Malaysia is known for its many islands that feature stunning beaches, tropical rainforests and diverse cultures. A number of these islands are popular diving and snorkeling destinations because of their crystal clear waters and colourful coral reefs.
This stamp issue by Pos Malaysia in 2002 features six of these islands and beaches, which are popular tourist getaway destinations.
Pulau Sibu, Johor - Pulau Sibu is a half an hour boat ride from Tanjung Leman. Artifical tyre-reefs have been set up off the coast, making it a truly anglers haven.
Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu - Pulau Perhentian is located 21km off Kuala Besut, Terengganu; and is divided into Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar. Formerly a fisherman village, the natural unspoilt environment and rich diversity of corals and marine fauna is the main attraction of the island.
Pulau Manukan, Sabah - This semi-circular island, located 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, offers raw natural beauty including long white beaches, sparkling emerald waters and rich fauna and flora. Diving enthusiasts would be truly fascinated by the rare coral reefs found underwater.
Pulau Tioman, Pahang - Lies 60km off the southeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Pulau Tioman is one of the most beautiful volcanic islands in the world. Its clear emerald waters, an amazing underwater world, exotic tropical flora and white sandy beaches are just some of the magical attractions of this island.
Pulau Singa Besar, Kedah - This island is a mere 40-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty. The white sandy beaches and the varying species of birds and animals are great attractions not only for tourists but also for scientists.
Pulau Pangkor, Perak - Merely a half an hour boat ride from Lumut Jetty, Pulau Pangkor is a tropical paradise with white beaches and crystal clear waters. The island also has a number of historical remnants, left over by the Dutch and Bugis pirates.
Date of Issue : 31 Jul 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen, 2 x 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Subsequent issues in the Islands & Beaches of Malaysia stamp series :