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Battling the Waves in Malaysia

People like us are most likely to stay far, far away from the beaches during the monsoon, which usually occur from October to March if we are talking about the east coast in Peninsular Malaysia. But like a secret world, when the monsoon season comes and the islands close their doors to the public; that is when the surfers come out to play. To the uninitiated, monsoon means persistent rain, angry winds and ferocious waves, but to the surfers, it’s just a good day to surf. Indeed, surfing is not my scene at all and it’s not until words got around that a Malaysian surfer won third place at the 2019 REnextop Asian Surfing Tour that prompted me to check out our surfing scenes. Malaysia is no Hawaii or Bali but our surfing spots have start making waves among surfers around the world, no pun intended. Let’s check out Malaysia’s top surfing spot.

Cherating, Pahang

Photo: Cheratingpoint

Cherating, a small beach town about 45km north of Kuantan has been a surfing spot since the 80’s; but since surfing is not part of our culture, it has never been a sport enjoyed by the mass. Nowadays, we can see that the surfing community in Malaysia has grown bigger and stronger. There are even many surfing schools in Cherating.

Photo: Didaqt Surf FB

I don’t speak the surfer’s language but from what I gather the waves in Cherating are consistent and are suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced and longboard surfers. It’s a good place for beginners to learn surfing, while the more experienced surfers can enjoy a swell that goes up to five foot. For a “hodad” like us (a term surfer uses for a person who hangs around the beach and does not surf), there are also other activities to try your hands at such as turtle-watching, kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

How to get there:
By Bus
From Kuala Lumpur international airport (KLIA), take a train (KLIA Transit) to the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) Bus Terminal – Check here : http://www.tbsbts.com.my. From TBS, please take a bus to Kemaman Town.
Kuala Lumpur (TBS) – Kuantan – Cherating – Kemaman Town – Kuala Terengganu – Kota Bahru . This is the normal route to east coast.
*note: Let the bus driver know that to drop you at Kampung Cherating Lama (Old Cherating Village).

By car
From Kuala Lumpur , just follow the east bound highway towards Kuantan and Kemaman. Normally, it takes about 3 hours to reach Cherating.

Pantai Batu Burok, Terengganu

Photo: Terengganu SURF Community

The strong waves of the South China Sea makes the beaches and idyllic islands of Terengganu ideal for surfing. To the local and international surfers, Pantai Batu Burok is well-known for its beach breaks surfing. Over the last 10 years, various international surfing competitions have been held in Pantai Burok regularly, thus helping this beautiful sandy beaches with casuarina trees lining up the shore, to gain international recognition. In Terengganu, there are at least 15 other surf spots to be explored along the coast from Kemaman to Besut. Merang in Setiu, for example, is suited for point breaks, while Pulau Kapas is ideal for reef break surfing.

Photo: Terengganu SURF Community

How to get there:
Batu Buruk and the surrounding beaches are easily reached from Kuala Terengganu by bus (Marang / Dungun), mini bus (No.14 / 13), trishaw and taxi or even on foot if you like walking (about 20 minutes from the city center). (www.backpackingmalaysia.com).

Desaru, Johor

Located in Kota Tinggi, Johor, Desaru has a few surfing spots that are worth mentioning. Among them are Pantai Desaru, Pantai Tanjung Balau, Pantai Sedili and Pantai Wild Boar.

Pantai Desaru is a great spot for beginners to learn to surf. The best time to surf here is in the early morning when the waves are in best condition with a less crowded beach.

Pantai Tanjung Balau is only 13-minute drive from Pantai Desaru and is home to a strong local surf community and even hosts its own international surfing competitions. Sandy breaks and three-foot-high waves make it an excellent spot to learn to surf.

Every surfing season, Pantai Sedili, a hidden beach located along the road of Sedili is always crowded with surfers especially during “good waves” day as the surfers called it. As the beach is quite isolated, you must bring your own food and drinks because there is no public facilities there.

Photo: Big Foot Industries

Wild Boar Beach is the most secluded surfing spot compared to the other three beaches in Desaru. Aptly named after the local animal that resides in the area, the beach is so secluded that you need a local guide to show you the spot. Surfers have to bring their own food and water supply because the beach has zero facility but these inconvenience means nothing to them as long as they get to have a long uninterrupted ride on sandy breaks.

