5 world-famous nude beaches

Little Beach in Maui, Hawaii -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.TRAVELCHANNEL.COM
Little Beach in Maui, Hawaii -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.TRAVELCHANNEL.COM
Praia do Pinho in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.TRAVELCHANNEL.COM
Praia do Pinho in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.TRAVELCHANNEL.COM
Red Beach in Crete, Greece -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.GREECE.COM 
Red Beach in Crete, Greece -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.GREECE.COM 
Samurai Beach in Port Stephens, Australia -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.SAMURAIPORTSTEPHENS.COM.AU 
Samurai Beach in Port Stephens, Australia -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.SAMURAIPORTSTEPHENS.COM.AU 
Wreck Beach in Vancouver, Canada -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.WRECKBEACH.ORG 
Wreck Beach in Vancouver, Canada -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.WRECKBEACH.ORG 

A group of 18 people have run into trouble with the police after engaging in nude events at a beach in Teluk Bahang, Penang.

These events, which include a relay race and body painting among others, were collectively labelled by their organisers as "Penang Nude Sports Games 2014", and were documented in a five-minute video.

That video was uploaded onto video-sharing site Vimeo about two months back, but was taken down on Tuesday, August 5, presumably after Penang Perkasa, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation, lodged a police report on the incident.

If found guilty, the carefree 18 face up to five years in jail, a fine, or both.

Not every country clamps down on nudists though. Here is a look at 5 popular places around the globe where people go to bare it all.

1. Red Beach - Crete, Greece

Named after its rust-coloured sand, Red Beach is a tiny 300m spot that offers crystal waters, seclusion, and of course, the freedom of wearing nothing but your birthday suit. 

The beach is located 20 minutes by foot away from the town of Matala, which is in Crete.

With its quaint cottages, charming ruins, and red cliffs, this is one beach that is well worth visiting even if you are not into the whole nude thing.

2. Samurai Beach - Port Stephens, Australia

If you thought the Penang Nude Sports Games 2014 was risque, wait till you hear about Samurai Beach's annual Nude Olympics.

Held every November, the event sees participants compete in events like torch relay and surfing - all in the buff.

During the other 11 months of the year however, visitors spend their time playing all sorts of casual beach sport or visiting the nearby Tomaree National Park.

3. Wreck Beach - Vancouver, Canada

The first clothing-optional beach in Canada, and the largest in the whole of North America, Wreck Beach is a 7.8km stretch of sand that attracts visitors of all stripes including families.

Located 15 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, the beach takes a bit of effort to get to, with would-be nudists having to climb 500 stairs down a steep cliff to access it. 

That said, numerous activities, seaside vendors and the occasional Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run (yes, a run in the nude) make this brazen beach well worth checking out.

4. Praia do Pinho - Balneario Camboriu, Brazil

For a beach that celebrates the shedding of inhibitions, Praia do Pinho is fairly strict. Being in the nude is compulsory here, and unless you are accompanied by a female partner, or are a member of the International Naturist Federation - a global nudist community of sorts - you will not be able to gain entry.

However, with its bronze-coloured sand, cobalt blue waters and prime views of the famous Cristo Luz, Praia do Pinho draws the crowds on a daily basis.

5. Little Beach - Maui, HI

In a state that considers nude sunbathing illegal, Little Beach is the deviant and has earned a reputation as Maui's unofficial nude beach. 

Dotted with volcanic rocks and driftwood, the beach's awesome waves attract many surfers; don't be surprised to see one catching the waves naked.

Did we mention it was also named as the No. 1 nude beach in the world by the Travel Channel?