Paradise found in Perhentian Islands Malaysia! With idyllic white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and marine life aplenty, Perhentian Islands is a Must Visit for beach bums in Malaysia!
Perhentian islands, a slice paradise off the north east coast of Malaysia on the South China Sea, is no longer a secret to travellers. Divided into two islands, Kecil (Small) and Besar (Big), these pristine islands are suitable for backpackers to families. The islands also boasts popular dive spots with colorful marine life and excellent underwater visibility.
This is where the parties are. Along Long Beach on the eastern side of the island, you will find bars, restaurants, dive centres and accommodation ranging from MYR50 onwards. Although not as wild as some of the party islands in Thailand, this small island still attracts a younger crowd. During the evenings, the beach bars will have fire-shows and music. However, the mornings are a different sight with scuba divers struggling to walk up and down the sandy beach with their equipment before and after their dives. The beach here is wide and perfect for working on your tan.
Just a 10 minute trek through the jungle on the other side of the island lies Coral Bay. This place is ideal for those who want to party but still retreat back to serenity. Here, you will find newer resorts and a more laid back atmosphere. True to its name, Coral Bay is scattered with corals and while the waters are calm, be careful of sharp corals while near the shoreline and in the sea. There are far lesser dive centres on this side but food here is generally cheaper and better than Long Beach.
The bigger island is more suited for honeymooners and families with children and is much safer then the small island. You will not find parties here and not as many options for dining. Mostly resorts and private villas have been built on this island, however, you will also find the most pristine beaches here. Turtle Beach, aptly named for its turtles, has the softest white sand and crystal waters with friendly turtles. These turtles are there everyday and will swim around with you just meters away from the shore. A trip between both islands by a small boat is only a ten minute ride away and can be arranged by the resorts. Snorkelling is great here as marine life are everywhere. You can also rent kayaks and explore the islands or rent a private boat for a day trip.
The islands do not have an airport. The only way to get there is by boat from the mainland is through Kuala Besut jetty in Terengganu. It takes approximately 40 minutes by boat to reach the islands and costs roughly MYR35.00 each way. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal itself.
Perhentian Islands are closed during the monsoon season usually from October to March. It will be wiser to head to the islands on the west coast of Malaysia during those months.
If you are ever in Malaysia, remember to plan a trip to Perhentian Islands. Definitely one of the best islands around Peninsular Malaysia and is worth a visit! Just the sight of the turquoise waters will put a smile on your face! The secret is out: Paradise found in Perhentian Islands Malaysia.