If you’re looking for a beach holiday then look no further then Port Dickson! Port Dickson (or PD as it is also known as by the locals) is one of the closest coastal areas to Kuala Lumpur, making it especially popular among people wanting to escape the city.
PD is only about an hour and a half from Kuala Lumpur or even closer from Kuala Lumpur airport, Seremban or Melaka. This makes PD a very convenient stopover or weekend trip. You can read full details about how to get to Port Dickson from KL here or from Singapore here.
If you’re after the best beach in Port Dickson then there is plenty to choose from as the 18 kilometre coastline is full of them! If you want a private beach Port Dickson offers, then there are even a few resorts that can offer this too – but of course, there are also plenty of public Port Dickson beaches, so you are spoilt for choice.
The great thing about the PD beaches is they are generally clean. In fact, I have seen someone actively cleaning most of the beaches I have visited in Port Dickson. Some of the beaches have facilities like toilets and changing rooms as well as being adjacent to public parks, food stalls and hotels.
To help you find a nice beach in Port Dickson for your trip, I’ve put together this Port Dickson beach review guide. This guide lists all the beaches in PD in order from the south to the north. I’ve also included a map so you can see which beach is close to your Port Dickson hotel as well as help with Port Dickson beach directions.
As you’ll soon discover, the most popular Port Dickson public beach is Blue Lagoon Port Dickson or Teluk Kemang. Both of these PD beaches are south of Port Dickson town. However I recommend you keep reading to discover my absolute favourite picks!
So let’s start! Here’s your guide to the best beaches in Port Dickson!
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- 1 Locations of Best Port Dickson Malaysia Beach
- 2 Our Choices For The Best Port Dickson Beach, Malaysia!
- 3 So What Is The Best Port Dickson Beach?
Locations of Best Port Dickson Malaysia Beach
Our Choices For The Best Port Dickson Beach, Malaysia!
Pantai Cermin PD is perfect if you are looking for a quieter beach near Blue Lagoon. It’s located directly behind and close to the jungle at Tanjung Tuan.
This beach PD offers has very orange coloured sand (like popular Teluk Kemang)
Black ore deposits also wash up. It’s a larger beach and the water is clean but it does look murky thanks to a muddy sea bed. It’s one of the cleanest beaches we have visited though.
This beach is meant to be the perfect place to watch a sunrise and it’s a great beach to go to if you want somewhere without the crowds. It’s easy to visit here at the same time as a visit to Blue Lagoon.
The downside is that this best beach Port Dickson offers doesn’t have the shade of Blue Lagoon and so it feels a lot hotter here.
At the eastern end, you end up at the Lexis Hibiscus resort where you can eat at their hawker centre or play at the JPark water park. The Lexis Hibiscus is recommended for easy access to this beach and also the best stay in Port Dickson!
Tanjung Tuan is the place to go when you want to get away from the crowds, enjoy nature but don’t necessarily want to go swimming.
This beautiful spot is also known as Cape Rachado and is famous for its historic lighthouse. It is a wildlife reserve centre so is far less developed than elsewhere. In fact, you will need to walk here as its surrounded by dense jungle. It’s about a one kilometre hike.
Between the jungle, the white sand and the clear water, this is a truly beautiful spot that you may be lucky enough to have all to yourself. The downside is that swimming is not recommended due to the risk of hurting yourself on sharp rocks.
This is never going to win a prize for the best beach at Port Dickson but it is a beautiful spot to explore for nature lovers.
For easy access to Tanjung Tuan, stay at Villea Port Dickson by the wildlife reserve entrance and Blue Lagoon Beach. There are many apartments available as well as a large pool to cool down in after your hike.
Blue Lagoon Beach
Blue Lagoon, also called Tanjung Biru, is a very nice public beach in Port Dickson which is popular, but more secluded than other choices thanks to being about 17 kilometres south of Port Dickson town close to the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve. This also means that there is often wildlife to spot such as squirrels and monkeys.
This Port Dickson famous beach is a pretty spot with vegetation and forests surrounding it and, despite being busy, this is a relaxing spot where it is nice to just be. There are beautiful big trees on the beach so it is naturally shaded as well.
The upside of being a famous beach in Port Dickson means there are good facilities here including toilets, a hawker centre, market stalls and a playground. It’s easy to spend an entire day here although it’s not the cleanest beach in Port Dickson and it does tend to have more trash than many other beaches on this list.
Take a look at Blue Lagoon in the following video which we recorded during our visit:
The Blue Lagoon Beach Port Dickson offers is especially good for families or non-swimmers thanks to its calm and shallow waters. Sandbanks protect Blue Lagoon from currents and strong tides.
This also means water sports are kept away from the shore and you don’t need to worry about motorboats and jet skis taking over the sea. At low tide, many rock pools are revealed which kids will love.
We love this PD beach!
For an even better experience at Blue Lagoon, stay by the beach! Villea Port Dickson is a great option with hotel style rooms and apartments right by the beach.
For a better quality resort, the Lexis Hibiscus is close by too.
Pantai Purnama (Moonlight Beach) is a small beach option just before Teluk Kemang as you head north. We visited here when the tide was in so there may be more beach when you visit!
This Port Dickson clean beach is more out of the way than some of the others listed here even though it is just off the main road. It’s meant to be popular in the evenings but we found it a pretty spot during the day with no trash and bathrooms and a restaurant right there. There were some big clumps of seaweed in the water though.