How to get there:
A one hour drive from Johor town, along with the way to Desaru, palm oil plantation can be seen and a bridge will be connecting the route to Desaru through the Senai Desaru expressway. Driving is recommended to get to Desaru because it is faster and convenient.

For public transportation to Desaru, there are direct Mara Liner coach services four times a day from Johor Bahru’s Larkin Bus Terminal to Bandar Penawar via Kota Tinggi. Besides that, there’s an option of taking a non-express bus from Larkin Bus Terminal (Maju 227 or Causeway Link 66) or from downtown Johor Bahru’s Jalan Wong Ah Fook (Transit Link 41, Maju 227, Causeway Link 6B; the bus stop is opposite City Square) to Kota Tinggi’s bus terminal (duration about 1h; Maju 227 one-way fare from City Square RM4.80; average frequency of Maju 227 is 15 min), and then take another bus from Kota Tinggi to Bandar Penawar (duration max. 1h, one-way fare RM4.50, frequency every 90 min). (Travelistaclub)

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah

Photo: www.borneo360.com

Kudat in Sabah has long been a favourite surfing spots among Malaysian and Bruneian surfers. Located at the Tip of Borneo in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the Kalampunian Beach has waves that can reach up to 6 feet high with 50 to 100 meters ride. The type of break here is beach breaks and pointbreaks. It is an ideal spot for those with advanced surf skill set. But for the non-surfers, Kudat’ sandy beaches and crystal clear water is reason enough to hang around the beach; or maybe, just maybe you will be entertained by the tricks and twists of the surfers while chilling by the beach.

Photo: Bahzi Damit

How to get there:
The Tip of Borneo is about 215 KM north of Kota Kinabalu. You need to drive about 2.5 to 3 hours on a paved road (with a few small sections of gravel road) to reach there (via Kota Kinabalu → Tuaran → Kota Belud main road). Or you can charter a taxi (can take 3 or 4 passengers) for a return trip for about RM240. (mysabah.com)

Tidal Bore of Sarawak

Photo: abadiphotography

I wonder whether those experienced surfers dare to fight a tidal bore in Sri Aman’s Batang Lupar River, which is famed for its crocodile-infested waters. The tidal bore in Sri Aman, which is located 170km from Kuching is rated among the best bores in the world. A tidal bore may take on various forms, ranging from a single breaking wave front with a roller, somewhat like a hydraulic jump to undular bores, comprising a smooth wave front followed by a train of secondary wave (whelps). The tidal bore is a high wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by a tide rushing up the narrow river estuary. Its height depends on the time of the year, weather and phase of the moon. Sri Aman hosts the annual Tidal Bore festival known as ‘Pesta Benak’, normally held in the month of May.

How to get there:
To get to the town, board a bus at Kuching Sentral Transportation hub. The hub is a 5-minute drive from the Kuching International Airport and 20 minutes from Kuching City Centre. On average, it takes about four hours to travel by road from Kuching. Usually, bus will stop at the bazaar town of Lachau for toilet break.

Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach, Selangor

Photo: Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach is a man made wonder right here in the city where holiday makers all around the world come for a fun filled day in the sun. You can either laze in the beach or for the thrill seekers you can enjoy surfing or body boarding and beach volleyball. You can also show off your surfing skills on Malaysia’s only Surf Simulator or ‘FlowRider’*.

Stretching over 13,000 square meters, the Surf Beach is capable of churning out perfectly shaped waves up to the maximum height of eight-feet. The ability to condition the waves according to the needs of the surfers in terms of height, time and wave patterns make Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon a surfer’s paradise for both professional and aspiring surfers.

How to get there:
By Car
Sunway Lagoon is located in the bustling township of Sunway City, within the district of Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor. It is a mere 15-minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur in smooth traffic conditions and is accessible via a network of expressways including the Federal Highway, Damansara-Puchong Expressway, New Pantai Expressway and KESAS Highway.

Surf Wall, Adventure Waterpark, Desaru Coast, Johor

Photo: Adventure Waterparks Desaru Coast

A safe and high-energy surf simulator where surfing beginners or enthusiasts can catch and ride a radical artificial wave. The Surf Wall can accommodate up to five boogie boarders or two stand-up surfers at one time.

How to get there:

By Car
4 hours from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway.

By Air
1 hour from Kuala Lumpur to Senai International Airport with additional 1 hour for shuttle to Desaru Coast.

Suddenly I feel the urge to join the monsoon mayhem and pick up the surfboard myself. Paddle,paddle, paddle, and stand up… bruddah!

