Perhentian Islands
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Joanne L
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
A summer to remember in year 2022, I did my first scuba diving swimming alongside with beautiful big sea creatures.
Written 13 September 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,753 contributions
Jul 2022
Another set of beautiful Malaysian islands, no better no worse than many of the others - I find it difficult to pick a favourite - none are perfect, all have been worth visiting. Kecil island, where we stayed, was lovely, on the west side, near Rainforest Beach - it was quiet at the midway point and lots of beautiful rainforest and beaches and charm. Again, some of the resorts are a little 'heavy', but there are plenty of places to retreat to. The east side of the island, with Long Beach, was too noisy, busy and built up. We arranged transport with our hotel, who picked us up at the airport and took us to the island, RM250, round-trip. It was a good value well organised option. Perhentians are worth a visit - a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sea and views.
Written 10 August 2022
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Janette F
Noosa Heads, Australia29 contributions
Apr 2022
Spent a few blissful nights on Perhentian Besar island. Caught water taxis to various beaches on both Besar and Kecil islands and also hired a private boat for a snorkelling tour (just my family) including a visit to the beautiful Rawa Island beach. Accommodation/cafes on both Perhentian islands slowly opening up after Covid but still quiet which was great. Flew into Kota Bahru - caught a taxi to Kuala Besut (50 mins) and then onto a boat for the crossing (50 minutes). Crossing can be a bit rough, life jackets provided.
Written 28 April 2022
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Ezwan Shah Nordin
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia60 contributions
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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