Islands in Malaysia look no less than shining gemstones and the experiences they offer only make them a desirable destination for any type of holiday. Be it honeymoon with your loved one, spending time with your family, or chilling with your friends, these islands are ideal hotspots to have the best vacation of your lifetime.
“The Maldives of Malaysia”, this island lies near Perak’s coast and features empty beaches, clean water and thick jungle covering the centre. Pangkor remains one of the least visited islands in Malaysia. The lack of tourism keeps their beaches pollution-free. Visitors may grab the chance to sunbathe under the hot sun without another soul in sight. Check out the Dutch colonial fort there, snap photos of a traditional wooden jetty and feed endangered species like, hornbills.
The Perhentian Island is in Terengganu. Two islands, Perhentian Kecil and Besar, attract beach lovers, divers and snorkelers. Forget about roads! The only way to get from one beach to the next is by water taxi or trekking along jungle trails. Head to Kecil for some of Southeast Asia’s most affordable diving schools and you can meet other backpackers there. Book any resort on Besar for a more exclusive getaway (for family vacation). You choose!
The Sultan of Johor owns Rawa Island in the southern state, with only a handful of annual visitors. Two resorts sit on the dazzling white sand, celebrity favourite, attracting those seeking exclusivity. Picture soft sand curving across a palm tree border with rocky outcrops jutting up from the sea. Rawa island is recommended as one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia for a honeymoon pair. Book up to three months in advance because there are very limited rooms here!
In 1970, Time magazine voted Tioman as one of the most beautiful islands on Earth. How amazing is that? Still, can safely say it still retains this title. Expect everything a tropical paradise promises, with palm tree fringing white sand and crystal clear water. A place that is always packed with lots of tourists all the time!
Sabah’s Lankayan Island lies in the Sulu Sea luring diving enthusiasts looking for a classy getaway. Wooden chalets cover the seemingly endless stretch of sand as rich coral forms the habitat for colourful fish and turtles everywhere. This island is a good choice for couples, friends and divers. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and go snorkeling here. First fly to Sandakan Airport before boarding a 90 minute ferry to here.
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