Malaysia has one of the beautiful and serene beach resorts and islands in the world. With its rich marine life, the islands around the country are simply breath-taking and spectacular. Langkawi Island is one of the most popular places to start if you are looking for a peaceful getaway.
Langkawi – A top travel destination in Malaysia, it is part of Kedah state which is a duty-free island. Each year, Pulau Langkawi welcomes millions of visitors to its shores. It houses beaches like Pantai Kok and Pantai Cenang while Kuah town hosts attractions like the Langkawi Underwater world and Dataran Helang.
Tioman – Among the most beautiful islands in the world, Tioman packs in some of the most scenic landscapes you can find anywhere. It has several excellent beaches like Salang and Tekek while its Ayer Batang or ABC has been receiving very positive reviews from visitors. So beautiful is the sceneries here that Tioman Island was once used for the filming of a Hollywood movie, the Blue Lagoon.
Apart from that, Tioman Island has been known for its diving sites where visitors get to experience some beautiful marine life. Those who enjoy the seaside can enjoy local activities like snorkelling and kayaking.
Kapas – A great marine park for nature lovers, Kapas is a must-see place for divers and water lovers. If you like snorkelling, then, Kapas Island might be among your best bet. This is where you can hover around the seabed just off the coast and come close to the exciting sealife here.
Apart from that, there are other things to do here like diving, taking jungle walks, taking strolls along the beach or just hanging around the local cafes to enjoy the sea breeze and peaceful environment. There are many accommodation options here that include the Kapas Island Resort and the Kapas Turtle Valley.
Perhentian – Made up of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, this is where nature is at its best. Make no mistake about it, Pulau Perhentian is all about the sea, sun and sand. You will for sure enjoy these abundance here.
Due to its natural geographical set up as an island, diving and snorkelling are pretty much the staple activities here. If you are a sea-lover, you will surely appreciate the chance to dwell with the sea creatures that come close to the shore. As for those who are more adventurous, you can visit the likes of Turtle Bay Divers and Monkey Dives Perhentian to organize such trips.
Redang – The Redang Marine Park takes up most of the land space of this island. If you are looking for crystal clear waters and white, sandy beaches, then Pulau Redang is where you must go.
The island is only about 45km from Kuala Terengganu. Those who like marine life will surely like the dive sites here and the nearby sea attractions. One of the highlights of Pulau Redang is its 2 shipwreck sites. This is where you could come close to the 2 ships that sank during the Second World War, namely the H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse respectively.
Sipadan – Sipadan Island must be in your list of must-go if you are a scuba diver. After all, it is one of the most popular diving islands in the world. Mabul, Kapalai and Semporna are hop-off points here where you can get to places of interests and some of the most beautiful dive sites ever existed.
As Sipadan is a world-renowned diving destination, it is a highly demanded island among locals and foreign divers. In order to preserve the rich marine life of the island, there is a maximum number of visits offered each day. There are no accommodation or resorts in the island which means you will have to take daily trips to visit the dive sites around Sipadan Island.
Pangkor – A place to unwind if you like peace and tranquillity with a rustic feel. Pangkor Island gives you a lot of sightseeing options and great food like the traditional ikan bakar or grilled fish.
To get to Pangkor Island, you will need to take the ferry from Lumut town off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia in Perak. Once you are in Pangkor, you will be transferred into a village-styled fishing setting, There are many types of accommodation available here that include homestays and 5-star world class resorts. You can rent a bicycle or motorbike to get around easily in Pangkor or simply take slow walks to enjoy the local traditions and culture.
Mabul – One of the major islands favoured by divers who come to Sipadan Island. Mabul packs a lot of beautiful sceneries while you get to enjoy the sun and some sand too. This is one of the few islands around Sipadan known for its rich marine life and extremely peaceful backdrop.
Tenggol – Preferred destination among seasoned divers, Tenggol Island in Terengganu is practically untouched with some of the most beautiful corals you can ever find. This island is classified as among the most beautiful ones in the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Not as popular as other larger islands, its white, sandy beaches and coral life would be ideal for snorkelers and divers.
Rawa – A scenic island off the eastern coast, Rawa Island is your perfect destination for a beach-side holiday. The cliffs here dates back to millions of years while you can go snorkelling and swimming in the clear, pristine waters. Located just off the coast of Marang in Johor, the Rawa Island Resort operates here, offering you facilities and a great holiday experience.
Lang Tengah – If you are a conservationist and would like to be part of a volunteer for the preservation of turtles, then this is your ideal destination. Off the coast of Terngganu, Lang Tengah is a known destination for turtles to come here during their seasons to lay eggs. Besides that, you can go snorkelling in the crystal, clear waters or take walks at the fine, sandy beaches.