Perhentian Islands

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How to get to the Perhentian Islands?

It is more convenient and efficient to book a ticket and travel from Kuala Besut with a fast boat. The fast boats leave almost every hour from the Kuala Besut Jetty and it is better to save a seat and buy a ticket online. The time it takes from the Kuala Besut to Perhentian Islands is approximately 45 minutes. Getting to Kuala Besut is relatively easy with little hassle. You need to take a train bus or a flight to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu and from there, any local taxi will drive to the Kuala Besut Jetty.

Arwana Eco Beach - Perhentian Besar

Arwana Eco Beach - Perhentian Besar

Why Perhentian Islands?


Some have said that they are the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. It does not matter if you travel with your kids, family or friends because the two Perhentian islands are prepared to cater for all. It is a must see as a stop to enjoy a taste of Paradise. The name of the islands actually means "The stopping point" in Malay and even the British colonials were calling it "The Station islands" for the same reason. These days the locals are used to foreigners and in fact, tourism became the primary source of income instead of fishing at present. However, the infrastructure is still modest as there are no cars, roads or ATM's. Therefore, remember to bring some extra cash from the mainland when you do go. Also, the island rich in its wildlife as there are a variety of breeds of fish and all kinds of sea animals in the waters and on coral reefs such as sea turtles, clownfish, cuttlefish, parrotfish, blue-spotted rays. The black-tipped sharks swim freely among all the others. 

Tuna beach - Perhentian Besar

Tuna beach - Perhentian Besar

There are two inhabited paradise islands the Perhentian Besar ("Greater Perhentian" and the Perhentian Kecil ("Lesser Perhentian"). Both islands have incredible white coral sand beaches and turquoise blue sea. The site is to behold and what you would expect to find on vacation. On most shores, the water is shallow, and it is perfect for snorkeling or even scuba diving. There are many schools where you can get PADI certified in diving as well to add to the amazing experience. There are various possibilities for accommodation from low cost to up market resorts. Towards the center of the island is mostly rain forest with limited trails that connect different resorts and beaches. These forests are rich in animal life as well. It would perhaps be more comfortable to make use of the water taxi.

Beach party Perhentian Island

Beach party Perhentian Island

Fisheman village Perhentian Kencil

Fisheman village Perhentian Kencil