Discover Our Favourite Malaysian Islands

by Travelbag on 11 December 2017, 12:12PM

While the crowds jet off to the beaches of Thailand, the savvy holidaymaker looks a little further south, to neighbouring Malaysia and her 878 islands. Malaysia boasts some of the most unspoilt coastline in Southeast Asia, her white sand beaches are the envy of many.

Day trips to the beach from big cities like Kuala Lumpur are all well and good but for some real R&R, we recommend spending a few days on an island paradise to snorkel, bathe and fish to your heart’s content. Take a look at our Malaysia holiday packages to book your island escape today and read on for our pitch of five of Malaysia’s best holiday islands.


Pulau Redang, Terengganu

Situated off the north eastern coast, Pulau Redang is a getaway for those wanting a few days respite from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The area is less than an hour’s boat time away from the Shahbandar Jetty. The island is particularly popular for its reef diving, snorkelling and green turtles, which come ashore at night to lay their eggs above the high water mark between May and September.

Penang Island, Malayan Peninsular

A definite must for those with a love of traditional Asian cuisine. Off the northwest coast, direct flights are available into Penang International Airport. Penang’s capital, historic Georgetown, was awarded UNESCO status in 2008. With its mix of Malayan, Chinese and Indian flavours the island has a reputation for the very best of gourmet street food. Beyond the food, there’s the colonial Fort Cornwallis, Chinese clan house Khoo Kongsi and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

Tioman Island

Tioman tends to attract greater numbers of visitors due to its proximity to Singapore. Nonetheless, while some of its mystique may have disappeared, its reputation as a wildlife haven remains. Leave the beach behind and trek into the rainforest to try and see tropical birds, flying foxes, mouse deer and brush-tailed porcupines whilst keeping a wary eye out for any giant monitor lizards that scour villages for food.

Perhentian Islands

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands aren’t the easiest to get to, which is half the fun. Swim and sunbathe during the day, then chill in the laid back beach bars come evening. There’s not much else to do here, no museums, no tourist traps and no nonsense – that’s the whole idea. If you’re holiday has a budget check out Abdul Chalet or the new Rainforest Camp Site on Rainforest Beach. If you’re holidaying high end, look at the Tuna Bay Island Resort.

Pulau Langkawi

Hire a car locally and devise a road trip that hunts out the secluded beaches for fishing, snorkelling and diving. Don’t forget the wonders of the rain and mangrove forests where flying lemurs glide through the canopy and fish eagles perch. Join them by taking the cable car to the top of Gunung Machinchang and cross the suspension walkway 100m above the treetops.

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