Perhentian Islands East Coast Malaysia
Some great reasons to travel to the Perhentian Islands?
Perhentian Islands are located on the western coast of Malaysia. Kuala Besut is the nearest beach to the islands and an integral communication bay between the country and the islands. The Pulau Perhentian is mainly divided between Perhentian Kecil (Lesser Perhentian) and Besar (Greater Perhentian) and owns the finest set of beaches in Malaysia. These islands are one of the best spots in the country to have a relaxing time, away from one’s monotonous busy routine.
Perhentian Islands Information:
1) Where to Go?
Palau Perhentian Besar is popular with families while Palau Perhentian Kecil is popular with the young hype crowd.
2) Beaches in Perhentian
Main Beach – Coral Bay – Coral Bay – Long Bay – Perhentian Turtle Sanctuary Beach
3) How to get there?
Catch a flight from KL to Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu. Catch a ferry from Kuala Besut or Merang Jetty
4) Where to stay?
Shari La Resort ($85) – Barat Beach Resort ($85)
When is the Best Time to visit Perhentian Islands?
Pulau Perhentian, along with the rest of the western Malaysian peninsular coast, experiences the eastern monsoon season coming through November and lasting till January. The climate during this period is not welcoming for tourists. The beaches are wet and the ocean is pretty rough these days and not suitable for outdoor activities.
On the other hand, climate changes drastically from the month of March. Days are shiny and clear. The ocean is calm and smooth in these days and very comfortable for swimming. The beaches are busy with tourist traffic. The islands are very crowded during weekends, public holidays and the months of July and August. This busy schedule lasts until the beginning of October until the monsoon starts.
How to Reach the Perhentian Islands and Where to stay?
Perhentian Islands do not have an airport to travel from. The nearest airport is either in Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu in the neighbouring states. Malaysian Air, Air Asia and Firefly are famous airlines travelling regularly between these airports to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. These airports are almost a couple of hours’ taxi ride away from the Kuala Besut station. However, 8-hour-long bus rides are another popular mode of transport between Kuala Besut and Kuala Lumpur and will allow you to discover the natural landscapes of the country along the way.
Ferries transport tourists from Kuala Besut station to the islands. The journey usually takes 30 to 45 minutes long on a speed jet. Most importantly, these ferries and speed boats do not operate after 4 PM so it is important to plan a schedule ahead.
When it comes to accommodation, Pulau Perhentian does not have many luxurious choices to choose from. There are some three-star resorts on the islands charging from about A$180 to about A$350. Alunan resort is the most famous hotel on the island starting from A$185 per night while another option lies with Bubu Villa charging about A$210 per night for a room. Mimpi Perhentian is another popular hotel charging at about A$85 for a room each night.
Although the island does not have the typical luxurious hotels, the island has some of the finest economical resorts with well-reputed services. The Barat Perhentian Beach Resort . (A$80 per night) and The Shari-La Resort (A$85 per night) are a popular choice in this region. All of these hotels are famous for their hospitality.
Five Most Visited Destinations
- Main Beach lies on the western coast of Besar and ends at the south of the island. The beach has splendid landscapes facing the ocean. Moreover, the beach has a wooden bridge extending towards the sea and is worth taking the walkover.
- Coral Bay lies on the western end of the Perhentian Kecil. The bay is surrounded by dead coral and most importantly, sunsets. Although the shallow water may not be ideal for swimming, the beach is lively for snorkelling.
- Long Beach is the party town of Kecil island. The beach lies on the eastern coast and has some of the best beaches in Pulau Perhentian. The town is full of bars, restaurants and nightlife and is much livelier and more developed than other areas of the islands.
- Perhentian Turtle Sanctuary Beach has one of the finest turtle nesting spots in the world. The island attracts green turtles and hawksbill turtles during their nesting periods and is a fine spot to experience sea turtles living in their natural habitat.
- One more special spot in the Perhentian Islands is Mosque AR Rehman which is stunningly established over the water. It will give an impactful scene as soon as you land at the island’s major village.
Interesting things to do on Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands is a perfect spot for spending time away from the busy routine of life and relaxing through vacations. The islands can be both enjoyable for spending time alone as well as with company. It definitely provides entertainment for all kinds of people visiting the islands.
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