25 Islands in Malaysia For An Enchanting Vacation In 2021

Malaysia Islands

Mamutik Island, Penang Island, Pangkor Island, Perhentian Islands, Lang Tengah Island, Manukan Island, Sipadan Island, Payar Island, Redang Island, Rawa Island, Tioman Island, Pulau Tiga and more.

Malaysia islands encapsulate the meeting of urban sophistication and natural beauty. Head out to the islands to experience the rich flora and fauna. From the beautiful coastlines of Langkawi, Redang, and Rawa, to the fascinating Chinatown at Pangkor, the place is a heady mix of culture, sights, and smells that will make anyone fall in love. Enjoy the local cuisine, take in the beauty of the coral life at Payar, and walk around Georgetown on Penang.

A visit to the bounteous
islands of Malaysia is for one and all, families can explore the historic and modern elements as well as partake in fun activities, romantic vacationers could spend hours on end around the coastal region making merry memories and the young lot of friends can make their getaway memorable with the nightlife and adventurous experiences that are on offer. The Malaysian islands welcome all tourists with open arms and ensure that everybody leaves with the happiest memories.

Here are some of the best islands in Malaysia:

COVID-19 : MALAYSIA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 09 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to MALAYSIA?

Entry to Malaysia is restricted for leisure travel. Although, rescue flights are functional from Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong and 5+ other destinations.

  • Entry is restricted to international travellers except for medical tourists
  • COVID-19 test screening is mandatory on arrival for medical tourists
  • The passengers will have to bear the cost for the COVID-19 test and quarantine
  • Wearing mask is mandatory public places
  • Mandatory temperature checks at entrance of shops 
  • 14-day quarantine is mandatory at dedicated quarantine centre
  • 14-day quarantine requirement is also applicable for passengers with domestic connection to Peninsular Malaysia
  • For detailed quarantine rules, click here

Rescue flights are operational from Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong and 5+ other destinations to Malaysia.See more.

Local Transport
  • Local transports like buses, ferries and trains are fully operational
  • Wearing masks is mandatory while using in public transport

Malaysian government is slowly preparing to begin safe tourism by planning appropriate SOP (standard operating procedures). Once the borders reopen for tourism, you can travel to the country while following the guidelines issued by the government and practicing personal hygiene.

Entry restricted for most foreign nationals in Malaysia Updated: 21 Aug 2020

Malaysia has implemented entry and movement restrictions on all foreign nationals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although, rescue flights are operational from various destinations. Read more.

Malaysia opens borders for medical tourists Updated: 17 Aug 2020

In a view to open tourism, Malaysia opens its border partially to medical tourists. With Recovery Movement Control Order in process, Malaysia is resuming its activities gradually including tourism.Read More

Luxury Hotels gearing up to reopen in Malaysia Updated: 17 Aug 2020

Luxury hotels like the Datai Langkawi, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and Four Seasons Resort Langkawi are ready to open in Malaysia under the standard operating procedures mentioned by the Malaysian government.Read More

Legoland Malaysia Resort reopens with reduced capacity Updated: 17 Aug 2020

Legoland Malaysia Resort opens for visitors at a reduced capacity after closing down temporarily due to the pandemic. The facility to make new operational changes as per government guidelines to provide a safe experience to the visitorsRead More

Genting Malaysia to reopen two Malaysian hotel resorts Updated: 17 Aug 2020

Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi to be reopened by Genting Malaysia. Read More


Lankayan Island

Send Enquiry
Located in the Sulu Sea, Lankayan island is part of an immense Marine Protected Area. The island is covered by dense tropical vegetation and is surrounded by a shining white beach that encircles it. With over 14 diving spots, Lankayan has become one of the best diving destinations.

Lankayan also boasts of extremely rich flora and fauna which harbors turtles and rare species of hornbills amongst others. Apart from the gorgeous beaches and marine life, the Gomantong caves is also a place you must visit on this island.

