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Kayaking in Malaysia

Apart from during the months the northeast monsoon does its thing, typically December to February, few countries are as ideal for kayaking as Peninsular Malaysia. After all, the remainder of the year, March to October, conditions are just about perfect for kayaking here; winds are usually friendly, and, as a result, so are the waters. Skies are mostly fair and the temperature hardly ever drops below a balmy 30+ degrees.

Ultimate freedom...
Ultimate freedom...

Whilst Malaysia may not be rich in lakes, it more than makes up for it by its numerous rivers, or "sungai" as they are called here. Malaysia's sungai come in all shapes and sizes, from barely flowing to raging torrents. Take your pick.

Then there are the countless breathtaking paradise islands off the east coast. If you enjoy cruising at sea and venturing out to castaway bounty islands, then you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting your expedition objective.

Tioman Island
Tioman Island

One favorite that always ranks high on kayakers' expedition list is Pulau Tioman. Located about 45 kilometers offshore from Mersing, Tioman has "awesome trip" written all over it. Better yet, you can opt to kayak there in a straight line, or stop over at some of the idyllic castaway island the waters here are dotted with. Private beach anyone?

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