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The Ultimate Malaysian Island Guide โ€“ 35 Islands Where You Can Get That Sun, Sand and Sea!

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Malaysia is proud to call itself home to a multitude of beautiful islands nation-wide, each and every one of them boasting magnificent sea views, refreshing breezes and the sunny, sandy warmth of our tropical climate. Be it a rest and relax stay, a thrill-seeking adventure or a fun bonding session with family and friends, check out our comprehensive list of islands all around Malaysia to visit for a memorable island holiday.

Northern Malaysia

1. Pulau Langkawi, Kedah

Best time to visit: November – April

We all know what is Langkawi famous for – duty free! With all the shopping and swimming you can do here, this beautiful island is obviously one of Malaysia’s top travel destinations and puts our country on the map. Beach hopping is also a must when you come to Langkawi, with all the beautiful beaches adorning the perimeter of the island. Book your island hopping package with us now here!

Berjaya Langkawi Resort

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If the excellent staff service, well-equipped facilities and incredible room views guaranteed by the Berjaya brand isn’t enough, you can book a ride on the Sunset Cruise with a salt water jacuzzi and free-flow wine!

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Address: Karung Berkunci 200 Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: 04-959 1888

2. Pulau Rebak Besar, Kedah

Best time to visit: December – September

Only a short boat ride away from Langkawi Island, Pulau Rebak is a small, private island with one exclusive five-star resort and nothing else but the natural seaside environment. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing trip doing nothing but lounging in the sun and admiring the breathtaking seaviews, then this is the place for you.

3. Pulau Payar, Kedah

Best time to visit: November – March

Pulau Payar is Kedah’s hidden gem, slightly less famous than Langkawi but just as beautiful. Consisting of several uninhabited islands between Langkawi and mainland Kedah, Pulau Payar Marine Park is a must-visit for dive enthusiasts, their virgin snorkeling and diving sites swarming with rich marine life. You can even feed baby sharks here in the shark nesting areas!

You can only visit with a tour, so book your snorkeling packages here

4. Pulau Pinang, Penang

Best time to visit: November – January

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More of a fully-fledged city than your typical island, there are so many attractions to visit on Penang Island that you’ll definitely want to stay at least three days to see them all. A few crowd favourites include Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill, Chew Jetty Bridge and more.

5. Pulau Aman, Penang

Best time to visit: November – January

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Directly translated to “Island of Peace”, Pulau Aman is home to a traditional Malay fishing village where most of the houses here have been converted to homestays, so visitors can enjoy the real ‘kampung’ experience. Drop by the family stalls selling various local delicacies like kuih and keropok for some delicious souvenirs to take home.

6. Pulau Pangkor, Perak

Best time to visit: January – February, June – September

Pulau Pangkor is another prominent name when it comes to Malaysian island holidays. Not a nightlife hangout, this little island (measuring at only 18 kmยฒ) is generally rather quiet and takes pride in its peaceful beaches, jungle covered hills and hornbills. If you haven’t seen these magnificent birds before, come by and also check out their local Chinatown and the remains of a 350-year-old Dutch fort.

Anjungan Beach Resort

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Strategically located between two of Pulau Pangkorโ€™s most popular beaches, Nipah Bay and Coral Beach, Anjungan Beach Resort & Spa fuses modern and tropical styles together seamlessly to provide you with premium comfort in nature.

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Address: 6610 Nipah Bay, 32300 Pangkor Island
Contact: 05-685 1500

Pangkor Coral Bay Resort

One of the biggest resorts on Pulau Pangkor, Coral Bay Resort consists of more than 140 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments. Only a short walk away from Pantai Pasir Bogak where guests can enjoy water activities, organised games and more.

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Address: Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri Perak
Contact: 05-685 5111

7. Pulau Lumut, Perak

Best time to visit: November – January

Maybe you would know this island by its former name – Pulau Lumut. After undergoing major development in the 1990s, the northern side of this island consists mainly of industrial and commercial developments, whereas the southern side remains a peaceful collection of tranquil villages and is developing its mangrove coast as an eco-tourism attraction. 

Central Malaysia

8. Pulau Carey, Selangor

Best time to visit: November – April

The rich culture of the Mah Meri tribe is definitely one of the best attractions of Selangor’s Pulau Carey. A visit to the Mah Meri Cultural Village is a must for a family friendly trip.

