Perhentian Islands beach
These two islands
- Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil - are located twelve miles off the
mainland, from Kuala Besut. Azure water and soft sanded beaches are a haven for budget
travellers, with Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil being the most popular. Booking in advance is
advisable in high season.
Perhentian Besar is the larger island and has slightly more sophisticated accommodation and
tranquil beaches to Perhentian Kecil. Northern Beach is regarded as being the best, but is
dominated by the large, expensive Perhentian Island resort. Around the headland of this beach is
the government rest house, which allows people to camp on its stretch of beach.
This is a much-favoured location for scuba diving, as the west coast is often too polluted or has
too much sediment. Turtles are the main attraction, but there are also parrotfish, triggerfish,
butterfly fish, stingrays and a multitude of other marine life. Forest walking and lazing around
are the main activities on land. Both islands close down during the monsoon from late November to
It is very difficult to get alcohol in the Perhentians, which lie off the dry state of
Terengganu. If you cannot go without, take your own. It is also a bit of a problem changing money
- only the larger hotels will cash travellers' cheques, at a bad exchange rate.
perhentian Island, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
How to Reach there:
go to Kota Bahru (there is an airport) and take a taxi to Kuala Besut, where is the jetty of all
transport by boat companies to Perhentian islands. There, you can buy your two-way ticketsand you
will be bring directly to the beach of your resort (you can choose your resort at the jetty with
the transport company, they will check the available rooms by phone).
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view from Blue Roof Restaurant-0.3 km
Restaurant on Perhentian Besar-2.4 km
CoralView Restaurant-2.7 km
View from hotel balcony-0.6 km
view from Coral View hotel-3.5 km
Hospital Besut, Jerteh, Terengganu-32.9 km
Hospital Besut-32.8 km