I visited Penang Island which is a 6 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, the capital. The only beach I heard of before getting there was Batu Feringgi, it had a couple of bars along the shore and activities like parasailing, riding a jet ski, etc. I genuinely enjoyed the experience.
P.S. You can bargain with the guys in charge of the activities, don’t always take the first price you’re given. #malaysia #penang #instagramworthydestinations