Malaysian islands by speed boat or ferry
The best way to travel to and from Malaysia is on the water! Using our easy and reliable services, you can book a seat onboard one of the speedboats between the beautiful islands of Redang, Lang Tengah and Perhentian off the east coast, or perhaps a round trip ticket to the popular Kapas Island further south. Alterntatively, a ferry ticket to the stunning Langkawi archipelago in the Malacca Strait is only a few clicks away...
Langkawi, an island archipelago off the west coast of Malaysia, is a popular destination and therefore there are many options for travel.
There are very regular ferries that connect Langkawi to the Malaysian mainland, and the ferry from Kuala Pelis or Kuala Kedah takes approximately 90 minutes and costs around €5. Traveling from Penang will take up to three hours and cost about €13. There is also an International Airport on Langkawi that has regular flights to Singapore, China, Thailand and Qatar.
There are also many boats serving nearby islands.
East Coast Islands
The idyllic islands off the east coast of Malaysia are known for their crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. They are all easily accessible from Kuala Besut or Marang on the mainland, both a short distance from Kuala Terengganu and its airport.
Boats travel to either Perhentian Besar or to Perhentian Kecil, and there are also water taxis ready to take you between beaches or islands. Both the Perhentian islands have many resorts, and if you already know where you are going to stay, you can choose the port which is closest to your accommodation. Many of the resorts have their own pier, so the skipper can drop you off at your hotel if you wish!
Speed boat services to the Perhentian Islands leave from the jetty at Kuala Besut, departing every 30 minutes. The journey is a mere 40 minutes. Kuala Besut can be easily reached from either Kota Bahru or Kuala Terngganu.
The best time to visit Redang Island is in the high season between March and October. The sea can be unsafe for the boats in the monsoon season, and the resorts close. The island is busier as a rule during public holidays, over long weekends, and in June when there are school holidays in Malaysia and Singapore. If travelling at these times, it is best to book your travel and accommodation in advance.
The speed boat to Redang Island departs almost every hour from the Merang Jetty, and takes 45 minutes. Merang is located halfway between Kuala Besut and Kuala Terengganu.