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The Mah Meri are an ethnic group native to western part of Peninsular Malaysia. They are one of the 18 Orang Asli groups named by the Malaysian government. They are of the Senoi subgroup. Most of the members of the Mah Meri tribe live along the coast of South Selangor from Sungai Pelek up to Pulau Carey, although there is at least one Mah Meri Community on the other side of the Klang River. . According to the Orang Asli Office of the Malaysian government, they numbered around 2,200 in 2005. Most of the Mah Meri live in small villages (kampungs) on the fringes of other cities and on Pulau Carey, which has five separate villages of Mah Meri. The Mah Meri people of Pulau Carey are internationally well known for their traditional wood carving skills. . Many among them are skilled in carving statues that are made from wood. Their carvings include deities, humans, flora and fauna figurines. These carvings have gained recognition from the UNESCO. Handicrafts produce of the Mah Meri community in Sungai Bumbun, Kuala Langat have high artistic value and the potential to be recognised at an international level. . ๐Ÿ“ท @willyarrows @mikelam88 . #malaysia #malaysiatrulyasia #southeastasia #like4like #like4follow #travel #instatravel #island #selangor #careyisland #pulaucarey #orangasli #indigenouspeople #mahmeri #exploreselangor #exploremalaysia #visitmalaysia2020 #peninsularmalaysia #mahmeri #semenanjungmalaysia

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Amverton Cove Golf & Island Resort

Klang Valley folks: needing your island getaway but want something closer to home, without all the hassle of long-distance transport? Come here for a fun-filled family vacation and try out recreational activities suitable for all ages, including golf (as the name suggests), kayaking and paintball.

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Address: Jalan Pulau Carey, 42960 Pulau Carey, Selangor
Contact: 03-3123 3888

9. Pulau Ketam, Selangor

Best time to visit: November – April

Pulau Ketam village and Sungai Lima village are the two settlements on the island, and what’s interesting is that there are absolutely no roads and cars here, where everyone gets around by foot, bicycle or motorcycle. The local seafood is amazing, and transport here is easy as you can just take the KTM to Port Klang Station and you will arrive directly at the ferry terminal.

Southern Malaysia

10. Pulau Dayang, Johor

Best time to visit: April – September

Ideal for fishing, snorkeling and diving, Pulau Dayang is a lovely place to visit for its white beaches and clear seas. Both a favourite of experts and newbies, the scenic environment and the relatively quiet seas make a good place for a relaxing island getaway.

11. Pulau Kukup, Johor

Best time to visit: December – February

This island keeps the local ecosystem on track as it is an important refuge for many threatened species of mangrove plants and animals as well as an important stopover site for migratory waterbirds. Hence, the Pulau Kukup National Park is a good place to learn more about the natural environment here. Visit some of the homestays and talk to the locals about their myths!

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12. Pulau Rawa, Johor

Best time to visit: March – September

Known as the pearl of Johor, Pulau Rawa is a popular destination liked and frequented by locals and tourists alike. They have a Saturday BBQ party for foodies to get together and share a communal meal, and there are two bars on the island for those seeking some happy hour.

13. Pulau Sibu, Johor

Best time to visit: April – September

Wondering what to do here? Walk the entire island! You’ll pass a coconut plantation, climb volcanic rocks to the rugged sea caves, and see mangrove swamps from a close distance. You can also find a large “Pulau Sibu” sign for photos in the local village, Kampung Duku.

Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base

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Whether itโ€™s a leisurely family trip, or a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, Sea Gypsy Village Resort in Johor is the place to be. Providing various types of accommodation for different groups of visitors, all their rooms or chalets boast a beautiful sea view and lush greenery.

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Address:  Lot 71, Pulau Sibu, 86810 Mersing, Johor
Contact: 07-222 8642

Eastern Malaysia (The East Coast)

14. Pulau Tioman, Pahang

Best time to visit: July – August

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Another world-famous Malaysian island, Pulau Tioman is known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife environment. Once voted as one of the world’s most beautiful islands by Time’s Magazine, it evidently lives up to the title until today.

The Barat Tioman Beach Resort

Ranked by CNN as 21st on their list of beautiful beaches worldwide, Juara Beach, where The Barat Tioman Beach Resort lies, is a secluded, natural 2km long golden sand beach. Accompanied by ensuite showers with double vanity basins and a personal jacuzzi tub, staying in the exquisitely designed rooms here will take you to the seventh heaven.

