13 April 2017
Dreaming of a getaway where sparkling oceans, sundrenched coastlines and hours of blissful relaxation await? Then look no further than the Asia Pacific region, and laze away your holiday on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
Located in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, here you’ll fine a glorious 22-kilometre stretch of sun-kissed white sand fringed by the balmy, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Cable Beach is a delight for water lovers with its gentle, rolling waves offering a host of aquatic pursuits, including swimming, snorkelling and beachcombing. Visitors can explore the town’s romantic pearling history, learn about one of the world’s oldest cultures from the local Aboriginal community, or enjoy a calming camel ride along the shoreline at sunset.
Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays, Australia
Accessible by boat from the tourist ports of both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach is a seven-kilometre stretch of pristine coastline on the largest of the 74 islands that is Queensland’s Whitsundays. Boasting luminescent white sand, the beaches here are lapped by swirls of blue-green water, perfect for splashing about in, and nature lovers may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some curious marine life including turtles and a frolicking dolphin or two. Energetic ones should scale the lookout at Tongue Point for the best views of Hill Inlet’s swirling sands, or those with capable sea legs can opt to charter a yacht for a leisurely sail around the islands.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti, Bora Bora’s not-to-be-missed highlight is its aquamarine lagoon, which is lovingly protected by a coral reef and surrounded by a spattering of breathtaking, sand-fringed islets. The perfect place for slow-paced lazing and action packed adventures alike, Bora Bora is renowned for its scuba diving, with lagoon excursions also offering a range of water activities like snorkeling, fishing, jet skiing and kite-surfing.Explore the rainforest-covered, twin-peaked Mount Pahia or the island’s dormant volcano, Mount Otemanu, on a guided hike or jeep safari tour, channel your inner ‘Sir David’ with a spot of shark or ray feeding, or scale new heights with a bucket-list skydive, parasail or a tour of the island by helicopter.
Boracay Island, Philippines
Four kilometers of sugary white sand encompass this dreamy, laid-back island, with the centre of the action being the postcard-perfect stretch of iconic White Beach. Watersports like windsurfing and kite boarding abound here, with horseback riding offered on Bulabog Beach and a maze of outrigger sailboats offering romantic, ocean-bound adventures. Visit the landmark natural rock formation known as Willy’s Rock, perfect your swing on the 18-hole golf course and at the day’s end, take in a sublime sunset (and the beachside baton-twirling fire dancers) from the viewing deck at Mount Luho.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
With its formidable rock formations, warm, tranquil waters and colourful reefs teeming with exotic marine life (including inquisitive leopard sharks!), the Phi Phil islands are comprised of six stunning islands, including what are widely considered to be among the most beautiful in the world (if you’ve seen the movie, The Beach, you’ll have some idea of its exquisiteness). Take a long tail boat ride to Maya Bay, visit Phi Phi Don for a languid dip at Monkey Beach (it also has a vibrant nightlife after dark), get the blood flowing with an exhilarating rock climb or book a national park tour for a unique glimpse of this utopian-like wonderland.
Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia
Avoid Bali’s notoriously overladen tourist ‘hotspots’ and head straight for the vast southern peninsula of Buki, with its soaring cliff-side resorts that offer serene views of this peninsula’s limitless ocean. Hot and arid, sweet relief can be obtained at Balangan, one of Bali’s most stunning beaches, where world-famous surf breaks offer adrenalin-packed swells for novices and experienced ones alike. Rent a scooter for a day and frolick upon the hidden beaches of Bingin, before heading to the Uluwatu temple. One of the must-sees in Bali, it sits on the western edge of a forest-fringed limestone cliff and offers stunning views, hordes of long-tailed macaques for the animal lovers, and an entertaining Kecak dancing performance by the locals at sunset.
Home to some of the world’s most amazing beaches and one of the more well-known Southeast Asian destinations, Langkawi is situated on Malaysia’s west coast and is a divine archipelago comprised of around 99 islands. Surrounded by shimmering seas, the main island’s mysterious interior is a combination of jungle-clad mountains and picturesque paddy fields. A swim at one of Langkawi’s most popular beaches, Pantai Cenang, is a must as is a snorkel at the Pulau Payar Marine Park for a glimpse of a range of endangered marine species. Adventurers will relish a day trip experience to Gunung Raya, the tallest mountain on the island, and a possible detour to the Rice Garden Museum ecotourism complex, where visitors can witness breathtaking views of the multi-tiered rooftop gardens.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
As Cambodia’s second largest island and around 78 square kilometres in size, Koh Rong is surprisingly uncrowded and simplistically ‘rustic’. Tourist-free white-sand beaches are somewhat of a rarity in southern Cambodia, and with 43 kilometres of impressive coastline, it’s no surprise that this spot is blessed with some of the most dazzling beaches in Southeast Asia. Located across the island from Koh Tuick Village (a boat ride or 45-minute jungle hike away), you’ll encounter Long Beach, which is also something truly special. A smattering of beach bungalows is sprinkled along a rocky outcrop at the far end of the beach, but the rest of this seemingly endless stretch of sand seems completed untouched. Book a night-time boat tour to view its otherworldly phosphorescence (bioluminescent plankton glow in its balmy waters), or consider a kayaking trip to one of the nearby islands.
Hoping to head to one of these amazing South East Asian beaches this year? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to plan your trip.