Peninsular Malaysia or one the islands, Malaysia is surrounded by water. Renting a boat is therefore essential for those who want to discover this country from a different perspective - its many faces and magnificent coastal areas.

A country which embraces modernity, tradition and plenty of nature

The western side of Peninsular Malaysia with Thailand to the North and Singapore to the South, is the busiest, most modern part of the country with plenty of tourism. The heat and humidity will hit you first when you arrive in Kuala Lumpur. You will then discover one of the most modern cities in the world, with its huge skyscrapers, malls and monorail. At the centre of the peninsula and just a few hours by road from the capital, the mountainous region separates the east and west coasts. In this still untamed region, you can go and discover the primary forest in the Taman Negar National Park. Once in the jungle, walk on the canopy, discover rare plant and animal species and go upriver in a dugout canoe. You can also discover European's favourite holiday destinations from the colonial period. The slopes of Cameron Highlands with an altitude of 1400 m are covered in tea plantations. All the work is still done by hand and gently colours the landscape with an exceptionally bright green, made possible by the morning fogs.

Meander along the east coast

There is little tourism on the coast. It is bordered by small islands and is a paradise lost for sailing enthusiasts in the China Sea with Tioman, Redang and Kapas. This really is a must-see area and you will not regret your boat rental as you discover secret, authentic islands lush with greenery, a bustling, inhabited jungles and beaches with fine white sand edged with coconut trees and boulders. You can also enjoy the warm, idyllic waters, teeming with fish and coral in every colour imaginable.

Hop from island to island on the west coast

The west coast of the peninsula is the most visited and blends tradition with modernity. With the Andaman Sea lapping at its shores, this coast has changed hands between the Chinese, Portuguese and the Sultans, followed by the Dutch and finally the English, creating a human, cultural and architectural melting pot. The ancient market town of Malacca, to the south of the peninsula is a perfect example, with its Chinese quarter and the Malacca Sultanate Palace museum. From the town, you can easily go and discover the palm oil plantations which surround the town and which little by little are encroaching upon the territory. The island of Penang is not lacking in variety with Hindu temples, a Chinese area and modern tourist residences along beaches with beautiful clear waters.

On the border with Thailand to the North, the Langkawi Archipelago boasts 99 islands and is a real paradise for sailing enthusiasts. It is the main reason for renting a catamaran or a sailing boat and the principle starting point in Malaysia for sailing enthusiasts. Nothing is keeping you in the island's capital - as you set sail to discover this labyrinth of an archipelago, you will discover ancient pirate lairs, little coves surrounded by cliffs, mountainous areas covered in rainforest, caves and wild bays.

Sail to Borneo

The oriental side of Malaysia is much better preserved and is located in the north of Borneo. Made up of the Sarawak and Sabah regions, this stretch is covered with virgin and primary forest or less authentic, palm oil plantations. If you have the chance, don't hesitate to sail to these remote areas with their indigenous populations, exceptional flora and fauna and mangrove labyrinths in the Sarawak region. Why not try and climb Mount Kinabalu, more than 4000 m high?

Worth knowing/Advice

  • Languages: Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil
  • Currency: Ringgit
  • Secluded anchorages
  • Constant water temperature between 26 and 29°C all year round

The ports in this sailing area

Kuching, Langkawi, Malacca, Pangkor, Penang, Redang, Singapoure, Tioman, Trincomalee ...

When to travel?

  • Equatorial climate country: warm, humid climate all year round with high temperatures from 26 to 29°C.
  • 2 monsoon periods: winter monsoons in the north-east from November to February, summer monsoons in the south-west from August to November
  • For a departure from Langkawi, the best sailing conditions are from November to April
  • For a cruise around Tioman Island, the best sailing conditions are from May to October
  • Hurricane season from 1 July to 30 November


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