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Star of Malaysia Islands: Perhentian Island

The Perhentian Island off the North-Eastern coast of Malaysia has a little secret for us. It’s not going to tell us all a new secret, but is going to remind us what we know  – Like Mary Oliver’s quote that goes: “Instruction for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

Malaysia islands: Pulau Perhentian
Malaysia islands: Pulau Perhentian (Source:

The Perhentian Island

The word “perhentian” (per-hen-tee-an not per-hen-she-an or per-hen-shen) translates to “stopping point”. A reference to its history, it holds true even today – metaphorically as a stopping point for your heart, mind, and ecological conservation. The island is divided into two – the bigger one and the smaller one – Pulau Perhentian Besan and Pulau Perhentian Kecil, respectively. The former caters to specific people and is expensive while compared to the latter. There are also other little inhabited islands that are a part of this island. All these islands are a part of a protected marine park.


Best time to visit

Certainly, there is a specific time period which is best for you to visit the Island. The general accommodative period is between the months of February and October. This helps you to make the best of your vacation in a budget you can afford – unless you want to be caught indoors due to monsoon with not many outdoor provisions, with the local people and with costly and scarce food and water resources, which is fine if you’re okay with it! In that case, your time to visit may be off-season, in the months between October to February. (Which we do not recommend, though).


Traveling in the Perhentian Island

You can get around the island through water taxis or walking. Remember, except the main tracks of travel, the island is filled with jungles, so make sure not to get stuck.


The sights

It is not a lie when they said that the climb is worth the view – in the Perhentian Islands, you may not have many man-made tourist infrastructures like museums, nor any specific areas of viewpoint, but the Island doesn’t really specifically need one! A treasure by itself, it steals your attention and eyes with its spectacular on-land views. The beach is serene, and the sea is pristine, though sadly you may notice that these precious islands face the problem of littering. So make sure you don’t contribute something like that. If you’re in a good swing of excitement and adrenaline, you could go jungle trekking. Of course, watch out for big monitor lizards and large spiders, and other lovely hairy friends.

Nemo in Pulau Perhentian
Nemo fish in Pulau Perhentian

The best sights on this island aren’t limited to above the land – In addition to coral and fish, the Island is a home to sea turtles and many species of shark, none of them dangerous unless provoked. (Since we’ve shifted to non-human population, here’s a titbit – Kecil Island has a huge population of cats.) The underwater scenario around the Island makes it one of the most apt places for scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.,


Other things to do

The Perhentian Islands are home to a significant green turtle nesting population. Unfortunately, the number of nestings are reducing, owing to the pollution caused by oil in the seas. The Department of Fisheries are running a turtle hatchery on the islands to make the situation better.

You could simply sit on the beach, eat a lot of seafood (non-seafood is available, but surely more expensive as it is imported from the mainland), and at night, if you’re at the Kecil, enjoy some party time. But to respect local culture, alcohols are costly, and scarce, unless you bring your own booze.


Things to remember

But keep in mind – your travel to the Perhentian Island requires a lot of planning. For example, you may need to have a lot of cash in hand since credit cards are accepted only at a few locations. Power outages are common too. There is a significant nuisance from the mosquitoes. Clean water can be a costly commodity. And, don’t disturb any underwater and above-water wildlife. Leave behind a sustainable mark, don’t litter.


Intrigued? Read more about the Island here!

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Perhentian Island: Best Tropical Island Vacation of All Time

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You can almost feel the Perhentian island sea breeze even by looking at this picture. Source:

Yes, you have heard about the many beautiful islands in Malaysia that you should have visited at least once in your lifetime. You wonder about Perhentian Island, deemed to be the best tropical island vacation of all time.

Well, wonder no more – you should totally visit this place at least once!

Perhentian Island is off the waters of Terengganu, offering pretty beaches and scenic views to those who pay a visit to the place. Perhentian Island is actually made up of two islands, namely Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

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Perhentian Island, also known as Pulau Perhentian, used to be a stopping place for traders in the past between Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand, hence the name Perhentian which literally translates to English as “stopping place”. With the fine Perhentian Island weather that is just right – not too warm nor too cold – little wonder it is a popular tourist destination.


Interesting things to do in Perhentian Island

Whether you are travelling on your own or visiting with family, friends or for company trip, there is something to keep everyone entertained and having a nice time there.

Pulau Perhentian Snorkelling

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Snorkel to your heart’s content! Source:

Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities in Perhentian Island. Apart from Pulau Perhentian snorkelling trip, you can also join scuba diving if you are a fan of exploring the varieties of deep-sea fauna. There are also canoes and kayaks for rent there during the snorkeling trip.

Island Hopping

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Map showing the location of Lang Tengah Island and Redang Island that are close to Perhentian Island.

When visiting Perhentian Island, island hopping is a must! You can experience Pulau Perhentian snorkelling trips, scuba diving, swimming and even go jungle trekking here:-

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The beautiful scenery you can get at Pulau Perhentian Besar. Source:

Pulau Perhentian Besar – This is the bigger island among the two Perhentian islands, hence the name “Besar”. This island houses many expensive resorts and serves as a perfect place for vacation, especially for per person, families, couples on honeymoon or newlyweds due to the fact that it is more developed. One of the popular beaches there include Coral View beach.

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A view of Coral Bay on Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Source:

Pulau Perhentian Kecil – This place is the smaller island, as reflected by the name “Kecil”. This is famous for its two main beaches, namely Coral Bay and Long Beach and is the more popular island for backpackers due to the night life activities. You can find more budget and economical options on the island in terms of food and place of stay.


