Malaysia is well known for its iconic Petronas Towers and glitzy capital city, but there’s a lot more to the country than commercial high-rise buildings.
Some of the best Malaysian islands are also home to spectacular deserted beaches and lazy vibes, rivaling those in nearby Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines.
Many of Malaysia’s islands are still rather obscure, while others have become staple honeymoon or getaway destinations, well-known for providing a combination of luxury, gastronomy, and culture in a tropical setting.
Best Islands to Visit in Malaysia
With so many islands in Malaysia, you may feel confused about finding the perfect paradise spot that best suits your needs and budget.
After spending many weeks exploring the beautiful Malaysian islands, I’ve put together this list to help you out.
1. Tioman Island
It is easy to lose track of space and time on Tioman, one of the best Malaysian islands, and one of my favorite spots in all of Malaysia.
This laid-back, idyllic island with gorgeous sandy beaches is surrounded by a lush jungle and although I visited during peak season, there were times when I felt that I had the whole island to myself!
If deserted beaches with turquoise waters, magnificent waterfalls surrounded by a jungle canopy and easygoing village life is your thing, look no further.
There’s a wide variety of accommodations available on Tioman ranging from luxury resorts to backpacker beach chalets which make this island suitable for most budgets.
Tioman can be reached via a 2-hour ferry ride from Mersing Jetty. You can find more detailed information about Tioman here.
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2. Mabul Island
Pulau Mabul is famous for snorkeling, and even more so for diving which is the main activity on the island. Located off the coast of Sabah in Borneo, the island is known to be a great site for muck diving and is especially popular with macro photographers.
Mabul island is very small and you can easily walk around it in about an hour. Although there are better beaches elsewhere, I’m including it on this list of best Malaysian islands because of its high concentration of marine life which makes it a fantastic destination for fans of the underwater world!
You can reach Mabul island by taking a boat from Semporna in Sabah.
3. Penang Island
Penang is one of Malaysia’s most popular…
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