A Guide To Secret Islands In Malaysia

Most, if not all of us, want to go on a holiday to take our minds off our busy, daily schedules. Hence, the ideal location to escape to would be somewhere serene and peaceful. However, at times we may find ourselves in places thronged by tourists, which isn’t so ideal for some peace and quiet time with family and loved ones. 

Good news for those of you dreaming of sailing to a secret paradise. We are about to take you through some of Malaysia’s best-kept-secret spots for your next secluded vacation. Whether it's for your honeymoon, family excursion or simply a trip with your best buddies, these four secret islands should be on your list of where you should head to next. 

Pulau Gemia, Terengganu

Terengganu is famous on the map for its stunning islands and pristine beaches. However, if you’re aching for a secluded vacation, then you should consider checking out Gemia Island. Expect a peaceful and quiet atmosphere as the surrounding green forest and sandy beaches await you for an unforgettable stay here at Gemis Island.

Did you know that island is surrounded by coral gardens and colourful marine life? This makes the island an excellent spot for snorkelling and scuba-diving. Due to the size of the island, you’ll find that there is only one resort operating here. Rest assured, the tiny island promises an intimate and unforgettable experience for you and your family. 

Photo courtesy Pom Pom Island

Pulau Pom-Pom, Sabah

Sabah is among the must-visit destinations for those who seek stunning seascapes that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Located just off the famous Bohey Dulang, Pulau Pom-Pom is not without its own quirks and charms. There are two main resorts that you can choose from here, both of which ticks all the right boxes for a dream island getaway. Many couples find this island as their preferred destination for a romantic honeymoon. 

Pom Pom Island is also famous for its marine life. Don’t miss out on the chance to go snorkelling here. You’ll be delighted to know that there are over 500 known species of coral reefs as well as an array of marine life for you to witness firsthand. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to catch the adorable turtle on their nesting sites. The island is also a centre for marine conservation projects such as reef restoration, coral planting and of course, turtle conservation. Check out what they’re up to at the Tropical Research and Conservation Center (TRACC). 

Photo courtesy TripAdvisor

Pulau Tinggi, Johor

Pulau Tinggi is a laid back island where you’d want to escape to for your weekend getaway. Surrounded by clear blue seas, the island is also suitable for those who are looking to be one with Mother Nature. For instance, you can choose to go on a jungle trekking adventure to make the best out of your stay here. By the way, did you know that Pulau Tinggi is home to an extinct volcano called Gunung Semudu? You can actually climb up to it’s peak to get a bird’s eye view of the stunning sea. 

If outdoor activities aren't your thing, then feel free to laze on the beach while getting your dose of Vitamin D. If you do however have a change of heart, perhaps you can try out canoeing with your family here, which is a fun and exciting activity for all. 

Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu

In case you didn't know, Pulau Tenggol is actually quite famous among divers and it is one of the many beautiful dive locations in Malaysia. Don’t worry because this island is still considered to be quite secluded, so it is perfect if you’re looking for privacy. Here, you’ll get to experience the thrill of swimming with sharks, stingrays and other unique sea creatures as you lose yourself in the calm waters of the sea. There are several diving spots for you to choose from. For example, Rajawali Reef is famous for the encrusting corals at the bottom which are teeming with marine fishes like batfish and of course, the black tip reef shark. How exciting! 

Although once uninhabited, now Pulau Tenggol offers several resorts that are comfortable for you and the rest of your family. There’s actually more to this island than just a diver’s paradise. Venture into the deep forested rocky hills that will surely get your adrenaline pumping. 

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