Asia's first Club Med and the nocturnal ritual of turtle nesting give Cherating its appeal. Discover one of the finest beach spots on the east coast of the peninsular.
The calm blue waters of the South China Sea make Cherating one of the most alluring beach resorts in Malaysia.
Located 47 km north of Kuantan, the capital of Pahang, Cherating is home of the world famous Club Med. A number of water sports such as catamaran sailing and kayaking can be enjoyed here. The excellent wind conditions in Cherating make it the perfect site to windsurfing and kite flying.
Hire a bicycle and explore the beach surroundings. Look out for small eateries by the roadside selling inexpensive local favourites and interesting stalls selling souvenirs.
Experience the rustic and laid-back atmosphere at the Cherating Village and take home a handicraft or batik souvenir.
Chendor Beach just a few minutes from Cherating is a favourite spot for turtle watching. The turtle sanctuary here is where turtle come to lay eggs during nesting period.
Nearer to the town of Kuantan are the beaches of Teluk Chempedak and Balok. Sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing can be enjoyed when the wind and sea conditions are favourable. Beserah, less than then minutes from Kuantan is a fishing village. An interesting sight here is water buffaloes on the beach transporting fish to the markets at certain times of the year.
Cherating is a 5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the scenic route to the east coast. There are buses from Kuantan departing daily from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuantan, there are regular bus and taxi services to Cherating. Alternatively, take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Dungun or Kemaman in Terebgganu, and disembark at Cherating.
Malaysia Airlines has daily flights to Kuantan. From the airport, Cherating is just 45 minutes away.