Sipadan Island

What else need we say? As we know it, this is the world’s number one diving spot. Best suggestion from us to you? The Barracuda Point. Turtles, whitetip sharks, batfish, jacks, barracuda, etc; you name it, this place has it, and you can see them all most likely in just one dive. It’s just that good. You will do your wall dive here along a cliff which is 600m down to the sea bed. The impressive thing is, daily visitors to the island is limited to 120 individuals.

Access
Located off the coasts of Semporna, Semporna Jetty is the departing point for fellow divers and travellers. For some reasons, the island is highly protected by the Navy and there are no resorts on the island.

Season
Nevertheless, the island is open to public all year round.

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With strict measures in place, marine ecology here is very well protected for all to indulge. Want the best sight for your dive? We recommend Sipadan Island.

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.

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.

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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.

Kapalai Island

An alternative to the more popular Mabul and Sipadan Island, you visit this island for the same diving reasons as the former and the latter. However, if you’re considering something more romantic, this island has to be it. There’s a water bungalow for accommodation here.

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The icing on the cake here is – you’ll find the white sandy beaches during the low tide, which also happens to form romantic paths for you lovebirds. Reefs and marine life aplenty. Just as stunning as Mabul and Sipadan, this island is no flop.

Season
It’s open all year round, so hop in now!

Miri City

Who says you need an island as the natural setting for your diving trip? And who says the water in Miri is polluted by the oil and gas industry? Folks, one trip is all we need to prove you wrong. The water off the coast of Miri boasts both nature and wrecks for divers who craves both.

Access
Miri is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as there are direct flights from the former and the latter’s international airport. Make your way to Marina Bay Jetty of Miri and you will have access to the dive sites from there.

Recommend
Jump into the sea with no sights of shore and island. As far as we are concerned, divers usually flock to other more well-known islands like Perhentian and Sipadan. However, dive sites here could be a sunken oil rig, or a giant rock 50m in depth under the sea. Corals here are also one of the healthiest in the world. Come over now and witness it for yourself, we will prove you wrong.

Layang Layang Island

A truly oceanic island where one can easily find a thriving pelagic marine life. The surrounding sea level is approximately 2000m deep and the island is located merely 300km from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. Now, everyone can fly to the island with a private flight from Kota Kinabalu. Hence, kick start your adventure by catching some sleep and get up early the following morning.

Access
Being located close to the heart of South China Sea, expect limited access to elements from anything beyond the shores. As most will be utilizing a private flight from Kota Kinabalu, a vacation in town before or after your dive trip is always an option.

Season
The island is open to public from March to August annually.

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However, you’ll stand a high chance to meet schools of hammerhead shark in month of April during their mating season. Looking to get the best value out of your money? Come as close to April as possible!

Mabul Island

200 hectares of reefs. Yes, it’s an enormous one; and this island sits on top of it. Ever heard of oil rig being used as resort? Yes, this island has it. Want to indulge yourself in a water bungalow with a local Bajau Village situated next to you that has all the convenience you need? Yes, this island has it too.

Access
What’s more, it’s just 15km from Sipadan Island. Similar to Sipadan, main access point to the island is from Semporna Jetty.

Recommend
Due to the size of the reef, we expect you to find huge array of macro marine life, with the rarest ecological species you can name. This island easily make every underwater photographer’s dream destination.

Season
Come over anytime for your next photoshoot. The island doesn’t close!

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!

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!

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.