Beaches in Penang, Penang
The beach looks lovely and makes for some great photos. Unfortunately the sea looks pretty dirty and also I didn't want to risk getting stung by jellyfish. It's the only holiday I've been on where I haven't swum in the sea - it really isn't very appealing. I'd say make sure that your hotel has a good pool that you can use, otherwise spend some time on Langkawi where the water is clearer. I really enjoyed Penang but felt a bit cheated by the beaches seeing as it's sold as being a paradise beach location :o(
It's a shame to say that most locals do not frequent the beaches on Penang, there's only a few stretch of public beaches. Most of the beach hotels are built on near the sea, so you can see a lot of tourists on the beaches.
There's plenty of water activities to do, or just laze around the sand.
Go further up after Mutiara Hotels to have view of the beautiful Teluk Bahang Dam, it's closed to the public, so can just view from the top of the winding road.
Penang most famous beach is along Batu Ferringhi (Portuguese rock in Malay).
There is a string of hotels like Golden Sands, Rasa Sayang, Holiday Inn, Bayview Beach, etc.
Beaches are public and so you can just walk in through some of the public access or through one of the hotels. Recommend park free at Golden Sands and walk through.
Plenty of water sport activities to choose from - sky parachute, jet ski, water ski and sailing. No waves for surfing. Be careful because accidents and fatalities have happened.
Also horseback riding and foot reflexology massage is abundant.
If swimming, beware of jelly fish. Ask hotel staff or local before jumping into the open sea.
Wonderful sunset if you can hang around. Best to stay at one of the hotels, swim in the simming in the pool, laze on a deck and walk along the beach.
Well Batu Ferringhi is a stretch of beach located on the northern part of the island and is like 20 kilometres from heart of Georgetown, you can get a bus for around RM 2 or a taxi for RM 20 ( bargain before you go into a taxi/cab) or some hotel do provide shuttle service ( like Rasa Sayang ).
There is lot of cool hotels along the beach such as Bayview Beach , Rasa Sayang and Golden Sands. Its a recommended place to stay because you get to feel the cool breeze and look at the beautiful sunrise or take a dip in the sea or have morning coffee by the side of a tropical pool ...before you head downtown ....to dive into Georgetown's heritage , culture and vibrance ...and shopping !
Or you can enjoy lots of water sports like banana boat-riding, jet ski, parasailing, catamaran sailing and so forth ...
And when you head back to Batu Ferringhi after your walk around Georgetown , a different scene awaits you in Batu Ferringhi ...the streets and surrounding transform into a bright and colourful scene..so many seafood restaurants, stalls, pubs and disco just waiting for you to explore !
Although Teluk Bahang is a small fishing village area, there are some places of interest where tourist would like to go, eg. Penang Cultural Centre, Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang Forest Park and Teluk Bahang Dam.
The route is a combination of sharp corners and bends, including a narrow hairpin and 3 wide hairpins (if not mistaken). Most sharp corners have two lanes, just enough to let two passenger cars to pass, and many corners are in 90 degrees and very narrow- which means you have to drive through them slow as you make a corner in town area. And then, the bends makeup the exciting part of the route, they test your tire grip and your suspension system. These bends have different length, but most are in 100~300 meters, if you want to pass these bends in the shortest time, a set of good tires and good suspension settings are necessary
Between Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi is Tanjung Bungah.
In Malay, it means "Flower Cape". There are several small sandy beaches like Miami Beach, Moon Light Bay, etc and rocky capes with hotels.
Popular with locals for fishing off the rocks and family picnic and playing in the sand and sea along the beaches. Caution that the beaches can have submerged rocky and so you might hit one and sink.
Not safe to walk along the road but some have bicycled from beach to beach.
Known as "Mi Fu" or "Beautiful Fu" by the local ethnic Hakka Chinese, it was a very popular white sandy beach to swim in previously crystal clear sea, dig a few centimeters into the sand for small tasty edible bivalves called "siput", pick corals and shells or have a family picnic undere the coastal trees.
Today, however due to development of pig farming, much of the pristine beauty is no longer there. Yet, it is a breath of fresh air away from housing estates, shopping malls and factories of Penang island.
See the additional close up photos of the "Pagoda" trees along the beach.
The water in the cove is still calm and shimmering in the sun. Boats leaving and arriving at the jetty with plenty of memories of good old days if you are revisiting.
Batu Ferringhi is where most of the tourist beach hotels are. The beach itself is nice and clean, though swimming is often not recommended because of the many jellyfish. The area itself offers lots of accomodations, from budget to luxury and good cheap food.
This is the best beach in Penang, quite smooth sand especially by the water. You can walk along past lots of hotels with the warm sea lapping at your feet - very relaxing.
You can also take part in a variety of watersports such as going on a jet-ski.
The beaches on Penang are nice and really clean, but they don't have the clear water like beaches on the east coast.
There are accommodations of all price ranges along the coast. All kinds of watersports, as well as excursions to the lonely preceding islands offered.
Batu Ferringhi is named after the first Europeans (tourists) that landed there. This strip of beach is now lined with highrise hotels, shops, and restaurants. Sunbathing and watersports is the main attraction here.
The famous beaches of Penang include Tanjung Bunga, Batu Ferringhi, and Teluk Bahang and they all offer scenic delights of a tropical island paradise.
Along the north-western coastline, on the opposite side of the island from Georgetown, lie some of the finest and least known beaches on the island. Sparkling sea, powdery white sand, and sunlight filtering through coconut groves awaits those who are willing to hike the jungle paths that are the beaches' only access. The effort is more than worthwhile.
Head to the Feringhi Beach to try out the parasailing, a must try, a real breathtaking view and exciting experience...I didnt dare to try out but friend of mine did, before the parasailing you will be brief about the safety, takeoff & landing techniques. Please listen carefully for everything the operator said coz some customers land on the tree!!
You will have a chance to see lot of jelly fish from top.
It cost around RM60/person for a longer trip and RM 50/person for a shorter trip. You can have a companion with you during this trip and it will cost double.
The beach is nice.
Water sports are cheaper than anywhere I've been to.
Parasailing is only for RM35!
There are a few water sports operators along the beach, so look around and compare prices before paying.
Horse riding is also available for as cheap as RM30 or RM80, depending on which operator you go to.
My hotel was situated here. It's the most popular beach destination for both locals & tourists on the island. The stretch of beach is lined with many hotels & resorts, these offer various water sports, leisure and shopping activities. Even though the area was well developed, it was still possible to find quiet secluded areas of beach.