Top 16 Must-Visit Islands in Malaysia 2022

As people living in the cities, most of us are having vitamin D deficiency. This is because we seldom walk out of our houses, office and shopping malls. We are always indoors. We always want to avoid the sunlight because it’s more comfortable to stay inside a building. This situation gets serious nowadays as we have gym rooms and other sports available indoors. 

Since we cannot be close to nature, we always want to go to some places with beautiful nature scenery during our holidays. I think most Malaysians especially love the view of the beach. Therefore, we are always looking for different islands to visit. In Malaysia, we are able to enjoy this luxury because we have many beautiful islands in different states. Let’s explore what are the 16 must-visit islands in Malaysia!

What should I bring to the islands?

If this is your first time visiting the islands, you must be wondering what should you bring to the islands. It is actually nothing different from ordinary travels. You will just have to prepare the things that you need to use, such as clothes, skin care products and others. Anyways, I would still give suggestions to you on the things that you may need on the islands.

Reef-safe sunscreen and mosquito repellent are on your list if you don’t want to be annoyed by mosquitos and sunburn. In addition, you may need an underwater camera if you insist to take some beautiful photos under the water. I know many of you can’t agree with this anymore because the islands are so instagrammable. 

Top 16 Must-Visit Islands in Malaysia 2022

1. Langkawi

Langkawi
Image credit: Naturally Langkawi
Langkawi
Image credit: Naturally Langkawi

Langkawi is probably the top 3 most famous island in Malaysia. It is a duty-free island. Hence, not only tourists, but locals love to go there to have an enjoyable holiday too. It is surrounded by about 100 islets. If you are interested in exploring the island, you may go for a beach hopping to observe the beauty of Langkawi island. 

Google Review: Here

If you are looking where to stay in Langkawi Island, read Top 9 Best Resort Staycations in Langkawi Island 2022

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2. Penang

Penang
Image credit: myPenang
Penang
Image credit: myPenang

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang is a hot spot for backpackers. The island is also a state in Malaysia. There are many things to be explored in Penang, such as its historical buildings, nice street food and fantastic museums. Besides, this is a place where cultural events always take place. From time to time, you are able to watch some theatres or traditional puppet shows.

Google Review: Here

If you are looking where to stay in Penang Island, read Top 10 Best Staycations in Penang Island 2022.

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3. Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island
Image credit: Oddviser
Pangkor Island
Image credit: Oddviser

Pangkor Island is one of the most accessible islands in Malaysia. You can reach here by bus and ferry, or airplane, or car. This island is not so commercialised as Penang and Langkawi, thus you may enjoy an uncrowded beach. However, the downside is that there is less nightlife.

Google Review: Here

4. Redang Island

Redang Island
Image credit: MyIsland.my
Redang Island
Image credit: Laguna Redang Island Resort

Redang Island is actually an archipelago made up of nine islands. The Hong Kong movie “Summer Holiday” was filmed here and this brings more fame to the island. Hence, the number of visitors keeps increasing. This coral island has developed well whereby there are airport and resort on the island. 

Google Review: Here

If you are looking for where to stay in Redang Island, read Top 8 Best Staycations in Redang Island 2022.

5. Tioman Island

Tioman Island
Image credit: Tioman
Tioman Island
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Another duty-free island in the country: Tioman Island. Did you know what’s so special about Tioman Island? It’s their turtle farm! People nowadays rarely get the chance to see turtles. Thus, you should grab the chance to visit the turtle farm in Tioman Island! Besides, there’s a wonderful waterfall over here. You should definitely try to swim under the waterfall.

Google Review: Here

If you are looking for where to stay in Tioman Island, read Top 8 Best Staycations in Pulau Tioman 2022.

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6. Selingan Island

Selingan Island
Image credit: Selingan Turtle Island Tours and Travels
Selingan Island
Image credit: Selingan Turtle Island Tours and Travels

Talking about turtles, Selingan Island in Sabah (often called Selangan Island as well) is one of the best spots to observe the nesting process of turtles. Not only that, if you’re lucky enough, you would also have the chance to see the release of hatchlings back to the sea. In the morning, you may enjoy the beauty of the beach while snorkeling. 

Google Review: Here

7. Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island
Image credit: Sabah Tourism
Sipadan Island
Image credit: Sabah Tourism

If you’ve tried snorkeling before, I am sure that you will always want to experience that again. Why don’t try scuba diving? It’s an “upgrade” experience for you. Sipadan Island does offer snorkeling and scuba diving permits for its visitors. If you want to carry out the both activities, make sure to get a daily permit first.

