A lot of people don’t realize that Malaysia has some of the best beaches in the entire world. And, many of them are unknown, so you are likely to find a beach that you can have all to yourself. This guide to Malaysia’s best beaches will show you which islands have some of the best ones, so you can plan your trip.
Planning Your Visit To Malaysia’s Best Beaches
Remember, you don’t want to visit the east coast of Malaysia during the monsoon season which happens between November and March.
Redang is on the east coast which is very easy to get to from Kuala Lumpur. This island is truly paradise. You can snorkel off of any beach, and there’s a good chance that you may see sea turtles. The water is crystal clear, and it’s beaches are great for swimming. Redang is a great place to visit if you are looking for a little more luxury.
The Perhentian Islands are perfect for snorkeling, and swimming with sharks and turtles. At night, you can sit on cushions in the sand at the beach bars and watch the fire dancers spin their fire. These islands are a favorite of budget travelers.
The TV show “Survivor” was filmed on Tiga Island. Located in Borneo, this is the place to go to escape the crowds. There are lots of trails to explore all over the island, and the beaches are beautiful.
This island is part of Malaysia’s protected marine park islands, and is a favorite of divers and snorkelers. There are beautiful coral reefs all around the island, and some of Malaysia’s best beaches are found here. They were in the movie classic, “Bali Hai”. Also, there’s a direct ferry to Tioman from Singapore.
If staying on a Sultan’s private island is your idea of traveling in style, than you should head to Rawa. There are only two resorts, so Rawa is the perfect place to go for a more private vacation that is full of luxury. The waters of the South China Sea are glorious, and the white, sun-baked sand is perfect for relaxing on. Snorkeling and relaxing are the favorite activities. The only way to get there is by a 1 hour ferry ride (or 30mins speed boat) from Mersing Jetty.
Populated with lush jungles, this island offers the peaceful island life. Rock climbing, hiking to waterfalls, and water sports are the main activities. It has a long coastline and white sandy beaches dotted with caves.
Borneo is the most popular island for divers. Turtle Beach and Golden Beach are turtle nesting grounds, and this is the island to also find plenty of wildlife, jungle streams, and waterfalls. The beaches in Borneo are beyond breathtaking, and many of them are quite secluded. Borneo has some of the most untouched beaches in Malaysia and are definitely worth exploring.