Top 5 Malaysia Beach Islands to Visit


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If you are looking for the best beach islands in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has some of the favourite destinations that you do not want to miss. Whether you are planning to spend a few days or a few weeks, there are some well-known beach islands here that will suit your travel style.

Langkawi is situated in Kedah, the West coast of Malaysia. It is a duty-free island that is known for its well-developed beach resorts and tourism. This beautiful island combines forested hills with long stretches of white sandy beaches that lead to the clear turquoise sea. Some popular Langkawi beaches include Pantai Cenang Beach, Pantai Kok, Pantai Tengah Beach, Pasir Tengkorak Beach, Black Sand Beach, Tanjung Rhu Beach, Datai Bay, and Sandy Skulls Beach.
Besides being one of the recognised diving spots for marine enthusiasts, Langkawi also fascinates nature lovers with its thick mangrove forests, wildlife, and mountainous landscape. Interestingly, Langkawi was elected as a UNESCO Geopark in 2007, there are only 64 such Geoparks in the world.
The best time to visit Langkawi is between January to March when the weather is sunny and with little rainfall.
Pangkor Island is a beautiful beach island that is located on the West coast of Malaysia. The island offers lots of activities like snorkelling, fishing and island hopping. It is known for beaches like Emerald Bay, Pasir Bogak, Teluk Nipah and Coral Bay.
For those who prefer land activities, Pangkor also offers opportunities for hiking since it is a mountainous island. The highest point of Pangkor reaches over 1,200 meters (Pangkor Hills). There are also jungles trails at Teluk Segadas Hill and Titi Ganung for nature lovers.
Being a tropical location, Pangkor Island is sunny and warm all year round except for November to February when there may be heavy rain.
Tioman Island is located on the East coast of Malaysia. The island, which is surrounded by coral reefs and crystal-clear water, is a popular spot for travellers from neighbouring countries and long-haul vacationers because of the wide range of activities and well-developed tourism. There is also a good blend of activities ranging from scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, trekking, and cultural tours.
Tioman is also well known for its majestic waterfalls that are situated in the deeper part of the island. Check out the Asah Waterfall, Juara Waterfall and Paya Waterfall if time permits. Take a relaxing swim in the waters too! It will be an experience not to be missed.
The best time to visit Tioman is between March and October. Periods to avoid are months between the end of October to the beginning of March because the northeast monsoon hits during that time.
Rawa Island is situated in the Mersing District, the coast area of Johor Sultanate. Like the other islands, Rawa promises beautiful beaches, clear waters and a laidback scenery that is great for beach lovers. The island offers affordable accommodation and easy access. While some of the other beach islands can see huge crowds, Rawa is often a quieter spot for those who cherish more tranquil and relaxing time.
The best time to visit Rawa Island is between March to September. Avoid monsoon season which falls October to March.
Redang Island is located on the East coast of Malaysia and it is a popular holiday spot that draws crowds from near and far. As one of the largest islands off the east coast, it is surrounded by a large bed of coral reefs, baby sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles and many amazing marine creatures that never fail to mesmerize divers, and snorkellers.
An interesting highlight of Redang falls between May and September when huge numbers of sea turtles will arrive to nest on the beach. With consistent conservation efforts by the government, there has been an exponential increase in the number of nests over the past 20 years. It is no wonder that some have regarded the chance to witness this ecological flow during the spawning period as watching a miracle happening before one's eyes.
The best time to visit Redang is between April and October. Periods to avoid are months between the end of October to the beginning of March because the northeast monsoon hits during that time. Many resorts will also be closed during those times.


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