Perhentian Island, Malaysia
The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Malay) lay approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar ("Big Perhentian") and Perhentian Kecil ("Small Perhentian"). The small, uninhabited islands of Susu Dara (Virgin Milk), Serenggeh and Rawa lie off Kecil. The Perhentians belong to Pulau Redang National Marine Park.
There are no monuments, museums, viewpoints or other aboveground sights on the islands, however the beaches are spectacular. White sandy beaches with clear water and flanked by rolling jungle covered hills make the views from the beach magnificent. Activities on the Perhentians are basically limited to scuba diving, snorkeling, sea-kayaking, sunbathing and turtle conservation volunteering.
Things to See & Do
* Scuba diving
* Sea kayaking
* Jungle trekking
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Language – Bahasa Malaysia, English
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – +6o
Travel Links - Access to the Perhentian Islands is by ferry (1.5 hrs) or speed boat (30 -45 mins) from Kuala Besut, which is usually reached from either Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu.
You also can fly with Malaysia Airline, Air Asia or Fireflyz from Kuala Lumpur to either Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu (45minutes). After arriving at the airport, take either a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut jetty. The journey will be take about 1½ hours from Kuala Terengganu Airport / 1 hours from Kota Bharu Airport to the jetty.