Google Review: Here

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8. Rawa Island

Rawa Island
Image credit: Rawa Island Resort
Rawa Island
Image credit: Rawa Island Resort

Don’t worry if you can’t travel to the East Malaysia to experience snorkeling. Rawa Island is a coral island in the east coast of Malaysia that offers snorkeling and diving too. Aside from underwater activities, you can also play beach volleyball with your friends or other tourists. It seems like a small scale social activity in the island. 

Google Review: Here

9. Swallow Reef (Layang-layang Island)

Swallow Reef Layang layang Island
Image credit: Layang Layang Island Resort
Swallow Reef Layang layang Island
Image credit: Layang Layang Island Resort

Are you looking for a trip to the island that is relaxing and without too much of activities? Layang-layang Island, as known as Swallow Reef, could be a good spot for you. There are not many activities here, except for diving. Thus, you may rest and enjoy the view for most of the time. Whale sharks would come into your eyes if you are fortunate enough.

Google Review: Here

10. Perhentian Island

Perhentian Island
Image credit: Perhentian Island Resort
Perhentian Island
Image credit: Perhentian Island Resort

Compared to other islands, Perhentian Island maybe not be that well-known, but it’s totally worth visiting there. Since the island is still not so famous, their accomodations are cheaper than other commercialised islands. You would have a chance to enjoy your dinner while seeing sunset in front of the beach if you are staying at the Layang-layang Island Resort.

Google Review: Here

If you are looking for where to stay in Perhentian Island, read Top 8 Best Staycations in Pulau Perhentian 2022.

11. Tiga Island

Tiga Island
Image credit: Amazing Borneo
Tiga Island
Image credit: Amazing Borneo

What?! There are active mud volcanoes in Malaysia? Yes, you didn’t see it wrong. Tiga Island is formed by an earthquake due to the volcanic eruption, and some active mud volcanoes are still left in Tiga Island. Do not worry, it is safe to hike the mud volcanoes. You may also pay a visit to the Tiga Island National Park during your free time. 

Google Review: Here

12. Mantanani Island

Mantanani Island
Image credit: Sutera at Mantanani
Mantanani Island
Image credit: Sutera at Mantanani

Have you ever thought of sightseeing birds on an island? You can do so on Mantanani Island. There are many migratory birds flying to and from Mantanani Island every year. I believe that those bird species are rare for you. Besides, you can also watch blue plankton by the sea. However, it’s a seasonal activity, make sure you go at a right time.

Google Review: Here

13. Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah Island
Image credit: Summer Bay Resort
Lang Tengah Island
Image credit: Summer Bay Resort

Lang Tengah Island is a heaven for nature lovers. This is because they are not only able to do underwater activities here, but also activities in the jungle. Jungle trekking is a hot activity in Lang Tengah Island because it is uncommon on islands. You may experience the life in jungle on the first day of your trip, and continue the second day as an “Aquaman”.

Google Review: Here


14. Kapas Island

Kapas Island
Image credit: Katherine Cortes
Kapas Island
Image credit: Katherine Cortes

Among the islands in Malaysia, Kapas Island is considered one of the most laid-back islands. It is suitable for those who want to experience the real culture of the place. It is not the image built up by the companies, it is the locals’ way of living. I am sure that you will spend quality time here with the white sandy beach.

Google Review: Here

15. Tenggol Island

Tenggol Island
Image credit: Pulau Tenggol Island Beach Resort
Tenggol Island
Image credit: Travel Guide Warehouse

Tenggol Island is considered a hidden island in Malaysia. It will provide you with a comfortable trip with full privacy. This is because it is not crowded at all, especially on weekdays. You will get the illusion that you are the VIP of the island. The activities here are not bad at all, scuba diving courses are available.

Google Review: Here

16. Payar Island

Payar Island
Image credit: Veltra
Payar Island
Image credit: Rajoo

Payar Island is just 30 kilometers away from Langkawi. That’s why there are many people planning to go to the two islands in one shot. If you are a hiker, make sure to not miss out on the two hiking trails here. There are beautiful flora and fauna along the way. After a tiring activity, do go to grab some cheap and fresh seafood to boost up your energy again.

Google Review: Here

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