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March 29, 2012 |
Located 34 km from Seremban, the state capital, Port Dickson has one of the longest beaches in Malaysia, offering holiday makers ample room to frolic and have fun in the sun. With 18 km of beachfront, you can stop anywhere along its coastal road and enjoy sandy beaches lined with tall casuarina trees, coconut palms and the spreading branches of Banyan trees.
A 1 1/2 hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, you can plunge headlong into a day of fun-filled water sports, such as canoeing, snorkelling, water skiing and windsurfing.
Among Port Dickson’s popular beaches is Taman Aman. Located near the town, this clean stretch of beach is maintained by the District Council. A favourite spot with Malaysians and visitors, it offers barbecue pits, camping grounds, hawker stalls, budget accommodations and ample parking as well as a playground for children. Nearby is the Port Dickson Golf & Country Club, which is well suited for the holiday maker wishing to also take in a few rounds of golf.
Another excellent beach is Blue Lagoon approximately 11 km south of Port Dickson. A great place for windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving or boating, there are several attractive resorts and condominiums in the vicinity.
To the south of Blue Lagoon lies Cape Rachado Lighthouse. Built by the Portuguese and administered by the Malacca State Government, this 16th century beacon guided countless sailing ships to the historical town of Malacca. Still functional after years of use, you can view the endless miles of beaches in Port Dickson from its highest point. On a clear day, you might even see the coastline of Sumatera.
Seven kilometres northeast of Port Dickson, at Kota Lukut, stands the fort of Raja Jumaat, a 19th century Bugis warrior. Built between 1846 and 1847, the fort was constructed to control the lucrative tin trade in the area. Today, the muzzle loading guns that were used to defend the fort can be seen within the grounds of the District Officer’s residence and outside the police station in town. Within the vicinity of the fort are the ruins of an old well, the remains of a foundation to an old palace and a royal burial ground.