Geo Coordinate: 5.781999, 103.011888
To relax, there are some basic prerequisites to be met. Divers and sun worshipper alike love the turquoise blue ocean, white powder beaches, coral reefs, and virgin tropical forest. So, problem solved. Nature aside, this island is rather happening. If you’re chilling harder than party, and wants to party than you chill, no problem too. This place has one of the best night life among the islands we have on offer for you. On Redang Island, we will make sure you’re well entertained. Access Although it has a small airport, the most convenient access is from Kuala Terengganu on boats operated by resorts of Redang Island. Shahbandar and Merang Jetty are the places where you can have access to the island. Bidong and Lang Tengah islands are also a stone throw away. Season Affected by northeast monsoon strong wind and rough sea, most of the resorts are closed during month November to February. Recommend The island along with its 8 surrounding islets have been gazetted as Marine Park. Corals and tropical fishes can normally be seen just a few meters from the beach. Also, Redang and its neighbouring island Perhentian are important conservation sites for sea turtles. Looking to catch a sight of these little creatures? Redang may just be the place to be.
Geo Coordinate: 4.224555, 118.684000
An alternative to the more popular Mabul and Sipadan Island, you visit this island for the same diving reasons as the former and the latter. However, if you’re considering something more romantic, this island has to be it. There’s a water bungalow for accommodation here. Recommend The icing on the cake here is – you’ll find the white sandy beaches during the low tide, which also happens to form romantic paths for you lovebirds. Reefs and marine life aplenty. Just as stunning as Mabul and Sipadan, this island is no flop. Season It’s open all year round, so hop in now!
Geo Coordinate: 5.233222, 103.262666
It’s more fair to say, this paradise is a new born tourism spot. This tiny little island is blessed with a coral garden and a very colourful marine life. Access It’s situated only 800m off Pulau Kapas, which is accessible via the town of Marang. As of now, this island is still less known to tourist. If you’re a good swimmer, you can even swim around the island as it’s only 9 acres of size. Birdwatching is the main draw on this island, as sightings of eagles are common here. Wildlife just thrives on this small piece of rock here. Season The same thing applies, no visit during rainy season. Recommend To date, there’s only one resort on the island. However, the same cannot be said for the future as the number of tourists is raising.Before it gets crowded, now’s the best time to enjoy this hidden gem.
Geo Coordinate: 7.371888, 113.828333
A truly oceanic island where one can easily find a thriving pelagic marine life. The surrounding sea level is approximately 2000m deep and the island is located merely 300km from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. Now, everyone can fly to the island with a private flight from Kota Kinabalu. Hence, kick start your adventure by catching some sleep and get up early the following morning. Access Being located close to the heart of South China Sea, expect limited access to elements from anything beyond the shores. As most will be utilizing a private flight from Kota Kinabalu, a vacation in town before or after your dive trip is always an option. Season The island is open to public from March to August annually. Recommend However, you’ll stand a high chance to meet schools of hammerhead shark in month of April during their mating season. Looking to get the best value out of your money? Come as close to April as possible!
Geo Coordinate: 4.393000, 113.991666
Who says you need an island as the natural setting for your diving trip? And who says the water in Miri is polluted by the oil and gas industry? Folks, one trip is all we need to prove you wrong. The water off the coast of Miri boasts both nature and wrecks for divers who craves both. Access Miri is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as there are direct flights from the former and the latter’s international airport. Make your way to Marina Bay Jetty of Miri and you will have access to the dive sites from there. Recommend Jump into the sea with no sights of shore and island. As far as we are concerned, divers usually flock to other more well-known islands like Perhentian and Sipadan. However, dive sites here could be a sunken oil rig, or a giant rock 50m in depth under the sea. Corals here are also one of the healthiest in the world. Come over now and witness it for yourself, we will prove you wrong.
Geo Coordinate: 4.245999, 118.631222
200 hectares of reefs. Yes, it’s an enormous one; and this island sits on top of it. Ever heard of oil rig being used as resort? Yes, this island has it. Want to indulge yourself in a water bungalow with a local Bajau Village situated next to you that has all the convenience you need? Yes, this island has it too. Access What’s more, it’s just 15km from Sipadan Island. Similar to Sipadan, main access point to the island is from Semporna Jetty. Recommend Due to the size of the reef, we expect you to find huge array of macro marine life, with the rarest ecological species you can name. This island easily make every underwater photographer’s dream destination. Season Come over anytime for your next photoshoot. The island doesn’t close!
Geo Coordinate: 5.795222, 102.896333
If you think Perhentian and Redang Island are crowded, come relax by the white sandy beaches on this tropical paradise now. Lang Tengah is the best alternative as it’s located between the two. Features of this island is strikingly similar to Perhentian and Redang. The water is just as clear and sands are just as white, but with a lot more peace and privacy for yourself. Season As the weather is also susceptible to the rainy season, the island is only open from March to October. Hence, plan wisely you travellers!
Geo Coordinate: 5.995555, 116.107666
Curious about Borneo? Consider Kota Kinabalu as your first option as this is probably the most scenic city in Malaysia. With more tourists’ arrival on an annual basis, this city is thriving; evidently, holiday resorts have sprung throughout the neighbourhood in recent years. Access This city serves as the capital of Sabah, situated in the north-west coast of Borneo facing South China Sea. It’s also a famous getaway among the locals and foreigners. The highest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu towers majestically over the city. If climbing is your thing, be sure to book your potter and accommodation in advance. The mountain is extremely popular worldwide. Recommend If you just want to chill, relax, and enjoy the city in a different way, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is one place you can look into; rain forest exploration is also another relaxing option. The friendly locals are well versed in these relaxing yet exotic wildlife adventures. This city has plenty to offer and should be a serious option to island travellers beyond the shores of Kota Kinabalu. It’s the Land Beneath the Wind, they said. Be sure to make a proper stopover before you hop on to those islands out there.
Geo Coordinate: 4.478555, 118.608777
Similar to Kota Kinabalu, this city serves as a stopover and a departing point to the islands by the shores of Borneo in Celebes Sea. One way or the other, this city attracts youthful travellers from around the world. They have come to experience the unique Borneo culture and most of all, to hop onto the number one diving spot in the world, Sipadan Island. Tun Sankaran Marine Park can be a refreshing stopover spot before one moves on to the one of the many islands out there. Access The city is just an hour’s drive away from Tawau Airport, Sabah. Sibuan, Kapalai, Mataking, Sipadan, and so on are all paradise like islands which you should highly consider during your stay in the city.
Geo Coordinate: 4.397555, 113.987111
Welcome to the home of rays and birds, there are aplenty here! If you’re after large schools of fish in your dive, this is the place to be. If you’re into bird watching, this is also the place to be. If you’re tired of mass diving tourism, this is also the place to be too! There are all sorts of threatened species of marine life and migrating birds here. Access Make your journey from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Abai Jetty, and one hour is all it takes to get you to the island. Recommend This island has backpackers’ accommodation and chalet to cater for those and budgets and luxury alike. Diving aside, sea kayaking is also offered for those who wants to catch a sight of the birds’ feeding out in the sea. There are so much to do and see on this island. Water is ultra-visible too. The island doesn’t close. So, buzz us now and we’ll get you all set for this excursion!