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Have you stayed in our Hilltop Seaview Villa? (๐Ÿ“ธ : teammate @travelistajen) . If you enjoy seaviews with your family or friends, stay in this spacious villa for 4 persons with big balcony & jacuzzi tub ๐Ÿค— . The following precautions are in place to ensure a healthy stay . ๐Ÿ”ธTemperature screening will be done for all our staff & guests . ๐Ÿ”ธAll guest rooms and public spaces within @barattioman are being sanitised with a disinfectant daily . ๐Ÿ”ธHand sanitiser & hand wipes are available at our Reception, Barat Restaurant & Recreation Centers . ๐Ÿ”ธAll guest rooms have its own air conditioning unit . ๐Ÿ”ธOur location is on a quiet beach, away from crowded areas . ๐Ÿ”ธOur facilities such as lobby & restaurant are open-air spaces . ๐Ÿ”ธBarat Restaurant is serving ala-carte meals only. Every table is placed 2 meters apart . For adventures with nature, always book direct for faster response :ย . ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ‘๐ƒ๐Ÿ๐ ๐’๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐œ๐ค๐š๐ ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‘๐Œ ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ‘๐ƒ๐Ÿ๐ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐œ๐ค๐š๐ ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‘๐Œ ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ . ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ค-๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ ! ๐‚๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฅ ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐Ÿ• ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ . Save this page & discover Tioman Island with us ๐Ÿค—

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Address: Lot 438 Kampung Juara Pulau Tioman, 26800 Kuala Rompin, Pahang
Contact: 09-419 3288

Minang Cove Resort

Minang Cove Resort is a small and friendly resort on the clean beaches of Pulau Tioman. If youโ€™re coming in a big group, you could book one of their beach-front villas built directly on the sandy beaches and experience the waves rising up to below your verandah at high tide. Come feel the cool sea breeze rejuvenate your spirits and let the beautiful beach views amaze you every moment youโ€™re here.

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Address: 86800 Tioman Island, Pahang
Contact: 07-799 7372

Japamala Resorts Boutique Resort Tioman Island

As exotic sounding as its name sounds, Japamala Resort is located on a secluded stretch of Tioman Island, providing a tranquil environment for those who seek peaceful isolation. Their 13 chalets, or โ€˜Sarangsโ€™, feature top-of-their-game amenities such as plunge pools, wooden sun decks and modern essentials such as WiFi access and iPod docks. Visit their Samadhi Spa for full-body (and even full-mind) indulgence via all sorts of therapeutic treatments.

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Address: Kampung Lanting, 26800, Pahang
Contact: 09-419 7777

15. Pulau Redang, Terengganu

Best time to visit: April – September (avoid the monsoon season)

You know what to expect when you come for a trip here – fun and thrill in the sun, sand and sea! Snorkeling and diving are definitely to-do items here, and of course the environment is lovely to just stroll around and bask in the sun. One of the biggest islands off the east coast, there are so many resorts and hotels on Pulau Redang that you will be spoilt for choice.

Redang Beach Resort

Here at Redang Beach Resort, spend your days basking in the warmth seaside sun and recharging your spirits in the crisp sea breeze. Book our snorkeling packages and swim in the clear aquamarine sea with the rich marine life, discovering a whole new world beneath the waves.

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Address: Pulau Redang, 21090 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact: 03-2031 5079

Laguna Redang Island Resort

Laguna Redang takes pride in the classic beauty of the unique traditional architecture and their friendly hospitality, providing you the most authentic Malaysian experience. Only a 15-minute boat ride away from the Redang Marine Park Centre, this resort is just the place to be for dive enthusiasts!

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Address: Pulau Redang, 21090 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact: 09-630 7888

Redang Reef Resort

Another one on the Redang bandwagon, Redang Reef Resort offers beachside holidays at the most affordable prices for those of you who wish to travel without burning a hole in your pocket! With equally stunning seaside views and natural surroundings, staying at Redang Reef Resort is a fun and casual experience.

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Address: 21090, Terengganu
Contact: 09-622 6181

Redang De Rimba

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Here at Redang Deโ€™Rimba, you donโ€™t just get the summer vibes of the beach, but also the serene atmosphere of a forest right beside your accommodation! Along with the unique culture of local fishing villages, your stay here will definitely be memorable and enjoyable.

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Address: Lot 171, Kampung Baru, Pulau Redang, 21090 Redang Island
Contact: 09-630 2887

Coral Redang Island Resort

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Bit of trivia here: this resort used to be the Sultan of Terengganuโ€™s private residence! Besides the fusion of contemporary and aesthetic design in their architecture, the spacious environment and private villas are definitely a luxury to live in. Donโ€™t miss out on the amazing local food offered in the restaurants here!

