With its pristine beaches and waters, Malaysia is an ideal destination for water sports, such as snorkelling, wind surfing, jet skiing and kayaking. Some of the best coral reefs in the South China Sea can be viewed on Malaysia’s East Coast, which makes it a popular destination for snorkelling. The best locations for snorkelling are Pulau Tioman, Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian. On the west coast of Malaysia, try Pulau Payar Marine Park, a short boat ride from Langkawi Island.

For wind surfers, try our north-easterly winds, 20 knots or more, on the East Coast from February to March. The surf can hit a 3-metre peak if you’re lucky! Wind surfing is also a popular option on the west coast, available at most beaches especially in Penang and Port Dickson.

Adventurers will enjoy the thrill of white water rafting or kayaking in Malaysia’s rivers. An excellent destination is the Kampar River in Perak, which boasts 14 rapids, which are class I–III. Also in Perak, Slim River is for diehard adventurers – a class III white water rafting experience. For a more family-friendly destination, Sungkai River is great for those with little or no white water rafting experience.

Key Tips

  • Inspect any rented equipment before using it.

  • Check online for reviews of water sports operators to ensure you choose the best for your needs and budget.

  • Be sure you know how to swim before going on any adventure sports.

  • Don’t forget to wear lots of sunblock for protection!