5 Hidden Gems to Visit in Malaysia Before The Crowd Comes!

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Our country has so much more to offer and a lot more hidden gems yet to be discovered. Sometimes, you just have to know where to look and in this case, if you’re reading this, then you’ve found it! If you’re looking to travel local yet you want to avoid the crowd and take in the location all to yourself, why not check out these hidden gems. From diving in clear waters with rich marine life to embracing Mother Nature’s wilderness why not make these places your next crowd-free destination spots.

1. Tusan Beach

Photography: Jacob Mojiwat, Flickr

A romantic beach getaway for two? Head out to the beautiful beach of Tusan. Located an hour away from Miri City, Tusan holds many interesting shaped cliffs that that towers over the ‘blue tears’ or bioluminescence phenomenon caused by microorganisms, which is what it’s famous for. When the wave forms, you’ll see a magical blue glow moving with the waters – a sight to see with your own eyes!

2. Sasaran Beach

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Are your eyes playing tricks on you? No, it’s not a mirage, you’re seeing what is called the Sky Mirror and it’s located here in Malaysia! You don’t have to travel to Bolivia to see the Salt Flat, Sasaran Beach possesses similar unique traits as the beach turns itself into a reflective natural wonder. You won’t be able to resist taking some awesome photographs whilst you’re there. To get there, you’ll need to go by boat from Jeram and it’ll take about 30 minutes to reach. That being said, the beach is only accessible twice a month, during the new moon and full moon so it’s best to plan in ahead!

3. Gunung Mulu National Park

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Experience the best of what nature has to offer at the Gunung Mulu National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers many wilderness activities such as walking across a long canopy above the forest, exploring live caves, spot colourful wildlife and witness spectacular spiked limestone formations. That’s not all, you can also take in the huge waterfall there. Enjoy your trip there by either opting for a guided tour or solo adventures. Make sure you bring all the essentials like medication and money, as there won’t be any ATM’s or pharmacies nearby. Mulu’s peak seasons are between the month of June to September, so make sure to book your accommodations and tours way in advance.

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4. Sipadan Island

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Want to dive in crystal clear waters? Why not spend your time at Sipadan Island in Sabah! Though the island isn’t something new, you can enjoy the water activities at this isolated island without the massive crowd. Malaysia’s only oceanic island, Sipadan is every scuba diver’s dream. At one of it’s 12 diving sites you’ll be able to witness over 3,000 species of fish, colourful coral, and rare turtles as it is untouched and offers rich marine life. To control the number of visitors, you will need a permit to enter and they only provide a total of 120 permits per day, so first come first serve!

5.      Pulau Tiga Park

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Be one with Mother Nature and enjoy the scenic greenery at Pulau Tiga Park. About 125 km away from Kota Kinabalu city, this park is home to three islands –  Pulau Tiga, Pulau Kalampunian Damit, and Pulau Kalampunian Besar. Here you can do some snorkeling and scuba diving which offers breath taking experience with over 100 coral species. If you’re into reptiles, you’ll be happy to know that Pulau Kalampunian Damit is primary inhabitants, snakes, which is why it’s also called the ‘Snake Island’. With its therapeutic properties, relish your downtime session over a dip in the small mud volcanoes, for some natural spa treatment to get that natural glowing skin.

Fun fact! These remote islands are recognized as ‘Survivors Islands’ as they were all features in the US-based hit reality show ‘Survivor’.

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