The Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, not far from the Thai border.
Perhentian Islands located 21 km off coast of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia, attracts thousands of tourists every year. Located in Besut district.
How To Get To Perhentian Island?
Perhentian Islands are connected via boat, road, rail and air transportation system from cites and towns throughout Malaysia. The best route from your location is to get straight to Kuala Besut Jetty by road (bus/shuttle/self drive), and then proceed to Perhentian Island by boat.
If there is no direct transport service from your departure points to Kuala Besut Jetty, get either to Kota Bharu or Kuala Terangganu or Jerteh. From there, continue your journey to Kuala Besut Jetty and then embark your trip to Pulau Perhentian.
When To Go To Perhentian Islands?
Due to the eastern monsoon, the season in the Perhentians (and all other east coast islands) is effectively limited to the period between the beginning of March until late October. Outside this period the seas can be very rough and choppy, skies overcast, and with currents that make swimming dangerous and most (though not all) accommodation options are closed. However, many of them located on Coral Beach start on beginning of Feb, while on the Long Beach usually a month later. Do not believe the travel-agents when they claim the accommodations are open. Even if they will provide a room, restaurants and all shops (i.e. no place to get water, food, sunscreen etc.) are closed in off-season. If the restaurant is open, food choices will be very limited and over-priced. However, in the village cheap meals and shops are available year-round.
When going during off-season be aware that there will be no one there aside from you and maybe a handful of locals.
What Activitiew You Can Do In Perhentian Islands?
- Scuba Diving