Kijal is a sub-district or mukim placed under the jurisdiction of the district of Kemaman, Terengganu. The sub-district is said to be named as such after a now-extinct Kijal tree that grew on the Kijal Hill. Kijal is located at the southern part of Terengganu, being the second most populated place together with Kemaman as a whole just after the state capital, Kuala Terengganu. The reason for this is because of the oil and gas sector being the major economic driver here which can be traced to the oil discovery in the 1970s, hence it has attracted skilled workers from all over the country to work here.
Moreover, Kijal is also frequented by visitors because of its wonderful night views, which are contributed to the petrochemical industries producing bright lights as the byproduct from the refinery activity. There is also the Awana Kijal Golf and Beach Resort owned by the Genting Group which has transformed the area around the Kijal Beach from a gloomy fishing village to a wonderful beach resort with a distinctive golf course.
Tourism-wise, Kijal in specific and Kemaman in general have been well recognized for their food-based tourism. Some of the food that is available here does not have to be introduced any further since they are already well-known for being a unique Kemaman only produce, such as the staple keropok lekor, satar and otak-otak and the more famously known lemang as well as the durian fruits, where they are widely recognized for being delicious. Some of these produces are also being produced commercially as well as being packaged in Kijal, Chukai and Kemasik, where visitors can also purchase the frozen delicacies and bring them home to cook on their own.
From Kuala Lumpur, you may drive via E8 route for immediate access to Kijal. Depending on the traffic, the journey could take up around 3 hours and 30 minutes.
You may also opt to travel by bus. The express bus terminal is located at Kampung Geliga Cik Akob, Kemaman. From Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal, you may take a direct trip to Kemaman using express bus services such as Express Kesatuan or Transnational Express before opting for taxi or local buses to go to Kijal.
Another interesting place for sightseeing when visitors are in Kijal is the Yak Yah River, where visitors can ride a boat deeper into the area alongside Yak Yah River and Chukai River in order enjoy the sight of fireflies and the lights emitted from the colony which could be such a sight to behold. The area is still very much untouched by humans, therefore the fireflies population has not declined badly over the years in comparison to other places that suffered from development. In fact, the river area has recorded the highest clusters of fireflies in the country, reaching up to 28 clusters at one night. This is credited to the more abundant tree species, especially the rare mangrove apple tree which is known to be a favorite place for fireflies to gather.
Situated in KM 28 Jalan Kemaman – Dungun, Resorts World Kijal is one of the more decorated golf and beach resorts that can be found in Kijal, in fact this is pretty much the only one of its kind in Kijal. The beach here in the resort has very picturesque views, being a perfect spot for sunbathing or picnicking, while the beachfronts are well-maintained. It also has its own golf courses which offered a certainly unique golfing experience with a tremendous amount of hospitality offered by the staffs. There are a multitude of facilities to add more value to the resort experience such as spa, outdoor pool, sports courts and many more.
A four-star hotel resort situated in Jalan Kemaman-Dungun located alongside the 8-kilometer stretch of the Kijal Beach. Some of the services and facilities provided include minibar, golf course, restaurant and meeting rooms.