A honeymoon sets the pace for a couple’s new life together. This special time is one of the most memorable in a marriage and what makes it more so is the destination one chooses to visit. Honeymooners looking for something slightly outside the box with beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities should seriously consider Malaysia.

Laze around on the beaches of Perhentian or Tioman Island and then explore all of Malaysia’s tropical forests, parks, picturesque villages and have some delicious Malaysian food. For a memorable honeymoon, choose from these magical Malaysian destinations.

Tioman Island

Tioman IslandTioman Island via @cyncynti
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Go There For: Underwater adventure and watersports

Sitting in the South China Sea in the shape of an emerald dragon, Tioman Island is one of the most popular nature reserves in Malaysia. The small island is ringed with beaches, many of which are popular diving sites featuring corals, sea fans, shipwrecks and sea sponges.

Along with the pristine beaches, the island is also a mixture of lush tropical jungles and innumerable mountain streams. The natural beauty and serenity of the island make it a popular destination among couples.

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Getting There: Tioman Island is easy to access by ferry from Mersing on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island also boasts its own airport, Pulau Tioman Airport.
Best Time To Go: March to October

Must-Do Experiences On Tioman Island

1. Try A Few Water Sports Or Activities

Stand-up Paddle in TiomanStand-up Paddle in Tioman via @cloexplore

Laze around with your partner on the beach, or try some water sports like kayaking, surfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing. Get the best underwater experience and explore it to your heart’s content.

2. Visit The Asah Waterfall

Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Asah waterfall and other smaller ones around the jungle and trek through the lush rainforest.

Langkawi

LangkawiLangkawi via @adriftwanderers
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Go There For: Shopping and exploring Malaysia’s natural beauty

Imagine staying on one of 104 exotic islands in the Andaman Sea, surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. The eponymous Langkawi Island is the largest of the archipelago (also known as the Jewel of Kedah) and is the best place for a Malaysian honeymoon.

Duty-free shopping is what attracts many visitors to the island, but that’s not all – the island’s landscape is painted with beautiful beaches, vast paddy fields and quaint picturesque villages, perfect for nature lovers.

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Getting There: There are scheduled flights on national carriers, namely Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia or FireFly to Langkawi International Airport. Ferries also go from many of the entry points in Malaysia to Langkawi Ferry Terminal.
Best Time To Go: November to April

Must-Do Experiences In Langkawi

1. Spend A Romantic Evening On The Stardust BBQ Sunset Dinner Cruise

Spend a romantic evening on the Stardust BBQ Sunset Dinner Cruise; if you are lucky you might even spot some spinner dolphins or flying fish.

2. Visit The Langkawi Underwater World

Visit the Underwater World, one of the largest marine and fresh-water aquaria in South-East Asia.

3. Do Some Duty-Free Shopping

Enjoy some duty-free shopping in Kuah, the island’s main shopping hub, which has a range of malls and shops. The out-of-town shopping malls also work hard to attract shoppers with their discounted price, so be sure to take advantage. Note that you need to spend at least 48 hours in Langkawi to be eligible for duty-free rates and alcohol allowance.

Perhentian Islands

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Go There For: Scuba Diving and trekking

This island is an ideal hideaway destination for honeymooners. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar, popular among honeymooners and families, and Perhentian Kecil, which is better suited for travellers on a budget.

There are lots of water activities to do on both islands, but many travellers visit the Perhentian Islands to get away and relax.

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Getting There: Ferries to both Perhentian islands leave almost every hour from Kuala Besut during regular business hours. Travellers from Kuala Lumpur or other destinations can fly in, take a train or bus to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu.
Best Time To Go: March to October

Must-Do Experiences On Perhentian Islands

1. Go Jungle Trekking

Go jungle trekking at the Perhentian Island Resort to discover Malaysia’s raw and natural beauty. Watch out for the monitor lizards, though!

2. Watch The Sunset With Your Partner At The Tupai Beach Bar

Chill at the Tupai Beach Bar for a memorable evening with your partner. You can unwind on a wicker chair or lie on a sunbed and watch the sunset with your partner. The gorgeous beachfront bar serves beers, refreshing cocktails and light snacks.

3. Dive With Whale Sharks & Octopuses At Turtle Bay

Go spot whale sharks and octopuses while diving in Turtle Bay. Don’t worry if you’re not a diving expert – Turtle Bay offers three-hour discover scuba dives and three- to four-day PADI courses.

Batu Ferringhi Beach (Foreigner’s Rock)

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Go There For: A quintessential beach honeymoon
Batu Ferringhi BeachBatu Ferringhi Beach via @penang_my

Located on the north-west side of George Town and lined with a string of international- standard resorts, Batu Ferringhi Beach is the most popular beach in Penang and an ideal honeymoon destination. The island is characterised by miles of soft white sand stretching on both sides and a long winding road, Jalan Batu Ferringhi.

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Getting There: From Penang Airport, there is a choice of either a cheap local bus or taking a taxi. The local island bus company, Rapid Penang, operates regular buses from the airport all the way to the beach strip at Batu Ferringhi.
Best Time To Go: December to September

Must-Do Experiences On Batu Ferringhi Beach

1. Sunbathe On The Beach

Sunbathe on the beach and enjoy a relaxing Thai body and foot massage with your partner.

2. Engage In Plenty Of Water Activities

Have a fun time with beach buggy, horseback riding, parasailing and jet-skiing. There’s plenty of water activities to do on the beach.

3. Experience The Open-Air Bazaar

As the sun sets, Batu Ferringhi comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere at the open-air bazaar. This night market is usually filled with tourists and you can shop for anything, from curios to special Malaysian souvenirs.

Mabul Island

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Go There For: Muck Diving and watersports

Famous for being one of the best muck diving destinations in the world, Mabul Island features pristine beaches, soft white sand, and clear waters, perfect for a romantic honeymoon. The lack of major tourism on the island also guarantees absolute privacy to make your honeymoon even more special.

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Getting There: The best way to get to Mabul Island is to travel to Semporna and take a short boat ride out to the island. Mabul is also small enough to be explored entirely on foot, so no need to worry about renting cars.
Best Time To Go: March to October

Must-Do Experiences On Mabul Island

1. Have A Romantic Time Exploring The Island In A Transparent Kayak

Have a romantic and fun time exploring the island in a transparent kayak. Remember the island is small, so a transparent kayak is suitable for exploring around the island and discovering some of Malaysia’s gorgeous marine life.

2. Go Muck Diving

Mabul Island is known for its unique muck diving sites. Witness the beautiful coral reef while snorkelling or scuba diving.

3. Visit & Tour The Bajau Laut Village 

The Bajau Laut, also known as the Sea Gypsies, are some of the last marine nomads in South-East Asia. Visiting the Bajau Laut Village is sure to be an enriching cultural experience.