If you’re looking for more of a peaceful tropical retreat, it’s Malaysia’s islands that will give you a fun range of travel choices — from Penang ‘s cosmopolitan elegance to Perhentian hippie getaway.
Here we present 10 of the best islands in Malaysia, in no specific order:
They might not be easy to get to, but on the backpacker route, the Perhentian islands off Peninsular Malaysia’s northeast coast have gained iconic status. And for good reason — the waters are so clear that right off the beach you can snorkel and still see a range of marine life. Fishermen turned tour guides will take you out on a day trip in their small boat to swim with shark and turtles.
This popular holiday island in Malaysia has two claims to fame that media and advertisers tend to hyped about. First is the spectacular topography of this tear drop shaped island in the South China Sea that was (allegedly) used as a setting for the 1958 film “South Pacific.” Then in the 1970s. Time magazine called it one of the most beautiful islands in the world.While it is now a firm fixture on the tourist trail and has lost some of its exotic mysticism, it retains the natural environment and wildlife which made it popular for the very first time. The giant monitor lizards that wander among the kampungs (Malay for villages) in search of food are amongst animals, at least on land. Don’t worry, they stop men. Since most of the time.
Located right on the border with Thailand, Langkawi is part of the Kedah state of Malaysia, not Perlis, which is simply directly adjacent to it. Famously, it was claimed that the Island of Malaysia was cursed in 1819 when a woman named Mahsuri was put to death for alleged adultery. She said before she died, “There will be no peace and prosperity on this island for a seven generation time.Two years later Langkawi fell to the invading Thais, with a large part of his population subsequently starving to death. Indeed, the island was barren for a long time until Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad the colossus of Malaysian politics who also designed the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur and the Sepang F1 circuit decided to transform it into a resort island in 1986.
Mabul is a small island off Malaysia ‘s South East coast of Sabah. As of the 1970s, the island has been a fishing village. Due to its proximity to the island of Sipadan it first became famous among divers in the 1990s.
Kapas Island The name, Pulau Kapas (cotton island malay), refers to the white beaches on the island. In the nearby waters the island has tropical vegetation, dark seawater, white sand beaches, and coral reefs. It is promoted as a “paradise for diving and snorkelling”
Redang Island is an island in the district of Kuala Nerus, in Terengganu , Malaysia. It is among the largest islands off Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast. The crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches make it popular
The island of Pangkor lies just off Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast. It is known for beaches such as Teluk Nipah, Coral Bay and Pasir Giam which connect at low tide to the coralringed Giam Island. The ruined Dutch Fort dates back to 1670, and shows the strategic colonial significance of the island. The Sacred Rock is engraved near by with the emblem of the Dutch East India Company and a image of a tiger carrying away a child.