MALAYSIA ISLAND RESORTS
Malaysia is a blessed land of immense beauty in terms of natural
heritage. Malaysia's long coastline and many coral-fringed islands,
with the straits of Malacca to the west, the South China Sea
to the east, the Andaman Sea to the north-west and the straits
of Johor to the south, give rise to a large number of fabulous
beaches with all the pristine qualities of a tropical paradise.
Along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia the stretch of,
white sandy beaches are one of the greatest gifts to Malaysia.
Characterised by beautiful coral islands of the gleaming beaches
and tall palm trees overlooking the clear blue waters of the
sea. Malaysia's greatest gifts is it's rich aquatic life and
lavish coral reefs and hundreds of tropical islands of glistening
beaches and tall palm trees overlooking the clear blue waters
of the sea. The main lure is the rich marine life and spectacular
coral reefs. “Pulau” as in the Bahasa Malaysia (
Malay Language) means Island/s. The best of these islands are
Pulau Tioman in Pahang, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Perhentian
Besar, Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Gemia, Pulau Tenggol
and Pulau Kapas in Terengganu, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Pemmanggil,
Pulau Tengah, Pulau Aur, Pulau Beasr, Pulau Tinggi and Pulau
Sibu in Johor, Pulau Layang Layang, Pulau Sipadan, Pulau Kapalai
and Pulau Mabul in Sabah, Pulau Besar in Malacca, Pulau Pangkor
and Pulau Pangkor Laut in Perak, Pulau Rebak and Langkawi in
Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Labuan and hundreds more. Some are with
inhabitants and some are not. These islands offers a host of
aqua activities like fishing, skin diving, scuba diving, snorkelling,
lobster hunting, underwater photography, wind surfing and boating.
Catch the golden sunrise, clear emerald blue sea and miles of
golden sandy palm fringed beaches. Dive underwater for the mesmerising
coral gardens and thriving marine life. The tropical waters
off both Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo offer some of the world's
best scuba diving spots.
Malaysia has become increasingly aware of the biological and
economic importance of its marine heritage, and each year brings
better access to and protection for the unique marine life.
Malaysia has it all and will leave the most discerning diver
with unforgettable memories. Welcome to the islands of Malaysia
and Malaysia's Island Resorts.
MALAYSIA'S ISLAND RESORTS
Redang is an archipelago, comprising the main island, Pulau
Redang, and its associated islets, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Ekor
Tebu, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Paka
Kecil, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Ling and Pulau Lima. Recognizing
the importance of the exceptional marine biodiversity and fragile
marine ecosystems within the archipelago, and the need for conservation,
the waters surrounding the archipelago have been gazetted as
a Marine Park under the Establishment of Marine Parks Malaysia
Order 1994 (Fisheries Act 1995). The most magnetic draw of Pulau
Redang, besides its amazing marine flora and fauna, marvelous
beaches and crystal-clear glasslike waters, is its idyllic and
tranquil ambience, a laid-back island of exceptional charm and
beauty that reeks with romance and romanticism. Emerald coloured
translucent waters, sheltered by secluded coves and bays under
a sunny blue sky, are calm with gentle surf washing shores of
powdery white and golden sands sloping gradually into the sea.
This remarkable phenomenon of nature on Redang creates an ideal
environment to swim or snorkel to view the stunning proliferation
of coral diversity.
It comprises of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, and Pulau
Perhentian Besar, gazetted as a Marine Park. Over the past few
years, the islands have captured the hearts of many because
of their immense natural pristine beauty and amazing diversity
of marine life. Fabulous living corals grow profusely on the
sea's floor, a perfect haven for snorkellers, Scuba divers and
underwater photographers. For those fortunate enough, you may
even catch a glimpse of dolphins and pilot whales playfully
swimming in the azure crystal-clear waters, normally in the
months of July and August. The months between November and February,
being the monsoon period, are best avoided as the seas get somewhat
rough and chalet operators tend to close for business and a
welcome break to the mainland. The main island offers fantastic
stretches of white powdery sands and numerous coves that guarantee
privacy and tranquility. The smaller island beckons those with
an interest in observing rustic fishing villages.
LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND
Layang Layang is a coral atoll in the middle of the South China
Sea. A sheer drop of 2000 metres around the rim of the atoll
provides exhilarating wall diving. Soft and hard coral of all
types and sizes with excellent visibility of 50-60 metres afford
a majestic view of this gigantic hanging garden. Famous residents
and regular visitors include Napolean wrasse, Manta ray, Hawk
bill turtle, Dog Tooth Tuna, White Tip Reef Sharks and the awesome
schools of Hammerhead sharks. The resort is open from March
- November and closed for the months between January and February.
Acknowledged as one of the best diving and unique spots in Southeast
Asia, Pulau Sipadan is located off the small coastal town of
Semporna on Sabah's eastern coast. Just 15 feet from the beach,
the water turns indigo blue as the sea drops abruptly to 2,850ft
deep. It is rather awe-inspiring. Myriad of colorful tropical
fish swim in the warm water near the surface whereas huge groupers
nose about. Moreover, the water gets so dark that one would
not really know what lurks below. This famous feature won Sipadan
island a "Best Beach Dive in the World" award in 1993.
The main attraction for divers is the rich and unique variety
of corals both soft and hard. Reef fish of every shape and hue
can be found in these waters. Colorful butterfly fishes, angel
fishes, damsel fishes of electric blue and bright orange colors
inhabit the coral reefs, thus adding to the splendor of the
underwater havens. A beautiful white-sand beach fringes Sipadan
but the real beauty of this island is in its waters. The season
for diving is from mid-February to mid-December. Visibility
ranges from 60 feet to over 200 feet. Several dive spots have
even been identified and given exotic names after the variety
of corals and marine life that are unique to these spots. There
is the "Hanging Gardens", the "Barracuda Point",
and the exciting "Turtle Cavern".
Set like a glittering jewel amidst the South China Sea, Tioman
Island, the largest of a group of 64 volcanic islands, beckons
the visitor with its white beaches and crystal clear azure seas.
A sense of excitement and mystery pervades the island and the
visitor will be enchanted by the picturesque beauty of this
tropical paradise. Populated by friendly villagers who live
an unhurried lifestyle, Tioman Island has a way of making your
troubles seem like a thousand miles away. Considered one of
the world's ten most beautiful islands. This volcanic island
has steep slopes of lush green vegetation and a multicolored
profusion of orchids and other tropical flowers. Stunning waterfalls
cascade down these tropical slopes and make their way down through
secluded sandy beaches to the clear blue waters and its iridescent
coral reefs. Untouched with its natural beauty, Tioman Island
draw thousands of tourist yearly to its beaches. Sun lovers
and those who are fascinated by sea shells will find the miles
and miles of palm-fringed beaches a sheer delight with their
myriad varieties of these lovely sea creatures. You can spend
hours just languishing on the white pearly beach, looking up
the sun for the perfect tan. Popular beaches include the ones
around the villages of Tekek, Genting, and Salang. A walk on
one of these beaches at sunset is truly enchanting and will
simply take your breath away.
Largely inhabited by fisher-folk who live in fishing settlements
scattered along the coast, Pangkor, in stark contrast to Malaysia's
fast-paced progress remains a haven for those seeking to get
away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, visitors
can bask in the sun on her golden beaches and catch sights of
fishing boats rocking gently on calm blue waters. Situated 7km
from historic Lumut town across the Straits of Malacca, it has
for centuries enthralled visitors with her charming beauty,
idyllic bays, pristine beaches, and vibrant tropical forests.
Hence it comes as no surprise that she has been a welcome stopover
for the sea weary, pirates, and adventurers in the old days.
In fact, it was at one time ruled by European conquerors such
as the Dutch and British yet her natural wonders have remained
unscarred and her environment as tranquil and harmonious as
ever. Today's Pangkor is a thriving tourist destination that
does not reflect her turbulent past.
Venture into the relics of World War II warships and modern
era freighters. Encrusted with lush colourful corals and an
abundance of large fish, these 4 wrecks offer great photo opportunities.