If you’re wanting to have a Port Dickson picnic, then you’ll appreciate how there are small gazebos here where you can rest and enjoy the sea while having something to eat.
To be close to this beach, consider staying at the Klana Beach Resort which is pictured in the photo above. You can easily access both this beach and Teluk Kemang from here and there is even an observatory on site!
Teluk Kemang is between the 7th and 8th mile from Port Dickson town and is the largest and most popular Port Dickson beach In Malaysia which is both good and bad. This is the place to go if you want atmosphere, shops and water sports. There’s also a lot of great food.
There are a lot of hotels and apartments along this Port Dickson beach, Teluk Kemang is a convenient place to stay for beach access. There are many facilities including multiple car parks, paths, toilets, showers, change rooms, prayer rooms, shops, food stalls and restaurants. There is also a large square with activities.
There are many water sports and this can mean its harder to swim in the sea and the area can be loud. You can also rent a gazebo if you’re wanting some shelter or somewhere for a picnic at Port Dickson. It does however get crowded on weekends and holiday periods.
Unfortunately, I don’t recommend this beach for swimmers which is a shame as it is a pretty and clean beach. This beach is strictly for people who want water sports and/or action and atmosphere.
The sand can be an orange colour and the sea can become rough. There are often kids activities set up like pony riding and bouncy castles at busy times.
I visited on a weekday when the beach was relatively dead. However, there was still a lot going on on the beach. I found the attention from the males selling water activities uncomfortable and would not visit alone at a non-busy time again.
For easy access to this public beach, Port Dickson offers, stay at Ancasa Residences where there are roomy apartments and a large pool.
Pantai Cahaya Negeri
Pantai Cahaya Negeri or Cahaya Negeri Beach, Port Dickson is maybe Port Dickson’s best beach. It has a great expanse of beautiful white sand and the water is clean. This does mean the beach gets crowded at holiday periods.
There is a recreational park and a cool bridge (called “Lovers Bridge”) over the water which takes you to a mangrove island (pictured above). This is a great place to take some awesome holiday snaps and just enjoy walking around.
There are toilets and many picnic tables in a nice park area next to the bridge making it a great Port Dickson beach Malaysia offers for a picnic. There is however a lack of other facilities. You can eat in a food court opposite Bayu Beach Resort or keep walking up to nearby Pantai Saujana.
Cahaya Negeri beach Port Dickson is one of our favourites and we recommend a visit, even to just walk across the beach, see mangroves and take some photos.
Stay at Bayu Beach Resort right by the beach. There is a great pool and it’s convenient to eating options.
Pantai Saujana/Saujana Beach
Saujana Beach, Port Dickson is about a kilometre long. This Port Dickson beach location is a few miles from Port Dickson town starting at the Avillion Port Dickson. It’s right next to the lovely Avillion Resort and there is a playground, changing rooms, toilets and food and drink vendors.
The main entrance is opposite the Saturday Night Market and it’s easy to access this beach. Pantai Saujana Port Dickson is especially popular in the late afternoons. There are restaurants and plenty of parking.
It’s a calm, clean beach in Port Dickson and the sand is soft and powdery. Despite the central location, it’s usually quite peaceful and there is plenty of space. Water skis and banana boats are available, but they don’t take over the beach.
It is definitely one of our top picks for the best beach in PD.
Avillion Port Dickson is one of our personal favourites in Port Dickson with gorgeous, well priced, over water chalets and is located on one end of this beach.
Pantai Bagan Pinang
Pantai Bagan Pinang is another powdery white sand beach to visit in Port Dickson. There is more trash than I am used to seeing on beaches on this list but then I wonder if I went at a bad time as I have heard many others say it’s trash free.
There is a small part of this beach next to the Avillion then some rocks and then a bigger stretch. If you start at the smaller part, where there is a playground, I recommend walking to the bigger stretch which is nicer and wider.
This Port Dickson nice beach has lots of eating options nearby as well as picnic tables, toilets and showers. You can also rent beach and water equipment on weekends and there are some activities like banana boats. This beach can be a good balance between activity and taking it easy.
Avillion Port Dickson is also located on one end of this beach. We highly recommend it!
Pantai Tanjung Gemok
Also known as Glory Beach after the Glory Beach Resort that sits on its shores, Pantai Tanjung Gemok is perhaps the best option north of Port Dickson town.
It’s a quieter option of the beaches listed here, and the water is generally calm although it can get busy at holiday time. There is a nice paved pathway along the beach complete with a playground. This beach is nice enough for a swim if you are staying in the area but there’s nothing really special about it either.
There is a small turtle hatchery managed by Glory Beach Resort which is worth a visit if you can.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a good photo of this beach but you can get an idea of what it is like from the photo above from the Glory Beach Resort.
Stay at Glory Beach Resort right on the beach. It has some great facilities including the turtle hatchery.
There is also the Lexis hotel at the northern end of the beach.
So What Is The Best Port Dickson Beach?
Honestly, I have a few favourites – but overall it really depends on what you are after!
If you want the prettiest beach, my choice for this is Blue Lagoon (full info here!).
If you want a more interesting stop, I recommend Pantai Cahaya Negeri. We like being able to walk over the bridge and among the mangroves and it makes a beach visit more interesting.
If you want a fun beach in the early evenings, I recommend Pantai Saujana especially on Saturday nights for the night market.
If you want water sport action, try Teluk Kemang.
Otherwise, just go to the beach most convenient. You’ll have a great time!
What’s your pick for the best Port Dickson beach?
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