Water Adventures in Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) in Malaysia

Water Adventures in Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) in Malaysia

Perhentian Islands Malaysia

Water Adventures in Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) in Malaysia:
Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) are islands located in Besut District in Terengganu, Malaysia.

Malaysia has a lot of things to offer, not only known for its best dishes. You have plenty of activities to do whether you stay in this country for good or just for a quality vacation. One of the best things to do is to explore Malaysia’s sparkling waters.

Located approximately 20 kilometres off the coast of North East Malaysia, very close to Thailand, the Perhentian Islands is a good diving destination for all underwater enthusiasts.
More than the breathe taking snorkeling view from the shore, this island offers a lot of good diving spots, trails to hike, and beautiful beaches keeping yourselves busy.

The 2 Main Islands of Perhentian Islands:

Perhentian Kecil (Lesser Perhentian)

Perhentian Kecil in Malaysia Coral Bay

With its cheaper accommodations, Perhentian Kecil attracts more travellers as it is more developed. It has many dive shops which you can check out for all your needs.


Perhentian Besar (Greater Perhentian)

Perhentian Besar in Malaysia

Perhentian Besar is less developed with more expensive resorts and restaurants, however, this is also the better island to go for a relaxing and romantic breakaway.

Five Uninhabited Islands

Five Uninhabited Islands in Perenthian Island in Malaysia

Except for two main islands of Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, there are five more islands in the archipelago. All these five islands are uninhabited and are known as the Five Uninhabited Islands of Perhentian Islands in Malaysia.

There are many snorkeling and scuba diving spots around it. The amazing sandy beaches are on Rawa, Serengeh and Tokong Burung islands.

Snorkeling in Perhentian Islands

snorkeling in perhentian islands in Malaysia

Snorkeling around the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia is awesome. You will have a good chance to easily see many harmless Blacktip reef sharks.
This type of shark is harmless. You will also see giant green turtles from up close as they are not shy.
The best way is to arrange a snorkeling day trip with a local guide to take you to the best spots around the islands.
You can rent your snorkeling gears from many places but it is better to bring along your own gear for it is safer as you would have the gear suits that you need and are comfortable with.


FAQs For Visiting Perhentian Islands

Where are the Perhentian Islands located?

Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) are islands located in Besut District in Terengganu, Malaysia. Perhentian Islands consists of two main islands Perhentian Besar (Greater Perhentian), Perhentian Kecil (Lesser Perhentian) and five other uninhabited islands.

What is the best time to visit Perhentian Islands?

The best time to visit Perhentian Islands or Pulau Perhentian is during the dry season from March to November, with July being the peak season. During the rainy months, the Perhentian Isands are pretty empty. Do book your accommodation in advance if you plan to visit the islands during the peak season.

When is the diving season?

The diving season in the Perhentian Islands is from April to October. This month has warm water for about 27 to 32c and with good visibility.
June to August mostly has little rain. From November to March the whole island shuts down due to bad weather and rough seas.

How do I get to Perhentian Islands?

Visitors would need to take a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur or endure an eight hours journey by road from Kuala Lumpur. If you take a flight, you will arrive either at Kuala Terenganu or Kota Bahru in the neighbouring Kelantan State. It would then be a bus ride to Kuala Besut. The final leg of covering 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) would be a ferry ride to the Perhentian Islands.

How many days do you need in Perhentian Islands?

The number of days you need to spend in Perhentian Islands would depend on the amount of time you have for your entire holiday. On the average, you should at least set aside two or three nights for touring the Perhentian Islands.

Are the Perhentian Islands safe?

The vast majority of travellers to the Perhentian Islands will not encounter any problems at all during their stay there. Minor theft, especially from the less expensive bungalows and off the beach, is a known problem. Solo travellers need to watch their drinks at the Long Beach bars as there have been instances of drink spiking. The paved trail from Long Beach to Coral Bay is mostly dark and largely unlit thus it is not advisable to walk along it during those timings.

What is the there to eat in Perhentian Islands?

There are many places to eat in Perhentian Islands and we have listed a few nice places to eat in Pulau Perhantian:
• Bayu Restaurant
– Located on Perhentian Kecil, Bayu Restaurant barbeques today’s catch at the Alunan Resort along Petani Beach. Though the meals are costlier, it has been rated as among the best restaurants in Perhentian Kecil.

• Ewan’s Café & Restaurant
– With its prime location sandwiched between Coral Bay and Long Beach in Perhentian Kecil, the café/restaurant attracts a wide range of customers with their budget-friendly meals.

• Matahari Chalet & Restaurant
– Matahari Chalet’s open-air restaurant near Kecil’s Long Beach attracts mid-range customers from around the island. The extensive menu offers a broader selection of dishes compared to other restaurants in The Perhentian Islands.

• Belinda Café
– Belinda Café is among our favourite restaurants in The Perhentian Islands for its Thai and Malay fusion food with affordable prices, huge portions and hospitable staff. This family-friendly spot on Perhentian Besar overlooks the beach and serves both breakfast and lunch.

• Crocodile Rock Bistro
– Highly popular among the not-so-budget conscious tourists, Perhentian Kecil’s Crocodile Rock Bistro offers a dining experience on the beach with wooden tables stretching across the sand. Be warned though, finding this restaurant near Rainforest Beach can be tricky.

• Alur Pinang
– Alur Pinang is an excellent place for lunch if you are exploring Perhertian Besar with their local-style meals. To be able to enjoy a meal surrounded by the lush rainforest, you will need to put in some effort to find it.

• Blue Paradise
– Blue Paradise is located next to Belinda Café on Perhentian Besar. Offering a selection of food at more budget-friendly prices and a friendly environment, this is one of the best restaurants in Perhentian Islands for families with young children.

• Awatif Café
– With its location next to the BuBu Resort on Perhentian Kecil, this is one of the best restaurants for a quick meal before rushing back to your sunbathe or snorkelling on the beach.

How can I go to Pulau Perhentian by flight?

Take a 45-minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu with Malaysia Airline, Air Asia or Fireflyz. Upon arrival at the airport, you can either take a bus or a taxi to Kuala Besut jetty, the journey will take about 90 minutes from Kuala Terengganu airport or 60 minutes from Kota Bharu airport.

How do you get from Kuala Terengganu to Perhentian Islands?

The best way for you to go from Kuala Terengganu to Perhentian Islands is to take a bus or a taxi to Kuala Besut, a 1.5 hours ride from Kuala Terengganu and catch a boat from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Islands.


We hope that you would enjoy your holiday on Perhentian Islands in Malaysia as compiled by Best Five Star.

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