Labuan is undoubtedly the wreck diving capital of Asia. This
triangular island of 92 square kilometres is situated at the
mouth of Brunei Bay, North Borneo. Most of the wrecks are found
in relatively shallow water to 35 metres and are easily accessible
by recreational scuba divers.
LANG TENGAH ISLAND
Pulau Lang Tengah is slowly gaining popularity due to its proximity
to Pulau Redang. Currently, there are only two resorts on this
island. Like other islands in Malaysia, it offers crystal clear
water, white sandy beaches, and lots of sun.
Pulau Gemia is a tiny island off the coast of Terengganu in
South China Sea. This island has only one resort; it is also
a designated turtle santuary park.
Penyabong and its surrounding islands is Malaysia's well kept
secret. With approximately 12 untouched and uninhibited tropical
islands surrounding the Penyabong coastline, this destination
is rich with colorful corals and exotic sea life. White sandy
beaches line the islands and crystal clear water allows you
to have a clear look at the activities that goes on underwater.
Snorkel across corals the size of a large dining table and look
out for the abundance shellfish littered on the seabed. This
is also a perfect diving spot where baby sharks and baby barracudas
are frequently seen. History has it that the HMS Tenet was sunk
here by the Japanese during WWII in front of Aceh Island, which
is located approximately 70 feet under. During low tide, take
a stroll across the shallow waters between Pulau Sribuat and
Pulau Sembilan and paddle by the edge of the miniature mangroves.
Langkawi, part of yet situated just off the coast of Kedah,
is actually made up of 99 islands. The largest of which is Pulau
Langkawi, while some of the others appear to be mere dots in
the emerald green ocean when viewed from the air. Langkawi offers
natural attractions unsurpassed by any other in the region.
Those who love a tropical island holiday and a place far from
the maddening crowd will find their haven in Langakawi Island.
The outstanding natural landscapes of the Langkawi Islands proclaim
them a true tropical paradise. Besides its whites sandy beaches
and limestone hills, its lush vegetation filled with exotic
flora and fauna would attract natural lovers.
Pulau Rebak lies on the east side of Langkawi. It's a private
island consisting of 383 acres of lush pristine forest and has
a spectacular view of the Straits of Melaka, overlooking the
Andaman Sea. It's name is derived from the Rebak tree, found
in abundance on the island. On the South western tip of Pulau
Rebak is Rebak Marina Resort.
A tropical island with luxurious beach resort, significant history,
superb local food. Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is the most
culturally diverse East Asia holiday destination today. Lying
at the crossroads of great civilizations, Penang, more than
any other state in Malaysia, is the country's cultural melting
pot. In the early years of its founding, the island attracted
people of all races from seemingly all points of the compass.
Penang today, like most of its counterparts in the country,
bears the mark of an early history of successive foreign influences.
From the early Indian Civilization that took root in northern
Malaya, to the Portuguese, Dutch, and later the British who
came to this part of the world in search of spices and stayed
on to participate in the lucrative trade.
Located in the Sulu Sea 40 kilometres north of Sandakan is the
most important turtle breeding spot in all of South East Asia.
It is encompasse 1,740 hectares which compromises of three small
islands; Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakkungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan.
Turtle Island Park is the breeding ground of huge Green Turtles
that lumber ashore at night to lay their eggs. Pulau Selingan
is the main nesting area for the green turtles chelonia mydas,
while the hawksbill turtles seem particularly interested in
the island of Gulisan. The islands are built over shallow rocky
shoals from coral shingle from the surrounding reef on the fringes.
They are covered with a variety of plant life which includes
mangrove, lantana, the yellow-flowered sophora and the furry
silver-leaved Tournefortia. However, the most attractive event
here is the turtles which come to nest on their shores. Pulau
Selingan is the main nesting area for the green turtles chelonia
mydas, while the hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys seem particularly
attracted to the shores of Pulau Gulisan. Both species lay their
eggs on these shores throughout the year although the best months
are between July to October. The islands were gazetted as Marine
Parks in 1977 primarily for the protection of these two species
in order to save them from extinction.
Some other islands that need mention are, Lankayan Island, Aur
Island, Kapas Island, Pemanggil Island, Kapalai Island, Pulau
Daar, Papan Island,
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