Saturday, November 10, 2012

Island hopping in Malaysia

Malaysia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world that are renowned for their scenic beauty. So if white sands, blue waters and good food are your scene, here are five islands that will take your breath away.

Langkawi might be a beach destination but there’s also plenty to do. The famed cable car ride is almost an essential part of an itinerary and has the most incredible views of rainforest, the Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) and the island spreading out below. Another popular day trip is to hire a boat and explore the nearby islands. The other drawcard is the duty free shopping.

Beautiful Langkawi beaches. Picture Courtesy: Joanne Lane.

Sipadan Island on the east coast of Sabah, Borneo is a diver’s paradise. If you have not gone diving before, this is the place to see explore a fascinating world below the sea! Chances are everything else will pale in comparison afterwards though.
 
The number of dives allowed per day is limited to protect the coral reefs. These corals are said to be the best in the world and different diving sites that gives you a look at an abyss in the ocean floor. 

Tioman Island is located in Pahang on the east cost of Peninsular Malaysia and once listed in Time Magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands – many would say it is still true.
There many hotels and chalets situated right off the beach, inviting the visitor to commune with nature as you read a book, go for a walk or just soak in the atmosphere.
Panuba Bay, Tioman Island. Picture Courtesy: Ferrazo, Wikimedia Commons.

The Perhentian Islands are located in Terengganu and include Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil that boast white sand beaches filled with palm trees and blue waters. Scuba diving and snorkeling options are on hand and very popular amongst visitors. Snorkeling is extremely beautiful and can be done right off the beach thanks to the abundance of crystal clear waters. There are jungle walks through the forest linking the beaches, or you can take a water taxi to move around.
 
Perhentian Islands. Picture courtesy: Joanne Lane.

Pulau Pangkor is an island close to Perek in north-west Peninsular Malaysia. Pangkor is known for its white sand beaches and two of the most popular are Teluk Nipah and Coral Bay. Other than the beaches here, there is a Dutch Fort worth a visit and two temples on the island.
And if you thought this was all, there are many more islands like Penang, Layang-Layang, Redang, Rawa and many more waiting to be explored with their cool waters inviting you to take a dip.
If you enjoyed reading this article and would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website.

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