Think you’ve had enough of Malaysia? Think again. Other than cheap food and shopping, do you know that Malaysia is home to a great number of fascinating islands? Here, we have shortlisted for you the TOP 3 MUST VISIT islands in Malaysia.
1. Tioman Island
Scenic views of Tioman Island
Named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the 1970s, the island not only has a picturesque scenery, it also retains a spectacular natural beauty and wildlife diversity. Tioman has also achieved emblematic status on the backpacker trail.
And for good reason — surrounded by colourful coral reefs, Tioman is a hotspot for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Cute turtles spotted on the beach
That’s not all. Located in the South China Sea, Tioman island is a vital sanctuary for turtles and you can pay a visit to the local turtle farm to learn more about this endangered creature. If you are lucky, you might even spot giant monitor lizards roaming around (but rest assured, they avoid humans).
Where to stay: For a rustic and refreshing resort, check out Paya Beach Resort. But if you want a chic, modern resort, Berjaya Tioman Resort is your best bet. Or there’s always the Aman Tioman Beach Resort.
2. Pulau Besar
Pulau Besar beach
Pulau Besar might not be as prominent as neighbouring Tioman island, but it is in fact just a hidden gem waiting to be explored!
Finding Nemo hidden in the coral reefs
Have you ever wondered how Nemo looks like in real life? Make a trip down to Pulau Besar! The water is so crystal clear that you can expect to see pristine coral reefs and a diverse array of aquatic life from the water surface. Experience snorkelling and try finding Nemo hidden in the coral reefs.
However, the mobile signal might not be very good on the island. (It seems like there’s now an even better reason to keep away from your phone and truly enjoy your holiday!)
Where to stay: Offering a fairytale-like vacation experience to anyone that loves the sun, sea and sand, ASEANIA Beach Resort is the perfect escapade. Or if you are looking for a resort with a perfect blend of nature and luxury — D’Coconut Island Resort.
Aerial shot of Langkawi
With its diverse landscapes of breathtaking beaches, iconic mountains, and fascinating mangrove forests, Langkawi offers tourists a wide variety of things to do and see, such as taking a walk at the Langkawi Sky Bridge or dipping in the natural infinity pool at the Langkawi Waterfall.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
As one of Malaysia’s best known and most popular holiday destinations, the massive island is home to historical attractions, exciting nightlife, excellent diving opportunities and dirt-cheap shopping. An island declared DUTY-FREE, if you’re intending to stocking up on your alcohol, cigarettes, and chocolates, then this is the place to be. Surrounded by turquoise sea, nature lovers will definitely be mesmerised by the powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.
Getting there: If you are looking for only a brief visit to the Langkawi, cruising is the way to go! Hop on Costa Fortuna Cruise, Genting Dream Cruise, or Voyager of the Seas. With the cruise, not only will you get to experience Langkawi, you will also get to explore the rest of Malaysia!