One of South East Asia’s most progressive countries, Malaysia is a fascinating ensemble of different cultures and awe-inspiring nature. It’s beaches are some of the best in the world and if you plan to go island hopping, then you can enjoy this fine combination of diverse nature, azure waters and interesting culture n cuisine. Here are four islands that will take your breath away.
A beautiful limestone cliff and forest archipelago of some 100 islands, Langkawi, 100 kms to the North of Penang has white sandy beaches and an abundance of beautiful scenery. Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, in the southwest are the most popular beaches, lined with accommodation, restaurants and souvenir shops. In the northwest are the pretty beach of Burau Bay and the seven step Telaga Tuluh (Seven Wells) waterfall, while the Langkawi cable car brings you to the top of the 2,320 feet high Gunung Machincang for magnificent views of the surrounding forests and the Andaman sea. Other activities on offer include a limestone mangrove swamp tour in the Kilim Nature Park and snorkelling or diving in the clear waters at Pulau Payar.
Sipadan Island, located on the east coast of Sabah, Borneo is Malaysia’s only true oceanic island. With turtles galore, giant shoals of swirling barracuda and other wonders, the marine life of Sipadan has been hailed by both the worldwide fund for nature as among the best in the world.
Tioman is a duty free island situated on the south eastern side of peninsular Malaysia. As with most of the islands on this side of Malaysia, diving and snorkelling are the main activities to indulge in. Dive Asia, Tioman Dive Center and Fisherman Divers are some of the dive groups present here to help you plan your diving holiday. There is also dense forests in the center of the island that can be explored.
The Pulau Payar is one of those pristine islands on the western side of the peninsula and between Langkawi and Penang. A full day snorkelling trip is the main activity here. This trip takes you amidst the high visibility coral area. Scuba diving is also possible here.
Apart from the above , there are more exotic islands like Perhentian Islands, Turtle Island, Penang, Pangkor and more that are waiting to be explored.
Note: Photos in this post have been used with written consent from Beehive Communications on behalf of Tourism Malaysia.