What to see in Islands
Beyond the skyscrapers and malls of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is best known for its stunning island getaways, and is widely acknowledged to be the country with the best diving in the world. Many of the islands also offer virgin rainforest and magical hiking trails. Your biggest challenge is choosing the island that best suits your paradise fantasy because Malaysia has more than its fair share of tropical island beauty.
For luxury accommodation and gorgeous beaches Langkawi Island, by the Thai border, is ideal. For cultural attractions and foodie adventures try Penang and the UNESCO-listed Georgetown. For a glorious backpackers' romp and unbeatable snorkelling visit the Perhentian Islands, off the northeast coast of Peninsula Malaysia. The Tioman Islands are in a protected marine reserve and are attractive to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Labuan, off the east coast of Malaysia, is an international offshore financial centre, home to many banks as well as splendid beaches. Layang-Layang is a tiny, isolated island with incredible coral reefs for scuba diving. Pankor is a favourite with locals and is one of Malaysia's most accessible islands. Rawa Island, owned by the Sultan of Johor, has two wonderful resorts and incredible turquoise waters. The protected island of Sipadan is arguably the world's best diving site. And this is just a selection of some of the most popular!
Travellers should note that many of the islands are not accessible during the height of monsoon season, and plan their visit accordingly.
Langkawi is the collective name for a group of 104 tropical islands located 20 miles (30km) off the northwestern tip…
The popular Malaysian holiday destination of the Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) is made up of two islands, Perhentian…
Tioman (known locally as Pulau Tioman) is a magnificent, ecologically rich and picturesque island. The 24 mile (39km)…
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