The east coast is afflicted with monsoon rain from November to March (some islands may be closed); the West Coast, however, has welcoming weather all year round.
1. Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu
Are you ready to experience "il dolce far niente" (the sweetness of doing nothing)? Situated between Redang and Perhentian Islands, this is the perfect respite for those seeking isolation. Occupied by only three resorts development, crowd wrestling will be the least of your worries.
2. Pulau Rawa, Johor
Imagine a private island on the South China Sea, a 45-minute boat ride from Mersing, or four hours from Singapore. Secluded and serene, it takes the idea of remoteness to a whole new level. A gorgeous sunset everyday perfects the picture.
3. Pulau Mabul, Borneo
This "baby Sipadan" will definitely inspire you to get your diving license! Its sublime sea and the precious world beneath the surface have garnered the interest of divers and photographers from around the world, seeking for exotic creatures amidst the huge coral reefs.
4. Pulau Tioman, Terengganu
Being the habitat to wildlife and lush greeneries, this is home to environmentalists aiming to conserve Mother Nature. Famous for its turtle watching season, many volunteers reside there to help preserve turtle sanctuaries, for shelter and food in return. What better way to contribute to the environment than on a blissful setting? Join The Juara Turtle Project program, for RM120 per day
5. Pulau Kapas, Terengganu
Six kilometres off Marang Jetty, this snorkeling sanctuary has powder-like sandy beaches. From diving among spectacular coral reefs, to lazing and sunbathing on soft sands, there are infinite ways to savour the island way of life.
6. Pulau Sapi, Kota Kinabalu
Walk underwater in an olden day diving suit with the "Borneo Seawalking Company" at a tiny part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, one of Sabah's five preserved magical isles. Only 15 minutes by boat from the capital city of Kota Kinabalu, it's a great day trip excursion.
Entry fee: RM3 for Malaysians, RM10 for foreigners
7. Pulau Tinggi, Johor
One of the as yet to be discovered little gems along the Southern tip of Johor, its tranquility is incomparable. A soaring 600 meters above sea level, it's an hour boat journey from Tanjong Leman Jetty. A visit to any of the three fishing villages on the land will give you a real sense of the local way of life here.
I WANNA B THERE NOW!
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