With hundreds of idyllic islands dotted along its coastline and stunning sandy beaches lining its shores, it is no wonder Malaysia is a favourite destination for sun, sea and sand. Best of all, it is blessed with a warm, tropical climate all year round, making it accessible at any time. Malaysia’s islands are perfect for travellers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Malaysia has a total of 878 islands. Most of the islands are exotic with stunning beaches and some are popular for diving and snorkeling destinations because of their clear waters and truly wonderful coral reefs and marine lives.
From Langkawi on the west coast to Redang and Tioman on the east coast, as well as Sipadan and Layang Layang in Sabah, there are crystalline waters and pristine beaches on which to soak up the rays. Most resorts on these islands feature spas which offer all manner of relaxing and rejuvenation therapies. The luxury island resort of Pangkor Laut is considered one of the world’s best, famed for its stunning setting and amenities.
The beaches along the coasts of Penang and Pahang are as enticing as their historical and cultural sights.
A wide range of land and water sports can be enjoyed, including snorkelling and diving in some of the world’s best underwater ecosystems. Tropical rainforests within easy reach of the beaches are inhabited by all kinds of flora and fauna, and birdwatching is especially popular.
The islands and beaches in Terengganu and Sabah are also well known as egg-laying spots for several endangered turtle species. For an adventure-filled holiday or one spent just quietly contemplating spectacular sunsets, nothing comes close to island and beach holidays in Malaysia.