Located less than an hour by boat from the east coast of Malaysia, the natural beauty of the Perhentian Islands will transport you immediately to another world. The name malay Perhentian is translated as «place where to stop», once the place of passage of traders who traveled between Malaysia and Bangkok.
Trip to the Perhentian Islands - What to do?
The Perhentian Islands are composed of two islands:
Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. The first is smaller, but more festive. The second is larger but quieter.
The islands remain relatively intact and the only permanent inhabitants live in a small fishing village on Perhentian Kecil. Besides the trails that cross the jungle, there are no roads on the islands. To get around, you have to walk in the jungle or take a water taxi. If you walk carefully, you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the wildlife, such as lizards, fruit bats, squirrels or even the elusive mouse deer. Simple cottages and small, medium-luxury resorts connect the picturesque beaches as well as restaurants, dive centres and boatmen who share their services with hand-painted panels.
Trip to the Perhentian Islands - Activities
If you come to the Perhentian Islands, don’t expect to visit many museums. The main activity here is lounging on white sand beaches. You will discover here beautiful landscapes, which have only the seabed. The waters are incredible, do not miss to come on these dream islands.
This is the main activity to be done on the Islands. The seabed is full of fish, turtles, harmless sharks and corals, an incredible seascape.
- A walk in the jungle
To reach the different beaches, you have to cross different paths through the jungle.
Trip to the Perhentian Islands - Where to eat?
$: Nia Cafe
Great breakfast place at unbeatable prices, our dining room!
Address: Marine Dept, Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Island, Terengganu
$$: The Barat Perhentian Restaurant
Small beachfront restaurant, offering international dishes as well as Malaysian dishes.
Address: Lot 136 GM 19, Kampung Seberang Genting | Kuala Besut, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300
$$$: Tuna Bay Island Resort
One of the best restaurants on the island! The menu is varied and the staff take care
Address: 120 Jalan Besar, Kuala Besut 22300
Travel to Perhentian Islands - Where to stay?
$: Senja Bay Resort
Small rooms equipped with balconies, with sunset view
Address: Coral Bay Pulau Perhentian Kecil, 22300 Perhentian Islands
$: Tuna Bay Island Resort
The location is great, the bungalows are very comfortable and the buffet is varied
Address: Pulau Perhentian Besar, Kuala Besut, 22200 Perhentian Islands
$$$: Perhentian Island Resort
An idyllic setting with seafront and pool
Address: Resort Office, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Daerah Besut,22200 Kuala Besut