Malaysia is a country in South-east Asia and among the many beauties that she possesses is the many natural and beautiful islands that surround the country. Below are five of the most beautiful islands that you can find in Malaysia.
Sipadan Island is located in the Celebes Sea off the coast of East Malaysia . It is famous for scuba diving activities which according to a public poll has placed this island as one of the best location for scuba diving. This island has also been listed as one of 77 remarkable land forms in the world in 2009.
Another island that is of interest to many scuba divers is Tioman Island. It’s located off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia at the border between the states of Pahang and Johor.
Langkawi is a tax free zone island that is located near the state of Kedah Darul Aman. It’s an island that is rich with historical legends and natural beauty. It’s one of the most popular destinations for tourists especially for newly married couples on a honeymoon.
Redang Island is located in the South China Sea and is one of nine islands that forms the Redang Archipelago of Terengganu. Redang Island is also an important rehabilitation center for turtles. There are two historical ship wrecks in the waters of Redang Island which are the H.M.S. Prince of Wales and the H.M.S. Repulse which was sunk at the beginning of the second World War.
Perhentian Island is located near Terengganu, 40 miles (64 km) south of Thailand. The island was once used as a stop-over for merchant ships from China that were en route to Singapore, Indonesia and other places in South-east Asia. This island was also used as a stop-over for ships carrying salt from Singgora (Southern Thailand) to Kuala Terenganu.
Because this island functioned as a stop-over in the past for many ships that stopped at this island before continuing their journey, the name “persinggahan” which is a malay word for stop-over was used to name the island.
Even now, this island is used as a shelter for ships to stop over from strong winds and large waves. The island is also a favorite stop-over for sea turtles and Hawksbill to lay their eggs.