Pulau Perhentian (Perhentian Island) Malaysia - Travel and Resorts guide for Perhentian Island Resort, Coral View, Arwana Perhentian, Tuna Bay, Bubu Long Beach and Suria Perhentian Resort


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 Islands in the sun

Perhentian, as the name suggest is a stopover point for migratory birds and seamen of bygone era. Made up of two islands - Besar and Kechil, the large fishing community suggests bountiful fishes in the surrounding sea. More locals hear of Redang than this island although they are both nearby, separated by 2 hours slow boatride.

One can choose the type of accommodation here according to one's choice. Development has taken place here but it  still manages to maintain the rustic feeling of Shangri-la of the sea.


    The Resorts

Arwana Perhentian Resort  

Coral View Island Resort

New Cocohut Chalet

Paradise Water Color Resort

Perhentian Island Resort

Suria Perhentian Dive Resort

Tuna Bay Beach Resort

        Dive Informations in Perhentian Island

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Perhentian Photo library 1 - General

Perhentian Photo library 2 - General

Perhentian Photo library 3 - General

Perhentian Photo library 4 - Tuna Bay

Perhentian Photo library 5 - Suria Perhentian


   Transport and Flight Arrangements

Flights Informations

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The Jungle Train


Pulau Perhentian. The root word for Perhentian is "henti", meaning STOP. This means it is a paradise where visitors must STOP by and relax. Pulau Perhentian is an island of tranquil, crystal clear blue water reflecting the tranquil blue sky. It has long stretches of private beaches with the finest sand and a refreshing tropical forest enveloping the area with its flora and fauna.

Snorkelling or scuba diving is really fun as you can see lots of active, colorful fishes which practically leap at the bread in your hands. You will come across a rich marine life with fragile corals to crow about: the sea anemone to be precise, and clown fish worming its way in and out of its tentacles. If any consolation, schools of flying fish skimming over the water can be seen too.

Apart from lovely white sandy beaches, Pulau Perhentian is also a very popular spot for turtles throughout the year. Who knows? If you are fortunate enough, you might just be able to encounter a turtle while swimming out at sea. 

The next thing on the itinerary is jungle trekking. The tropical forest is virtually untouched. You will get to see monkeys, lizards, flying squirrels, butterflies and many other animals.

It is one of the finest tropical islands in Malaysia and  it can be viewed for a top spot with other more famous islands around the world. It is a must see, must try, most enjoyed and most relaxed place.

Both islands are fringed by white sand beach, and the reefs and crystalline water are host to a wide variety of coral, sea-turtles, jellyfish, small sharks and reef-fish. The islands' maximum elevation is approximately 100 m and they are uniformly covered in coastal tropical jungle, with few interior foot-trails and no roads.

The islands' only permanent inhabitants are the owners and staff of the numerous cabin-style resorts that dot the islands. With the exception of a single mainland-communications tower, there are no structures taller than two storeys.

Sketch Map Of Pulau Perhentian

If you love nature, a jungle trek up the hills will add a wonderful twist to your sun, sea and sand holiday on Pulau Perhentian, 21kms off the coast of Terengganu.

Even an inexperienced trekker will enjoy walking under the shady canopy of giant meranti trees; for the lucky ones, wild magpies may just welcome you as you start your nature walk.

Giant fruit bats are a common sight though the flapping of their webbed wings may startle first-time visitors. These bats usually fly to the higher branches in flocks and the sight of so many of them in flight is guaranteed to leave visitors amazed.

Pulau Perhentian is also a stopover for the Nicobar pigeon. This migratory bird can often be seen flying low through the forest, foraging for seeds on the jungle floor.

One common reptile frequently spotted on the fringes of the forest is the monitor lizard. The bigger ones are somewhat “domesticated” and they seem oblivious to the presence of humans but the smaller ones prefer to seek refuge on tree branches.

The island is also known as a sanctuary for the mousedeer. However, the shy animal is seldom seen in the open. But if you happen to see something moving fast in front of you, rest assured that it could just be a mousedeer.

The nearest jungle trail is at the rocky outcrop about 100 metres from Perhentian Island Resort, one of the premier resorts on the island. To see the most that nature has to offer, bring along a pair of binoculars. This is important especially if you want to observe the many species of birds.

When you are tired of bird watching, the panoramic view of the island from the top is breathtaking and it’s well worth the climb.

Pulau Perhentian is among the most beautiful and best-preserved (environmentally speaking) of the many emerald islands of Terengganu. Its rich marine ecosystem is well documented and held in high regard by snorkellers and scuba divers.

Snorkelling and diving are some of the many services provided by Perhentian Island Resort which is strategically located at the farthest stretch of the island fronting coral-rich bay and where the lush tropical rainforest meets the sea.

