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!

Peninsular (West Malaysia)

Peninsular Malaysia also known as Malaya or West Malaysia, is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula and surrounding islands. Its area is 132,265 square kilometres (51,068 sq mi), which is nearly 40% of the total area of the country - 330,611 square kilometres (127,650 sq mi)

Peninsular Malaysia consists of the following 11 states and two federal territories (starting from the North going to the South):
Northern Region: Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak
East Coast Region: Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang
Central Region: Selangor, federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
Southern Region: Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor

Timba Timba Island

If you are thinking you are done with diving the Mataking Island, think again. For everything you can see around Mataking Island, you can find it here. Island setting and view should be extremely similar as well. So, what sets this place apart from its bigger counterpart? Crowd will be fairly less compared to the more commercial site in Mataking. However, you’ll have to charter a private boat. Rest assured, you get to indulge yourself with more dives a day for the premium you pay.

Access
Access to the island can be a day trip from Mataking Island. Departing point to this region is Semporna Jetty.

Recommend There’s no monsoon to hinder your travel. As we have pointed out, this region is and up and coming tourism spot. Hence, before this gets consumed by capitalism, charter a boat now!

Bohey Dulang Island

Bohey Dulang is the second-largest island among the Tun Sakaran Marine Park archipelago. Bohey Dulang is a trekkers’ and birdwatchers’ favorite, offering fantastic views from its 353m peak. Birds are aplenty on the island. Is it possible to walk around the island at low tide on the beach.

Access
The island is 23km away from Semporna and has a superficy of 313 hectares.

Kapas Island

Want more tropical dose? Good, this could be your next destination. As the less well known Gemia Island (located just next to Kapas Island) is popular for birdwatching, mainly eagles, you can come over for more diving and snorkelling expeditions here. Tropical jungle, white sandy beaches, and healthy coral reefs are one can expect as the main settling for their diving and snorkelling trip here.

Access
You can start your journey from Marang, Terengganu. The island being gifted with such a beautiful setting, the locals are promoting this island as the next diving and snorkelling paradise. Guess what? We concur.

Season
Take note, no visit during rainy season.

Tawau

Tawau formerly known as Tawao, is a town and administrative centre of Tawau Division, Sabah, Malaysia. It is the third-largest town in Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. It is bordered by the Sulu Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south at Cowie Bay[note 1] and shares a border with North Kalimantan.

Access
Most major internal roads are dual-carriageways. The only highway route from Tawau connects: Tawau – Semporna – Kunak – Lahad Datu – Sandakan (part of the Pan Borneo Highway).
Tawau Airport is the second largest airport in Sabah state, after Kota Kinabalu, and has flights linking the town mostly to domestic destinations.

Recommend
Among the tourist attractions in Tawau are: The Tawau International Cultural Festival, Tawau Bell Tower, Japanese War Cemetery, Confrontation Memorial, Teck Guan Cocoa Museum, Tawau Hills National Park, Bukit Gemok, and Tawau Tanjung Markets

Borneo (East Malaysia)

East Malaysia (Malaysia Timur), also known as Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) or Malaysian Borneo, is the part of Malaysia on the island of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

It consists of the Malaysian states of Sabah, closer to the Philippines than the west of the country, Sarawak in the west and the Federal Territory of Labuan.

Salang Village

Salang is a popular beach destination at the north of Pulau Tioman, located along the west coast in a secluded bay. A youthful spot that attracts large crowds of global backpackers, the village is a great place for meeting people across the world over beer or two, with a good range of budget hotels along the beach and countryside. Salang is also a diver's den, being the closest village to many reef sites and wrecks around Tioman. A high concentration of pubs and restaurants cater for the village's active nightlife scenery, the resorts also participating by holding bonfire parties by the beach.

Access
The last stop on the Mersing ferry route, Salang offers a balanced holiday getaway among all villages. For nature lovers, a 3.5km jungle trail through thick rainforest and steep hills leads south to Panuba Bay and Ayer Batang (ABC Village), passing through the picturesque Monkey Bay and Monkey Beach on a two-hour plus trek.