Perhentian Island Malaysia.
Pulau Perhentian is located in the South China Sea 21 kilometers
from the coast of Kuala Besut, Terengganu. For hundred of years ago
vessel sailing from the south coast of Peninsular Malaysia to
Bangkok will stop-by for a rest and shelter at the island. They all
are ancient merchants carrying food, jewelry, vast and etc. As the
activities of merchants, sailors and traders from the South of
Chinese Sea have taken place, the island is getting popular for
their "one stop station", these islands were named as "Once Stop
Island" so called "Pulau Perhentian" in Malay language.
It comprises of two islands; Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau
Perhentian Kecil. Both islands are surrounded by beautiful
palm-fringed powdery white sandy beaches and crystal-clear
The two Perhentian Islands are rated as some of the most beautiful
islands in the world; a virtual paradise for snorkeling and diving
in crystal-clear water or just for lazing on one of the white sandy
beaches waiting for the coconuts to drop...
The two main islands are heavily forested and ringed with sandy
beaches, typical of tropical islands. Accommodations for visitors
are predominantly aimed at budget travelers and are mostly on the
larger Pulau Perhentian Besar, which not only has wonderful beaches
but also forest trails over the hills.
Both islands are separated by a very narrow sound but with strong
current. The significant different between the two islands is,
Perhentian Besar is more for a vocational island while the small one
is an island with the mixture of vacation mood and reality life due
to the fishing village, Kampung Pasir Hantu which is resided with
more than 2000 villagers and completed with basic facilities apart
from resorts and guesthouses.
All manner of aquatic life is visible both near and far from the
beach such as turtles, sharks, coral and thousands of tropical fish.
The interior is covered by jungle with a wide variety of species.
You can watch monitor lizards, monkeys, geckos, flying squirrels,
butterflies and many other types - sometimes right in front of your
chalet. There are no roads and not many paths, so the islands are
mainly peaceful and untouched - so far.
Kota Bharu's small but new and efficient Sultan Ismail Petra Airport
(KBR) 55km or an hour journey
English and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)
Best Time to Visit
Between February and August. Busiest seasons are during
Between end of November and early February
Eight hours ahead of GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not applicable to
Visitors need to be aware that traveler's checks CANNOT be exchanged
on the island and a number of resorts DO NOT accept credit cards. So
bring sufficient amount of cash
Hot and humid all year round, ranging between 26°C to 33°C
Some additional tips and advice before going to Perhentian
Bring plenty of cash before going to Perhentian Island as there are
no banks at Kuala Besut and Perhentian Island
In Kelantan & Terengganu states, offices are closed on Friday &
Saturday. Their normal work week is from Sunday to Thursday.
To get to Perhentian Islands, travel to Kuala Besut where boats
await to take passengers to the islands. Kuala Besut is accessible
via express coaches from major cities in Malaysia. Alternatively,
fly to Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu (the main airports on the east
coast), and hire a taxi to travel to Kuala Besut, which is around 45
to 60 minutes by car.
At Kuala Besut, tourists have to pay a Marine Park conservation fee
of about RM5.00 adult & RM2.50/child.
Boat services at Kuala Besut are available for a fee of about RM70
return trip. There is no fixed boat schedule; they depart when there
are enough passengers.
The best time to come to Perhentian Islands is between March and
October when the weather is sunny and warm. Peak season is in June,
July and August, so expect to pay slightly higher prices in
accommodation. The islands are closed usually between November and
February due to the monsoon season which brings rain and makes boat
travel to the island difficult.
Electricity - All resorts use their own generators, so some
resorts/chalets provide 24 hours electricity and others, only 12