What better way to quench our wanderlust than a visit to an island. The serene ocean breeze, clear blue waters, soft white sand and tropical surroundings, all of these cook up a recipe for a perfect destination and a relaxing escape.
But over the years, many of the islands in Malaysia have become commercialised, soiling the sanctity of the destinations, constantly flooded with tourists and locals, chattering away across the island — but not all of them. Curious? Here are some hidden islands that promise a quintessential sweet escape that we all crave.
Tenggol Island, Terengganu
Tenggol Island is small in size and sits the furthest in a long stretch of islands consisting of popular names such as Perhentian Island or Redang Island. On the island, you will find various shipwrecks — dating from the aftermath of the Vietnam War, some even on the ocean floor.
Like many of Terengganu’s popular islands, Tenggol Island has 20 stunning divings sites to choose from and no shortage of marine wildlife, making it a must-dive destination. Meet and greet with whale sharks, rays and many tropical fishes as they swim about under the sea.
How to get to Tenggol Island?
Make your way by boat from Dungun Jetty to Tenggol Island. If you have already made reservations on the island, you may get in touch with your hotel in advance to arrange for your journey to the hotel on the island.
Bohey Dulang Island, Sabah
Bohey Dulang Island is one of the more popular islands within the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. It comprises of a mountainous terrain formed by various inactive volcanoes and numerous lagoons with crystal-clear water.
Loads of activities await across the island – from jungle trekking up the lush jungles to scuba diving and snorkelling in the inviting waters. A popular scuba diving site is located south side of the popular lagoon where a long stretch of coral reefs awaits. Either way, flora and fauna are in abundance at almost every corner of the island. You can also pay a visit to the Giant Clam and Marine Invertebrate Hatchery.
How to get to Bohey Dulang Island?
If you’re coming from Tawau airport, make your way to Semporna Harbour by land which would take about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, you can hire a speedboat to the island which will take an additional 35 – 45 minutes. The cost will depend on your package selection.
Rawa Island, Johor
Lying majestically 16km off the coast of Mersing is a small and mesmerising island owned by the Johor Sultanate. Rawa Island has no roadways, but walkways, which make exploring only possible on foot. The island is divided into two – one is a blanket of white sand and the other, a rocky vertical cliff — providing a tranquil and peaceful ambience to unwind.
The waters are teeming with marine life amidst the uncharted coral reefs — all just outside your doorstep when you dive in for a snorkelling session. If you’re game on unravelling the various corners of the island, cave exploration and hill trekking are available. Canoeing and kayaking are also an option given the seas are calm and not choppy.
How to get to Rawa Island?
You can either take a ferry which will stop by Tioman first before heading to Rawa Island while boarding a boat would be a direct route to the island which will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the boat and the group size you are travelling with.
If you’ve had reservations at the Rawa Island Resort, your boat ride will be free of charge as the hotel will have you covered.
Kapalai Island, Sabah
Paradise awaits when you decide to visit Kapalai Island especially for those who love the deep blue sea. Though erosion over the years has transformed this island into a sandbar, Kapalai Island holds nothing back when it comes to a near-perfect diving experience.
Azure blue waters await right outside your doorstep – literally. Simply book a chalet at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort and the island is yours to explore. You can also enjoy wildlife as they greet you at your chalet doorsteps – from sea turtles to various colourful fishes.
How to get to Kapalai Island?
Make your way to Semporna Harbour, accessible by chartering a minivan or bus. The journey will take approximately 1.5 hours if you’re coming from Tawau airport. Upon arrival at the harbour, board a speedboat to the island — which will be free given you’ve made your reservation at the hotel before your journey.
Rebak Island, Kedah
Langkawi Island is an archipelago, and Rebak Island is one of the least populated ones. Spanning approximately 390 acres of almost pure greenery, Rebak Island makes for a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway if you yearn for beautiful sunsets.
This privately-owned island by Vivanta by Taj is all about the tropical getaway, making it a suitable spot for honeymoon. Activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and more are also available should some outdoor fun calls. The hotel can arrange various other tours around the island upon request.
How to get to Rebak Island?
Make your way to Langkasuka Jetty and board a boat to Rebak Island — which will be free of charge if you have already made reservations. The boat ride will take about 5 – 10 minutes.
Gem Island, Terengganu
Gem Island or Gemia Island is a privately owned island located within proximity to Pulau Kapas. It offers nothing less than a tranquil setting for a relaxing escape among beautiful waters and sandy beaches with vegetation covering the inland.
As small as the island may be, there are 3 beaches to indulge yourself at. Diving, snorkelling, hiking and jungle trekking are activities you can do on this peaceful paradise.
How to get to Gem Island?
Hop onto a boat from Marang Jetty to Gem Island which would take an estimated time of 15 – 30 minutes. You can pre-arrange your boat ride with your respective hotels as well.
So do not wait till the very last minute to plan your travels – DO IT NOW!
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