If you are planning a Malaysian holiday this year, you are sure to have a fantastic time. You can easily find your private piece of paradise among the many tropical retreats available here. To make the most out of your trip, consider spending it at one of these amazing islands.All of the Malaysian Islands offer an amazing chance for travelers to enjoy and relax, however, there are a few that are better for travelers.
6 Best Malaysian Islands to Visit in 2019
Perhentians are two islands (Big and Small) which are perfect for budget travelers. Here you can discover what a tropical paradise for a backpacker is like. Quiet beaches turn into party zones at night, so you can have a lot of fun even while being rather far away from civilization.
The list of best things to do in Perhentians isn’t big, so it’s the place for those who are looking to enjoy the beauty of nature to the fullest. Beaches, jungle, and some of the best snorkeling spots in Malaysia are waiting for you here.
The island of Sipadan has been a source of a major dispute between Malaysia and Indonesia. It was only in 2002 that the International Court of Justice recognized it as a part of Malaysia. The country certainly won from this decision as the main attraction of this island is, without a doubt, Sipadan diving. It’s one of the most beautiful places for underwater explorations not only in Malaysia but the entire planet. The biodiversity of the waters surrounding the island is unparalleled.
Note that the number of allowed dives within a day is limited to preserve this fragile ecosystem. Therefore, you need to book your trip with diving adventures included, long in advance. And you can’t stay on the island itself, so find accommodation nearby.
If you are interested in exploring the wonders of Malaysian cuisine and the fascinating history and culture of the country, Penang is the best holiday island for you. This is the part of the country where you’ll find UNESCO Heritage Sites that are truly magnificent in their beauty.
Penang is also one of the islands with better-developed infrastructure. Therefore, if you want to enjoy a vacation with more ‘benefits of civilization’ such as renting a car in Penang and exploring at your own pace, you should definitely choose this Malaysian destination. Time your visit to catch one of the many cultural festivals or fairs to truly immerse yourself in the country’s culture.
Selingan is called ‘turtle island’ for a reason. It’s one of the islands included in Malaysia’s Turtle Island Park, and the only one that offers overnight accommodation. This island offers some unique experiences to turtle lovers. It’s also a place where you can learn a lot about the ocean life today.
A visit to Selingan must be on the ‘things to do in Malaysia’ lost for every family. Kids are sure to love the adventure and even adults will be fascinated watching the lives of the many wondrous creatures inhabiting local beaches.
Pangkor is a tiny island (about eight square kilometers) but it’s one of the most popular places among the locals. It’s a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful destination. On most weekdays, you can enjoy nearly deserted sandy beaches and heart-stopping views.
Bear in mind that on weekends Pangkor is crowded by many Malaysians who come here to relax and stay overnight. There is also little nightlife on the island. Therefore, it’s a place for someone who wants to enjoy some peace and make friends with the locals.
Mabul is a hidden paradise and it’s where a couple in love should go. Here you can enjoy gorgeous beaches and crystal-clear waters. There is no better destination for muck diving in the whole of Malaysia and it’s a very peaceful place where you can truly relax and unwind from the stress of the world.