Surrounding the coast of Malaysia are many islands which can be explored just a short boat ride away. Most are awesome for kids of all ages and have plenty of activities for them to stay entertained. So for your own little of heaven, check out some of these family-friendly islands for this holiday!


1) Beautiful Rawa IslandImage Source: Google

Rawa Island is the best getaway for couples, families, and groups. Set in the warm waters of the South China Sea, this little island will help you to loosen and unwind. Little ones will have a wonderful time playing on the white sandy beach and spattering in the azure blue sea. There is plenty to keep the kiddos entertained. Canoes, snorkels, pedalos, and life jackets are all available to rent. Bring buckets and spades, beach games, bats and balls, and everyone will be happy little islanders. For little and big kids, there are two water slides – the orange one can be quite speedy so keep on eyes on that!

Where: Tourist Center, Jalan Abu Bakar, 86800 Mersing, Johor, Malaysia

How: +607 799 1204, rawaislandresort.com

Getting There: The boat from Mersing takes about 20 minutes. If you miss the boat you will be charged for one to be put on. The drive from KL is a lot longer!

2) Gorgeous Pulau RedangImage Source: Google

Pulau Redang is one of the top vacation destinations in Malaysia. Most the hotels on Redang Island are situated within two large connected coves and the waters directly in front of them have plenty to see. For a few ringgit per loaf of bread, kids can enjoy feeding the fish every day.

Where: Redang

How: Click here to visit their website

Getting There: Click, here

3) Stunning Penang IslandImage Source: Google

Penang has it all, city, beach and plenty of family-friendly restaurants to feed hungry tummies. There are lots for the kids to do too. Take a trip to Penang Hill and ride the funicular tram. Go and explore the youth park, there are pools for kids to cool off. It’s also close to the Botanical Gardens. At night take a colourful, cyclo-rickshaw ride after dinner. Buy a day pass for the Hard Rock and enjoy their amazing pools and dinner with the stars.

Where: Penang

4) Lovely Langkawi IslandImage Source: Google 

Langkawi isn’t just a beach resort, there are plenty of fun activities for the kids. The Langkawi Cable Car has eye-catching views of the island, it’s a little wintry once you get to the top so pack a sweater. Spend a day at the Oriental Village, there’s zip-lining, zorbing on water, shopping, food and entertainment. Take out an ATV, you’ll drive past rice fields and buffalo farms. There’s mangrove tours, water sports, beaches and so much more the family will love.

Where: Langkawi

How: Click, here to visit their website

5) Attractive Tioman IslandImage Source: Google

Tioman can easily be reached by boat from Mersing or Singapore. There are many good resorts on the island which are awesome for families, so find one that suits your needs. It’s a good place for divers too. For a long weekend away to relax and recharge this is a wonderful place with kids.

Where: Tioman Island

How: Click, here to visit their website

6) Dazzling PerhentiansImage Source: Google

A group of two islands, this is a wonderful spot for families for a weekend away. There are no roads so you’ll need to walk to get around or take a sea taxi if you’re going further afield. There are a lot of nature to see, pristine beaches to walk on, plenty of restaurants, dive centres, and boat operators. It’s also great for snorkelling and diving.

Where: Perhentians
How: Click, here to get more information

7) Elegant Pangkor IslandImage Source: Google

Get away from it all in Pulau Pangkor – a windy hop over from nearby Kuala Lumpur. At Pangkor Laut Resort, 43 over-water villas cuddle the shorelines of the western coast of Malaysia, making it a stunning backdrop for a stress-free holiday. For some R&R with your nearest and dearest, the hotel can assemble a romantic sunset cruise or a trek into the surrounding virgin jungles so you and your love can admire the island’s magnificent flora and fauna while walking hand-in-hand.

Where: Pangkor Laut Resort

How: Click, here to get more information

8) Glamorous Kota KinabaluImage Source: Google

Kota Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, is the perfect place to survey Sabah’s natural gems. From climbing Mount Kinabalu to diving and snorkelling around the many islands in the area, Kota Kinabalu is the great foundation for exploring the diverse flora and fauna throughout the district. If you are not adventurous enough to climb Mount Kinabalu with the kids, there is plenty of water and land adventures for you too.

Where: Kota Kinabalu

9) Wonderful Batu Batu Image Source: Google

Sparkling turquoise water and pristine white, sandy beaches await guests at Batu Batu, a peaceful located off the eastern coast of Malaysia, just under four hours drive and a speedboat ride from Singapore. This eco-friendly boutique resort, nestled among the coconut groves of unpopulated Tengah Island, contains 22 stylish one-and two-bed sustainable hardwood villas, some of which connected annexes housing bunk beds or cots. What are you waiting for? Let’s go!

Where: Batu Batu,  Tengah Island, Mersing, Malaysia

How: +60 17 755 0672, click here to visit their website page

10) Magnificent Sipadan + MabulImage Source: Google

A small island off the south-eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysia, this hub of marine life is a diving and snorkelling haven. Families can stay in Mabul and enjoy diving and snorkelling Sipadan and other islands around.  If you and your family are all about marine life, this area of Asia is a must as it’s one of the best! Kids will also enjoy kayaking and island hopping. Life is good.

Where: Sipadan

How: Click, here to visit their website


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