1. Pulau Sibu
This island is located nearby Johor and on a clear day, you can actually spot Pulau Tioman from this island. Pulau Sibu is an hour glass shaped island which has gently slopping beaches that are ideal for swimming and there are many coral reefs PLUS the waters are very clear.
2. Pulau Rawa
This island is just a stone’s throw away from Singapore. There are daily ferries from Mersing Jetty to this island and its only an hour away. This island is small and secluded. In other words, going here is all about relaxing.
3. Pulau Tenggol
If you are looking for a quiet getaway and want to feel like you’re on your very own private island, then Pulau Tenggol is the place for you to visit. It is an island located off the coast of Terengganu and it can be accessed using a ferry from Dungun.
This island is famous for its underwater sights, such as sharks and rays making it popular among divers.
4. Pulau Kapas
Set in the South China Sea, this 2km by 1km island is a tiny beauty. Pulau Kapas means ‘Island Cotton’ – the name is derived from the white sand beaches. There are a variety of dive spots here, including a World War 2 shipwreck.
This island can be reached by taking a ferry from Marang, Terengganu.
5. Pulau Layang Layang
It is also known as Shallow Reef Island and it is often described as being in the middle of nowhere. It is close to a Malaysian naval base and most visitors take a flight in from Kota Kinabalu. The island is in pristine condition because it is not easy to get to.
6. Pulau Tiga
This paradise island was formed after a volcanic eruption back in 1897, and to this day, warm mud bubbles form geometric vents around the island. These warm mud bubbles are actually very popular among visitors as they now use it as an authentic outdoor spa (soak your whole body in it).
The fastest way to get here is by chartering a speed boat from Kota Kinabalu and cruise to Pulau Tiga. Or otherwise, you could also fly to Labuan and charter a speed boat from Labuan itself to the island.
7. Pulau Gemia
Pulau Gemia is a tiny, privately owned island which is located not far away from Pulau Kapas. The island has virgin forests and a rocky coastline that makes for very interesting photographs. If you are lucky, you might catch sight of colorful sea creatures and even baby turtles.
To get to this island, you will need to head over to the jetty located in Marang, Terengganu.