Featured image is courtesy of andiaceh/ombok

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DISCOVER UNDERWATER WORLD AT AQUARIUMS IN MALAYSIA

The underwater is full of mystery and that’s why many divers are obsessed to exploring the “wonderland”.

A man made aquarium, to certain extent, is also a great place for you to explore the beauty of the underwater world in a safer way with an easy access.

It is a one-stop destination to showcase the underwater creatures, which brings huge benefits for parents and children with all sorts of information.

Experience Malaysia will recommend some of the largest aquariums in Malaysia, which could be guidance for your next family trip. One of the top picks includes the newly opened SEA LIFE Malaysia located at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort in Johor Bahru.

Aquaria KLCC

Have you planned a visit to the Aquaria KLCC?

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Aquaria KLCC is one of the most exciting educational destinations for families in Malaysia.

Showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures, this state-of-the-art aquarium not only allows kids to see the myriad of fish on display, they also get to interact, touch, and sometimes even feed the creatures in the tanks.

The oceanarium is situated beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and is within walking distance of the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC shopping mall – perfect for an entire day’s worth of sightseeing and activities with the family.

Highlights include a 90-metre transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fishes, Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of divers feeding these creatures at meal times and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at the Touchpool area.

If you want to spend some time at Aquaria KLCC, these are some tips that you can refer: buy your tickets online ahead of time; book a Learning package or guided tour; visit at feeding time throughout the day; get your souvenirs before exit point; stay in a nearby luxury hotel.

Ticket Price: RM49 (Adult); RM39 (Child); RM39 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.aquariaklcc.com/

SEA LIFE Malaysia

 

The tourism industry in Johor is expected to achieve greater heights with the opening of SEA LIFE Malaysia, the latest attraction at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Dubbed the country’s first interactive LEGO themed aquarium, this highly awaited double-storey aquarium provides a fun and exciting learning experience that combines education and conservation. With a blend of LEGO’s approach of building imagination through play, SEA LIFE Malaysia promises a great day out for the entire family.

This new marine sanctuary comprises 13,000 marine life with 120 species from 11 different habitat zones. SEA LIFE Malaysia has been a hit now and it is expected to mesmerize even more visitors while inspiring kids to learn, love and care for the ocean through edutainment.

Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are Stingrays, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Shark, Seahorses, and more. Other amazing discoveries include magical storytelling, interactive displays, hands-on encounters at the Rock Pool zone, special habitat zones which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay and a fascinating Ocean Tank, the largest tank that is filled with 400,000 litres of water.

Spanning 6-metres long and over 2-metres wide, the Ocean Tank features fun and interactive experiences that introduces visitors to the marine life and marine conservation. On top of this, guests can keep a lookout for special LEGO Mini-Figures and other LEGO sea creatures as they embark on their educational journey at SEA LIFE Malaysia.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has been attracting locals and tourists to state, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and China being amongst the top markets for the resort. For the latest update on promotion and activities, stay connected with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort via Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket Price: 1-Day SEA LIFE (Open Dated) – RM95 (Adult); RM74 (Child); RM74 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 6pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/sealife/sealife/

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka

Located at The Shore Shopping Gallery Melaka, The Shore Oceanarium is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed spot on your itinerary, where both kids and adults can find it so educational and yet fun for their trip here.

Opened in 2015, it features some of the latest technology for aquarium such as 3D movies and information boards (3D glasses are provided) and visitors are encouraged to look for quiz answers as they walk around.

It is and extraordinary interactive journey to learn the earth ecosystem and allow you to discover creatures from land to the sea.

Some highlights in Oceanarium:

Interactive Touch Pool – Visitors can gently touch the skin of star fish, sea cucumber, bamboo shark and jellyfishes.
Jungle Quest – People can learn more about reptile, snake, frog, butterfly, insects, lizards and etc at this place. |
Ocean journey – Some of the key attractions here include Oceanarium Theatre, Shark Quest, Sea Shell Museum and 3D Movie Theatre.
River Story – Learning about river ecosystem around the world including Indian River, Chinese Mountain Stream, Australian River, Lake Malawi and etc, which exhibits different species of fish native.
Kampung Penyu – The Shore Oceanarium collaborates with Fisheries Department Malaysia to educate and create awareness on protection of sea turtle.

