Time for a surf?

A sleepy seaside community located between Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Cherating is known more for its turtle population, surf and more recently kiteboarding than its lacklustre selection of accommodation, and will appeal to those content with a no-frills, affordable beach break. If you’re keen to catch some Malaysian waves, this is one of the only decent spots on the peninsula to do so.

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More a popular destination for vacationing Malaysians than foreign tourists, the village sits between the mangrove-lined waters of the Cherating River and the South China Sea and sees a steady domestic clientele regardless of monsoon seasons. School and public holidays can get quite busy here. The beach is pleasant enough, but the water pales in comparison to the offshore islands to the north of here, so if you’re thinking of cutting your time in the Perhentians short to take a look at Cherating, we’d say perhaps reconsider.

Cherating beach scenes. : Vanessa Workman.
Cherating beach scenes. Photo: Vanessa Workman

There are other attractions, including firefly boat tours in the mangroves on the Cherating River and a visit to a nearby turtle hatchery — both of which would be popular with kids — but this is a beach village and the focus is on the sea and sand. The left point break gets going in December and January and both rental gear and lessons are available and affordable.

Orientation For the most part, the more populated (and public) area of Cherating Beach is in a long stretch of yellow-sand beach running from a northeastern headland and then curving down to the southwest. The village paved street runs parallel to the coast with the majority of steady businesses radiating a bit from the brick circle landmark someone artistically installed in the pavement for beautification purposes.

This main seaside kampung thoroughfare has two entry routes from Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman (or Highway 3). The unnamed road next to the Sungai Cherating (Cherating River) is the more inviting of the two, with the promise of rooms to rent, a colourful sundry shop and surfing lessons as you make your way to the centre of the village. Either way you won’t ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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