South East Asia's best beach breaks
South East Asia's best beach breaks Did you know that we partner with Singapore Airlines, one of Asia's premier global carriers. This partnership allows travellers to access a wide network of destinations, all while earning Velocity Points and Status Credits on their travels. Below we've re-blogged Singapore Airlines' recommendations for the best South East Asia beach breaks - Langkawi, Boracay and Lombok - to provide some ideas when planning your next tropical holiday.
Beach holidays in Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is home to Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches, leaving you spoilt for choice as to which one to enjoy.
Check out the gorgeous Pantai Cenang, the most developed and popular of Langkawi’s beaches, located on the island’s south coast. Relax on the white sand under the shade of lush palms, or try your hand at any of the many water sports on offer. Further along this 2km stretch, just around the southern bend, you will find Pantai Tengah. Less busy than Pantai Cenang, this beach is slightly more upscale, lined with some fantastic restaurants and bars.
For those after a more exclusive experience, Teluk Datia, located on the far northwestern corner of the island, boasts Langkawi’s most picturesque and secluded beaches. But keep in mind they are only really accessible to those staying in one of the area’s two luxury resorts. In a similar vein, the beaches atTanjung Rhu, located on the north coast, are beautifully secluded. They also feature some spectacular views. Fronted by limestone stacks, with wide white shorelines and pristine turquoise water, Tanjung Rhu is a must see at sunset.
Another of Langkawi’s hidden gems is Pantai Kok. The beauty of the clean white sand and clear water is complemented by the surrounding jungle and limestone mountains. It is the perfect balance of beach and surrounding nature, making for a quiet, relaxing getaway.
Embark upon a day trip to Pulau Payar Marine Park, where you'll be able to experience breathtaking snorkelling and diving, spanning four nautical miles off four tiny islands. Here you'll find an abundance of colourful fish and coral reefs to explore. If you're not keen on getting wet, you can still admire the marine life in Langkawi's underwater observatory, which features an underground tunnel through a giant aquarium.
There are 5 weekly flights to Langkawi from Singapore Airlines' regional wing, SilkAir, with 121 weekly services between Australia and Singapore.
Beach holidays in Boracay, The Philippines
Boracay is a paradise of plenty, providing everything that you could possibly want from a holiday. Dazzling beaches, crystal waters and azure skies supply the backdrop for relaxing or partying, solitude or company. There's a seemingly endless list of sports and activities on offer, areas of outstanding beauty to visit and an exciting mix of eateries, trendy bars and cafes. When coupled with world class accommodation and Filipino hospitality, this makes Boracay an irresistible destination.
Stroll barefoot along the warm, powdery soft sands of White Beach to the northern end and walk around the rocky point towards the beach of Diniwid for a magnificent vista of Boracay. For a view of the volcanic origins of the Island, have a drink at Balinghai Beach Resort on the cliff above the cove. A short walk toPunta Bunga Beach and you will reach the Naked Rock and you can see Mindoro Island on the northwest.
If you're into watersports, there are plenty of vendors available on the beach for banana boat or flying fish rides, jetskiing, parasailing or scuba diving. Compare vendors along the beach to ensure you get the best deal. You can also island hop by Paraw, a native canoe-style sailboat, which are readily available all over White Beach. Go directly to the actual boat station 1 or 3 and talk to the boatmen for best prices. Popular rides are to Puka Shell Beach, enjoying a sunset cruise, or cruising up and down White Beach. Hugging the island’s less developed eastern coast, Bulabog Beach is a haven for kiteboarders and windsurfers.
Station 1 on White Beach is where you'll find most of the top end resorts and is the perfect base for those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere but which is still an easy stoll to the action in Station 2. The hive of Boracay's activity lies in the centre of White Beach, where you can enjoy seafood BBQs under the stars or dance the night away at the beachfront clubs. When strolling along White Beach at night, you'll be able to see the local children building the intricate sandcastles that are iconic in Boracay, which they'll let you photograph for a small fee.
On the southern end of White Beach, past the beach rocks, is a large coral shelf that has countless varieties of living coral in a myriad of colour, shapes and sizes. The shelf is exposed above the water at low tide. The coral and the rocky coastline combine to make a perfect location for photographs.
For something a little out of the ordinary, why not enroll to be a mermaid for a day at the Philippine Mermaids Swimming Academy (PMSA). Students don a mermaid tail, which is waist-high stretch fabric with a fin attached at the end. A one-of-a-kind swim school in South East Asia, you'll learn how to use both legs and core muscles to propel forward – just like a mermaid. Classes, open to anyone with basic swimming skills, are conducted along the famous White Beach.
Boracay is a hot new destination that has been touted as one of the best beaches in the world. Get in and explore this beautiful island soon, before the whole world knows about this paradise.
Flights to Kalibo from Singapore will operate 3 times per week, with plenty of flight options from Australia. Boracay can be reached via a 1.5 hour land transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan, followed by a short ferry trip to the island.
Beach holidays in Lombok, Indonesia
Pristine beaches, piercing blue water, spectacular sunsets, an abundance of marine life, surfing, diving, or simply unwinding – if these sound like ingredients that make up the recipe of your dream beach holiday why not consider a trip to the lesser known island of Lombok, Bali’s quieter and unspoilt little sister.
Located just to the east of Bali, Lombok is home to some of South East Asia’s most magnificent beaches, including the sweeping golden-sand bays of theSenggigi coastline which stretches 30km along the west coast. This is Lombok’s primary resort strip, where you can enjoy relaxing on some of the island’s most attractive beaches, wade in its calm waters and watch in awe as its fiery red sunsets descend over Bali’s majestic Gunung Agung volcano across the Lombok strait, taking your breath away.
Escape to the Gili Islands, meaning “small islands”, located off the north-western coast of Lombok and take in their splendour and laid back charm. Dive and snorkel with sea turtles in the midst of coral reefs, unwind, and enjoy its powdery white sand laced with palm trees and sparkly turquoise water. You will find no cars or motorbikes here – the local transportation consists of bicycles and horse-drawn carts known as ‘Cidomos’.
For some serious surfing fun and discovering Lombok’s plethora of stunning remote beaches make your way to its south coast. For fast, epic, world class waves head to Kuta beach. Nearby Kuta is Tanjung A’an, a beautiful stretch of beach where the sand is a unique pepper-corn shape. Just a short trip west of Kuta you can find tranquillity at Mawun Beach, one of the south coast’s stunning remote beaches. The best way to get there is by motorbike. What greets you on arrival is a secluded bay with pristine sand and piercing blue water – no bars, no villas – just a few locals and visitors, making this place a little haven.
Another hidden gem is Pink Beach on the south-eastern coast, which can be a day trip from Kuta. It’s called Pink Beach because the sand is mixed with pink coral flakes, giving the sand its pink appearance. It’s not easy to reach but it is well worth the effort, and if you like to take the off-the-beaten-track approach to travel this could be a fun adventure.
Fly with Silk Air to Lombok and discover this lesser known unspoilt paradise for yourself.
There are 5 flights per week between Singapore and Lombok operated by our regional wing SilkAir, and your choice of 121 flights per week from Australia to Singapore.