• Bukit Keluang (Dendong Beach
Park) • Pantai Penarik • Merang Beach •
• Pantai Batu Rakit (Batu Rakit Beach) •
Bukit Keluang - Dendong Beach Park
Approximately 140km north of Kuala Terengganu and a few kilometres from
Besut, lies Bukit Keluang, Also known as Dendong Beach Park, it the oldest
and most visited picnic area in the State.
in the 19th Century, the place was a popular
stopover for sea-merchants from Kelantan and Pahang to get their supply of
foods and medicines. Legend has it that Bukit Keluang (Bat Hill) was so named for
its large population of bats. Even now, though the bats mysteriously disappeared
from the many caves in the hill, visitors keep coming to Bukit Keluang.
The beach is just behind a wooden walkway built through a rocky cave
extended to the sea. Best of all, the caves at Bukit Keluang is not too
difficult for novices who are seeking casual exploration. There are easy
walkways to help you along so all you need is a flashlight, good shoes and
an adventurous spirit. Of course, exploring without a guide is not advisable.
The combination of a white sandy beach and the bat-look-a-like granite hill
gives Bukit Keluang a unique image – especially at dusk when there's a
captivating sunset on the horizon.
Being only an hours drive away from Kota Baru, the Bukit Keluang Beach
Resort located here provides a peaceful respite and a perfect stopover for
tourists going to Perhentian Island as it is located not too far from Kuala
Besut. With chalets blending with natural flora, guests can feel the
tranquility and serenity of the place. Aside from its breathtaking view, it
is also an ideal site for swimming, snorkelling and wind surfing.
Location - 140 km North of Kuala Terengganu
This stretch of straight and white sandy beach lined by swaying coconut
trees is located some 50km to the north of Kuala Terengganu. Not far from
the little fishing village of Penarik is Penarik Inn, a beachfront chalet
within reach of its clean and sandy white beaches. The chalets, with a
kampung style structure on stilts, are basic but comfortable and has clean,
airy attached bathrooms. For about RM60 a night it's worth the tranquility
the place offers.
Location - 50 km North of Kuala
Merang is the jumping-off point to the magical island of
Redang famed for its magnificent beaches and crystal-clear waters where in
the shallows wild sea fish remarkably come to feed from hands.
The beach, although not the most famous in the east coast, its long sandy
beach and stretches of tall coconut trees and sparkling crystal clear sea
water is somehow making Pantai Merang a good stop to enjoy the sea breeze
before proceeding to next destination.
Location - 45 km North of Kuala
Pantai Batu Rakit (Batu Rakit Beach)
Pantai Batu Rakit is on the unspoiled shores dotted with colourful fishing
boats and surrounded by lush forest. On the distant horizon, over the South
China Sea, can be seen the islands of Bidong and
Redang and with the
excellent visibility, seem much closer then they really are. Close to the
Gem Beach Resort is the quaint fishing village of of Batu Rakit and a rocky
outcrop surrounded by the sea.
natural formation gives the village of Batu Rakit its name. Here it offers
visitors opportunity of seeing the fishermen land their catch each day. Some
are processed into salt fish or fish crackers that can be seen being sun
dried close by. Local food are available at stalls by the road selling Terengganu's famous keropok
lekor, otak-otak and Satar. Also available are seafood tempura (goreng celup
tepung) at the Batu Rakit beach stalls. The stalls serves a variety of
tempura such as fishes, crabs, squids, prawns, sting rays, bananas, kerepok
etc. Batu Rakit also famous for fried koay teaw with squid and chicken, try
the stall opposite the mosque along the main road.
Location - 30 km North of Kuala
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