While Miri itself is more of a staging post than a destination within Sarawak it is very close to some lovely, tranquil beaches lapped by the South China Sea. We are not overly fond of beach holidays in and of themselves (we never really manage to just sit and cook) but think they are wonderful places to take the dogs for a walk. Our house in Miri was in a beautiful garden suburb but it was plagued by so many street dogs that we could not easily take them for a walk. The beach then, was their opportunity to stretch their legs and even go for a swim. (Always bearing in mind that there are many people here in Malaysia who cannot touch or get close to dogs so we have to keep them under close control near people at all times). Our English dog had seen beaches and the sea before but there was something truly magical about being able to introduce our Kazakh Steppe dog to the water for the first time.
|Long, deserted and unspoiled beaches
|Seeing the water for the first time
|The end of the beach!
Within or just on the outskirts of Miri you can get to the popular Luak Esplanade and Hawaii Beach where you can rent a cabin for the day, these areas tend to be teeming with people, however, and we prefer a little more quiet. From as little as 20 km out of town there are short dirt roads that take you down to the beach with enough space to park the car before getting out to enjoy a walk. We never had any problems finding somewhere to go for a roam. A few months ago, however, we decided to drive a little bit further on towards Benenu.
|It is easy to get down on to the beach
|Pantai Bungai is being developed as a small resort with
places to buy food and engage in adventure activities
|Pantai Bungai is not yet busy, the beaches are pristine and
|Pals cooling down in the water
|The beaches are quiet enough to allow the dogs off the lead
|Off duty fishing boats kept away from the water
|And some that have not lasted so well
|Exploring the cliffs (before the tide comes in)
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