Best Time- March- October & June- September.
Send Enquiry

Layang Layang Island

Send Enquiry
It is part of the Swallow Reef that spreads over Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China. Layang Layang is a man-made island and is not so popular amongst tourists. This island is a small coral atoll which is located in a remote place, far away from the hustle-bustle of the mainland.

The island has immaculate waters and is an extremely exotic location that takes visitors by surprise. With no roadways, tropical forests, or transportation this place has a transcendental feel to it. Scuba experts from all over the world come to explore this secret haven.

Best Time- March-August.
Send Enquiry

Selingan Turtle Island

Send Enquiry
Located on the eastern coast of Borneo, the Selingan Turtle Island is one of the most unique islands of Malaysia. The Turtle Islands National Park comprises 3 islands, Selingan, Gulisan, and Bakugan Kechil.

Selingan is the only island that permits visitors to see turtles releasing their hatchlings. Visitors are smitten by the beauty of this island, especially when they see turtles swimming on the beaches. You can reach this island by taking a boat from Sandakan and experience the turtles and hatchlings at night. Turtle Island is indeed a precious safe zone for this extinguishing species.

Best Time- March -October.
Send Enquiry

Sipadan Island

Send Enquiry
This is among the Malaysia islands located in the Celebes Sea, off the east coast. Home to diverse species of marine life it is a favorite place for marine divers. The sea is home to outstanding marine species including reef fish, sea turtles, and hammerhead sharks.

However, recently Sipadan has become a protected area and all resorts are closed on the island itself. It is still a favorite place for divers and underwater activity enthusiasts. A great base for Sipadan is the Mabul Island from where you can take a ferry to this exotic place.

Best Time- April- December.
Send Enquiry

Rawa Island

Send Enquiry
It is located 16km off the east coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Johor. It is a beautiful coral island and a fine destination for a secluded vacation. The cool and refreshing waters of this island make it a lovely spot for swimming.

PulauRawa is a small island that makes it easy to climb the hilltop, for a spectacular view of the South China Sea. BBQ nights commonly organized here are a favorite of the food-loving tourists. The island is rich in flora and fauna; the white peacock and cacti garden being few of the attractive things you should look out for.

Best Time- March- September.
Send Enquiry

Pangkor Island

Send Enquiry
Located in the Manjung District of Perak, Pangkor is one of the small Malaysia Islands in the Straits of Melaka. It is 3.5 km away from the Malaysian Peninsula. Pangkor has peaceful empty beaches and a colonial fort.

The colorful Chinatown on the island is a great place to shop for traditional items. It also has the splendid Taoist temple which is a must-visit here apart from the quiet coral beaches. This island is heavenly in its beauty; with clear skies, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of flora and fauna.

Best Time- January- February & June- September.
Send Enquiry

Kapas Island

Send Enquiry
It is located 6km to the east of Marang, Malaysia. Kapas is a simple island which is valued for its rustic natural beauty. It is one of the best places for relaxation as Kapas is a quiet and tranquil place. Devoid of glitz and glamour this island has sprawling white beaches with crystal clear waters and a large number of palm trees.

The place is simple and exquisite and will leave you speechless the minute you arrive. Snorkeling and turtle spotting are among the few enjoyable activities that you can enjoy on this island.

Best Time- March- September.
Send Enquiry

Penang Island

Send Enquiry
Also known as “Pearl of the Orient”, Penang is one of the most popular and picturesque spots located on the northwest side of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang is an important historical island because of its vital location along the sea-trade route.

Vibrant and charming, it is among the Islands in Malaysia known for its diverse culture and delectable cuisine. A tour around the historic Georgetown is a must here. The remnants of colonial heritage are what distinguishes Penang.

Best Time- November - February.
Send Enquiry

Tioman Island

Send Enquiry
Tioman is located 32 km off the east coast of Malaysia. Tioman is famous as a shooting location for a lot of films. This is famous among Islands in Malaysia for its gleaming white sand beaches and beautiful blue waters is a heavenly abode.

This is however one of the most commercialized islands in Malaysia and people travel here mainly to dive and snorkel. Genting village is an interesting place to visit here if you want to observe the fishermen and their activities. The Asah Waterfalls is another major tourist attraction here.

