So many beaches, so little time; to make your travel planning easier, we’ve narrowed down the best for you!
Our first list of ‘7 amazing beaches in Malaysia that you didn’t know existed’ was so popular, we decided to spoil you with even more beach-y options — but with a little twist! From the golden sands to the infinite crystal clear waters, every beach getaway has its purpose. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a girls-only holiday, these might be the vacation spots you were looking for (without needing to go too far).
Best For Romance: Mataking Island, Sabah
Looking for a ‘Maldives experience’ without the Maldives price tag? With its beautiful blue waters and sprawling beach, this island off Sabah is an ideal spot for honeymooners and lovebirds.
There’s only one resort on the whole island, equipped with a luxurious spa, private villas or chalets, an outdoor Jacuzzi with a sweeping view of the water, and all the long, romantic walks by the beach that you could desire – plus, with limited rooms available, you’ll always be able to find a secluded spot on the sand to soak in the serene atmosphere.
Beyond relaxing, take the opportunity to do a spot of diving and explore the Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground, Lobsters Lair and Hump Head Point. The coolest part? Tell your loved ones how much you wish they were there too by sending them a postcard from Mataking’s famous Underwater Post Office – the first of its kind in Malaysia!
How To Get There
Travel by road from Tawau to Semporna – about an hour – then transfer to Mataking by speedboat, which takes another 45 minutes.