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The waters aren’t “clean and clear” (recognize the singsong line?) like in Perhentian and Redang, but the beaches in Penang are bigger, wider, and more varied. So take your pick from our list!
Hotels, resorts, restaurants, night markets, and huge swathes of white sand pimpled by tourists bathing under the sun and water sports enthusiasts riding the waves (or the sky) — what more can you ask for? Only a cocktail, maybe, and even in this respect, Batu Feringghi serves up the best.
Somewhere between tourist-dense Batu Feringghi and shopper’s haven Gurney Drive lies this sleepy beach, unstirred except for the occasional sunset viewer. Locals swim, picnic, and stroll along the shoreline, but it’s still relatively quiet, and dark enough after sundown to spot the constellations.
Venture a little further from George Town and you’ll find this quaint, relatively undisturbed beach on the southwestern shores of Penang Island. The fishing community here prides itself on its fresh seafood, so even if you’re here for the sand and sea, be sure to stay for the shellfish, too.
Did you think Long Beach was only in California? Drop by Penang’s Pasir Panjang (literally ‘long beach’) for the best sunset view in town, and — if you’re a trekker — a pant-worthy hike through the rainforest hills.
Penang’s largest islet straddles the sea between the island and mainland, and features fine, pale sand (as yet rubbish-free), thick rainforests, and water activities including water polo and canoeing. This is also where you can catch an unparalleled view of the second bridge.
Named after the long-tailed macaques that occasionally make an appearance, this beach is located in the National Park. Trek through a half-hour of winding tree-shaded paths, and you’ll arrive at this small, no-frills, no-fuss, and not very crowded beach.
Another one for the National Park, this remote beach is one of the cleanest you’ll find in Penang. You might want to call ahead (at the National Park) or ask the lady at the entrance if the beach is open. The last time we went (in late 2017), we weren’t allowed to see it due to a landslide — but hey, you may be luckier than we were!