Perhentian Islands

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Perhentian Islands
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Ezwan Shah Nordin
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia60 contributions
Tips to explore Perhentian Islands
Jun 2020
1. Hey travelers, Perhentian Island located at Kuala Besut, Besut District, Terengganu.

2. Perhentian Islands had two main islands and we called Perhentian Kecil (located Long Beach) and Perhentian Besar.

3. How about the transportation ? You come with a bus, taxi, ehalling or personal vehicle. How to get that ? You can come from Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu by express bus.

4. You can go to the express bus kiosk at the bus station (Terminal Bus Kuala Terengganu/ Kota Bharu) and ask the price and the bus will pass through Kuala Besut.

5. Some travelers like to go to Redang Island,Bidong Island or Lang Tengah Island (later I will share my experience).

6. After you reach Kuala Besut by bus, the bus will stop at Kuala Besut Station Bus (Town Kuala Besut). Or if you come with our vehicle (motorcycle or car) make sure to find parking (fee around RM 10.00 for car and motorcycle RM2.00 but if safe).

7. If you are walking in to come here, please don't walk in on the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) due to being so busy and crowded with tourists.

8. How much is the package Perhentian Island? Around RM 50 - 60 for a day trip and accommodation please use Booking.com, Trivago and so on. How much are you going to spend on accommodations? It depends on you but I suggest staying at Long Beach (crowded with travelers but you can do many things). If you want to relax, cool and private you can try at Perhentian Besar.

9. I just advised that mode of transport at Perhentian was boat or ferry and the cost was “pretty good’’. Please stay at Perhentian Kecil okay.

10. What to eat at Perhentian ? I suggest bringing some food on the island because the price is not bad. Expect , you must try BBQ with fresh seafood.

Thank you, any question and please comment below.

Written 30 November 2020
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Hui L
21 contributions
Beautiful island
Sep 2020
Beautiful island, white sandy beach, clear and calm water. Wonderful place to chillax with friends and family.
Written 9 October 2020
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stephy s
Athens, Greece11 contributions
Paradise
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went on the 20th of Febuary, and it was FABULOUS.A few people at the beach and affordable.A few restaurants were open and the locals were preparing and maintaning.The weather was great,everything was fantastic.We were very troubled after reading MANY reviews,but at the end everything went just PERFECT.
Written 21 February 2020
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pikkujussi
New York City, United States6 contributions
Perhentian Besar / Perhentien Island Resort
Oct 2019
Visited Perhentian in end of October, just before the rainy season. Weather was still great, sunny and warm (+30 deg C). Boat trip from mainland took ab. 45 min with small speedboat.
PIR beach is private and perhaps the best in island. There are great snorkeling and diving areas. About 100m from the beach there is an area to spot turtles almost 1005 guarantee every day.
In the end of tourist season the resort was peaceful. Everything except the kitchen worked fine. Normal weekly buffet dinner and barbecue were not available any more.
Another 'minus' is wifi, that worked only in the lobby area.
Written 7 January 2020
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Hazel S
Hobart, Australia11 contributions
Marine park Pulau Perhentian Islands
Oct 2019 • Friends

In the three visits to the Perhentian Islands in the last 14 years it’s obvious that the Marine Park is being destroyed. The fee for use of the Marine Park is great. If you need to charge more for supervision then do so as it will improve things. But, there is no attempts to control the way visitors interact with the marine life. I saw a man poking the sand to find and eat a turtle egg in the park on a snorkelling trip. Two turtles had been killed by boats speeding into the bay adjacent to The Perhentian Resort on Besar. Tourists on boats are given no instruction and were touching, trying to ride turtles and standing on coral. Lack of action is destroying Malaysian heritage for this and future generations.
Put a speed limit into places where turtles inhabit. Have a laneway for boats to go in and out the bays and impose a fine for speeding. Give tourists information on their ticket for the park and have tour guides have displayed the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of interactions with marine life. I encourage people to support best practice in the park as the last 6 years the difference has been absolutely devastating to see.
Written 6 October 2019
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Big Asian Choice
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia230 contributions
Beautiful Nature on A Very Worthwhile Visit
Sep 2019
Perhentian Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Kuala Besut. The larger of the islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil Islands. Perhentian had fine sandy beaches, green forests, rugged rock structures, curiously beautiful large boulders, clear sea water, colourful fishes and charming wildlife. Beaches were quite different from one another, with their own charm and beauty, so it was a good idea to just visit them one by one (food available at each), and that would keep you occupied for a few days. In addition, there were inland hiking routes available as well such as the Windmills hiking route. On Kuala Besut mainland side, Air Tawar Beach was one of the best places to view spectacular sunrise, while a hike up to Bukit Keluang (hill) further to the south of Kuala Besut provided majestic view of a sea cliff and distant promontories. Bukit Keluang Beach at the foothill of Bukit Keluang (hill) had a lake just inland of the sandy beach. These were some of the natural wonders seen during my Perhentian Islands visit.
Written 18 September 2019
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CeBadr
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia115 contributions
Avoid School Holidays
Aug 2019 • Family
Was here during school holidays. Not a good time unless you are with your school going kids on holiday. Most places here were fully booked. If you still need or have to be at Perhentian during school holidays, book early.

Stayed in a house turned into a guesthouse. Except for thin walls, windowless room - room was ok. Both night at the island, had blackouts.

Had meals at food cafe about 100m near guesthouse. Plan your meal times to avoid crowd and having to wait for minimum 30minutes for your food. Meals are cheap. There are a lot of food cafe stalls and sundry shops.

Plan and book your activities and boat trips with your agent or place of stay in advance. Manage to swimm quite close to a sea turtle. Choice of staying either on Besar Island or Small Island. Will try to visit Perhentian again.
Written 14 September 2019
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Felicia Soo
Rome, Italy230 contributions
Most lively island on east coast of Malaysia
Aug 2019 • Couples
We have been to Tioman, but this is anther level, not only that it has much more to offer, it comes at a very competitive price too. We opted to stay at Perhentian Kecil this time, particularly on Long beach as most happening beach. Snorkeling and diving packages at ridiculously affordable price.

Large swimming area on Long Beach and if you walk 15 minutes via small route to the west of the island, you can snorkel on Coral Bay.

There's a chinese man selling alcohol at Coral Bay the whole day while on Long Beach, you can find them at Santai restaurant (premium cost) next to Bubu Villa. Some other bars include Panorama, Pirates and Monkey bars that open from 7pm.

Written 21 August 2019
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TravelMalaysia88
62 contributions
Beautiful Beach
Jun 2019
Very beautiful beach. 3D2N seems not enough. Crystal clear water. Try to go out early morning for a walk along the beach, with not so many people and boat/activities that early in the morning, you could enjoy the sound of the waves, very relaxing and therapeutic.
Written 7 August 2019
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AminDandia
Kuwait City, Kuwait8 contributions
Blue clear Waters
Jul 2019 • Friends
Very nice island with good spots for snorkeling. The smaller island is more popular and lively. Be sure to have a advance booking for accommodation especially in summer and weekend.
Written 30 July 2019
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