Malaysia is located at a natural crossroads between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, and the island of Langkawi is Malaysia’s most well-known cruising haven, and a convenient port of departure for yachts that want to head north up to Phuket.
Within Malaysia’s borders the best yacht charter area’s comprises:
- The Malaysian island of Langkawi provides access to the Andaman Sea and remains is the primary focus for many yachts and offers lovely natural landscapes with gorgeous beaches, magnificent caves, lakes, limestone hills and plenty of wildlife hidden in lush, tropical jungles. A typical cruise will start in one of Langkawi’s 3 main marinas, and from there, one can cruise north towards Thailand, and the islands of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, Tarutao, Similan, and Surin.
- The east coast of Malaysia borders the South China Sea, where there are clusters of islands around Tioman, Redang and Perhentian that offer not only idyllic cruising, but also some fine scuba diving.
- In the south, Malaysia is connected by a causeway and a bridge to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca.
- Malaysian Borneo, comprises the states of Sabah and Sarawak, and both are emerging to become cruiser-friendly. There are marinas, marine parks, and surprisingly large numbers of accessible tropical islands of Borneo’s lush jungle covered coastline. Malaysian Borneo also shares borders with Indonesia, while Kota Kinabalu is also a good point of departure for trips to the Philippine islands of Palawan.