Perhentian Island 

Perhentian Island rated as one of the world most beautiful islands. The beautiful tropical islands have the finest diving islands and diving sites as one of the main tourist attraction in Malaysia. Nature lovers will not miss the opportunity to visit the Hentian. The islands are a small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. It has two main islands. There are Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Perhentian Islands By adiput [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pulau Perhentian Besar is a bit expensive and caters more to families while Pulau Perhentian Kecil is more crowded with travellers because it has cheaper accommodation.

Beside Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil others islands in the group are Susu Dara, Seringgi and Rawa lie off Pulau Pelabuhan Kecil. There are all small and uninhabited islands and belong to a protected marine park, which means that fishing, collecting coral and littering are prohibited.

Perhentian Island situated 20 km off the coast of Terengganu, the South China Sea on the east coast of Malaysia. The islands are the Northernmost island followed by Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Bidong, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Tenggol towards the south.

A journey over to these charming Malaysian islands will reward every visitor with the breathtaking view of their natural beauty with the numerous coconut trees lining their pure white sandy beaches.

If you want to know about your holiday weather forecast especially for your visit to the island, you can check it at the official site of Malaysian Meteorological Department. Most travel agent in Malaysia is available to give you their advise the right time to visit.

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Both islands can be reached about 30 to 45 minutes by speed boat and one and half hours by slow boat. There are a number of boat operators in Kuala Besut offering boat services to Perhentian Island. The return boat ticket cost RM 60.00 per person for speed boat and RM40.00 per person for slow boat.

By Flight: Visitors from Kuala Lumpur about 45 minutes fly with Malaysia Airline, Air Asia or Firefly to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu. Soon arrive at the airport, take either a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut jetty. The journey will take about 1½ hours from Kuala Terengganu airport and about 1 hour from Kota Bharu airport.

Visitors from Singapore: There is no direct flight to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bahru from Singapore. Visitors have to fly via KLIA. You may consider flying from Senai Airport in Johor with Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia direct to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Baharu as this is the cheaper option but takes much longer time due to land transfer from Singapore to Senai. Malaysia Airlines passengers can catch the SPS coach from Singapore to Senai which departs from :

Malaysia Airlines Singapore City Terminal Tel: +65 6250-3333
Copthorne Orchid Singapore Hotel, 214 Dunearn Road, Singapore 299526,

Operating hours : 05:15am to 18:15pm daily
Fare: S$12 from Singapore, RM16 from Senai. Travelling time is about 2 hours.

Air Asia will start a bus service soon from Singapore to Senai. Currently, the passengers will have to get to Senai airport by bus via Larkin to Senai.

Online Schedule : Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, Air Asia

By Train: Express trains from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur terminate at Tumpat. Recommended stations are Wakaf Bahru or Tanah Merah where taxis are easily available. For further information, please contact yours nearest KTM Berhad counter.

Online Schedule : KTM Berhad

By Land: Some travel agents can help you to purchase your return bus ticket by only when they receive your payment. You may board a night coach which depart from Kuala Lumpur (8 hours), Singapore (9.5 hours), Johor Bharu (9 hours), Penang (8 hours), etc. and arrive Kuala Terengganu Tanjung Bus Terminal around 6.00am the next morning,

Normally the travel agent will meet you once you arrive in Perhentian Island and transfer you to Jetty, then by boat to island. The bus is available from Kuala Lumpur at Putra at PWTC Station, in Johor Bharu at Larkin Station and Penang at Komtar.

Visitors from Singapore can take Transnasional Express (Lavender Street/Kallang Bahru Junction Tel : +65 6294 7035) and Konsortium Express (Golden Mile Tower Tel: +65 6392 3911) with daily coaches to Kuala Terengganu.

If you are unable to get any seats, you can try Transnasional coach which depart from Singapore to Kota Bahru and ask to drop off at Kuala Terengganu, alternatively get a seat from Johor Bharu (Larkin Station) to Kuala Terengganu.

For self drive car park is available at Merang Jetty for Redang Island/Lang Tengah Island, Marang Jetty for Kapas Island, and Kuala Besut Jetty for Perhentian Island. Approximate RM5.00 per car per night. 


