PD Waterfront at Port Dickson is one of the new attractions here. Built as an exclusive tourist attraction by the sea, this project was launched the last couple of years. Apparently, the entire area was reclaimed more than two decades ago and remained abandoned until recently due to the two rounds of economic slowdowns in 1987 and 1997. But if you go there today, you will notice a huge change in the PD township with this mega project that will be done in three phases.
Port Dickson Waterfront is branded as an eco-friendly township that boasts Malaysia's first mainland-to-island one kilometer suspended cable car to Pulau Arang. Currently, only phase one is opened where it covers an area of 550,000sq ft. There are several reputable brand businesses already having opened up operations in the area. Among these are a stand-alone McDonald's outlet, international restaurants serving Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisines, a seafood restaurants, a couple of bistro's, pubs, a local kopitiam, bakeries, a supermarket and many other shops.
Port Dickson Waterfront
Phase 2 and 3 of this project will include the construction of more a private hospital, more hotels, an international school, a convention centre and service apartments. These will only be completed in the next eight to ten years time.
Other interesting plans are the connectivity of a train service from Seremban to PD. Talks are ongoing now as this was to allow people from all over the country to get to PD via rail. There are also plans to upgrade the existing train station in Seremban town and to model it after KL Sentral. A theme park has also been planned here but the news has yet to be announced.
Future projects slated for this ground-breaking development project of Port Dickson include components such as:
- Duty Free/CIQ Zone
- Commercial Zone
- Healthcare/Hospitalization Zone
- Tourism Zone (inclusive of Theme Park and Waterfront Boardwalk)
- One kilometer Port Dickson International Convention Centre
PD Waterfront artist impression
How to go to PD Waterfront?
- Driving from KL and north: Take the NKVE (North Klang Valley Expressway) towards Johor and exit at the Port Dickson toll which is just after the Seramban exit. From there, take the PD Highway which leads you straight into the 4th Mile PD coastal road. At the main junction, turn right and head towards PD town. From PD town, keep left and follow the sign to the PD Waterfront.
- Driving from Singapore and JB: Same as above, the PD Toll is just after the Senawang exit.
- Flights: There are no flights to PD. The nearest airport is at LCCT or KLIA in Sepang. From there, you can take a taxi to PD.
- Bus: There are numerous buses from Kuala Lumpur or other major cities that go to PD town.
Port Dickson used to be a very popular town back in the day during the 60s, 70s and 80s before budget airlines came about and started taking away people to other destinations. I still remember as a child, PD was the main popular holiday destinations for every kid back then. These days, it is Bali, Taiwan or even Australia for holidays. Hopefully the new development of the PD Waterfront will bring the tourist and visitors back.