Best Time- March- October.
Send Enquiry

Perhentian Islands

Send Enquiry
They are a group of small, coral-fringed islands, off the coast of northeastern Malaysia, in the state of Terengganu, close to the Thai border. The Perhentian Kecil provides secluded sand patches and narrow inlets of water that form interesting bays.

Amongst all the lovely romantic beaches you can find here, Turtle Beach is a favorite. It is a spectacular spot that is home to some of the surviving turtles. Diving and snorkeling are extremely cheap in these islands which is overall a budget-friendly place. Apart from these, kayaking and forest trails are also interesting activities to explore.

Best Time- March- November.
Send Enquiry

Sibu Island

Send Enquiry
Located in the Mersing district, it is a group of four islands. The northwestern part of the island is where all the resorts are situated, keeping the place filled with tourists there.

The main part of the island is covered with tropical flora, whereas the small village of Kampong Duku is found in the southern part. The beautiful white beaches of this island allow you the perfect rejuvenation and meditative experience. However, there are also thrilling watersports activities like jet skiing, scuba diving, and banana boating that happen here.

Best Time- April- September.
Send Enquiry

Pom Pom Island

Send Enquiry
It is located about 30 km Northeast of Semporna town, in Celebes Sea. Pom Pom is part of the coral triangle and houses over 500 coral species. The island is famous as a diving spot because of its rich marine life, and clear visibility which divers appreciate a lot.

The small island is popular amongst couples as a honeymoon destination. While divers can enjoy the clear spots in the water, the island can also be explored on foot. Apart from snorkeling and scuba diving, beach football/volleyball and kayaking are other popular water sports on this island.

Best Time- May-August.
Send Enquiry

Lang Tengah Island

Send Enquiry

One of the lesser-known islands in Malaysia is located about 40km north-east of Kuala Terengganu on the east coast. Not much popular, Lang Tengah is a hidden gem. With fewer people having visited this place, Lang Tengah is rich in its untouched natural beauty.

With white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and thriving marine biodiversity this island is slowly attracting more tourists. A major attraction here is the blue dotted sand at night. This phenomenon on the beach is known as Blue Tears, and the seasonal occurrence draws many viewers.

Best Time- March- October.

Send Enquiry

Tenggol Island

Send Enquiry
Located within the southern regions of the Terengganu Marine Park, the tropical beach is an ideal vacation spot for locals and tourists. The island also attracts numerous scuba-divers and underwater swimmers, due to the immense clarity of the surrounding waters. Tenggol is rich in marine life, like whale sharks, and is not too crowded, giving you much-needed privacy.

Best Time- April- September.
Send Enquiry

Pulau Tiga

Send Enquiry
It is part of a group of small deserted islands in Kimanis Bay, off the western coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is famously known as “Survivor Island” after the reality TV series was shot there. The Tiga Island National Park is one of the best in Malaysia.

Tiga was formed as a result of volcanic eruption and still has some active mud volcanoes at its highest parts. Exploring the wilderness, taking jungle trails is an exciting adventure here. One can also choose to stay by the beach, indulge in snorkeling, or simply watch the eagles and hornbills.

Best Time- December- March.
Send Enquiry

Redang Island

Send Enquiry
Redang is located in Kuala Nerus District, Terengganu, Malaysia. It is one of the largest Malaysia islands off the east coast. Redang has pristine white-sand beaches and fresh seawaters. The Redang beaches are some of the best in Malaysia, welcoming tourists from all over.

Redang is also popular for the delicious local cuisine dishes that are found in the restaurants here, the most famous dish being the curry fish head. A fine spot for vacation, Redang is an excellent combination of a vibrant natural reserve and a commercial holiday destination.

Best Time- April- September.
Send Enquiry

Payar Island

Send Enquiry
Located in Kedah, Malaysia, this island is very close to the famous Langkawi islands. It is famous for its exceptional marine life. A snorkeling tour is one of the most desired activities here with a variety of tropical fish and spellbinding coral life.

