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Top Islands in Malaysia

Dhanashree Khadke Jun 22, 2024
There are more than hundreds of islands in Malaysia.
The Malaysian folks call these islands as 'Pulau'. Let's get started our journey to some of the best 'Pulaus'!

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Whether it's about relaxing amidst tranquil beaches, experiencing breathtaking aquatic life while snorkeling, or savoring scrumptious seafood - Malaysian Islands have got all vacation goals covered!
Let's explore some of the top islands to visit in Malaysia.

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Perhentian Islands
The Perhentian Islands are located on the east coast of Malaysia and consists of two little islands named Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. 

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These islands have crystal clear waters and rich aquatic life making it one of the ideal places for snorkeling.
This island is a budget-friendly and less crowded option without compromising on the level of fun!
Tioman
The beautiful waterfalls, beaches, and rich wildlife have named this island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world by Time Magazine in 1970. 
Here you can enjoy diving, snorkeling, visiting turtle farms, or just relaxing amidst the sound of waterfalls.   
Langkawi 
This is Malaysia's most popular holiday destination that offers splendid beaches, mountains, rain forests, and a lot of Mangroves! 
This island is especially known for its luxurious holiday resorts, and spas located on the shiny and sandy beaches. 
Penang
Penang Island is an admixture of culture, heritage, and natural beauty. Consider visiting beaches, Penang National Park, and shopping at the Komtar market. 
If you are a foodie, then this place deserves a visit, the tempting local cuisine makes it absolutely one of its kind! 
Penang Char Kuey Teow, Penang Asam Laksa, Penang Tau Sar Piah, Kueh Pie Tee and Popiah are some of the must-try dishes in Penang.
Layang-Layang
Layang-Layang or 'the Swallow Reef' is one of the best diving sites in the world. 

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The main attraction of this island is its underwater world, you can expect spotting some hammerhead sharks, whales, manta rays, dolphins, barracuda, and turtles.
Sipadan 
Again, one of the best diving sites in the world, and home to diverse marine life.
There's an array of vivid fishes, sharks, and turtles preserved well at this site.

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Snorkeling and scuba diving are the two activities tourists enjoy here the most.
Rawa or the Sultan's Island is a private island owned by the Sultanate of Johor family. There are 12 tiny islands that make up the stunning Johor Marine Park. 
Rawa
Some of their beaches are covered with shiny white sand while others by rugged cliffs.
Pangkor
Pangkor Pulao, the name itself means 'beautiful island', is an amazing getaway with isolated beaches, scrumptious food, and friendly people.
This is a perfect destination to sit back, relax, and spend some quality time with your family.
Apart from the splendid beaches, you should also visit the Kali Amman temple, the Foo Lin Kong Chinese Temple, and the popular Tiger Rock too.