Legendary, is what some would call the islands of Malaysia, home to some of the most spectacular beaches and top diving spots in the world. A place to put on your favourite swimmers, slap on some sun block and enjoy the sun shining down on crystal clear waters. Taste the salty sea breeze on your lips and enjoy the soundtrack of crashing waves and singing birds. As you dig your feet into fine, warm sand, taking it all in, there are few other places you’d rather be.
Whether you’re hoping to get a golden tan or into a diving suit, our islands will not disappoint. Here are some of the most popular island destinations.
The east coast islands of the Malaysian peninsular are popular with locals and visitors alike. Perhentian and Redang are among the many islands situated off the coast of Terengganu, while Tioman is off the coast of Pahang. They are gazetted marine parks, with beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and diving with black tip sharks and turtles.
Relax on a hammock with a book in one hand, and a refreshing coconut in another. Go on a little adventure in the many jungle trails around the islands. Find your own little secluded patch of sand, rent a kayak and explore the island from the sea, or perhaps play a game of beach volleyball with the locals before a delicious of meal of the day’s ocean bounty.
If you enjoy travelling in style, look no further than the luxurious beach resorts on the Malaysian west coast. Pangkor Laut is a privately-owned island with only one resort that offers relaxing spa getaways. Awarded the Best Overseas Destination Spa by Condé Nast Traveler UK in 2003, the Spa Village offers an extensive range of treatments from around the world.
Off the coast of Borneo in East Malaysia, Sipadan Island is known as one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world, promising undersea caves, hammerhead sharks, turtles and schools of barracuda. The island is now a protected area, and visitors live on the nearby islands of Mabul or Kapala and take a 15-minute boat ride to Sipadan to enjoy its world-famous diving spots.
Meanwhile, Langkawi offers an exciting mix of luxurious resorts and backpacker destinations. An archipelago in the Andaman sea, Langkawi is rich in history and legends, and quite often it is a grey line between the two. Its duty-free status means that imported products, especially alcohol, is relatively cheaper than other regions in the country. Go easy on the champagne, or then again, go all out!
If there’s only one island destination you must visit to experience the real Malaysia, Penang is an exciting city with a strong cultural heritage, great local food, markets, and plenty to see or do. From beach resorts to a hilltop botanical garden to colourful cultural events, there is never a dull moment in this island state.
Summer comes all year round in Malaysia, but the best time to visit the east coast islands is between April to August. Avoid the eastern monsoon months from November to February when rough seas, strong currents and frequent storms means most resorts will be closed for the season.
The best time to visit the west coast islands, especially Langkawi, is from November to March to avoid the frequent showers and thunderstorms of the wet season.
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