7 Top Beautiful Island In Malaysia
Malaysia has hundreds of islands scattered around thousands of kilometers of coastline.
Celebrity-standard resorts, world-class diving and metropolitan city centers allure tourists. Others are uninhabited with long stretches of empty coastline.
Travelers usually include both Langkawi Island and Penang Island on their Malaysian itineraries.
The adventurous go to the dozens along Peninsula Malaysia’s east coast. Fewer still explore Sabah’s tropical islands and islets in Borneo.
I have rounded up the 7 best islands in Malaysia including beach retreats, diving, and spending the night on a desert island.
Perhentian Island, Terengganu
The Perhentian Islands in Terengganu are West Malaysia’s island paradise.
Backpackers, beach-lovers and snorkelers flock to Besar (Big) and Kecil (Small) Perhentians.
Kecil attracts a younger crowd and diving enthusiasts. Most stay near the budget-friendly Long Beach. Several diving schools line the azure coasts. These provide some of Southeast Asia’s most affordable PADI courses.
Visibility is more than 20 meters (65.6 feet) in the crystal clear waters.
Besar caters towards Malaysian holidaymakers who spend their days in classy resorts next to the isolated shores.
There are no roads in the Perhentian Islands. Visitors hike along jungle trails from one beach to the next. Water taxis ferry tourists across longer distances.
The Perhentian Islands draws backpackers, divers and holidaymakers. Nearby Redang appeals to those looking for an upscale vacation.
Redang Island’s resorts rank among Malaysia’s most luxurious.
Guests are practically guaranteed an exclusive escape.
Until featuring in Summer Holiday, a hit Hong Kong movie in 2000, hardly anyone knew about Redang.
Day-trippers come to walk in the footsteps of their favorite stars. Honeymooners spend thousands of dollars for a couple of nights in their celebrity-standard resorts.
Glistening coastline borders sandy beaches encapsulating jungle-covered mountains on Malaysia’s most visited island.
The first stop in duty-free Langkawi is usually the stunning Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach). Gentle waves lap against the white shore. Tropical islands poke out of the sea near the horizon.
Beachside shacks sell Malaysia’s cheapest beer and sunset cocktails.
Join a tour to Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting). From a distance the island looks like a pregnant women lying on her back. Snap photographs of the postcard-perfect pier and swim in its central freshwater lake.
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Get a motorbike or rent a car. Explore the perimeter of the island to Langkawi’s tallest peak (Gunung, or Mount, Raya), Black Sand Beach, and through sleepy Malay villages.
Tioman Island (Johor)
Back in the 1970s Tioman was voted by Time’s Magazine as one of the planet’s most beautiful islands. And it’s safe to say it still retains this title in the 21st-century.
Tioman has everything the imagination can conjure when dreaming of a tropical paradise.
Bendy palm trees, never-ending coastlines and bungalows that appear as if they’re floating above the shallow waters.
But this beauty comes at a price.
Since featuring in Time’s Magazine, Tioman Island in Pahang has become embedded on the Malaysian tourist trail. Unlike some of the other islands, travelers will need to share this photogenic environment.
Labuan Island (Labuan)
Labuan is a thriving port near Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam in the South China Sea
Malaysia transformed little-known Labuan into a thriving financial center. Thousands of offshore companies have their headquarters here to take advantage of free trade.
But the duty-free island isn’t just about business and finance.
Labuan has dozens of diving spots including four shipwrecks and isolated beaches.
Travelers can visit the War Cemetery, the final resting place for almost 4,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives in WW2.
Sapi Island (Sabah)
Sapi Island, the Marine Park’s second smallest, is opposite Gaya.
Unlike its neighbor Manukan, this island is free from commercialization and mass tourism.
Speedboats regularly pass between Kota Kinabalu and Sapi.
The island’s crowd usually consists of adrenaline junkies. The world’s longest island-to-island zipline passes from Gaya to Sapi.
Monitor lizards the size of cars scurry across the beaches into the jungle undergrowth.
Snorkel through the relatively empty coral garden and picnic on the rocks overlooking the coast.
Combine a trip to Sapi with Gaya Island.
Manukan Island (Sabah)
Manukan Island has Kota Kinabalu’s most stunning coastline.
The island belongs to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and gets thousands of visitors each day.
Ferries from Jesselton Point take just 15 minutes to reach Manukan. Sabahans and hundreds of tourists regularly head over for a day on the beach.
Rent snorkeling equipment and witness the sprawling coral reef. Some resemble a brain through a magnifying glass. Others have branches reaching out like ancient trees in winter.
Watch out for macaques lurking on the beach – they’ll snatch your camera.