Looking for a beach getaway? Look no further than the beautiful islands of Malaysia! With tons of clear-water beaches within the coastal seas in the country, here are the top 5 islands to relax, rejuvenate and have fun in the sun!
Famous for its night parties and underwater activities, Perhentian Islands are located in Terengganu, off the coast of North Eastern Malaysia. The name ‘Perhentian’ was because the islands were a meet-up point used by traders who travelled to and fro from Malaysia and Bangkok. The 2 main islands of Perhentian Islands are ‘Pulau Perhentian Besar’ and ‘Pulau Perhentian Kecil’; Besar caters to families and more expensive accommodation while Kecil attracts more backpackers and party-goers. Kill two birds with one stone by partying and relaxing at the same time!
Famous for crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, Redang Island is one of the nine islands in Malaysia that has a marine sanctuary park that offers snorkelling and diving opportunities for tourists. Located in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Redang Island is Perhentian Islands neighbour. The difference between Redang Island and Perhentian Islands is their accommodation; Redang Island offers higher-class resorts and accommodation which are quieter compared to its neighbouring islands. Perfect for relaxation!
Prefer somewhere nearby? Be it by road or air, tourists have to reach Pangkor Island by ferry at the old Lumut jetty. There is a bus terminal and multi-storey car park for those who drove. Pangkor Island is more laid-back and suitable for family vacations; with tourists attractions such as dry fish factories, fish farms and boat workshops, experience a more serene side of beach life at Pangkor Island.
Being the second largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan Island is the most popular island with the locals of Kota Kinabalu. Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan Island is easily accessible by boat. With beautiful stretches of beaches in the southern coastline, Manukan Island is wonderful for snorkelling, diving and swimming. With blue waters like these, how can one refuse to take a dip?