Malaysia is blessed with some of the world’s most stunning tropical islands and there couldn’t be a better way to treat your special someone than whisking them away to one of these rewarding retreats. We’ve rounded up some of the best here.
This tropical gem is located off the east coast of Pahang where it is known as one of Malaysia’s most breathtakingly beautiful getaways. Surrounded by coral reefs, crystal clear waters and overflowing with rich flora and fauna, Tioman is a popular spot for scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing. With its stunning seas of green and rolling blue waves, it’s not hard to see why.
It is also a duty-free island with many natural wonders and is the ideal getaway for lovers of marine life. The best time to visit Tioman is around May to July, where the weather is warm and pleasant; perfect for water-based activities around the island!
Located some 21km off the coast of Terengganu are the pristine Perhentian Islands, a haven where you can experience sandy white beaches, beautiful turquoise waters, lush greenery and incredible marine life! Comprising two islands, namely Pulau Perhentian Besar (big) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small), the latter is more budget friendly with a range of affordable accommodation. Regardless, there is something for everyone to experience on both these beautiful islands.
This paradise is not just a vacation spot but also home to many fishermen and migratory birds. And of course, being a tropical island, it is a must to dive into the many available activities such as island cruises, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing and a whole lot more!
Unlike the neighbouring islands, Redang Island has a much more luxurious vibe as most of the options for accommodation are four and five-star resorts. It is also one of the protected marine areas in Malaysia, which means its ecosystem and biodiversity are carefully conserved. Covered in soft white sand and surrounded by clear waters, Redang is a great place to get your fix of sun, sand and sea!
Be sure to check out the awesome beaches here including Taaras Beach, Long Beach, Mutiara Beach and of course, the islandhopping activities as well as diving, snorkelling and even turtle watching. There is so much to love about this place!
Situated off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia is Pangkor Island which boasts some of the best beaches in the country! This tranquil paradise is unlike any other Malaysian island as it offers a much more laid-back experience on the quiet beaches. Although the island does not have an airport of its own, visitors can access it from the mainland via ferry.
The entire island is just eight square kilometres in size, but fret not as there are plenty of things that you can get up to – from snorkelling to diving, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and many more! The island is also where you can find the famous Dutch Fort; a historical landmark that was built in the 17th century.
Langkawi Island, or the Jewel of Kedah, has long been one of Malaysia’s top destinations; a tropical, duty-free utopia known for its excellent waterbased activities, lush virgin rainforests and wildlife, and the luxury resorts that draw tens of thousands each year.
It is also one of Malaysia’s most popular beach destinations thanks to the immaculate sandy stretches found here like the popular Pantai Cenang, Tanjung Rhu and Pantai Tengah, ranked amidst some of the best in the world! However, the beaches are just one of the attractions here; there are many interesting and picturesque landmarks worth checking out like the Langkawi Skybridge, Eagle Square, Langkawi Cable Car, Underwater World Langkawi and many more interesting places!
The Island of Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia found on the east coast of Borneo and has long been ranked as one of the top diving destinations in the world by multiple lists. Its barrier reef – the largest in Southeast Asia – is home to huge populations of sea turtles, barracudas and other sealife.
Sipadan is truly a magnificent place to experience, especially for avid divers. Accommodation is not available on the island itself as it is a protected site, so guests can opt to stay at one of the surrounding islands instead and then climb into a boat to Sipadan for a worldclass diving experience