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Address: Redang Island, Pulau Redang, 20000 Pasir Panjang, Terengganu
Contact: 09-630 7110

16. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu

Best time to visit: March – November

Another prominent name in the East coast, Pulau Perhentian is another top tourism destination in Malaysia and worldwide. Literally translated as โ€œstopping point islandโ€ in Malay, Pulau Perhentian is famous for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia, perfect for diving, snorkeling and jungle trekking.

Barat Perhentian Beach Resort

Sign up for a diving package at the Barat Perhentian and admire the spectacular marine life off the coasts, including stingrays, moray eels, turtles and colourful fishes. Get a glimpse of the coral growing underneath the crystal blue waves, and be reminded of this beautiful ecosystem that we should always appreciate.

Alunan Resort

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Pulau Perhentian Staycation

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The highlight of your stay here in Alunan Resort, Pulau Perhentian will most certainly be the amazing view through the floor-to-ceiling glass panels covering each private suite, designed to capture majestic views of the vast ocean and the lush rain forests. Each suite has their own private rooftop sun deck with a hammock, loungers and a shaded patio, so be prepared to love your holiday home so much that you canโ€™t bear to leave!

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Address: Petani Beach Perhentian Island Kecil, Terengganu
Contact: 016-448 8297

17. Pulau Duyung, Terengganu

Best time to visit: July – September

Literally translated as Mermaid Island, Pulau Duyung is a serene oasis of shady forests and quaint villages. Located in Terengganu, the cultural state of Malaysia, come prepared to embrace the local traditions, seafaring history and delicious cuisine.

18. Pulau Kapas, Terengganu

Best time to visit: April – August

If you’re looking for a quiet, less mainstream tropical island to visit, Pulau Kapas is the place for you. Equally beautiful, you get all the perks of a tropical paradise minus the crowds and the noise.

19. Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu

Best time to visit: March – October

Situated off the coast of Terengganu, between its more famous neighbours Redang Island and Perhentian Island, you have another hidden gem aptly named Pulau Lang Tengah (middle). However, what sets it out against the rest is the breathtaking “Blue Tears” sighting you will be able to witness at night, i.e. the blue-dotted sand along the beaches caused by bioluminescent ostracods glowing bright blue on the sand. You’ll have to see it to believe it!

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Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort

Besides stretches of pristine beaches and azure waves, let down your hair in the leisurely pace of life on this island and enjoy all sorts of recreational activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. Spend the night with good music and delicious cocktails at the sunset bar stargazing under the unpolluted skies for a memorable end to the day.

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Address:  Lot 52, Lang Tengah Island, 21300 Lang Tengah
Contact: 09-623 9911

20. Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu

Best time to visit: one week before and after monsoon season (October – March)

This little island off the coast of Terengganu takes natural island landscapes to another level with its well-preserved jungles and marine life. Only one side of this island faces the sea, as the rest of it ends in impressive rocky cliffs that create numerous excellent diving sites with untouched coral reefs and underwater animals.

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Address: Seberang Genting, Lot 136, Terengganu, Pulau Perhentian Besar, 22300 Besut, Terengganu
Contact: 09-691 1288

East Malaysia

At last, we have arrived at the treasure trove of tropical islands off the East Malaysian coasts! Here at Sabah especially, you will be spoilt for choice with all the lovely locations you have to plan your perfect island getaway.

21. Pulau Sipadan, Sabah

Best time to visit: July – September

Swim with the turtles here at Pulau Sipadan! Beyond the island’s beautiful appearances, the magic happens underwater, where jacks, barracuda, bumphead parrotfish and white-tip sharks are a few of the many life species awaiting your awe and wonder. Green and hawksbill turtles come ashore to nest too, so be prepared to admire (while respecting appropriately) a whole new world of fascinating island wildlife.

22. Semporna, Sabah

Best time to visit: August – September

Semporna may not exactly be an island, but this coastal town is the gateway to many beautiful islands and is one of the most visually-pleasing holiday destinations around. From here, you can get to Sipadan Island, Mabul Island and more.

Dragon Inn Floating Resort

Designed in the traditional Bajau water village style, this resort is fondly known by locals as Semporna Floating. You can be assured that something is good when even the locals like it, so you don’t have to worry about anything when you stay at the Dragon Inn Floating Resort – all you have to do is come and enjoy charming, simple yet comfortable and affordable lodging.

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Address: 1, Jalan Kastam, Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308 Semporna, Sabah
Contact: 089-781 077

23. Pulau Mataking, Sabah

Best time to visit: February – November

Promising magnificent seaside environments and the welcoming warmth of natural sunlight, Mataking is a little piece of heaven awaiting your visit.

