The downside of living in Kuala Lumpur is that the coastline is not particularly accessible. You have to fight through considerable traffic across miles of suburbia, before you’d get anywhere near a plausible beach. This is very sad for someone who loves the coastline.

However, if you do manage to motivate yourself to get out the door to face said traffic, the best and nearest option is probably Morib beach

Morib beach in Selangor, Malaysia | Pantai Morib | Morib gold coast
Pantai Morib

How to get to Morib Beach

Pantai Morib (or Morib beach) is one of the beaches within day trip distance of KL. It is a public beach located next to the Morib Gold Coast resort area. 

You need a car to get to Pantai Morib. You’re aiming to leave the city, heading south towards Bangi and then Banting. Morib lies beyond Banting town; basically, aim for the coastline when you reach this area.

What kind of beach is Morib?

Morib public beach is a fairly popular beach. Most of the people who come to this beach are locals. Hence, do expect that they would be enjoying the beach in the way that locals would. In other words, this isn’t the sort of beach for stripping down and sunbathing on (next door in the private Morib Gold Coast would be the one for that). Locals generally swim in ‘normal’ clothing, i.e. T-shirt and pants. 

The sand is white and fine above the waterline, ending at 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 heights around Malaysia is 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.

Morib beach sand flats
Morib beach sand flats

Is Morib a kite flying beach?

A key feature of the beach that I discovered from having gone twice, is the breeze. This means: kite-flying beach!

The first time was in April; the winds then were stronger and more consistent than my second visit in December.

There are 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.

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Colourful kites on sale

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.

Kites in the wind at Morib beach | Banting tourism | Selangor, Malaysia | KL day trip
Kites in the wind

What kind of amenities can I expect at Pantai Morib?

Aside from the kite sellers, Morib beach is actually pretty well laid out.

There is ample parking next to the recreational grounds. There are rows of little restaurants (mainly serving local /simple local-fusion /street food cuisine), bathroom facilities, and Muslim prayer rooms.

It’s not fancy, but everything that you need is there so you can enjoy a beachside promenade sort of afternoon.


Looking for a chill beach escape from KL? Check out Morib! Looking to go a bit further afield? Check out a sample weekend at Port Dickson!

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21 Responses

  1. Kristen says:

    This beach looks so pretty! I love watching kites fly, although I’m not very good at it myself haha

    • Teja says:

      I’m not either! Which is why the constant breeze is so great! Even I could keep a kite up at Morib lol

  2. Sarah says:

    OMG it was so hot the few days we were in KL I wish we had gone to a breezy, delightful beach like this! I don’t typically fly kites (like maybe not ever in my whole life), but I would love to have done this.

    • Teja says:

      Yes, the near-constant breeze is the only thing that made the beach pleasant, heat-wise. When the breeze dips down you can totally feel the heat.

  3. Yesh Sewdayal says:

    Morib Beach looks amazing – the blue waters and white washed sand make for a post-card worthy picture! Locals definitely enjoy the beach differently to tourists! Great post and beautiful pictures!

  4. Jas says:

    Guess this just makes you appreciate the beauty of the coastline even more right? ;) I haven’t flown a kite since I was a kid but will definitely have to put this down on my bucket list for when I visit hahaa.

  5. Selam says:

    Good tip on the stripping down and sunbathing point! Is it because of their religion that they’re a little more modest?

    • Teja says:

      Well, there’s that. But the real point is that we Asians (the non-westernised ones anyway) just do not sunbathe! It’s weird to us that people wanna take off their clothes and lie in the sun – on purpose! The sensible thing is to cover up and go in the shade. It’s not really something we associate with family beaches. Culturally traditional Asians (including those who are not Muslim) do not wander undressed in front of family, let alone in public.

  6. Anisa says:

    It looks like a beautiful beach. I would love to take a walk during the low tide and it would be fun to fly a kite – I haven’t done that in ages!

  7. It looks beautiful! One of my university roomates were from Kuala Lumpur – I would truly like to visit it one day.. & go to to this place for sure too.

  8. BeeTravelista says:

    Oh didn’t know so close to KL you can find such nice beach.

    • Teja says:

      I mean it’s not the best beach in the country, but yeah – a nice outing if you’re in the neighbourhood of KL!

  9. Jen says:

    I haven’t flown a kite in ages! Where I’m from they have a whole day dedicated to it and everyone brings their kite down and flies it. It looks amazing

  10. Petro Marais says:

    Nice to know where to head to the beach next time I’m in KL

  11. Abby says:

    It’s been quite some time since I’ve been kite flying, although it was on uneven ground and I always had difficulty keeping the kite up. This beautiful level beach would probably make it a lot easier. Will give it a go when I get to Malaysia next year. :)

  12. you.theworld.wandering says:

    This looks like another great day trip from KL. I am from a coastal town in Australia so a visit to the beach is in order for me, here in KL! Thank you.
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

  13. Lydia Smith says:

    Been long I heard about kites. I’d love to travel to this beach if I’m chanced. Your blog posts beings memories vividly. Thanks!

  14. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    This beach has me all excited. Of course the beach is nice, but I was looking more for the kites. Being an avid kite flyer with a great passion for kites, this beach is tempting me. I would love to let loose my kite and watch it soar away over the seas.

    • Teja says:

      Yeah, even a novice kite-flier like me could manage to get a kite to stay up! But don’t let the kite loose though…! They’re mostly not biodegradable. The sea life probably won’t like that one bit! haha