Islands and Beaches
approximately three nautical miles off Pengkalan Pernu in
Umbai, 10 km south of Malacca town, is Pulau Besar. Covering
an area of 133 hectares, it is the largest of eight islands
off the coast of Malacca. Believed to be the location of Malaysia's
earliest civilisation, it abounds with legends of mermaids
and princesses, as well as sacred graves and shrines.
Its unspoilt beauty makes it a tranquil haven for those in
search of fresh air and white sandy beaches. There is an international
class hotel and several beach chalets, an 18-hole international
golf course, a yacht club and a host of water sport facilities
for fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and snorkelling.
The island is an equally inviting spot for island hopping,
swimming, camping, picnicking and jungle trekking.
Syarikat Kenderaan Aziz bus line operates regular services
to Umbai from the Jalan Tun Ali Terminal in Malacca town.
From the Pengkalan Pernu jetty, a speedboat then transports
you to the island; the journey takes 15 minutes. A 45-minute
boat service is also available from the Shahbandar jetty and
the jetty behind the State Tourist Information Centre in Malacca
Pulau Upeh (Hawksbill Turtle spotting)
Upeh is two nautical miles off the coast of Klebang. A tiny
island of seven acres, it can easily be explored on foot within
Formerly known as Ilha Das Pedra, which means 'places of
stone', the island has come a long way from its quarrying
days when the Portuguese reigned supreme.
Now the island attracts visitors to its turtle grounds and
various historical sites like the British Memorial Mast, an
old well and World War II relics.
It also has spectacular sunset strips and an 80-foot observation
One of the Earth's rare species, the Hawksbill Turtle is
a medium-sized marine turtle with a hawk-like beak and a thorny
shell. Brown and lightly striped, these turtles find their
ideal resting ground on the island of Upeh. The egg-laying
season is from March to June but visitors can expect to catch
sight of at least a few turtles every night throughout the
In terms of accommodation, Pulau Upeh Resort offers guests
a choice of 72 rooms ranging from suites to chalets. It also
has facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, windsurfing
Tanjung Kling / Pantai Kundor
enchanting beach along the Straits of Malacca is Tanjung Kling,
about 15 km north of Malacca town.
A white sandy stretch set within a coconut grove, it is good
for swimming, picnicking and canoeing.
For sightseeing, just north of the beach, there is the unique
octagonal minaret and tiled steps of the Tanjung Kling Mosque.
About 1 km away lies the grave of Hang Tuah, the legendary
Pantai Kundor is about 2 km further down. It has a nice beach
with a good stretch of white sand.
How to Get There
Tanjung Kling may be reached by the Patt Hup bus from the
Jalan Tun Ali bus terminal in Malacca town.
Bidara, 30 km north-west of Malacca town, is one of the state's
more popular beaches. The white sandy beach shaded by swaying
casuarinas has a cove that is perfect for swimming and water
This are also perfect picnic spots for families. Half the
fun is getting there: the journey requires you to travel through
Malacca's scenic countryside of padi fields and Malay villages.
For those seeking a weekend getaway, there are chalets and
motels rooms at Tanjung Bidara Resort, which is also equipped
with tennis courts, game rooms and facilities for canoeing,
water-skiing and jet-skiing.
How to Get There
Express buses and taxis plying the Kuala Lumpur-Malacca route
are available at the Puduraya terminal in Kuala Lumpur. From
Malacca town, catch another taxi or the Patt Hup bus en route
to Tanjung Bidara at the Jalan Tun Ali Terminal.
You can also travel by car from Kuala Lumpur, using the North-South
Expressway to the Alor Gajah intersection. Then drive along
the Lendu Road to Masjid Tanah and Tanjung Bidara. It takes
approximately 1 1/2 hours to reach Malacca town from Kuala
Lumpur and 2 hours from Singapore.