There are plenty of reasons why Malaysian waters are great for sailing – brilliant weather almost all year round, world-class infrastructure, marine security and ideal sailing conditions. Not forgetting the beautiful islands that dot the surrounding sea, beckoning you to drop anchor for a day or two. Langkawi and Tioman are favoured sailing destinations; not only are the waters easy to maneuver but both islands are known for its tourist attractions; Langkawi with its archipelago of 99 islands and beach resorts, Tioman as a popular dive destination. Speaking of islands, the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah boasts a myriad of idyllic islands. Sailing enthusiasts spend their days on their yachts or catamarans cruising along the South China, Celebes or Sulu seas (depending if you are on the West or East coast), hopping from one island to another.

The annual ‘Sail Malaysia’ rally gives sailing aficionados a chance to explore Malaysia by sea. Yachting communities from around the world participate in the rally of their choice (Passage to the East begins during the Southwest monsoon from mid-May to early September while Passage to Langkawi takes off during the Northeast Monsoon from early November to March). Find out more about this exciting event at

Local Operators


Borneo Tall Ships, Kota Kinabalu,Malaysia


Stardust Yacht Charter, Langkawi, Malaysia


Damai Indah Luxury Cruise, Langkawi, Malaysia


Blue Water Star Sailing, Langkawi, Malaysia


Crystal Yacht Holidays, Langkawi, Malaysia

A diverse array of islands offer a huge variety of Malaysia holiday options

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