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Lankayan island, Malaysia

Malaysia’s tourism is not only well known for the Twin Towers or the bustling metropolis but also for beautiful paradise islands, with the cheap price and the not-too-crowded ambience. Are you looking for best beaches (Malaysia beach holiday destinations) and top islands in Malaysia? Let’s discover top 10 wonderful beaches and best islands in Malaysia with Living Nomads below.

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Tropical beach idyll on Pulau Redang. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.
Pangkor Island, Malaysia
Pangkor Island, Malaysia
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Perhentian islands. Image credit: best islands in malaysia blog.
Perhentian Island, Kecil. Long beach, Malaysia top islands in malaysia best islands in malaysia malaysia beach holiday destinations
Perhentian Island, Kecil. Long beach, Malaysia

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Snorkeling in Perhentian islands
Snorkeling in Perhentian islands. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.
Kayaking in Perhentian islands
Kayaking in Perhentian islands

1. Rawa Island

Rawa Island
Rawa Island

Rawa is a beautiful little island which is 16km far from the east coast of peninsula Malaysia. This island only has two resorts located on the white sands. However, this place still attracts visitors by the peaceful scenery and natural cliffs straight into the sea. Due to its proximity to the main islands of Malaysia, Rawa is suitable for short journeys. From Kuala Lumpur, take a bus to Mersing where there will be a ferry ride to Rawa.

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Peaceful scene of Rawa Island. Image credit: best islands in malaysia blog.
Rawa Island
Rawa Island
Rawa Island
Rawa Island
Rawa Island
Rawa Island
Rawa island snorkeling
Rawa island snorkeling
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Rawa island
Rawa Island
Rawa Island

2. Sipadan Island

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Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.

Sipadan Island is off the east coast of Boneo Island, in Malaysia’s Sabah state. Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers. The island has been voted by many worldwide diving magazines as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. Sipadan is actually a marine park, so people are not allowed to live on the island. Diving tourists who intend to go to the area must stay on Mabul Island or Kapalai Island, about 30 minutes from Sipadan Island by cano.

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Bornoe Sabah Marine Park

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How to Get to Sipadan Island top islands in malaysia best islands in malaysia malaysia beach holiday destinations
How to Get to Sipadan Island
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Sipadan Island
Sipadan was formed by corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.
Sipadan Island has long been known as a heaven for scuba diving lovers.

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turtles in Sipadan-7 unforgettable experiences on the Borneo Island5

3. Terengganu

Night view of crystal mosque in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Crystal mosque is beautiful mosqoe in Malaysia.
Night view of Crystal mosque in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Crystal mosque is a beautiful mosque in Malaysia. 

Situated on the eastern shore of Malaysia Island, with 3 sides facing the sea, the long coastline of Terengganu is covered by beautiful beaches with warm and blue waters. Terengganu has many islands that are definitely popular with tourists, such as Redang, Kapas, Perhentian and Tenggol Marine Parks. Outstanding among them is Redang with many great diving sites, majestic coral reefs, as well as the enormous variety of marine life.

Terengganu Island

Terengganu Island. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.

Terengganu Island
Terengganu Island

Besides, sea lovers and nature lovers who look for a perfect holiday should go to Tanjung Jara – a resort designed according to the model of an ancient Malaysian castle.

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Terengganu snorkel
Terengganu snorkel
Terengganu Island
Terengganu Island
Terengganu is covered by beautiful beaches with warm and blue waters
Terengganu is covered by beautiful beaches with warm and blue waters

4. Mabul Island

(Fish-eye view), gypsy village in Mabul Bodgaya Island in Tun Sakaran
(Fish-eye view), gypsy village in Mabul Bodgaya Island in Tun Sakaran. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.

This is a small island off the south-east coast of Sabah with extremely tall coconut palms, attractive beaches, fine sand and turquoise sea water. Aside from being one of the most popular diving destinations in the world, Mabul Island is also home to a vast diversity of sea creatures. Alternatively, when visiting Mabul, you can also visit the traditional villages of Malaysia.

Arung Hayat Mabul Island Lodge
Arung Hayat Mabul Island Lodge
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Bungalows On Mabul Island, Sabah
Journey To Muck Diving Spot – Pulau Mabul
Journey To Muck Diving Spot – Pulau Mabul
Mabul Island - Mabul Water Bungalow (Smart) Print
Mabul Island – Mabul Water Bungalow (Smart) Print
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Mabul Island – Tourist Attractions in Malaysia. Image by: top islands in malaysia blog.
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Mabul Island Malaysia
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MABUL ISLAND TOURS
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MABUL ISLAND
MABUL ISLAND
Snorkeling Mabul Island top islands in malaysia best islands in malaysia malaysia beach holiday destinations
Snorkeling Mabul Island

Alternatively, when visiting Mabul, you can also visit the traditional villages of Malaysia.

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