15 Incredible Photos of Islands and Beaches You Won’t Believe Are in Malaysia

No need to travel far! These islands and beaches in Malaysia are as beautiful as Hawaii, Maldives and Boracay.

I suppose it’s one of the most common things on anybody’s bucket list: a relaxing private getaway on a beautiful island. You know, enjoying the evening sun as it sets over the horizon, casting a warm glow over the sandy beach. Savouring every drop of an ice cold beverage – coconut or papaya juice, or simply a good beer. Either way, that’s THE life.

Of course, many people instantly consider locations like Bali, Hawaii, Boracay, the Maldives, maybe even the deserted island on Lost. But there IS a drawback. It can be expensive sometimes to go to those places. Fret not, however, for there are enough beaches and islands in Malaysia to fulfill your desires.

From popular tourist locations like Langkawi and Pangkor to lesser known spots like Lang Tengah on the East Coast, here are 15 incredible photos of Malaysian islands and beaches which can stand toe-to-toe with the Hawaiis and Boracays of the world.

Also read: 7 Gorgeous Malaysian Islands You Can Reach From Mersing Jetty

1. Kapalai Island, Sabah

islands and beaches in malaysiaImage credit: dboyfotopages

2. Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu

Lang Tengah Island, TerengganuImage credit: dive-holidays.com

3. Pangkor Island, Perak

Pangkor Island, PerakImage credit: Arne Museler

4. Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Batu Ferringhi, PenangImage credit: epsos.de

5. Cenang Beach, Langkawi Island, Kedah

Cenang Beach, Langkawi Island, KedahImage credit: NickLubushko

6. Layang-Layang (or Swallow Reef) Island, Sabah (more or less)

Layang-Layang Island, SabahImage credit: Matthew Lee

Right, some explanation may be required here. In case you’ve probably never heard of Layang-Layang Island, it’s located some distance north of Sabah’s capital city, Kota Kinabalu. It is a tiny, isolated island listed as one of the top diving spots in the world. There is usually a heavy presence of the Malaysian Navy there, meaning the coral reefs and marine life are practically untouched or damaged by fishing or other economic activities, making it one of the best-kept natural dive spots in the country and the world. Enough reading, back to ogling at pictures!

Also read: 12 Destinations in Malaysia for Your Next Weekend Getaway

7. Rawa Island, Johor (Get there through the Mersing Jetty)

Rawa Island, JohorImage credit: Phalinn Ooi

8. Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Port Dickson, Negeri SembilanImage credit: Adib Wahab

9. Mataking Island, Semporna, Sabah (a.k.a the Maldives of Malaysia)

Mataking Island, Semporna, SabahImage credit: amazing-borneo.com

10. Sapi Island, Sabah (Part of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park)

Sapi Island, SabahImage credit: Noel Perlas

11. Redang Island, Terengganu

Redang Island, TerengganuImage credit: Wikipedia Commons

12. Mantanani Island, Sabah

Mantanani Island, SabahImage credit: mattharvey1

13. Perhentian Island, Terengganu

Perhentian Island, TerengganuImage credit: Arne Museler

14. Tioman Island, Pahang

Tioman Island, PahangImage credit: Peter Gronemann

15. Sipadan Island, Sabah

Sipadan Island, SabahImage credit: Yusmar Yahaya

So that concludes our little mini-gallery here. Of course, I’ll be the first to admit: I must have missed or left out quite a few islands or beaches that deserve a spot on their own. There are simply too many of those beautiful places in Malaysia to remember them all in one go. In fact, Sabah, Penang and Terengganu can all have articles of their own dedicated to the beaches there!

Also read: 10 Secret Islands in Sabah for Your Next Tropical Getaway

But the point is, there are many beaches and islands in Malaysia that are ideal places for a quick getaway! So find that piece of paper in which you jot down your bucket list and maybe, just maybe, change Bora-Bora to one of the islands above!

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Darren Yeoh

Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.

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