Nestled near the South China Sea, Tanjung Jara Beach has a prominent stretch of golden sand, with powerful waves striking its shores. Catch the sunrise or sunset with the winds whipping in your face, albeit with a gentle breeze.
The beach provides an excellent location for windsurfing, boating, kayaking, snorkelling and diving.
Turtles also frequent the beach during the ‘turtle laying season’ from the months of May to September.
The silence here is a welcoming treat, and makes for a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Go along for a turtle watch at night between May and September when the turtles visit the beach to lay eggs.
How to get there
If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, head east towards Kuantan. Use the Karak Highway all the way to Kuantan. The journey should take about three to 3 hours. Once you arrive in Kuantan, head north-east on highway 3 (coastal road) and you will get to Dungun. From Kota Baharu, head South down highway 3 – coastal highway all the way to Chukai.
Buy a bus ticket at Hentian Putra Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur to Dungun, Terengganu. Local bus: Take a bus from Dungun Bus Station to Tanjung Jara.
There are flights to Kuala Terengganu by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. From the airport, grab a taxi to Tanjung Jara.
There are several hotels in the area from 4-star hotels to modest, villas catering to every budget.