After taking a visit here, you should not miss the Sky Tower Melaka for the best views of the city. The Swiss Garden Hotel Melaka is located directly above The Shore Shopping Gallery.

Ticket Price: RM40 (Adult); RM30 (Child); RM30 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10.30am – 9pm
Address: 2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery,193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka,Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Website: https://www.oceanariummelaka.com/

Underwater World Langkawi

Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang, Underwater World is one of the top attractions on the Langkawi island. It is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in Southeast Asia.  Since its operation on 26 August, 1995, it has become one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.

This huge white building covering some 60,000 square feet area houses more than 4,000 marine creatures that include over 500 species of fish and many other underwater life. It also showcases many different types of birds, animals and other inhabitants that are found in tropical rainforests, temperate and even sub-Antarctic regions.

At Underwater World Langkawi, we have three main sections, which display Tropical Rainforest River Ecosystem, Temperate Sub-Antarctic and Marine Section. Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilium Section, Invertebrate Section, the Coral Reef Section and the Poisonous Venomous Section.

There are information kiosks, wildlife gallery and a 3D audio/video room with a capacity of 200 where you can learn and gather myriad of information about birds, animals and aquatic life.

The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Research Development, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.

Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.

Ticket Price: RM36 (Adult); RM26 (Children); RM29 (Senior Citizens)
Opening Hour: 10am – 6pm (Daily); 9.30am – 6.30pm (School Holidays / Public Holidays)
Address: Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Website: https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my/

 

On top of the aquariums recommended above, it is worth mentioning that one of the distinctive galleries at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur is an aquarium, whereby all visitors can get the chance to take a closer look at a variety of fishes and corals that form a unique ecosystem.

Unknown to many, Penang has a small aquarium known as Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman, which is located at a fishing village in Batu Maung. Is not a large aquarium but it has everything you want to see inside. The aquarium has 25 tanks to showcase various types of marine life, especially those found in the regional waters. Among them are the lion fish, the boxfishes, moray eels, tangs, surgeon fish, cat sharks, stone fish, angel fish, blue spotted stingray, fox face fish, parrot fish, squirrel fish, damsels, bivalves and more.

For tourists who visit Sabah, do not forget to add the Aquarium and Marine Museum Kota Kinabalu into your list. The attraction is located right in the city centre at the University Malaysia Sabah. Apart from having a chance to see all types of marine life, there are mangrove habitat, free standing exhibition tank, open-water reef exhibition centre, diorama Sipadan deep dive and many more await you.

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DISCOVER UNDERWATER WORLD AT MAGNIFICENT AQUARIUMS IN MALAYSIA

The underwater is full of mystery and that’s why many divers are obsessed to exploring the “wonderland”.

A man made aquarium, to certain extent, is also a great place for you to explore the beauty of the underwater world in a safer way with an easy access.

It is a one-stop destination to showcase the underwater creatures, which brings huge benefits for parents and children with all sorts of information.

Experience Malaysia will recommend some of the largest aquariums in Malaysia, which could be guidance for your next family trip. One of the top picks includes the newly opened SEA LIFE Malaysia located at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort in Johor Bahru.

Aquaria KLCC

Have you planned a visit to the Aquaria KLCC?

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Aquaria KLCC is one of the most exciting educational destinations for families in Malaysia.

Showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures, this state-of-the-art aquarium not only allows kids to see the myriad of fish on display, they also get to interact, touch, and sometimes even feed the creatures in the tanks.

The oceanarium is situated beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and is within walking distance of the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC shopping mall – perfect for an entire day’s worth of sightseeing and activities with the family.

Highlights include a 90-metre transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fishes, Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of divers feeding these creatures at meal times and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at the Touchpool area.

If you want to spend some time at Aquaria KLCC, these are some tips that you can refer: buy your tickets online ahead of time; book a Learning package or guided tour; visit at feeding time throughout the day; get your souvenirs before exit point; stay in a nearby luxury hotel.

Ticket Price: RM49 (Adult); RM39 (Child); RM39 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.aquariaklcc.com/

SEA LIFE Malaysia

 

The tourism industry in Johor is expected to achieve greater heights with the opening of SEA LIFE Malaysia, the latest attraction at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Dubbed the country’s first interactive LEGO themed aquarium, this highly awaited double-storey aquarium provides a fun and exciting learning experience that combines education and conservation. With a blend of LEGO’s approach of building imagination through play, SEA LIFE Malaysia promises a great day out for the entire family.

