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Exploring the beautiful Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian islands are a real gem in Malaysia and matches the picture you have of a perfect tropical island. The beaches on these islands are shiny white and the surrounding water is clear and bright blue. If you go further in land, there is some think green jungle. The Perhentian islands are basically one of those places you associate with a perfect tropical paradise island with palm trees waving over the white sand towards the sparkling blue sea. In contrast to some of the well known tropical islands in Thailand, the Perhentians are not as overdeveloped (yet), although not exactly deserted either. 

There are two islands clustered together which are Perhentian Kecil and Besar. Perhentian Kecil is the smaller of the two and coincidentally also caters for a smaller budget. There are several beaches on this island with the main spot being Long beach and as its name suggests, stretches out for a fair length. This is also one of the nicest beaches around so staying here would be one of the best options you have. It is also not very crowded with plenty of space to roll out your towel and enjoy the sun. Another popular beach is Coral bay which is on the other side and only 10 minutes walk away through a jungle path. The path through the jungle may sound scary to some, but it is not at all. Coral bay is a real gem as it is half moon shaped and creates this idyllic tropical scenery.

Perhentian Besar is the larger of the two islands and slightly more upmarket. But the beach is not as sandy as it has a lot more shelves on it makes it less comfortable to go for  a swim. On this island you can find deserted beaches, but you will have to walk a fair bit to get to them. With new accommodation opening up regularly there is a chance that they will disappear at some stage. In my opinion Kecil is a nicer island to stay on, but going to Besar for a day is more than worth it. 

The main activity is to relax on the beach and go for a swim. If the sun gets to hot there are some parasols to hide under. What adds some adventure to your stay are the small tracks that wind through the jungle and take you to some of the other beaches. The walks are short and with some luck you will spot a lizard or two. Besides enjoying the sun on the closest beach one of the main activities here is diving. There are several places where you can book a boat trip and explore some coral or swim with the turtles. As an alternative, snorkeling is also available.  

The accommodation on the island ranges from basic bungalows to more luxury resorts, although it doesn't match up to some of those like on Koh Samui. The nightlife on the islands is limited as most come here just to relax although there are several places to go for something to eat and have a drink afterwards.

The islands do not have their own airport and can only be reached by ferry (speed boat) which depart from Kuala Besut. This can be reached by bus from Kuala Lumpur and some of the other big cities. The nearest airport is that of Kota Bahru. On the island itself there is no transportation, but this is not needed as they are small and there are several paths to get you across to the other side. There are water taxi's available to take you to different beaches or the other island. The best time to visit is between April and October as the weather is the best at that time. During the other months there can be monsoons and much of the accommodation closes, the weather gets bad and swimming could be too dangerous.


Travel photo gallery of the Perhentian islands 

 



Long beach.

Long beach.

 



View of Perhentian Besar as seen from Perhentian Kecil.

View of Perhentian Besar as seen from Kecil.

 
Sandy beach with palm trees.

Sandy beach with palm trees.

 


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White beach surrounded by jungle on Perhentian Besar.

White beach surrounded by jungle.

 



Bar in front of the jungle on the Perhentian islands.

Bar in front of the jungle.

 
The perfect beach, white sand with lush jungle and blue skies.

The perfect beach, white sand with lush jungle and blue skies.

 



Crystal clear blue water on a rocky part of Perhentian Kecil.

Crystal clear blue water on a rocky part.

 



The Perhentian islands as you would imagine it.

The islands as you would imagine it.

 
White beach in front of green jungle.

White beach in front of green jungle.

 
Postcard picture, palm trees, white sandy beach and blue water.

Postcard picture, palm trees, white sandy beach and blue water.

 
Jungle on Perhentian Kecil.

Green jungle.

 
Jungle path crossing Perhentian Kecil.

Jungle path.

 
Boat pier on Coral bay.

Boat pier on Coral bay.

 
Small beach on the Perhentian islands.

Small beach.


Rocky parts on the water.

Rocky parts on the water.

 



Classic view on Coral bay on Perhentian Kecil.

Classic view on Coral bay.

 
Palm trees on Coral Bay.

Palm trees on Coral Bay.

 
The beach of Coral bay.

The beach of Coral bay.

 



Large rocks on the beach of Coral bay.

Large rocks on the beach of Coral bay.

 
Palm tree on a white sandy beach.

Palm tree on a white sandy beach.

  
Perfect place to enjoy the sun.

Perfect place to enjoy the sun.

 
Jungle path on the Perhentian islands.

Jungle path.

 
Out of the hotel, onto Long beach on Perhentian Kecil.

Out of the hotel, onto Long beach.

 



View over the jungle.

View over the jungle.

 



Beach on Perhentian Besar.

Deserted beach.

 



Large rocks in the water surrounding the Perhentian islands.

Large rocks in the water.

 
Palm trees on the beach of Perhentian Besar.

Palm trees on the beach.

 
The classic tropical island view.

The classic tropical island view.

 



Large boulders on Perhentian Besar.

Large boulders.

 
Postcard view of a tropical island.

Postcard view of a tropical island.

 



Huge boulders on Perhentian Besar.

Huge boulders.

 
The most idyllic place to sunbath.

The most idyllic place to sunbath.

 
One of the piers on Perhentian Besar.

One of the piers.

 



Boulders on a sandy beach surrounded by thick green jungle and blue water.

Boulders on a sandy beach surrounded by thick green jungle and blue water.

 
Typical tropical island view.

Typical tropical island view.

 



Large rocks on the Perhentian islands.

Large rocks in the water.

 
Deserted beach.

Deserted beach.

 
Enormous rocks on the beach.

Enormous rocks on the beach.

 
Large rocky island rising above the water.

Large rocky island rising above the water.

 
Blue water surrounding Perhentian Besar.

Blue water surrounding Perhentian Besar.

 
View of a tropical island.

View of a tropical island.