Pahang Water Sports
The beaches around Kuantan are perfect for a wide range of water sports and activities. Besides sun-bathing and swimming, visitors can do sailing, jet skiing and surfing in beaches like Cherating and Teluk Chempedak.
The beach-side hotels usually provide these facilities but there are independent operators along the beach as well. Wind-surfing is another popular activity that is fast catching on in Balok Beach.
Lake Kenyir, the islands offshore, even some big rivers such as Sungai Terengganu are the common places to have fun with canoeing or kayaking activities. It is always very enjoyable to row a canoe or kayak in the evening time when temperature is cooler. Terengganu's islands also make an ideal destination for sea canoeing.
Other than enjoying the scenery, birds rest on the rotten tree branches extending out from the lake or fishes jumping out from the water are things that really cheer you up. Canoe or kayak from the resort operator (some resorts do not charge on the canoe or kayak) in places like Lake Kenyir and islands.
Rafting is an excellent way to watch this act of nature. Apart from escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is also a thrilling and fun means to experience nature.
Perhaps rafting in Terengganu is not known to many people, indeed it has many rivers that are suitable for rafting activities. River rafting is definitely as interesting as other activities because usually bamboo will be used instead of rubber to make the raft. There are plenty of bamboo grows in the country side or rural area in Terengganu. This adds a credit to the ‘back to nature’ feel of the activity.
It is possible to do the rafting all year round and enjoy with different experience while learning different skill. During raining season where the water level is higher and is easier to move a raft then you can enjoy the scenery along the river.
The Monsoon Cup 2005 celebrated its inauguration and debut as the 50th official event of the Swedish Match Tour, and serves as the Malaysian leg for the prestigious international sailing event. Dubbed 'The Formula One of Sailing', this professional sailing series was formed in 2000 to unite the world's best match-race regattas under one banner.
The World Match Racing Tour comprises ten events in ten specially selected locations around the world. As the leading professional sailing series in the world, the Tour events are recognized as must-attend regattas on the match-race circuit. The Monsoon Cup for the 2009 offered the second highest prize money in the world (RM1 million) for a match racing event.
The Monsoon Cup 2009 was held at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from the 9th November 2009 to 6th December 2009 start with Asian Qualifier and then Malaysian Qualifier.
The Monsoon Cup is the tenth and final event on the World Match Racing Tour 2009. Twelve of the best match racing teams met on the waters off Terengganu in Malaysia from 2 to 6 December 2009 to contest the event. Once again the battle for the championship trophy will see the top sailing teams in the world pitting their skills against each other in the last leg of the tour.
The Monsoon Cup also helped turn the event venue, Pulau Duyong at the mouth of Terengganu River, from a sleepy fishing and boat-making village into modern and international-class resort and marina and boat repair facilities.