The outcrop of boulders at the far end of the beach is one of the best places to view the sunset or just to gaze upon the stars at night.

The best activity after dinner is turtle watching. Pulau Perhentian is the nesting ground of green turtles. The nesting season is usually from June to late August.

The turtles will normally land to nest between midnight and dawn and to ensure that one does not miss the rare opportunity, guests should drop a note at the reception for a wake-up call if the turtles are spotted at the beach. The resort staff can then arrange to take you there by boat. The journey will take about 20 minutes.

Such sighting will make your stay at Perhentian Island Resort even more memorable.

Pulau Perhentian is 21km off the Terengganu coast. Catch a boat at the Besut Tourism Terminal Jetty at Kuala Besut. The ride is 45 minutes via speedboat and almost two hours via fishing boat (also operates as tourist transportation). Perhentian Island Resort arranges boat transfers for its guests from its office in Kuala Besut. This seaside town is two hours by road from Kuala Terengganu and an hour from Kota Baru. To get to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Baru, travel by road or fly Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia which operate daily flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Malaysia Airlines also have flights to both towns from most other cities in Peninsular Malaysia.

One of the most beautiful islands in the world…a virtual paradise for snorkelling and diving in crystal-clear water or just for lazing on one of the white sandy beaches waiting for the coconuts to drop …

Pulau Perhentian is located in the South China Sea 25 km from the coast of Kuala Besut. It consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Both islands are surrounded by beautiful palm-fringed sandy beaches andcrystal-clear turquoise-blue sea. All manner of aquatic life is visible both near and far from the beach such as turtles, sharks, coral and thousands of tropical fish. The interior is covered by jungle with a wide variety of species. You can watch monitor lizards, monkeys, geckos, flying squirrels, butterflies and many other types - sometimes right in front of your chalet. There are no roads and not many paths, so the islands are mainly peaceful and untouched - so far.

Tourism is relatively new to these islands, in fact, the past five years have seen rapid increases in tourism numbers and there are now many newrooms and services to accommodate guests. Perhentian is fast developing, possibly too fast.
But there is still not enough accommodation on public holidays, long weekends and in the main season July/August. Therefore you should book your room as soon as possible.

Perhentian Besar is the bigger one of the two islands (Besar means big in Malay, kecil means small). The accommodation is distributed over three very nice beaches. The Teluk Pauh in the north in front of the Perhentian Island Resort, the main beach with most of the resorts at the west coast and Teluk Dalam on the island's south-east coast.

The best beach on the islands is Teluk Pauh, a beautiful half-moon bay with white powdery sand and water as clear as in a swimming pool. There are good coral around the points on either side. Here you can snorkel with some turtles, black tip reef sharks and hundreds of reef fish.

At the western end of the bay a wooden footbridge leads over a few rocks to Coral View Island Resort's small beach, which consists almost only out of broken up coral pieces. The main beach of the island starts at the resort's western side and stretches over 1 km to Abdul's Chalet only interrupted by some rocky headlands. The beach has fine sand with scattered coral pieces and is bordered by many coconut palms. Teluk Dalam, on the south of the island is a beautiful wide curved bay with a white fine sandy beach. The water is quite shallow here, the corals mostly destroyed. You can laze away in hammocks under shady casuarinas. Here it is in contrast to the other beaches still quite peaceful. On Perhentian Kecil you find the only village, Kampung Pasir Hantu, which is a cluster of wooden houses, police station, school, clinic and mosque.

Accommodation on Kecil is distributed over more beaches than on Besar. The best and most popular beach of the island is Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) providing dazzling white sandy beach and crystal-clear shallow water. The back of the beach is now almost completely covered with chalets, restaurants and cafes. Better don't expect a peaceful, deserted beach. Also the many arriving and leaving boats are quite noisy. Those who have been here before will probably be disappointed about the way Long Beach has been developed. But nevertheless it is still a fantastic beach, even if it's not unexplored any more. The atmosphere is meant more for the young and adventurous (backpackers, in their twenties) for even though it is quite relaxing and laid back, it is still quite rugged. You can hang out in one of the many cafes, play beach volleyball, go diving or just laze away on the beach

Please note that waves at Long Beach can be quite high and hazardous at times, so there is a chance that boats cannot land. If that is the case, you will have to take a 15-minute walk to Long Beach from Teluk Aur on the other side of the island.

Teluk Aur (also known as Coral Bay) is not as attractive as Long Beach, but it is not so crowded - yet. There are good corals for snorkelling in the bay and around the short beach behind the Rajawali Resort. Further more here you get a great view of the breathtaking Perhentian sunsets.
The rest of Perhentian Kecil's beaches are more secluded and peaceful. They are home to only one resort each or are entirely uninhabited.


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