PUTRAJAYA: Beautiful beaches and islands are in abundance in Malaysia. Tourists can now make better choices on which one to go by visiting www.101bestbeaches.com/malaysia, which lists 15 of the best beaches in Malaysia, according to famous beach critic and conservationist Brad Farmer.
Among those featured on the site, which was launched on 10 April, include Pangkor Island, Perak; Batu Feringghi Beach, Penang; Coral Bay and Pasir Panjang Beach, Terengganu; Juara Beach, Pahang; Desaru Beach, Johor; Mabul Island and Mantanani Islands, Sabah; and Damai Beach, Sarawak.
This is the first time Malaysiaâ€™s beaches are being assessed and examined firsthand by a qualified and internationally renowned beach expert. Farmer rates the beaches on a variety of criteria, such as budget, scenic views, activities, ease of travel, conservation efforts, and the pristine condition of the beaches.
Farmer has been writing bestselling books on beaches for over 30 years and he was a former Senate Adviser on coastal issues in Australia. He has travelled to over 35 beach nations to explore and write about beaches, coastal environments and seaside communities.
The website is expected to attract more local and foreign travellers to visit beaches and islands in Malaysia, which is timely, as the country is celebrating the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015.
Last year, Malaysia received a total of 27.4 million tourists. This year, the Government has set a target of 29.4 million tourist arrivals, with RM89 billion in tourist receipts.