A day trip to Morib beach
The downside of living in Kuala Lumpur is that the coastline is not particularly accessible. This is very sad for someone who loves the coastline. You have to fight through considerable traffic across miles of suburbia, before you’d get anywhere near a plausible beach.
Nonetheless, it is possible to do. One of the beaches that are within day trip distance to KL, is Pantai Morib or Morib beach in Banting, Selangor. It is a public beach located next to the Morib Gold Coast resort area.
What the beach is like
Morib beach is a fairly ‘local’ beach. Hence do expect that people would be enjoying the beach in the way that locals would. In other words, this isn’t the beach for stripping down and sunbathing on (next door in Morib Gold Coast would be it).
The sand is white and fine above the waterline, and ends with a line of casuarina trees and the occasional coconut palm. But much of the beach is actually the finer sand flats that get exposed during low tide. This is when visitors would wander across the flats and get their feet wet.
The tidal height around Malaysia is generally not very large. So it is not as dangerous to range far out on the flats at low tide as might be the case in countries like the UK, where you can get caught by the returning tide if you’re too far away from shore.
Go fly a kite!
A key feature of the beach that I discovered, from going twice, is the breeze. (The first time, which was in April, the winds were stronger and more consistent than the second visit in December).
This means: kite-flying beach!
There are very many kites on sale to choose from, and they’re reasonably priced. An Angry Bird one would set you back RM10 if I recall right. But this was a few years ago.
On my first visit, the high casuarina branches were also adorned with tiny kites, their constant fluttering tails demonstrating the biddable wind. They weren’t there on my second visit.
At first I was disappointed. But in retrospect it was probably best – I don’t think they get systematically removed each time. Given that many of the kites are plastic, that’s a lot of plastic that could come loose and become litter all over the beach.
There’s just another thing I should mention – it can be blistering hot here. The sun is blinding in midday, and you’d feel it even with the steady wind.
There is ample parking next to the recreational grounds. There are rows of little restaurants (mainly local or simple local-fusion or street food cuisine), bathroom facilities, and Muslim prayer rooms.
It’s not fancy, but it’s all there so you can enjoy a beachside promenade sort of afternoon.