Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
The small clustering of islands off the coast of Northeast Malaysia aren’t all about their pristine white beaches and cute cocktail bars. Under the surface, you can expect to share the aquamarine waters with inquisitive green turtles and black-tip reef sharks. But need not fear, black-tips may appear intimidating but these timid creatures are more concerned with feeding on small fish than taking a chunk out of your leg! Take an amble down the beach following a day of snorkelling and indulge in a beachside massage to reward yourself with all that paddling. Perhaps heaven really is a place on earth?
Getting there: Fly to Sultan Mahmud Airport (Kuala Terengganu) and take the ferry to Pulau Perhentian.