Malaysia has hundreds of islands. Some of them are habitable and passable; others are yet not explored and not habited. Malaysians refer to their islands as ‘Pulau’.

Most of the well known islands that can be found at Peninsular Malaysia are: Pulau Penang, Pulau Langkawi en Pulau Pangkor on the west side, and Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Tioman on the east side. The islands on the west side aren’t well known for their underwater world, i.e. you can’t snorkel in many places. These islands do have a lot of character in general and therefore are more crowded than the islands on the east side of the peninsula. Islands on the east site are known for their great scuba diving and snorkeling possibilities.

There are also many beautiful islands around Borneo, some of them are of the sort that you usually see in commercials on tv. Most of the islands are easily accessible for tourists; they can often be visited by plane.

On the west side of the peninsula there’s not really a monsoon but a rainy season. This concludes the months July and August. This means a considerable shower per day, usually at the end of the afternoon.