Perhentian Islands Travel Guide


Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands are recognized as the top 10 islands in the world. The crystal clear water makes these tropical paradise islands as your perfect spot for snorkeling and diving. The beauty white sandy beaches, along the shoreline, are the best places where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun.

Perhentian consist of two islands, namely Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island). They are situated 21 km off coast of Terangganu, on the South China Sea. Perhentian is one of the most visited places in Malaysia and attract thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.

Perhentian Besar is your perfect choice if you want a tranquility island holidays with your loved one or family. Meanwhile Perhentian Kecil is more popular among backpackers who prefer partying and budgeting holidays style.

How to get there?

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Perhentian Islands are connected via boat, road, rail and air transportation system from cities and towns throughout Malaysia. The best route from your location is to get straight to Kuala Besut Jetty by road (bus/shuttle/self drive), and then proceed to Perhentian Island by boat. If there is no direct transfer from your departure point, get either to either Jerteh or Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu then proceed to Kuala Besut Jetty.


Where to stay

Most of the accommodations are located along the beautiful beach of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. Pulau Perhentian Besar, which is more developed, offers better facilities and better quality resorts. On the other hands Pulau Perhentian Kecil is more geared towards backpackers where you’ll find a wide range of budget options for both accommodation and food.

Top 10 Resorts in Perhentian Islands

Things to do?

Popular activities on these islands are related to sea, beaches and rainforest. The activities are: –

  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Jungle Trekking


Plank & beach


Perhentian Islands are well known for its crystal clear waters and magnificent underwater world. For snorkelers, your experience on the island shall be nothing short of awesome due to the abundance of marine life in shallow coastline that runs along many places around the island.

Many resorts on the island are facing towards the house of reef. Therefore, you have the freedom to snorkel right in front of your resort. You will be surprised by what you can find in the waters even only knees deep  – Learn more


Scuba Diving

Perhentian is a true paradise for divers. It’s crystal clear waters combined with the penetrating sunlight sometimes allow visibility to exceed 25 meters. If you wish to have PADI certifications, Perhentian is a good place for you to consider. There are many diving schools on the island that are significantly cheaper in price compared to anywhere else around the world – Learn more



If you feel adventurous and would like to explore the island on your own, you can simply rent a kayak. There are plenty of places to rent kayaks on both islands. This allows you to paddle around the island freely as you discover the deserted beaches where you will find a little more privacy.You can bring along your snorkel gear and snorkel at these beaches as you please or maybe just lay down by the sand to get your tanning done – Learn more


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