The sea is very clean and unpolluted here, making this place a must-visit for those traveling to Langkawi. This island can be entered only via small jetties from Penang or Langkawi. You can also take a tour of the Marine Park here, which is a popular attraction of Payar.

Best Time- March- June.
Send Enquiry

Mamutik Island

Send Enquiry
A quiet island, rich in serenity, Mamutik is the smallest of all the Malaysia Islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It is approximately at a distance of 3km from Kota Kinabalu (KK) and spans over almost 15 acres. Mamutik, which means “shell collection”, is small, isolated, and not one of the crowded islands.

The island has a 200 m long stretch of white sandy beach. Activities like snorkeling and scuba diving are amongst the other fun activities at this place. The sea laden with broken corals gives a taste of the unkempt beauty of the island.

Best Time- March- October.
Send Enquiry

Manukan Island

Send Enquiry
Located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, it is the 2nd largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Only a 15-minute boat ride is one of the most visited islands. The beach here spans throughout 1500m facing the clear waters of a tranquil sea.

The waters are shallow, hence a favorite of families with kids and other non-swimmers. It is a popular tourist destination with all facilities including restaurants and watersports. The most popular activity here is snorkeling, an all-time favorite of tourists on beaches.

Best Time- March- October.
Send Enquiry

Labuan Island

Send Enquiry
Located off the coast of Sabah, East Malaysia, some of the most peaceful beaches can be found at Labuan. The pristine sand and lovely sunset views make evening strolls along the beach very delightful.

The Marine Museum at Labuan is a popular place to visit, as is the water village which was initially built by fishermen. The wooden bridges, connecting the houses and marketplaces in this village speaks of their indigenous lifestyle. Tourists often flock to the Labuan bird park to spot eagles, hornbills and ostriches.

Best Time- March-August.
Send Enquiry
Newly Added Malaysia Experience

Malaysia Top Attractions

Places To Visit In Malaysia
I am reflecting on the wonderful trip that I had to Malaysia. I would especially like to thank Thrillophilia. I would also like to thank all the hotels who provided so many amenities.
I went to Malaysia with my family and we enjoyed a lot there. It was fun exploring the beautiful places in the city, Sunway Lagoon theme park was the best part of the trip, we had so much fun there, the rides were so amazing and thrilling. we even tried the local food there, it was so delicious. The facilities provided on the trip like- stay, meals, transport, everything was really nice. Thanks for the wonderful experience.
26 February 2020
Amazing place tourist should visit once worth money. Plus I would like to thank thrillophilia for providing me the cheapest tickets and assisting me with each and every enquiry within 5 mins. You guys deserve an applaud. Loved your service in every manner weather it comes to ticket prices or after service all top knotch. Would love to book all the events from you guys from now. Thank you for serving me with such a great services.
13 February 2020
The bus ride made me feel that I was on the top of the world. I was so much enjoying seeing the crowds and places. Nothing can be better than this experience. Grateful to Thrillophilia for making my trip this smooth and wonderful.
13 February 2020
Saw many places like central market and little India and we could not stop taking countless pictures in the different spots.Must say, I was worried about the language thing, but the guide was so fluent in English, he explained everything to us in detail and we faced no trouble during our KL city of lights tour
I still can’t believe that I am back home. It was a great week in Malaysia. Got very good service from the people at Thrillophilia. I highly recommend them for your International trips
Had great holiday tour, all thanks to Thrillophilia, great service and support, looking forward to book my next tour with you soon
Thrillophilia orgainised everything! Our hotels, the guides, the driver and an air conditioned car. Everything was amazing and was on time. A big thumbs up to the team for such arrangements.
We had a trip of a lifetime. Thrillophilia was very accommodating and the team made sure everything was perfect. We can’t say enough about our Drivers – they kept us safe and comfortable and were sure to point out and stop at sites
I want to express my thanks to Thrilloohilia for an excellent trip to Malaysia. I found your presentations and organisation over the period very thorough, informative, exciting and enjoyable

Popular Related Destinations

Popular Nearby Places Around Malaysia