The two Perhentian Islands are rated as some of the most beautiful islands in the world…a virtual paradise for diving and snorkeling in warm crystal-clear water in an extremely idyllic and laid back setting. Pulau Perhentian is located at the north-eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea some 21 km from the coast of Kuala Besut in Terrengganu. It consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Both islands are surrounded by beautiful palm-fringed sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise-blue sea.
All manner of aquatic life is visible both near and far from the beach such as turtles, sharks, rays and beautiful coral reefs surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. There are more than 20 dive sites just around Perhentian Islands itself. From a nice relaxing reef dive to adventurous shipwrecks, exciting deep dives and swim troughs!
A rocky virgin jungle provides hour of adventures for trekkers who may chance upon flying fox, long-tailed macaques and monitor lizards, while the underneath marine life shows off a splendid garden of coral with abundant colorful reef fish.
The interior of the islands is covered by jungle with a wide variety of species. You can watch monitor lizards, monkeys, geckos, flying squirrels, bats,butterflies and many other types – sometimes right in front of your chalet. There are no roads and only a few paths connecting several beaches, so the islands are mainly peaceful and untouched however you can take water taxis from one place to another. Teluk Dalam Beach (Flora Bay) offers a variety of different accommodation which caters to different budget levels from simple budget cottages to large bungalows with private bathroom, air con and hot shower.
Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) is where you’ll find the only local village; Kampong Pasir Hantu, which is a cluster of wooden houses, police station, school, clinic and mosque.
Most of the resorts do have internet now however there is still NO bank or ATM machine or licensed money-changer on the island. Very few resorts or chalets operators accept credit cards, traveler cheques or foreign currency, so be prepared to bring some extra cash. Flora Bay Resort does accept credit card as well as other major currencies. The closest ATM machine is in Jerteh, 12km from Kuala Besut jetty. Taxi to Jertih is around RM20.00 one way.
Apart from diving and snorkeling you can enjoy some easy jungle trekking, rent a kayak and explore some of Perhentian’s inhabited beaches or the local fishing village, create your own souvenir with batik or simply spoil yourself with a relaxing massage after a day sunbathing on the beach. For those of you who like more action there are shops which offer waterskiing, banana boat riding, rock climbing and if it’s wavy, mostly from end of October to end of February you can go surfing and wakeboarding as well.
Useful facts about the islands:
Local Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (RM). USD 1.00 is about MYR 4.43.
Language: Bahasa Malaysia (similar to Bahasa Indonesia), English is widely understood and spoken.
No bank or ATM machine or licensed moneychanger available on the island.
Very few resort/chalet operations accept credit card, travelers’ cheque or foreign currency (be prepared to bring extra cash). We do accept all of them!
Some resorts only have electricity from 1900 hours to 0000 hours.
Mode of transportation: Sea taxi (no car, no bike!)
DID YOU KNOW? The Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil is classified as one of the marine parks in Malaysia. A Marine Park is a sea zoned area for a distance of two nautical miles from the lowest sea level, except in Kapas Island in Terengganu, Kuraman Island, Rusukan Besar Island and Rusukan Kecil Island in Labuan. These areas are zoned for a distance of 1 nautical mile from the lowest sea level. The Marine Park is established to protect and conserve various habitat and aquatic marine life.
Flora Bay Resort, Perhentian Island, Terengganu, Malaysia