Lang Tengah Island

If you think Perhentian and Redang Island are crowded, come relax by the white sandy beaches on this tropical paradise now. Lang Tengah is the best alternative as it’s located between the two. Features of this island is strikingly similar to Perhentian and Redang. The water is just as clear and sands are just as white, but with a lot more peace and privacy for yourself.

Season
As the weather is also susceptible to the rainy season, the island is only open from March to October. Hence, plan wisely you travellers!

Redang Island

To relax, there are some basic prerequisites to be met. Divers and sun worshipper alike love the turquoise blue ocean, white powder beaches, coral reefs, and virgin tropical forest. So, problem solved. Nature aside, this island is rather happening. If you’re chilling harder than party, and wants to party than you chill, no problem too. This place has one of the best night life among the islands we have on offer for you. On Redang Island, we will make sure you’re well entertained.

Access
Although it has a small airport, the most convenient access is from Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by resorts of Redang Island. Shahbandar and Merang Jetty are the places where you can have access to the island. Bidong and Lang Tengah islands are also a stone throw away.

Season 
Affected by northeast monsoon strong wind and rough sea, most of the resorts are closed during month November to February. Recommend the island along with its 8 surrounding islets have been gazetted as Marine Park. Corals and tropical fishes can normally be seen just a few meters from the beach. Also, Redang and its neighbouring island Perhentian are important conservation sites for sea turtles. Looking to catch a sight of these little creatures? Redang may just be the place to be.

Perhentian Island

Perhentian Islands have all the sunshine, sea breeze, fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful coral reef which everyone craves to see. It’s certainly a tropical paradise for both foreigners and locals alike. You can get everything in order easily as transportation is pretty flexible at all times; meals, accommodations and island activities can be arranged in advance according to preferences.

Access
Situated in the Northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, the islands are easily accessible via the States of Kelantan and Terrenganu. Travelling to the islands via Besut Jetty is rather hassle free. It takes only 45 minutes to reach the islands with speed boat.

Recommend
Island hopping to Redang and Lang Tengah can be an ad-hoc part of your itinerary. Perhentian Islands are made up of 2 main islands. Whether it’s a backpacker's inn or luxury secluded resort, you can find the well-established lodging facilities on 2 of the main islands. Also, there are plenty of dive sites to accommodate divers of all level. Untouched islets with flour like sand and pristine corals are also among the major highlights here. This place is highly popular among travellers around the world. Hence, come over, gather about, and meet new people!

Tioman Island

One of South East Asia most beautiful island, her beauty was first introduced to the world in 1985 through the movie South Pacific. Since then, it has become one of the favourite islands among fellow travellers.

Access
Located off the east coast of peninsular, the island is accessible via Mersing or Tanjung Gemok Jetty, a town situated on the east coast of Johor. In comparison to the other island along the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, the island facilities and lodging are well established. There are also several cultural villages situated on the island. One can find a huge variety of food stalls operating in almost every corner of these villages. Best of all, purchases on this island is duty free!

Season
Similar to other islands located by the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, March to October is the best time to visit. Water visibility use to best in April, May, and October.

Recommend
The island has been acclaimed as a geological wonder. It’s an ecological paradise when it’s blessed with a lovely sea, sandy beaches, and lush tropical forest – and these are enough reasons for a visit.

Tenggol Island

A hidden gem in the turquoise blue water of South China Sea.

Access
If you’re planning to make this trip from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, you can just drive up to Dungun Jetty in Kuala Dungun, park your car, and off you go. This island is located 45 minutes away from the jetty with speed boat. Upon arrival, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of white sandy beaches, and unspoiled corals with a host of nudibranch and pelagic marine life in its surrounding waters. It’s a quiet island and surroundings are highly blessed with a healthy level of flora and fauna.

Season
Like all islands on the east coast of the peninsular, Tenggol is affected by the northeast monsoon and all resorts are closed from month November to February.

Recommend
The major draw for all you divers out there – come underwater in August and September and you’ll most likely have an encounter with our wild gentle giant, the whale shark. Looking to explore new dive sites? Tenggol is certainly every diver's next paradise.

Gemia Island

It’s more fair to say, this paradise is a new born tourism spot. This tiny little island is blessed with a coral garden and a very colourful marine life.

Access
It’s situated only 800m off Pulau Kapas, which is accessible via the town of Marang. As of now, this island is still less known to tourist. If you’re a good swimmer, you can even swim around the island as it’s only 9 acres of size. Birdwatching is the main draw on this island, as sightings of eagles are common here. Wildlife just thrives on this small piece of rock here.

Season
The same thing applies, no visit during rainy season.

Recommend
To date, there’s only one resort on the island. However, the same cannot be said for the future as the number of tourists is raising.Before it gets crowded, now’s the best time to enjoy this hidden gem.

Payar Island

One of the finest dive spots in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, this water around this island boasts a protected marine park with a variety of fishes for the appreciation of divers and snorkelers alike.

Access
Finding your way to this island is simple. Pulau Payar is just a speed boat away from Langkawi Island.

Recommend
As stated above, this area is protected marine park. Be it scuba diving or snorkelling, expect to find plenty of reef and fish here. This region is beginner friendly, so first timers are welcome! Also, there’s no monsoon interruption in this part of the world. If you’re already feeling bored with the commercialized atmosphere of Langkawi, speed off on your speed boat to Payar Island, instantly!

Langkawi Island

The island is often populated with tourist from local and abroad alike. Many make this trip to do tons of duty free shopping, sun bathing, and some water activities. Some family friendly activities? Try a mangrove boat tour. If time is not of essence, take a short trip to Thailand. The island is situated on an archipelago of 99 islands adjacent to the Thai border.

Access
Getting here is rather simple. Either fly directly into Langkawi, or ferry yourself to the island from the state of Kedah or Penang.

Recommend
Not many islands are equipped with modern infrastructure and pristine rainforest at the same time. This holiday paradise has plenty of flora and fauna on display, unspoiled beaches, offers 5-star golfing, and allows you for diving and sailing if you wish.

Season
Make a visit to Langkawi at any time of the year, you’re always welcome!

Perhentian Kecil Island

So you think you have found your party paradise on the long beach of Redang Island? Look around again. Consider this your next best option. Daytime water activities and the nightlife here is just as good, if not better at times. As it can get pretty crowded over Redang Island, look elsewhere and you’ll notice this island won’t disappoint. Partying scene aside, the island’s scenic landscape doesn’t differ much from the Perhentian Besar Island.

Access
Catch a boat from Kuala Besut Jetty and you’re all set! If you’re coming over from nearby, Lang Tengah or Redang, no problems too! Island hopping is nothing new here.

Season
One thing is certain, party’s off during monsoon.

Perhentian Besar Island

Want to catch a glimpse of turtle hatchlings but think the Turtle Corridor located by the coast of Borneo is a tad too much effort? Consider this your next best alternative.

Access
As this piece of turtle sanctuary is easily accessible from Kuala Besut Jetty and the nearby, Lang Tengah, and Redang Island, making your way to this spot is absolute hiccup free.

Recommend
Expect similar island settings, this sanctuary here is as scenic as the Perhentian Kecil Island. May to September will be the best time to visit. However, patience is virtue here. Adopting the pace of nature is the key to successful sightings here.

Season
Gentle reminder, no visit when the monsoon hits!