This is a continuation from Part 1. If you haven't checked it out you must!
Sipadan Island lies off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo in Sabah. The island is known above all for some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world. Getting in requires some effort. Most visitors fly to Tawau from either Kuala Lumpur (3 hr) or Kota Kinabalu (50 min), continue by minivan or taxi to the port town of Semporna (1-2 hr) and from there to Sipadan itself (1 hr by fast boat).
Govts have raised threat level warning but Malaysian armed forces patrol the area quite heavily. TBH your chances of getting hit by a car in KL by a driver looking at his phone while smoking a cigarette while day dreaming is a 1342 times higher than getting kidnapped in Sipadan
Not only is the island renowned for its deep sea life, but also for its exotic tropical bird views. You can opt to view the colorful birds here which include starlings, Wood Pigeons, Kingfishers, Sunbirds, Sea Eagles and many more.
If there is one thing Sipadan Island is chiefly known for is scuba diving.
7. Manukan Island
Manukan Island is the second largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Malaysia's first marine national park. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and is easily accessible by boat.
Manukan is the most popular island with Kota Kinabalu residents. Manukan has some good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. The best beach is on the eastern tip of the island. Offshore of Manukan are coral reefs, which is ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming.
With over 200,000 visits annually, Manukan (Pulau Manukan) is the most frequented island by domestic and international tourists. It is only 15-minute away by boat ride, almost a no-brainer choice for people who want an island day trip near to Kota Kinabalu City (KK).
8. Pulau Dayang
Most people do not even know the existence of this island. This is for the connoisseur who realllly wants to go off the grid and live with nature for a few days. With 65km off the east coast of Johor, Pulau Dayang is the furthest island from the mainland of east Peninsular Malaysia.
Its unique diving spot and fishing location have made the island famous among active divers and sport-fishermen.
Mainly discovered by foreign tourists especially divers, Pulau Dayang serves an ideal traning location even for new scuba divers. The crystal-clear water allows divers to discover the colourful underwater world clearly.
9. Big Island, Johor
No joke, this Island used to be called Pulau Babi Besar and the name was subsequently changed to Big Island, look it up. Legend has it the name originated from when the first discoverer landed on the huge island hundreds of years ago and shouted “Babi Besar dowh!”. Ok don’t look this part up.
The island is located off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia. It is accessible by boat from Mersing town (approximately 30 minutes). The island's highest point rises some 845 feet (258 m) above the sea level.
To preserve the unspoiled marine life, the Government has gazetted it as a marine park to protect around 60 species of marine life from any activities that can harm their natural habitats within 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) around the island.
Several hotels but they are all 3 stars, you can look them up on travel sites.
I guess it’s cheating to include Langkawi on this list but hear me out! We feel the government and locals have gone to great lengths to preserve the Island way of life here. The beaches are clean and it suits any kind of connoisseur, from the thrill seeking adventure junkies to those who just want to sit by a café / bar by the Chenang and cakeeeee outttt.
And of course, DUTY FREE!!
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 Malaysian islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are located close to the Thai border in the Andaman Sea. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. With its many diverse landscapes of beaches, mountains, rainforest and mangrove wetlands, Langkawi offers tourists the greatest variety of things to see and do. A popular activity here is to take a cable car ride up to Gunung Mat Chinchang and walk across the Sky Bridge to see incredible views across to Thailand. Nearby is Langkawi’s highest peak, Gunung Raya, which features a resort hotel, restaurant and splendid lookout tower at its summit
There you go! The complete list to keep you occupied for the next 10 long weekends! Happy island-ing!