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Perhentian (Pulau Perhentian) is crystal-clear sapphire waters of the boundless sea and snow-white beaches, fringed with palm trees throwing shadows on the picturesque coast. That's how one can describe the exotic island of Perhentian. Well, to be precise, it’s a group of islands, consisting of Perhentian Besar, which translated from Malay means "Big Perhentian" and Perhentian Kecil – “Small Perhentian". And the name Perhentian itself can be translated as "stopover". And honestly speaking, we can tell you that this stopover will surely be wonderful and unforgettable.
Perhentian Islands belong to the State of Terengganu, located 20 km from the north-east coast of Malay Peninsula parts, and are washed by crystal clean waters of the South China Sea.
Perhentian Kecil is better suited for guests who prefer budget travel, as a lot of hostels are located on the island. The most popular destination on the island is Long Beach, where there are several small hotels and chill-out bars where you can spend the evening in a comfortable and close to nature setting.
We would like to pay special attention to the island of Perhentian Besar - the perfect place for admirers of untouched nature, sea and relaxation. In addition, the hotels located here, offer a more comfortable accommodation. Good options to choose - Perhentian Island Resort (this hotel has the best beach) and the Coral View Resort.
The best time to travel is the period from March to October. During the period from October to March, islands are closed for visitors - at this time the monsoon season comes into effect, resulting in a lot of rain falls and strong wind.
The main way of transportation on the island is a water taxi, nearly every hotel can provide it.
Pay special attention to the fact that there are no ATMs and money changers on the islands, so that the necessary amount in cash is recommended to be taken in local currency beforehand. In addition, the islands are very meager in assortment of alcohol and it's pretty expensive by the way, so we recommend you to take care of this, in advance as well.
How to get there:
The most convenient way to get to Perhentian is to take a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu Airport. This route is operated by AirAsia, Malaysian Airlines and Firefly.
Next on transfer by car from Kota Bharu to Kuala Besut jetty separated by a distance of 50 km, it takes about 40 minutes to get there. And then from the pier Kuala Besut a high-speed boat will get you to the island of Perhentian - this is a fascinating sea trip taking about 30-40 minutes. And finally you step onto the white beaches of the Perhentian Island.
One can assume that when the nature of the underwater world was being created around the islands of Perhentian, it really was in good spirits and completely set on "creativity". After all, even with all abundance of language expressiveness it is difficult to describe in words the splendor of the open sea. This is a definite must see! (You should see it with your own eyes)
Perhentian comprises about 21 dive site and a set of snorkeling spots. They all vary in complexity and each has its own "quirk", so diving here seems to be interesting to both novice divers, as well as real professionals.
Underwater World of Perhentian is rich not only in its colorful inhabitants, such as fish lady, parrotfish, clown fish (you certainly remember the fish by the name of Nemo and cartoon of the same name), barracudas, stingrays, wrasses, moray eels, blacktip, whitefin sharks and whale sharks, huge sea turtles and a variety of corals, but also the presence of a sunken Vietnamese ship at a depth of 24 m. Enthusiasts of wreck diving can explore the mysteries of this ship . Adding to all this crystal clear water and visibility of 15 m during the day - that's all what is needed for true connoisseurs of the deep sea ...


Climatic conditions of Perhentian Islands are not much different from other regions of the South China Sea. The average temperature during the year is hovering around 30 degrees, and the optimal time interval to visit the archipelago for the purpose of diving, is the period from April to September.