Where & What to See in Pahang Islands
The islands off the east coast of Kuantan offer spectacular marine ecosystems and breath-taking beaches.
These islands offer visitors a great place to relax or to explore nature and the underwater world through diving and snorkelling.
Kapas Island - Terengganu
Kapas Island is a relatively unspoilt and isolated place filled with numerous white, sandy beaches lined with palm trees that offer cooling shade. With little development, the best thing to do here is to simply relax.
Kapas Island also has a sister island called ‘Gem Island’. Popular with backpackers, Kapas Island has a moderate range of resorts to choose from but you can opt to camp on designated sites or stay in dormitories.
The waters are home to an endless variety of hard and soft corals, which in turn, feed the many sea creatures that depend on it which include turtles, fish and shellfish. Hence, snorkelling and diving are popular activities but you can also wind-surf, kayak, boat and fish around the island.
Lang Tengah Island - Terengganu
The Lang Tengah Island off the coast of Terengganu is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Virgin and pristine, the small island has a calming beauty that will captivate visitors.
Besides a rich garden of rainforest plant life, the warm waters around the island are rich in corals, making it popular with scuba divers.
Located not too far away from Redang, Lang Tengah Island is a great alternative as it is a secluded island that you can truly relax on. Accommodation ranges from budget chalets to resorts with their own private beaches.
Perhentian Island - Terengganu
This is another magical, but often overlooked, island off the coast of Terengganu with coral-rich gardens in its waters. Perhentian Island is accessible by boat from Kuala Besut. Often sought after by diving enthusiasts around the world, Perhentian Island has an unspoilt beauty that will allure you.
The place itself consists of two separate islands Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Visitors will appreciate beautiful palm-fringed sandy beaches and crystal-clear sea. Among the activities you can do besides diving include snorkelling, deep sea fishing, swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating and canoeing
The beautiful island of Pulau Redang lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu, or 22 km off Tanjung Merang, the closest point on the mainland. The Bugis people from Celebes, Indonesia were believed to be the first settlers on the island. Many of their descendants are now working the tourist trade in Redang while others have moved to the mainland.
Over the years, Redang has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for tourists and divers due its pristine nature and rich marine environment. Redang is actually an archipelago of nine islands that abound with rich forest, marine life and abundant coral reefs. In 1991, the Redang archipelago was gazetted as the Pulau Redang Marine Park, becoming a protected site under the Government.
Pulau Redang at 7 km long and 6 km wide is the largest island. The highest peak is Bukit Besar at 359 metres above sea-level. Only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors. Read More...
Tioman is one of Malaysia’s most popular small islands, at 39 km long and 12 km wide, located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Such is its popularity that Time magazine has even called Tioman one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
The rainforest that covers Tioman is rich in life and the waters littered with numerous white coral reefs, making it a much-sought after destination by divers across Asia.
Accessible by speedboat or ferry from Mersing, Tioman has several resorts to accommodate visitors on vacation.
There are many things to do here; primarily snorkelling and scuba diving. If you’re into nature, then the island has some fascinating flora and fauna to discover. Read More...