Malaysia’s most idyllic islands
Malaysia is known for its many exotic islands and their stunning beaches, tropical rainforests and diverse cultures. From the diving hotspot Sipadan to the tropical paradise Perhentian, here are some enchanting islands that you should visit during your Malaysian holiday.
Offering crystal clear waters and numerous diving sites for enthusiasts, Redang is part of an archipelago of islands that form a thriving marine park. Situated about 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terenggany, Redang is renowned as a turtle sanctuary and is often described as a paradise thanks to its splendid natural beauty. Snorkelling, trekking and island cruses are among the top activities here. The waters at the island are rich in marine life and at midday, when the sun rays penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral and fish can be seen.
Famous for its colourful hibiscus flowers, steep green peaks and turquoise waters, the beautiful island of Pulau Tioman lies off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Holiday lovers are enchanted by the warm beaches, lush rainforests and friendly, authentic village life. Thanks to its dramatic topography, this teardrop-shaped isle was named one of the world’s most beautiful in the 1970s by Time magazine. The Island is part of a marine park and boasts of beautiful coral reefs that teem with colourful and exotic fish—making it a perfect destination for snorkelling and diving. Its dense forested areas form nature reserves that are home to protected species like the binturong, slow loris, mouse deer and a variety of squirrels.A small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of north-eastern Malayisa, the Perhentians are a tropical paradise with crystal clear waters and white sand. During the day, the white sand is dotted with sun-loving holiday makers, while at night, the beaches come alive with bonfires and kerosene lamps. The Perhentian Islands are essentially two islands named Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian Island). The Malay name Perhentian literally translates to mean ‘a place to stop’ and this is exactly what these two islands were for traders travelling between Malaysia and Bangkok.