Malaysian islands Tioman, Redang and Perhentian are relatively well-known and popular with both locals and foreigners. Despite that, you will still be able to find a stretch to frolic in. With the monsoon season almost over, the islands will be opening up their shores to paradise-hungry travellers soon.
Here is a guide to the best beaches on these Caribbean-esque islands where you can watch the white sand melt into the azure water without having to spend a bomb.
So it's been more than 40 years since TIME magazine voted Pulau Tioman as one of the world's most beautiful islands. Evidently the island remains pristine and still as irresistable, particularly to many Singaporeans because of proximity.
As you stare out into the horizon, you will banish the doubt you had when you saw those pictures of Salang beach online. Yes, it really is this colour.
The accessible reefs make Salang beach a huge draw for avid divers and snorkelers.
Pulau Redang is actually one of nine islands in the Redang archipelago that is a protected marine park.
Here, Teluk Dalam is considered by some as the “best” beach in Malaysia. Phrases used to describe beaches such as “powdery white sand” and “crystal clear waters”, are highly overused so just take our word for it and visit this beach. You’ll have all the time in the world to cook up superlatives once you’re there.
Pasir Panjang Beach, which means Long Beach, is probably not for the crowd-shy because this is where most of the island’s resorts are concentrated. Swimmers with an irrational fear of fish or getting nibbled on will be happiest here as the middle part of Pasir Panjang is devoid of coral growth. Snorkeling fans will do well to skip this beach.
What used to be a secret gem is now getting more and more popular. Pulau Perhentian, while not swarmed like the coasts of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, is no longer the hidden getaway it used to be. At present, it’s still not difficult to find a whole stretch of Teluk Pauh beach to yourself. Take along books, music and some snacks to soak in the sea breeze. You will need to cross over from Perhentian Kechil if you were not already on Perhentian Besar.
Do you think there is another beach on Malaysia's east coast that will top these? Tell us!