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What to see in Islands

Islands Attractions

Malaysia is known for its stunning island getaways, and is widely acknowledged to have the world's best diving sites. Options include, Langkawi Island, which is a terrific option for travellers seeking gorgeous beaches and luxury accommodation, and Penang, which is a must for foodies and culture lovers.

Tourist can also consider the Perhentian Islands off the peninsula's northeast coast. They offer stunning hiking trails and unforgettable snorkelling opportunities. The Tioman Islands are in a protected marine reserve and are attractive to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Layang-Layang is a tiny, isolated island with incredible coral reefs for scuba diving. Pangkor is a favourite with locals and is one of Malaysia's most accessible islands. The protected island of Sipadan is arguably the world's best diving site.

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 99 tropical islands located 20 miles (30km) off the northwestern tip of the peninsula. Pulau Langkawi is the largest and most developed of them. Much…

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Perhentian Islands

Two islands make up the popular holiday destination, which for all intents and purposes is a backpacker's paradise. Fisherman double as tour guides, and simple beach bars spill out onto the pristine…

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Pulau Pangkor

Pangkor Island was once a hideout for pirates, and where the Dutch choose to construct a fort to assert their trade dominance in the region. The Dutch weren't in charge for long though, as local leaders…

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This picturesque, ecologically rich island is home to dense jungles, which flourish around mountains. Clear waters lap its pristine beaches, revealing luminous coral reefs and a stunning marine population.…

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