SERENE and tranquil, Asia-Pacific’s beaches offer everything from adventure to ultimate relaxation, to the perfect setting for Instagram posts and tranquil seclusion.
Depending on what you choose to do on your great beach escape, the dozens of white sand and blue sea destinations in Asia-Pacific promises an unforgettable beachside journey.
The only problem is deciding on which one.
Thankfully, TripAdvisor has recently released a list of the world’s top beaches as per its Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019. Four of those on the list are located in Asia-Pacific.
So start making plans and remember to grab your flip-flops and sunnies because this is one vacation you are shore to love.
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Radhanagar Beach
The largest of the islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands, Havelock Island is home to an astounding beach named Radhanagar Beach. Said to be the best beach for swimming in India, the beach is a picturesque paradise surrounded by turquoise waters, white sand, and lush green forest.
Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and lush green forest.
Find your nook, hide in the shade, and sip on some fresh coconut juice while staring out at the endless blue.
Best time to go: November – April.
Getting there: The best way to reach Havelock Island and ultimately Radhanagar Beach is by ferry. Two or three ferries arrive from Port Blair and Rangat every day.
Sydney, Australia: Manly Beach
Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia in Manly, New South Wales is the breathtaking Manly Beach, one of the Land Down Under’s most famous surfing beaches.
Here, sun chasers can plonk down on the golden sand and watch skilled surfers ride the waves while enjoying a delicious meal of fish and chips. There are also plenty of beachside cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can while the day away with a refreshing cocktail in hand.
Best time to go: December – May.
Getting there: The best way to reach Manly Beach is via a 30-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay near the Sydney Opera House.
Nusa Penida, Bali: Kelingking Beach
Away from the party destinations of Kuta and Seminyak on the paradise island of Bali in Indonesia is a hidden gem that is yet untouched by overtourism – Kelingking Beach.
Located in the village of Bunga Mekar on the southwestern coast of Nuda Penida island, the secluded, white sandy beach with turquoise waters is enclosed by a steep cliff and headland.
Enjoy the breathtaking, sweeping views from a purpose-built platform or if you are feeling particularly adventurous, make the challenging trek down to the beach to sink your toes in the warm sand.
Best time to go: May – October.
Getting there: The best way to reach Kelingking Beach is to fly into Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. From there, take a taxi to Sanur Beach to take the fast boat to Nusa Penida. Kelingking Beach is on the southwest side of the island.
Surfers Paradise, Australia: Surfers Paradise Beach
Sunbathers and surfers alike will love this legendary Gold Coast beach in Australia which really needs no introduction.
Set against a city backdrop with entertainment and shops, the three-kilometer strip of golden sand is a glorious, postcard-perfect spot which attracts swimmers, joggers, surfers, and strollers from around the world.
Just remember to swim between the red and yellow flags, which may change every day, should you desire to jump into the water for a quick splash.
Best time to go: December – May.
Getting there: The best way to reach Surfers Paradise is by taking Bus 700 north from Coolangatta to Broadbeach Station South then transferring to the Gold Coast tram and taking the Broadbeach to Helensvale tram to Surfers Paradise.