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Malaysian islands

myMalaysiabooks takes you to some of the many islands all round Malaysia and Singapore.  Explore hundreds of tropical exotic islands in Malaysia.

Welcome to the tropical isles of Malaysia

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 Penang Langkawi Pulau Pangkor

 Labuan Sipadan Redang Pulau Perhentian


    Malaysia is blessed with hundreds of beautiful tropical islands. Spend your holidays in one of the many exotic vacation island in the sun, surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas. Malaysia is where you can enjoy sun and sea all year round.

    Off the coasts of West Malaysia (Malaysian Peninsular) are Pulau Pinang (Penang), Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Payar, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Dayang Bunting, etc.

   East Malaysia boasts several secluded exotic island, many are well known dive sites such as Pulau Layang-layang, Pulau Gaya, Pulau Tiga, Pulau Sipadan, Pulau Talang Talang and many more.  (pulau mean island in the Malay language)


rishaws in a row, George Town, Penang Island


Island in West Malaysia

Penang or Pulau Pinang, State of Pulau Pinang- the most developed of Malaysia's island, rich in history and culture. Penang was a pirate haven before the 18th century belonging to the state of Kedah, the oldest sultanate in Malaysia. It became part of the British Colonial Straits Settlement, a British trading post and free port. Today Penang boasts the largest collection of 19th to early 20th century houses in South East Asia. Penang is also a food paradise, famed for her Penang hawker (street) food

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Penang Island (Pulau Pinang)

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Pulau Langkawi,  State of Kedah- an archipelago of 99 spectacular islands on the Andaman Seas. Langkawi is the most popular holiday or vacation island in Malaysia. Unlike Phuket Island, Langkawi has retained her rustic tropical and traditional charm. It is the first geopark of South East Asia. The island is shrouded in mystery with numerous legends and mythical tales that tells of celestial beings and tragic romances linked to her beautiful landforms of hidden caves, mountains and landmark. Langkawi offers numerous nature adventure - air trekking, sea sports, diving, jungle trekking and many more. Today, Langkawi is also a premier yacht destination. Visitors can stay at 5 star resorts to quaint beach chalets, or kampong styled accommodation. Langkawi offers duty free shopping, numerous attractions, sun sea and a tropical setting - it's often considered the best of Malaysia's island destinations....more about Langkawi and her legends here. Other islands of Kedah are Pulau Songsong, Pulau Bunting, Pulau Telor.

How to get to Langkawi and Kedah

Details on how to travel to Kedah at:

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Water sports at Tasik Dayang Bunting, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi


Pulau Pangkor, State of Perak- if you are looking for a quite island, travel to Lumut, Perak and cross by ferry. There are some secluded beaches for swimming. The island is a great place for those who want to explore a fishing community and sample fresh seafood.

How to get to Pangkor Island
By Road     If you are travelling from KL, take the North-South Expressway and head north towards Perak. Exit at the Bidor toll plaza and travel by the trunk roads. Follow signboards stating Pelabuhan Lumut or Lumut Naval Base. Then look out for signboards to Teluk Intan, Sitiawan and Pulau Pangkor. If travelling from Ipoh, travel to
By Sea     Pangkor is a 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut. There are departures every half hour. The ferry also stops at the main settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing at Pangkor Town.
By Air     Berjaya Air (charter flight) flies 5 times a week from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, outside Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor.

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Pulau Redang, State of Terengganu, is located off the coast of Terengganu. Pulau Redang Marine Park is made up of a group of islands namely Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas. The water surrounding these islands is teeming with marine life and is a haven for divers. Located off the coast of Terengganu, you can fly to Kuala Terengganu and travel by road to Marang, a fishing village 15km north of Kuala Terengganu. A 45-minutes boat ride takes you to Pulau Redang. Check out Berjaya-air for flights to Pulau Redang.

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Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu is easier reached by speedboat from Kuala Besut, Terengganu. The Perhentian islands (P. Perhentian Besar & P. Perhentian Kecil), which means 'Stopover Islands' in Malay, is Terengganu's northern most marine park.

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Islands in East Malaysia

Labuan is an island located in East Malaysia, about 110 km south of Kota Kinabalu and about 8 km off the Brunei bay. Labuan became a Federal Territory of Malaysia (under the Federal Government) in 1984 and was declared an International Offshore Financial Centre in 1990.>

     Labuan is mainly flat with 70 percent of still under vegetation. On the south western side of the island are utilized for shipbuilding, oil and gas industries and manufacturing activities. The main town is Bandar Labuan (formerly known as Victoria town) is a bustling business center with modern office and shopping complexes. The waterfront area is always busy with its landing berths, as well as the Customs and Immigration departments.

   Travellers especially divers, can visit the nearby islands of Pulau Layang Layang, Pulau Kumaran, Pulau Rusukan Kecil and Pulau Rusukan Besar - designated marine park. The main attractions here are also four large ship wrecks. Two of the ships sunk during second world war, the US Navy mine hunter USS Salute and the Dutch vessel SS de Klerk. The others are the trawler MV Mabini Padre and the Japanese freighter Tung Hwang, sunk in the 1980's.

How to get there: Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia flies daily from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching to Labuan. Travellers can also fly from Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) daily. A cheaper transport option is by daily ferries which operates from Kota Kinabalu, (Sarawak) and Brunei Daruel Salam. From Kota Kinabalu it is about three hours and from Brunei about one hour. Vehicle ferries operate from Menumbok to Labuan.

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Sipadan off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia, is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and is one of the top five diving destinations in the world - a great destination for diving enthusiast. Pulau Sipadan, 35 km south off the town of Semporna (state of Sabah, East Malaysia, is a small rainforest-covered tropical island in the Celebes Sea. Above the waterline the island is only 12 hectares rising to 600 meters. Sipadan is surrounded by sandy beaches and is an oceanic island formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano. This diving site is located in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world and is known for its large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles and diversity and abundance of marine life. Resorts in Sipadan are fabulous, built on stilts standing in the middle of the sea.

Flying by Malaysia Wings in East MalaysiaHow to get there: There are direct flights on Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau. Air Asia also flies from Johor Bahru to Tawau (a good option if you are from Singapore). Travel by road from Tawau to Semporna in over an hour. The boat ride to Sipadan from Semporna takes about an hour, depending on weather conditions. Arrangements  to travel to Semporna andto the island is usually available through the resorts. There are only a few operators allowed to bring divers into this protected island. So check with the resort below.


Islands Destination List

Near Kota Kinabalu:

Layang-Layang Island

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park marine park

Hotels in Kota Kinabalu Sabah


Others Islands of Sabah

Dinawan Island, Kinarut / Papar

Kapalai Island, Semporna

Kelambu Beach, Kudat

Lankayan Island, Sandakan

Libaran Island, Sandakan

Mabul Island, Semporna

Mantanani Island, Kota Belud

Mataking Island, Semporna

Pom Pom Island, Semporna

Pulau Tiga "Survivor Island", Kuala Penyu

Sipadan Island, Semporna

Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Semporna

Turtle Island Park , Sandakan

Usukan Cove , Kota Belud

Details at Sabah page


Hotels to stay when going to these islands:

Hotels in Papar

Hotels in Semporna

Hotels in Kudat

Hotels in Sandakan

Hotels in Kota Belud

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