Most part of this lonly planet island is covered by tropical jungle. The activities such as hiking and trekking are possible here. Other activities are snorkeling, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, boating canoeing and swimming .A trip to this green and exotic tropical island is a must for nature lovers.

Beaches: Teluk Dalam (Deep Bay) at Perhentian Besar south coast, Teluk Keke (KK Bay) at Perhentian Besar, southwestern coast, Teluk Pauh at Perhentian Besar, northwestern coast.

Sleep: ABC Chalet, Abdul Chalet, Arwana Perhentian ResortBubbles Island Resort & Dive CenterPerhentian Coral View Island Resort, Everfresh Beach Resort, Fauna Beach Chalet, Floral Bay Chalet, Mama Place , New Cocohut Chalet, Paradise Island Resort, Perhentian Island Resort - Perhentian Resort, Samudra Beach Chalet, Seahorse Chalet, Tropical Reef, Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort, Wonderer's Inn, Watercolours Paradise Resort, Samudra Resort, Flora Bay 1 and 2.

More Hotels and Resort

Eat: Arwana Resort, Florabay Restaurant, Watercolours Restaurant, Mama's Restaurant, Teluk KK, Abdul's Chalet.

Drinks: Watercolours Restaurant, New Cocohut, Tuna Bay, Flora Bay Resort.

Diving Course: There are dozen diving sites to explore in Perhentian Island. Many dive shops offer introductory diving courses such as PADI training. There are diving course run by Alu Alu Divers in Perhentian Besar offering both PADI certificates and SSI Diving training from beginner to professional levels as well as many specialty courses to choose from.


It is one of the best getaway beaches in the world among travelers, tourist and backpackers. Long beach or in Malay known as Pasir Panjang has a long stretch of sandy beach of fine sand and crystal clear water up to a depth of 20ft. Perhentian Kecil Island also hangs with a younger beat of two backpackers and cheap chalets layered along the gorgeous beach.

Beaches: Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) at east coast, Teluk Aur (Coral Bay) at west coast.

Sleep: Aur Beach Chalet, Bubu Long Beach Resort, Butterfly Chalet, Cempaka Chalet, Coral Bay Chalet, Dj Chalet, D'Lagoon Chalet, East West Chalet, Impiani Tropical Resort, Long Beach Inn, Matahari Chalet, Mira Chalet, Moonlight Chalet, Petani Beach Chalet, Rajawali Island Resort, Tanjong Langan Chalet, Simfoni Chalet, and Senja Bay Resort, Oh La La's Chalet, Mohsin Chalets.

More Hotels and Resort.

Eat: Shari La, Coral Bay, Senja, Coral Bay, Eat at Maya, Coral Bay, Amelia Cafe, Coral Bay, Mama's kitchen, Coral Bay, Ewan's Cafe, Coral Bay, Matahari Restaurant

Drinks: Just for information only, in Malaysia bars, restaurant owner not allow to sell alcohol. Drinks in Perhentian Kecil Island available at Oh La La's, Monkey Bar and Blacktips, Coral Bay .

Jungle trekking: There are many small paths connecting one beach to another. If you lucky you can see big monitor lizards. There are also large spiders on your way between Long Beach and Coral Bay, and if you are walking off the main trails, you are likely to spot some wild monkeys if you are lucky.

Dive site: Teluk Pauh, Tiga Ruang, Tanjung Besi, Laluan Naga, Terumbu Tiga (Tiger Rock), Batu Butu, Tanjung Tukas, Teluk Dalam, Gua Kambing, Shipwreck - Pasir Tani, Pasir Kerangi : PVC - Pipe Artificial Reef , Pulau Serenggeh : South End , Tanjung Panglima Abu, Tanjung Butung, Tokong Laut, Pulau Susu Dara Besar - North Side, Pulau Susu Dara Kecil - North Side, Tokong Bopeng - North Side, Tokong Burung Kecil , Pulau Rawa : Southeast Corner, Teluk Kerma, Batu Nisan.


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