Islands in Malaysia, and which ones are worth the visit


Malaysia is home to over 800 islands surrounding the peninsula. Since there is a huge variety of islands, a lot of them are worth your time to visit and explore. Some islands have over a million residents while others only have the occasional adventurer. Here are some of the notable islands that will leave you with a once in a lifetime experience.

Pulau Perhentian (Perhentian Island)

Pulau Perhentian is located at the coast of the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. It may not be the easiest island to get to as you need to take a 9-hour bus from the capital Kuala Lumpur to reach there. However, it has achieved iconic status as one of the best backpacking trails in Malaysia. You can trek through the jungles to go from one beach to another. Once you reach the beach, you can instantly snorkel and dive into the crystal clear water. You can also book a trip to the deeper waters to explore the deep marine life that awaits.

Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island)

If you want to spend your honeymoon with your partner, this is the best place to spend it in. The reason being that there are very few tourists here and you can sunbathe on the white sand without another person in sight. The chance to enjoy yourself on an empty beach is such a rare opportunity that you can rarely come across. The best way to reach this island is by taking a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut and take a jetty ride to the island.

Sipadan Island

Located in Sabah, Sipadan Island is taken into account one the world’s best dive sites, with a location within the centre of the planet’s most biodiverse marine habitat. In order to effectively protect the fragile ecosystem of the waters of Sipadan, the government has introduced certain laws. The laws include banning dive resorts near the island, banning night dives and limited to 120 divers allowed per day.

Pulau ketam

A fishing village on an island located in Port Klang, Selangor is a very unique place to visit. It is a low-lying, muddy and fringed with mangroves forest which is a perfect habitat for the crabs and other marine crustaceans which inhabit these waters. People who go there usually stay for a short while just to feast on seafood. Unfortunately, the beaches are very dirty and muddy, which makes it unsuitable for swimming in.

Key takeaways

Malaysia is a country filling to the brim with many islands that are underrated and underappreciated. However, if you are willing to explore and tap into your adventurous soul, you will be heavily rewarded.


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