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10 Must-Visit Islands In Malaysia You Have To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

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Greetings, everyone! Each and every one of us may be getting a serious case of cabin fever and travelling out of the country is out of the question for now. The possible places that we could visit in the near future are within the borders of Malaysia. Even though it’s still not ideal now, you may start planning for next year or any time in the future. So, here are 10 utterly beautiful islands in Malaysia you can take note of!


10 Beautiful Local Islands In Malaysia You Have To Visit:

1. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu

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First off the list is none other than the widely known Perhentian island that boasts a wide stretch of powdery white beach. The water here is crystal clear and sparkling under clear sunny skies. Surrounded by a luscious jungle as well, it’s the perfect place to sweep your burdens under the rug and just chill. You can choose to drive and take a jetty or take an-hour boat ride here.

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2. Pulau Redang, Terengganu

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Right south of Perhentian island, is yet another famous island you cannot miss out on. Redang island is simply one of the best beach getaways on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Not only is it the largest island on the east coast, but it’s part of Terengganu Marine Park, where the ecosystem of the island is protected. This is why besides the usual island activities, you’ll be able go turtle watching too!

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3. Pulau Tioman, Pahang

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Surrounded by by clear emerald water is Tioman island that will simply stop you at your tracks when you first arrive here. With an abundant of coral reefs and marine life, scuba diving and snorkelling are the ideal activities to truly soak in the beauty here. If you’re feeling adventurous, get your hiking boots ready as you jungle trek through its magnificent mountains and uncover hidden beaches and waterfall.

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4. Mabul Island, Sabah

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Up next, is this lesser known island on the South-Eastern coast of Sabah. Mabul Island is everything you’ve dreamt a beach vacation would be. There’re a few water chalets here that are perched right on top of the crystal clear ocean. Waking up here instantly places you in a paradise you’ll remember forever. Don’t forget to admire the shallow water by going muck-diving – it’s one of the best spots for it too.

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5. Sipadan, Sabah

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A mere 15-minute speedboat ride from Mabul Island will take you to another breathtaking island in Sabah. What makes Sipadan Island incredibly renown is it being one of the best scuba diving spots in the world! You’re guaranteed to be blown away by its magnificent underwater sea-life. Do take note that you need a permit to visit Sipadan and there are no resorts here as to preserve it in a pristine state.

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6. Pulau Rawa, Johor

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Next, this coral island is definitely one of the top known islands for locals from Johor and even Singaporeans. Rawa Island is relatively small with only two resorts and no proper roads but only walkways. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun here. One thing you’ll definitely notice when you arrive is that bright giant Rawa Slide – where you get to unleash your inner child!

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7. Pulau Sibu, Johor

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Besides that, this next island is also located in Mersing, Johor. However, it is much closer with only a 20-minute boat ride from Tanjung Leman Jetty. It’s certainly much bigger as Sibu Island is made up of several small islands itself. If you’re after crystal clear water and velvety white sand – you’ll experience it all over here too. You can also explore on foot to Pulau Sibu’s main village too where you can get all your necessities.

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8. Pulau Pangkor, Perak

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Pangkor Island may not be a stranger to most of you, but it’s easily one of the most visited islands in Malaysia. Most visitors come here not just for its sandy beaches but also it recently became a duty-free island early this year. Besides, you can have a dose of this island’s rich cultural background by visiting the Dutch-colonial fort or its little Chinatown.

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9. Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu

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This is definitely one of the lesser known island that lies directly in between Redang and Perhentian Island. Lang Tengah Island boasts beautiful white sands and clear blue water, its glorious beauty will stop you at your tracks when you arrive. Perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and even jungle trekking, here’s one special thing you can anticipate. If you’re lucky enough, you may get to go on a Blue Tears Tour along the shores at night!

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10. Pulau Langkawi (Pantai Pasir Tengkorak)

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Last but certainly not least, is none other than the Jewel of Kedah – Langkawei Island. It is easily one of the top spots for local and international tourists. However, here’s a little inside scoop for white sandy beach and clear blue sea, right here in this duty-free haven. Pantai Pasir Tengkorak, or a.k.a Sandy Skull Beach, is a secluded beach on Langkawi’s northwestern coastline. You will definitely need a car to get here as it’s really far away from other main attractions.

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Which Island Are You Most Excited To Visit In The Future?

There you have it – a list of 10 must-visit islands in Malaysia you honestly cannot miss out in your lifetime. Certainly, even though domestic travels is allowed now, we’re still encouraged to stay home. So, maybe it’s best to keep all this in mind and travel in the future instead. However, if you’ve set your mind on travelling now, do remember to be cautious and stay vigilant. Stay safe, everyone!


Feature image:@pierre_muller (Instagram) | @myrulee (Instagram) |@pangkorlautresort (Instagram)

Read more: 10 Hotels In Pulau Langkawi With Rates Starting From RM63 For Your Next Domestic Getaway



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