The name Pangkor is believed to be coming from the Thai term Pang Ko, meaning ‘beautiful island’. Such a meaning could perfectly describe the entire island and the stunning beaches surrounding it. Pangkor Island beaches aren’t just known for beauty but are also recognized as the cleanest in West Malaysia. Unlike other beaches in Malaysia, the ones found in Pangkor are quieter and less crowded by tourists. The island is still popular for its fishing industry so expect a laid-back island culture and lifestyle. Among the popular beaches in Pangkor Island include Pasir Bogak, Teluk Nipah and Coral Bay, Teluk Ketapang, Pantar Puteri Dewi and Teluk Segudas.
Pasir Bogak Beach
Located on the west coast of Pangkor, just a few kilometers from Pangkor town, the popular Pasir Bogak Beach is deemed the biggest swimming pool in the world for its rich marine coral life and clear, shallow azure water. Apart from being a known snorkeling spot, there are a number of activities that can be done in this beach. Among the water activities to do are fishing, sailing and kayaking. Other tourists prefer to enjoy picnicking under the shade of thick trees lining the coastline. Accommodations available close to the beach comes from simple chalet, camping site to luxury hotels.
One of the most popular among Pangkor Island beaches is the Teluk Nipah. Similar to Pasir Bogak, you can do a bunch of recreational activities in Nipah Bay such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Because of its secluded location, the beach is ideal for swimming since there’s little current and the wind isn’t strong. The water is also warm and not too deep. During low tide, you can even cross the nearby Giam Island by foot, as it is only a hundred meters away from the bay. You can also rent a kayak and paddle out to nearby islands Giam and Mentangor. Several food stalls line the beaches and various accommodations are available at budget rates. Most people don’t know this but Teluk Nipah is composed of two beaches – Nipah Beach and Coral Bay. Unlike other beach destinations in Pangkor Island, you can enjoy the corals, beautiful view and the hornbills in Teluk Nipah.
Other Exotic Pangkor Island Beaches
Pasir Bogak beach and Teluk Nipah are the most popular beaches in Pangkor Island due to the tourism infrastructures and accommodations concentrated in these areas. However, there are several Pangkor Island beaches that are worth a visit besides them. One is Teluk Ketapang, which lies in between Nipah Bay and Pasir Bogak. There are no available accommodations in Ketapang Bay but the beach is very beautiful. Next to the main road lies the wide green grassfield that separates from the beach. Teluk Ketapang is a perfect place for people looking for peace and tranquility; away from the clatter and noise of the crowd. It also offers wide view of the Malacca Strait. Yet, another popular beach is the Pantai Puteri Dewi which is a private resort in Pangkor Island. The beach is only accessible for guests of Pangkor Island Beach Resort. Also known as Golden Sands Beach, it boasts beautiful corals and rich marine life with lavishly landscaped white sand beaches and clear water.