The Reef Dive Resort Mataking Island

Off the East coast of Sabah lies the Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island, an exclusive romantic and diving destination in the Celebes Sea. The exquisitely designed chalets and rooms here make for a lovely honeymoon destination too!

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Contact: 013-864 4380

24. Pulau Lankayan, Sabah

Best time to visit: March – October

This tiny gem of an island is so small that they only have one resort on it! However, you will never need to worry about where to dive here, as Lankayan Island has a whopping total of 14 dive spots including the famous Lankayan Wreck, only minutes away from the island.

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25. Pulau Bodgaya, Sabah

Best time to visit: October – March

The pristine, aquamarine waters and rich flora and fauna on this island (also spelled Pulau Bodh Gaya) make it the perfect all-in-one travel destination for nature junkies! Feel free to try out all the water activities and island trekking to your heart’s content in these beaufiul surroundings. Fun fact: did you know? The beaches on Bodgaya Island are formed from cobbles of volcanic rocks believed to be almost 2.58 million years old! Come get to know the unique Bajau tribe also known as “Sea Gypsies” for an eye-opening experience.

26. Pulau Gaya, Sabah

Best time to visit: December – February

Located merely 10 minutes from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island is the biggest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Its convenient location as well as the grand coral reefs along its entire coast are evident reasons why divers favour this island. Police Beach, a 400-meter stretch of white sand which slopes out gently to the sea is ideal for swimming especially on a hot summer day, what a joy!

27. Pulau Layang-Layang, Sabah

Best time to visit: March – August

Located far from civilisation, Layang-Layang Island is a ideal hideaway from the noise of the world for those seeking peace and seclusion. This also means that the marine life and the waters here are incredibly clear and undisturbed, a crowd favourite for snorkeling and scuba diving!

28. Pulau Mabul, Sabah

Best time to visit: March – October

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Take diving to a deeper level by going muck-diving on the seabeds of Mabul Island! Described to be going all the way down to the seabed and scouring the floor for the creatures who live there, this is also an interesting alternative to try out when you come on an island holiday! For non-divers, you will also be kept busy with cycling around the beach or the tempting local spa services.

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29. Pulau Malawali, Sabah

Best time to visit: December – February

Located within the Kudat division, this is also another diving hotspot because of its coral reefs and clear waters! Come here to get the real local experience on a no-frills, down-to-earth diving trip.

30. Pulau Manukan, Sabah

Best time to visit: December – February

The second largest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Pulau Manukan rakes in an impressive total of more than 200,000 visits annually and wins the title of most frequented island by domestic and international tourists in Sabah. The clear waters here and so peaceful and quiet that you can safely let your little ones play around while you lounge in the sun.

31. Pulau Mantanani, Sabah

Best time to visit: February – April; June – October

Also known as Mermaid Island because of the friendly dugong living in these seas, Mantanani Island is a less-mainstream tourist destination that requires quite a couple of hours’ journey. However, the appeal of lucky encounters with dolphins and rarer underwater species is certainly worth the arduous trip here!

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32. Pulau Pom-Pom, Sabah

Best time to visit: May – August

Even the name sounds fun – Pom-Pom Island! Come here for a easygoing, fun and casual trip, where you can let your hair down and be completely at ease among the gorgeous beaches and lush green mangroves. When night falls, lie on the jetty to admire the starry skies with the gently lapping waves as your background music.

33. Pulau Tiga, Sabah

Best time to visit: December – March

Definitely a unique experience, the therapeutic volanic mud spa is a must-try when you come to Pulau Tiga! Also known as ‘Survivor Island’, this island first came to attention for being the location for the first ‘Survivor’ reality series.

34. Pulau Labuan, Labuan

Best time to visit: June – September

Last but not least is the Pearl of Borneo, Labuan Island. Just like Langkawi Island, this island is another duty-free port (news flash: cheap beer and chocolates!) and is one of the three Federal Territories in Malaysia. If Labuan has always been a foreign name to you, take this chance to visit their quaint villages and informative museums. There are plenty of museums here to fill you in about their history and culture, so come discover this quiet island for yourself and enjoy the stress-free pace of life here.

How many islands named here have you checked off your travel bucket list? Jom Cuti Malaysia, because I mean, why not? Malaysia is blessed with so many beautiful islands adorning our vast seas, moreover with year-long sunshine, there’s always somewhere you can visit for your perfect island getaway!

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