If the thought of getting the kiddos on a plane fills you with dread, then check out some of our favorite islands just off the coast of Singapore. All within an easy drive or boat ride away, or both, these islands will certainly provide you with the tropical oasis you’re looking for. Head up for a weekend or a relaxing week or two away, you’ll feel rejuvenated in no time. Time to start checking some of these stunning places on our guide off your list! Here are the top 10 islands near Singapore to visit NOW in Malaysia And Indonesia.
Telunas Private Island is the perfect getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful private island with its water bungalows is a must-visit for all families. Stay in one of the 15 gorgeous sea villas, with a king-sized bed and kids' loft that little island hoppers will love! We simply love this destination where you can disconnect from all things tech. No TV, no internet, no social media - time to detox and start having some old-fashioned fun!
Telunas Private Island, https://telunasresorts.com/private-island/
Hire this private island with the whole fam and have a sun-kissed holiday to remember. There’s snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and even movie screenings. Want more? If you're there for 4 nights, opt for a picnic at nearby islands or sunset cruises. With or without the kiddos, this is a beach haven to consider when planning your next chillax vacation.
Pulau Pangkil, www.pangkil.com
Just 30 minutes away from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in eastern Singapore, Montigo Resort Nongsa sits on the northeastern coast of Batam, and is one of Batam’s first luxury residences. Each of the lavish three-story villas offers ample room for your little jet-setters to run around. Let the wee-ones play while you kick back on your villa’s sky terrace or chill by your own private infinity pool.
Montigo Resort Nongsa, www.montigoresorts.com
Just 8km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia, this 5 hectare private island has been blessed with silky white beaches, vibrant coral reefs and lush tropical rainforests with native Banyan trees. For the adventure-thirsty kids, Nikoi offers rock climbing, island exploring, sailing and treasure hunts organized by the staff every morning. Check into one of the four 1-bedroom options with a small bunk room downstairs suitable for two children - ideal for a family of four.
Nikoi Island, Indonesia, www.nikoi.com
Immerse your feet into the barefoot luxury of Joyo Island, located in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, 3.5 hours from Singapore via the Bintan Ferry Terminal. While an abundance of activities and facilities await you and your kids – from table tennis, fishing trips, and canoeing, the best part about Pulau Joyo is its close proximity to nearby beaches and reefs.
Pulau Joyo, Joyo Resort, www.pulau-joyo.com
Spanning 17-hectares, Cempedak is a private island 9km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. Just 2.5 hours away from Singapore, the island is surrounded by other unspoilt islands along the coast of pristine white sandy beaches. Available activities are aplenty here - swimming, sailing, snorkeling, diving, spa, rock climbing, mountain biking, cultural trips, nature discovery - you pretty much got them all here. The only catch? The island has a strict policy of no entry for kids under the age of 16 so if you're planning a trip with the little kiddies, check out their sister property, Nikoi Island instead.
Cempedak Private Island, www.cempedak.com
This little island is filled with beach chalets. Enjoy waking up, running your toes through the sand, and sitting at the edge of crystal blue waters. The Sea Gypsy Village Resort is our top pick on where to stay on the island. This eco-resort spans over 5 acres of jungle, but still within reach of the beach. For a more luxurious stay, opt for Sari Pacifica Hotel Resort & Spa. Other accommodation options include Sibu Coconut Village Homestay and Rimba Resort. Chill by the pool, trek through the jungle, go diving and so much more - you’re bound to have hours of fun on this island escape.
Sea Gypsy Village Resort, https://siburesort.com/
Sari Pacifica Hotel Resort & Spa, http://sibu.saripacifica.com/
Sibu Coconut Village Homestay, www.sibucoconutvillage.com
Rimba Resort, www.resortmalaysia.com
If you want to see some of the most exotic and beautiful wildlife on an island, then this is a must visit. The kids will enjoy snorkeling with the schools of fish. They’ll be able to see rays and so much more. Stay in a rustic 'kampung' style villa at Sari Pacifica, furnished with a private balcony and outdoor tub. Be a part of the sea turtle nesting season on the island which begins in about two weeks. Visit www.facebook.com/Lang-Tengah-Turtle-Watch for the latest updates!
Sari Pacifica Beach Resort & Spa, www.saripacificalangtengah.com
No doubt one of our fav island destination in Malaysia, it’s the perfect getaway for couples, families, and groups. Little ones will have a great time playing on the white sandy beach, whizzing down the slides, and splashing in the azure blue sea. There's plenty to keep the kiddos entertained - canoes, snorkels, pedalos, and life jackets are all available for rent. Bring your full sand play gear, bats, balls, and everyone will be happy little islanders. Bare feet are a must, even when heading to breakfast - it’s just that relaxing there!
Rawa Island Resort, https://rawaislandresort.com/
A little further away from Rawa is Tioman. It’s a slightly longer boat ride and the sea can be a little choppy, but it’s worth it once you get there. There are many resorts on the island that are great for families and meet a range of budgets. From backpackers divers lodges to a slightly higher-end Berjaya Tioman Resort, it's best to do your research before your vacation. Kayaking, snorkeling, jungle trekking, there's lots to do for a weekend getaway. For avid divers, this is a great place to explore as well!
Pulau Tioman, www.tioman.com.my