This new marine sanctuary comprises 13,000 marine life with 120 species from 11 different habitat zones. SEA LIFE Malaysia has been a hit now and it is expected to mesmerize even more visitors while inspiring kids to learn, love and care for the ocean through edutainment.

Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are Stingrays, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Shark, Seahorses, and more. Other amazing discoveries include magical storytelling, interactive displays, hands-on encounters at the Rock Pool zone, special habitat zones which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay and a fascinating Ocean Tank, the largest tank that is filled with 400,000 litres of water.

Spanning 6-metres long and over 2-metres wide, the Ocean Tank features fun and interactive experiences that introduces visitors to the marine life and marine conservation. On top of this, guests can keep a lookout for special LEGO Mini-Figures and other LEGO sea creatures as they embark on their educational journey at SEA LIFE Malaysia.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has been attracting locals and tourists to state, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and China being amongst the top markets for the resort. For the latest update on promotion and activities, stay connected with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort via Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket Price: 1-Day SEA LIFE (Open Dated) – RM95 (Adult); RM74 (Child); RM74 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 6pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/sealife/sealife/

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka

Located at The Shore Shopping Gallery Melaka, The Shore Oceanarium is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed spot on your itinerary, where both kids and adults can find it so educational and yet fun for their trip here.

Opened in 2015, it features some of the latest technology for aquarium such as 3D movies and information boards (3D glasses are provided) and visitors are encouraged to look for quiz answers as they walk around.

It is and extraordinary interactive journey to learn the earth ecosystem and allow you to discover creatures from land to the sea.

Some highlights in Oceanarium:

Interactive Touch Pool – Visitors can gently touch the skin of star fish, sea cucumber, bamboo shark and jellyfishes.
Jungle Quest – People can learn more about reptile, snake, frog, butterfly, insects, lizards and etc at this place. |
Ocean journey – Some of the key attractions here include Oceanarium Theatre, Shark Quest, Sea Shell Museum and 3D Movie Theatre.
River Story – Learning about river ecosystem around the world including Indian River, Chinese Mountain Stream, Australian River, Lake Malawi and etc, which exhibits different species of fish native.
Kampung Penyu – The Shore Oceanarium collaborates with Fisheries Department Malaysia to educate and create awareness on protection of sea turtle.

After taking a visit here, you should not miss the Sky Tower Melaka for the best views of the city. The Swiss Garden Hotel Melaka is located directly above The Shore Shopping Gallery.

Ticket Price: RM40 (Adult); RM30 (Child); RM30 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10.30am – 9pm
Address: 2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery,193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka,Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Website: https://www.oceanariummelaka.com/

Underwater World Langkawi

Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang, Underwater World is one of the top attractions on the Langkawi island. It is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in Southeast Asia.  Since its operation on 26 August, 1995, it has become one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.

This huge white building covering some 60,000 square feet area houses more than 4,000 marine creatures that include over 500 species of fish and many other underwater life. It also showcases many different types of birds, animals and other inhabitants that are found in tropical rainforests, temperate and even sub-Antarctic regions.

At Underwater World Langkawi, we have three main sections, which display Tropical Rainforest River Ecosystem, Temperate Sub-Antarctic and Marine Section. Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilium Section, Invertebrate Section, the Coral Reef Section and the Poisonous Venomous Section.

There are information kiosks, wildlife gallery and a 3D audio/video room with a capacity of 200 where you can learn and gather myriad of information about birds, animals and aquatic life.

The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Research Development, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.

Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.

Ticket Price: RM36 (Adult); RM26 (Children); RM29 (Senior Citizens)
Opening Hour: 10am – 6pm (Daily); 9.30am – 6.30pm (School Holidays / Public Holidays)
Address: Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Website: https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my/

 

On top of the aquariums recommended above, it is worth mentioning that one of the distinctive galleries at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur is an aquarium, whereby all visitors can get the chance to take a closer look at a variety of fishes and corals that form a unique ecosystem.

Unknown to many, Penang has a small aquarium known as Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman, which is located at a fishing village in Batu Maung. Is not a large aquarium but it has everything you want to see inside. The aquarium has 25 tanks to showcase various types of marine life, especially those found in the regional waters. Among them are the lion fish, the boxfishes, moray eels, tangs, surgeon fish, cat sharks, stone fish, angel fish, blue spotted stingray, fox face fish, parrot fish, squirrel fish, damsels, bivalves and more.

