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Paradise awaits: How to island-hop down Malaysia’s east coast

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Give your clients a taste of tropical paradise with an island-hopping trip down Malaysia’s east coast.

Scattered on the tip of the South China Sea, the coastline of Peninsular Malaysia is abounded with unique destinations, from the cultural flavours of the Terengganu Islands, the stunning marine life of Pahang’s Tioman Island to the lush, tropical landscapes of the Islands of Johor.

Islands of Terengganu

For a taste of Malay charm, Terengganu’s islands offer a glimpse of Malaysia’s traditional way of life through its vibrant cottage industries and the unique appeal of its cultural pastimes.

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Lovers of azure water framed by white sand can’t go past Redang Island. Sunseekers will love the tropical vibe of its jungle-clad hills and pristine beaches while enjoying the comfort of five-star accommodation at the iconic Taraas Beach & Spa Resort.

The two islands that make up Perhentian offer some of Malaysia’s best dive sites, where travellers can spot fusiliers, scorpionfish, rabbitfish and Christmas tree worms.

The larger of the two islands, Perhentian Besar, is a popular holiday spot for families with a range of resorts offering cabana options. Perhentian Kecil, the smaller of the Perhentian islands, is popular among budget travellers.

If your clients are looking to avoid crowds, tell them to check out the tiny island of Kapas, which is only two kilometres long and one kilometre wide.

Kapas offers scenic palm-lined beaches and luxurious resorts alongside delightful gems for divers including underwater rock formations and a plethora of marine life.

Tioman Island, Pahang

Further down the east coast is the marine lover’s paradise of Tioman Island.

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Tioman Island is the largest and most developed of the volcanic islands that make up the Tioman Marine Park and is ideal for water sports including swimming, boating, kayaking and windsurfing.

Those less keen on entering the water can still enjoy the beautiful marine life surrounding the island in a glass-bottomed boat ride showcasing napoleon fish, golden-striped trevally, bumphead parrotfish and shoals of fusiliers.

The island features a range of villages, each offering a different atmosphere from rustic Genting village to the majestic sunsets of Salang.

Islands of Johor

Situated closer to Malaysia’s southern tip, Johor’s two main islands, Rawa and Pulau Tengah are perfect for nature lovers and luxury seekers alike.

Famous for its iconic tall palm trees, Rawa Island is the ideal tropical getaway complete with white sands, secluded caves and brightly coloured fish. It is the perfect spot for snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing.

Image source: iStock/Hasan Sulaiman

Pulau Tengah is a privately owned island, home to Batu Batu eco-resort. A haven for island hoppers seeking a little more luxury, Pulau Tengah is the place for lazy days exploring white sand beaches, strolls through the jungle led by an onsite biologist and, of course, plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

Malaysia is ready to welcome your clients, once the time is right to travel again.

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