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Best Islands in Malaysia

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Malaysia is well-known for its beautiful islands and majestic beaches that will definitely awe you. The attraction of these islands and beaches lies in their pristine environment enveloped by lush tropical forests, crystal clear water, palm-fringed beaches and the magnificent underwater world. Tourists are flocking to these places for all sorts of beach activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sunbathing, picnics and so on. Aside from activities for sun lovers, you can also embark on adventurous activities such as trekking and hiking in the nearby tropical forests.

The following are some best islands in Malaysia. Most of them are equipped with 5 star rated beach resorts and hotels. The best part is that these islands and beaches are away from development and modernity. The resorts and hotels are built with careful consideration given to preserving the environment as much as possible. When you are scouting for islands and beaches to chill, these are the one that you absolutely don’t want to miss. This is definitely a travel booking that will give you a lifetime full of beautiful memories.

langkawi island

Langkawi Island

The one thing that can illustrate Langkawi the most appropriately are definitely its mysterious charms and legends. Located in the far north of Peninsular Malaysia and off the coast of Kedah, Langkawi is the largest of a multitude of islands or specifically a jeweled setting of 99 islands. Langkawi is a versatile holiday destination with world-class infrastructure and facilities – a modern international airport, excellent roads, state-of-the-art marinas, budget hotels to award-winning luxurious resort, superb golf courses and a host of recreational activities. Some famous attractions in Langkawi are the Tanjung Rhu Beach, Cenang Beach, Underwater World Langkawi, Langkawi Crocodile Farms, and the Payar Marine Park.

Tioman Island

Resembling a sleeping dragon, the legend has it that Tioman is a resting place of a beautiful dragon princess. Today, Tioman is one of the most famous island getaways on the east cost of Malaysia. Being a dormant volcanic island, Tioman is the largest and most developed islands that form the Tioman Marine Park. The attractions of Tioman lies in the several villages scattered around Tioman’s coastline, the largest one being Salang, Tekek, Genting, Paya and Juara. Each village offers a different atmosphere and will be a unique experience to enjoy. Moreover, neighboring islands such as Tulai and Renggis are uninhabited and are offering tourists a perfect gateway to a scenic and quiet environment.

Tioman Island
Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

Being the only oceanic island in Malaysia, Sipadan is a world class tourist destination and dive site. Rising about 600 meters from the seabed, Sipadan is located in the Celebes Sea east of Tawau, Sabah and off the coast of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. The attractions of Sipanda lie in the fact that the island is formed in the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin which has the richest marine habitats in the world. There are over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species being classified so far in this ecosystem. Some popular marine lives in Sipadan are the green and hawksbill turtle, barracuda, big-eye trevally and some pelagic species such as the manta rays, eagle rays and whale sharks.

Pangkor Island

Lying off Perak on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is the tranquil Pangkor Island with its white sandy beaches and charming fishing villages that will certainly enthrall you. Moreover, Pangkor has many magical beaches enveloped by the world oldest tropical rainforests which sees thousands species of wildlife proliferating not only in the island but also in the waters of Pangkor. Pangkor is a place famous for exporting dry squids and anchovies. Therefore, if you are into this local cuisine, you definitely want to get your hands on this while you are there. Pangkor Laut Resort at Pangkor Island was rated as the ‘best among the best’ by Conde Nast Traveler in 2003.

Island Beach Resort at Pangkor Island
Penang Island

Penang Island

Being hailed as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang certainly has a say when it comes to Malaysia’s most famous resort destinations. Georgetown, its capital, is a fascinating metropolitan city with historical buildings and cultural landmarks. Penang is characterized by lovely beach resorts, old-world charm and colorful cultures. Penang’s northern shoreline such as Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bunga, Teluk Bahang and Monkey Beach are characterized by extensive stretches of golden sand and glittering waters. All in all, Penang is the place for soothing away stress and fatigue within the exclusive comforts of Penang deluxe resorts while having your taste at the many local cuisines and fantastic street food.

Redang Island

Redang Island is the largest island off the coast of Terengganu. At approximately one third of the size of Penang Island, Redang has long been a favorite tourist destination not only among the locals but also foreigners like Singaporeans. Redang is the largest of all the nine islands that form the volcanic marine park. Tourists are flocking to Redang for its captivating environment surrounded by azure waters, golden sandy beaches and lush tropical rainforest. The most popular activities around are snorkeling and diving that will put you at awe when you get to see the dazzling undersea gardens in Redang. The island is also an important conservation site for sea turtles.

Pasir Panjang at Redang
Perhentian Island

Perhentian Island

Perhentian, another breathtaking island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, lies about 21km off Terengganu’s coastline. Made up of two islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, they abound with exciting activities for sun-seekers. The waters around Perhentian offer some of the best dive sites in the country. Fusiliers, Scorpion fish, Rabbit fish and Christmas Tree Worms are among the sights which will leave snorkelers and divers spellbound. Sheer beauty of Pulau Perhentian makes it the famous destination of tourists in the country. Both the islands have palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea. One can have a number of activities on its beaches and forests. Swimming and snorkeling are the most popular tourist activities here.

Banggi Island

Banggi Island is located within the Kudat Division of Sabah in Malaysia. With an area of 440.7 square kilometres it is the largest island in Malaysia followed by Betruit Island, Langkawi Island and Penang Island. It is located off the northern coast of Sabah, near Marudu Bay. The highest elevation of the island is a hill with the height of 529 meters. In 2003 it has an estimated population of 20,000. The major indigenous people of this island is called the Bonggi which numbers at around 6000. Most of people living in Banggi are fishermen and some of them are hunters hunting wild boars in the jungle as well as collecting jungle produce.

banggi island
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  • simcs April 4, 2011, 6:25 pm

    would like to get detail quotation for deep sea fishing trip.

  • uefaho July 26, 2011, 6:27 pm

    i traveling a lot of islands in Malaysia but make me not so agree with that destination u choise,i prefered Pulau tenggol,Pulau Gem..were the best Islands in Malaysia..

  • seoul korea September 21, 2014, 8:30 pm

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    Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for newbies.

    Could you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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