For tourists who visit Sabah, do not forget to add the Aquarium and Marine Museum Kota Kinabalu into your list. The attraction is located right in the city centre at the University Malaysia Sabah. Apart from having a chance to see all types of marine life, there are mangrove habitat, free standing exhibition tank, open-water reef exhibition centre, diorama Sipadan deep dive and many more await you.

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Secret Beaches of Malaysia

Written by Aura Farrando

Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island, Langkawi and Penang are popular destinations for a reason. They offer everything a beach lover wants. But for those who are after a bit more adventure, something off the beaten track or just an escape from resort beach lifestyle, we’ve compiled a list of the best hidden treasures of Malaysia.

Pulau Mabul

Pulau Mabul or Mabul Island is a small island off the southeast coast of Sabah – just 15km away from Sipadan. There’s a fishing village, no cars, no roads and perhaps some of the best muck diving in the world. You can even circumnavigate it on foot! The beaches here are pristine and a perfect place to unwind after a long day snorkeling or diving. If you are lucky you will even catch some turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

Getting there: Take a boat from Semporna to Pulau Mabul. Speedboats are around 30 minutes, while ferries take about one and a half hours.

Locals enjoying the pristine sand of Pulau Mabul. Image: http://www.projectaware.org/blog/scuba-junkie/oct-07-11/mabul-marine-week-2011a-job-well-done

Locals enjoying the pristine sand of Pulau Mabul. Image: http://www.projectaware.org/blog/scuba-junkie/oct-07-11/mabul-marine-week-2011a-job-well-done

Pulau Tiga

Pulau Tiga is so wild that it was once used as the setting for reality show Survivor. It is a relatively young island; in 1897, an earthquake in the Philippines caused a volcanic eruption in Borneo to form new land. It’s no surprise then that Pulau Tiga is famous for its volcanic mud baths. On top of that, there’s kilometres of white sandy beach to enjoy. A hike around the island is a great way to see its native flora and fauna.

Getting there: Catch a 30-minute boat from Kuala Penyu, Kota Kinabalu or Labuan.

The mud baths in Pulau Tiga are great for your skin. Image: http://aroundtheworldwithjustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IMG_2380_new.jpg

The mud baths in Pulau Tiga are great for your skin. Image: http://aroundtheworldwithjustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IMG_2380_new.jpg

Bukit Keluang

Can’t decide between the mountain and the beach? Get a taste of both at this tiny cove off Terengganu, close to the Kuala Besut jetty where you’ll see droves of people lining up to head to the Perhentian Islands. Bukit Keluang is a perfect match of pristine white sand, beautiful sea breeze and breathtaking mountains where you can explore beach caves, go windsurfing, kayaking or simply relax with your family at the resort. Be sure to head up the escarpment each morning to catch the amazing sunrise. What a view!

Getting there: Accessible by car from Kota Bharu, Kuala Besut, Kuala Terengganu and Kampung Teras.

The picturesque coastline of Bukit Keluang. Image: https://anotherguywithcamera.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/the-shoreline.jpg

The picturesque coastline of Bukit Keluang. Image: https://anotherguywithcamera.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/the-shoreline.jpg

Pulau Kapas

Known as Cotton Island due its white, soft sand and crystal, clear blue water, Pulau Kapas is like a scene out of a movie — but 100 times better. With a designated marine park protecting its waters, Pulau Kapas is the perfect place for snorkeling or dive deep to enjoy the coral reef that surrounds the island. If that’s not for you, then just sit back and relax in style under a palm tree.

Getting there: Take a ferry from Marang, located 45 minutes from Terengganu.

They don’t call it Cotton Island for no reason. Image: https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5522/9262235120_7f68dcf2d6_b.jpg

They don’t call it Cotton Island for no reason. Image: https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5522/9262235120_7f68dcf2d6_b.jpg

Pulau Tinggi

If Pulau Tioman seems too mainstream for you, visit Pulau Tinggi off the Johor coast. It only has 500 inhabitants and is quite laid back. It is ideal for relaxing holidays and family vacations or can double up an adventure haven, perfect for snorkeling, trekking and canoeing. The beaches are less manicured, but more natural and idyllic.

Getting there: Just a 45-minute boat from Mersing in the state of Johor.

