If you are looking for a holiday with a wide choice of beaches, then Port Dickson will not disappoint. The beautiful coastlines mixed with a backdrop of tropical rainforest and areas of natural beauty make this the ideal location for a mix of relaxation and sightseeing. Hotels are luxurious with beautiful beachfront locations and the restaurants are simply divine.
Beaches in Port Dickson
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Beaches are certainly one of the best things to do in Port Dickson as all of the beaches are unspoiled, clean, pristine and well preserved. Imagine white sand beaches, blue skies, palm trees and clear cool waters awaiting you every single day. There are many areas where you can find secluded and hidden beaches along the 18km coastline of Port Dickson and each area is just as beautiful as the last. Each of the main beach areas have different attractions so you can choose the right beach for you.
The Blue Lagoon, if you’re looking for an excursion, is located 17km south of Port Dickson town and is a popular beachside destination with a secluded bay. The bay is sheltered by a dense cover of vegetation and forests from surrounding foothills. Wildlife sightings are common at this beach due to the close proximity to the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve. The sea here is calm and shallow, making it perfect for those wanting peace and quiet, as the sea is much too shallow for water skis. At low tide, you can walk a long way out to sea and still only be knee deep in water.
Pantai Cahaya Negeri is considered to be Port Dickson’s best beach and is the ideal place to visit if you like to relax and unwind. This quiet beach has soft white sands and clear waters to enjoy a swim to cool off. The beach has a very relaxed atmosphere and there are many great places to eat nearby.
Teluk Kemang and Sri Purnama are two of the most popular beaches in Port Dickson due to the endless water sports you can enjoy. The water quality is crystal clear, which makes it perfect for swimming in. When you fancy something to eat, there are an abundance of exotic food restaurants close by.
“Port Dickson is one of the lesser known places in Malaysia that people often miss. Located 45 minutes away from KL airport, this lovely beach destination is a great alternative to the sometimes overcrowded Langkawi. Beach hopping and other water sports are a popular activity that people often enjoy while in Port Dickson. Definitely check out the Blue Lagoon which is 15km away from the main town for a more secluded getaway. The night market happening every first Saturday of the month is also worth checking out for the local souvenirs and produce.”
By Tom, www.adventureinyou.com
Pantai Saujana is a wonderful choice for anyone with a taste for adventure. With banana boats, jet-skis and speedboats, this beach won’t disappoint if you want to explore the sea at high speed. Lastly, Pantai Bagan is the place to be if you enjoy a game of volleyball, kayaking or windsurfing followed by a fantastic bite to eat.
“I used to live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Capital, and I loved it; the food, the weather, the people but what most tourists never knew was that there was an awesome beach destination just an hour or two away, Port Dickson. It was a great city break spot, with loads of sites to fill a couple of days. First up, make sure to hit up one of the many beaches, and for the record, the best is probably the ‘Pantai Cahaya Negeri’. You’re welcome!”
By Johnny, http://onestep4ward.com
- It wasn’t always a holiday destination:
Although today Port Dickson is known as a holiday hotspot for sunshine and good times, this wasn’t always the case. It was originally a Malay village known as Arang, sustaining itself largely through its fishing trade. It wasn’t until the 1880s that it cemented its holiday reputation, following a flood from Chinese immigrant minors to a nearby town.
- The economy today:
Aside from a booming tourist industry, one of the main sources of economic prosperity to the region is through oil and gas production, with two refineries having operated here since the early 1960s. However, it wasn’t always so prosperous. Due to the Asian financial crisis of 1997, some buildings remain unfinished across the coastline.
- A relic from the past:
If you want to catch a glimpse of Port Dickson from another time, then one of your best bets would be the four shophouses situation at Jalan Lama.
- Find out when Boris Bikes are doing their free days, it happens a few times throughout the year and make the best of cycling around the beautiful city.
- London is full of surprises and St Katherine’s Docks is one of the best; it’s a mini South of France in London! We recommend getting yourself a nice cool drink at the Dickens’ Pub and spend your time gazing at the super yachts.
- If you’re looking to save some money while staying in London, food is one of the best places to start. Hyde Park is an incredible place to take a picnic, in any season (as long as it isn’t raining) and you can also have some fun with the family by hiring some roller skates from the hut in the centre of the park.
- Another money saving tip is to take in the sights on foot. London is architecturally one of the most astounding and wondrous places in the world, so it would be a shame to miss any of these sights by spending all of your time underground or on the bus. There is a lovely walk that takes you from Borough to Buckingham Palace. Starting at Borough Market you will walk along the Thames, past sites such as the Globe, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and ending at Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park. It’s a very long walk, but an incredible experience.
Getting Around Port Dickson
To see the sights of Port Dickson, taxi is by far the easiest way to get around. As it’s a relatively small area, they charge per person and aren’t on a meter. Therefore, a fare should be agreed before you get into the taxi. Fares are generally cheap, starting at just 2MYR per person for short journeys and going up to 10MYR for longer journeys.
There is also a bus service that runs along the coast, which can be used for 1-2MYR per person. Check the local bus stops for timetables.
Flights to Port Dickson
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Being only a small town on Malaysia’s west coast, Port Dickson does not have its own dedicated airport. The closest airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which offers domestic flights from across the country. The airport is around 43km away from Port Dickson, meaning it takes around 1 hour to travel onto your destination by taxi or hire car once you arrive.
Alternatively, there are also various rail and bus services that link Port Dickson to other major Malaysian cities. You can also access Port Dickson by road if you are driving by car.
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