under the sun and cherish the tranquility offered by the natural beauty of the coastal East Coast.
The abundance of cultural and artistic shops decorating the path to Moonlight Beach adding to its charm and beauty to this stretch of beach.
ii) Melody Beach (Pantai Irama)
Situated 25 km away from Kota Bharu in Bachok, Melody Beach has the reputation of being one of the finest beaches in the East Coast and got its name from the gently hushing sound from the sea breeze.
Melody Beach is a hit with picnickers and campers alike. It’s another beach ideal for a memorable family outing with ample picnic spots, good facilities, clear waters and gentle slopes.
It has stretches of clean, white sand, swaying palms and casuarinas.
iii) Beach of Seven Lagoons (Pantai Seri Tujuh)
Beach of Seven Lagoons lies on the border of Thailand and Kelantan at Kampung Tujuh in Turnpat, about 7 km from Kota Bharu. This pristine beach is under the shelter of the longest lagoon in Malaysia. The uniqueness of the beach is the well-known seven lagoons formed from the seasonal monsoon waves and lagoons shifted through the years.
It is home to the annual Kelantan International Kite Festival event which draws more than a hundred local and foreign participants. The beach has a variety of food and drink stalls as well as public amenities.
iv) Beach of the Whispering Breeze (Pantai Bisikan Bayu)
Also known as Pantai Dalam Rhu, Beach of the Whispering Breeze is the pride of the Pasir Putih district, which located located both north and south of the village of Semerak. The whisper of the breeze blowing through the casuarina trees is simply mesmerising.
Tall casuarinas offer restful shade where families can enjoy a picnic. There is also lush greenery around the area that makes lazing under the sun a lot cosier and relaxing. Surfing can be good at certain times of the year from November to April during North-East Monsoon, and wind surfers will find excellent sport.
v) Dasar Sabak Beach
Covering the coastline from Kuala Pak Amat to Pantai Dasar Sabak, Sabak Beach has its own historical significance. It was here that the Japanese soldiers first landed on Malaya soil at the mouth of the Sungai Pangkalan Chepa (Kuala Pak Amat) during World War II on December 8, 1941.
Located 13km from Kota Bharu, Dasar Sabak Beach is lined by tall coconut palms with soothing ocean breeze and a lovely stretch of golden sandy beach providing calm and serene surrounding to visitors. There is also a fishing village near the beach with the occasion to see the fishing boats on the shore.
Traditional Malaysian boats are used in colourful forms to go fishing. Dasar Sabak beach is a famous fishing village, which has a market place bustling with people, fishermen and their nets.