Allow yourself to escape into another world. Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TLkxUzOtKTU/U5mYX1y2owI/AAAAAAAAAsQ/pJD_Agv5s74/s1600/IMG_6881.jpg

Allow yourself to escape into another world. Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TLkxUzOtKTU/U5mYX1y2owI/AAAAAAAAAsQ/pJD_Agv5s74/s1600/IMG_6881.jpg

Pulau Sibu

Here you’ll find not one, but four charming islands: Pulau Sibu Besar, Pulau Sibu Tengah, Pulau Kukus and Pulau Sibu Hujung. The main isle is just 6km long and 1km wide, with thick vegetation and secluded beaches dominating the landscape. It’s not the easiest to access, but that’s the price you pay for heaven on earth. You’ll also most likely have the whole place to yourself.

Getting there: Arrange a boat transfer from the small town of Tanjung Leman, 130km from Johor Bahru. There’s no direct bus from Johor to Tanjung Leman, so we highly recommend you to get the hotel in Johor Bahru or Singapore to arrange a shuttle bus or minivan for you.

Photo by Peter D. Kennett

Photo by Peter D. Kennett

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Why you should move to Malaysia in 2016

By Lloyd Green

Good news! If you’re thinking of relocating to Malaysia — maybe to volunteer, work at an NGO, study, join a big company, intern or simply enjoy your gap year — now is the best time. According to the 2016 global Cost of Living Index report collated by Numbeo, Malaysia is the 29th cheapest country to live.

Despite boasting one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, Malaysia is an incredibly affordable place to live, retaining a Consumer Price Index of just 37.47. Remarkably, this is lower than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 So, if you’ve just graduated, have the time to do something life changing, or are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT come to Malaysia? We’ll tell where you get cheap food, eat out for less and rent a house for next to nothing?

What’s Cheap In Malaysia?

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s cheapest city on the Cost of Living Index table with a CPI of 40.61. A one bedroom apartment here averages MYR1,325.00, while out of the city it drops to MYR833.33. JB also has the third least expensive McDonald’s combo meal in the world at MYR10, which is equal to $US2.50. In fact, Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world for eating out with Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur all polling in the Top 50 on the Restaurant Price Index list.

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On average you can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for MYR8 or $US2. Coffee is also cheap averaging $US1 in most places. Do expect to pay more at fancy shopping malls and outlets like Starbucks.

Is KL Really That Expensive?

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The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is slightly higher compared to other Malaysia cities, but with a CPI of 44.48, it’s still 54 per cent cheaper than Singapore and has roughly the same CPI as neighbouring Asian capitals like Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

You will likely need at least $US400 to $US500 per month to cover all of your expenses in KL, with a room to rent as low as MYR800 ($US200) per month. This price can vary drastically depending on your location, with a one bedroom apartment in the city averaging MYR2400 per month, while out of the city the median drops to MYR1200.

Kota Kinabalu is the cheapest city in Malaysia for accommodation according to Numbeo, with its Rent Index at 7.63 (37th in the world), compared to JB at 12.24 and KL at 18.55.

The cost of transport in Kuala Lumpur is very competitive with a one-way ticket using the LRT or KTM less than $US1. If you commute every day, count on $25 per month for transportation.

Get Me Out Of The City

Transport between urban cities in Malaysia is also affordable, ranging between $5 and $15 for a bus ride, depending on the destination. A bus or train ride can take you to the green mountains of Cameron Highlands or the heritage listed cities of Georgetown, Malacca and Ipoh.

For Ipoh, catch the train as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. The tickets are MYR25 to MYR30 and you’ll only save five ringgit if you catch the bus.

The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. Tickets at MYR37 to MYR42.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak can be expensive, but Air Asia offers deals all year round. Right now you can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan for $US16 with the airline.

blogjun22Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 

Staying Long Term

Most people can enter Malaysia on a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Normally, this visa is valid for three months, but the visa conditions vary depending on your nationality.

If you plan to volunteer in Malaysia for longer than three-months, you might wish to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). This must be requested by the NGO you intend to work for while you are still in your home country

If granted, this visa is valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed for another 12 months, but only after a three-month break in between.

Contacting Home

Internet and mobile packages are also relatively inexpensive in Malaysia, with a minute of prepaid mobile averaging RM0.26 and 10 Mbps Internet with unlimited data priced at RM160.

So, whatever it is you decide to do in Malaysia, your time here be an exciting time in your life, and a great chance to stretch your own limits and discover your potential!

Check out the Top 30 Cheapest Countries to Live in 2016.

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