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Islands of Malaysia

Islands of Malaysia

There are hundreds of beautiful islands within Malaysia, most of them can be visited during your travels but not all offer a place to stay overnight. The islands of Malaysia are divided in the islands at the western peninsula, the eastern peninsula and the islands around Borneo. All are equally stunning, though there enough differences between each island. Most popular islands are Langkawi, Penang, Perhentian, Redang and Tioman. Around Borneo you have Lankayan, Selingan, Mataking and of course Sipadan.

Tropical island of Langkawi

Tropical Gem Langkawi

The tropical island of Langkawi is one of the most popular destinations within Malaysia. Though the island is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world; you will never feel you're visiting a crowded tourist overrun island. Visit Langkawi for wonderful jungle, fantastic sightseeing and beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of accommodation available for every type of traveler, ranging from basic B&B's to luxurious 5-star resorts.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Sembilan Island

Sembilan consists of nine islands; Rumbia, Lalang, Saga, Buluh, Samak, Nipis, Agas, Miskin and Nyamuk. All of them are uninhabited, so you will find an oasis of peace. The islands are located nearby the town of Lumut, and also nearby Pangkor Island; a popular travel destination within Malaysia. The boat takes you to the islands in about an hour. Most people visit the island as a day trip. Usually a group of friends or a family rent a boat at the small harbor and they visit the island for a nice picnic. For this, Lalang Island has the best beaches. Some leave very early in the morning to catch fish in the area and then prepare and eat the fish during lunch at one of the nice secluded beaches. Sembilan has no accommodation. Nearest place to stay is Pangkor Island (view all hotels and resorts at Pangkor Island).

Sembilan Island Malaysia

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It is all about fishing

The island group is especially well known for its great fishing possibilities, but the islands themselves are also very beautiful. If you love fishing, this is the place to go. You can charter a boat at Lumut harbor or from Pangkor Island; or try one of the tour offices in Sungei Wang shopping center in Kuala Lumpur. Many locals head out in the weekends for a fishing trip at Sembilan. There is a yearly competition for anglers; the Pulau Sembilan Fishing Safari. Recently many anglers also fish at a new spot nearby Marina Island, as this is nearer to Lumut.

 

Diving at Sembilan

The area around the islands is not only known for fishing. It is possible to dive around Sembilan. Quiver Dive Team has an office in Lumut (their HQ is in Perhentian). Especially great about diving at Sembilan is that you dive here all year long; no monsoon will affect diving conditions; contrary to the beautiful islands at the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Visibility usually ranges between 5m and 15m, depending on the weather that day. During bad weather visibility may drop rapidly, and the area will also have medium to strong currents. Amateur and novice divers may be best off by choosing a clear sunny day when diving around Sembilan.

 

How to get to Sembilan Island

There are daily buses that depart from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut; the jetty where you can arrange a boat to take you to Sembilan. The bus is by far the cheapest solution to get to Lumut as it only costs around RM25 (one-way, VIP 4 hour trip). Right opposite of Lumut Jetty is the bus station; so it is only a small walk to get to the Jetty. Also right in front of the jetty are car parks with 24/7 surveillance; where you can park your car for RM10 per day. Quiver Dive Team has their Lumut office at Marina Island; from here their jetty departs to Sembilan.

 

Map of Sembilan Island in Malaysia

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