What’s the main thing about island vacation? It’s their beaches! During the day at Perhentian Island package, you can rest and suntan along beaches like Coral View Beach – the lovely turquoise waters plus sandy beaches around will make you want to stay longer in your island hoping and snorkeling trips per person.

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Long Beach, the more happening beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Source:

At night, things take on a more vibrant twist. This can be evidently seen at Long Beach of Pulau Perhentian Kecil, where visitors are treated to fun parties.

Other beaches you can go to include:

  • Mira Beach
  • Petani Beach
  • D’Lagoon
  • Turtle Beach
  • Adam & Eve Beach
  • Romantic Beach


Package Perhentian Island

Rather than going aimlessly head in to Perhentian Island without a clue, it is always best to get a package Perhentian Island. Not only do the tour packages person per cover the key places of interest and place of stay, they are also more economical to your wallets!

Holiday Package

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A view of Shari-La Resort on Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Source:

Depending on your desired length of vacation, a holiday package usually includes the following package includes:

  • Boat transfer
  • Night stay at resort hotel
  • Meals, either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, or altogether
  • Complimentary activities such as snorkeling trips or walks on the beach

You could check your preferred holiday package carefully to make sure you get the best package here.

Diving Package

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Exploring diving spots via diving package. Source:

While a holiday package may contain complementary activities, it usually does not include diving. Most travel companies and resorts offer separate diving package, which usually includes hotel stays as well as diving as the main activity.

To get the most out of your diving package, try opting for those bundled with many diving spots around Perhentian Island and other islands in the vicinity – you could then explore the many beautiful diving haunts in just one trip!

Diving Course

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One of the dive schools, Sea Voice Divers. Source:

It’s not the end of the world if you don’t know how to dive – you could take the chance to pick up a diving course while on vacation! Consider the following dive schools as they are among the best places to get your diving license on Perhentian Island:

  • Sea Voice Divers
  • Flora Bay Divers
  • Turtle Bay Divers
  • Universal Diver
  • Angel Diver

Where to Stay at Perhentian Island

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Senja Bay Resort at Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Source:

There are so many resorts to bunk in that you probably feel at a loss in picking a place. If Perhentian resort hotels are your thing:

For those preferring a homey feel, this is a list of some good, popular homestay on Perhentian Island resort that you could consider:

Backpackers’ choice:

There’s more to the list of accommodation at Perhentian Island resort but each aforementioned chalet on Perhentian Island resort is a frequently booked place at different parts of the Island.


What to Eat at Perhentian Island

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Look, it’s a barbeque party! Source:

At Perhentian Island resort, night time barbeques and fresh seafood are a thing, including lassi drinks. Among the many restaurants, these are some of the best places to eat on the island:

On Pulau Perhentian Kecil:

  • Bayu Restaurant – for premium quality food and lovely view for 2 nights.
  • Ewan’s Café & Restaurant – for budget-friendly meals inclusive of welcome drink and strong wifi
  • Matahari Chalet & Restaurant – popular spot for families looking for good variety of food with great view for 2 nights.
  • Belinda Café – famous for Thai and Malay fusion food
  • Crocodile Rock Bistro – for a wonderful dining experience on the beach perfect for 2 nights accommodation per person.
  • Awatif Café – for a quick meal
  • Perhentian Café – for romantic extension night evenings
  • Medan Selera Kampung Nelayan – for affordable local food

On Pulau Perhentian Besar:

  • Alur Pinang – good place for lunch in a rainforest atmosphere
  • Blue Paradise – for a good variety of food and family-friendly ambience


Tips to Perhentian Island

If you are new to travelling on Perhentian Island, there are a few things to be careful of that you have to take note and bear in mind:

  • Perhentians are nearly closed during the winter months when seas are too rough to bring over people and supplies, especially in November to February. Travel between March and early November instead, which is the best time to visit.
  • The peak season is usually from July and August, and early September.
  • You won’t have access to ATMs on the islands so remember to bring cash.
  • Most of the island has no electricity, except from 6pm-11pm.
  • Bring along your insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and other insects.
  • There are no hospitals on the island resort so bring along your medical kit and travel medical insurance if possible.
  • Blackouts may be common due to inconsistent power so do keep a flashlight with you and do not leave charging electronics unattended in room.


How to go to Perhentian Island

So how to get to Perhentian Island? You will have to travel to Kuala Besut, Terengganu before you can take a boat trip to Pulau Perhentian.

Kuala Lumpur to Perhentian Islands

There are two transportation modes you could take fullboard package to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Perhentian Islands – by bus or flight.

Take a full board package as an overnight bus by Mutiara or Mahligai bus companies which offer the route from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut. Both buses leave from PWTC station, Kuala Lumpur, and you can purchase the tickets through travel agents, Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bus station or via online sites.

If by plane, you could consider fullboard package boarding AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu for the cheap rates, or to Kuala Terengganu. From there, you will have to take a taxi to jetty to Perhentian Island.

Jetty to Perhentian Island Time table and Costing

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Kuala Besut jetty. Source:

The boat from marine park jetty to Perhentian Island operates from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm while the return journey is scheduled thrice daily at 8.00 am, 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm. However, you can arrange for custom departure and leaving times for group packages.

You could purchase either a round-trip ticket which costs RM70 as per 2x, or a one-way ticket for RM35 per night. Special rates for children are also available – the full board fares and schedules can be found here.

About Summerbay Resort

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Fish-eye take of Summerbay Resort – our resort.

Summer Bay Lang Island Resort is a calming vacation resort located in Lang Tengah Island resort, which is an island in the vicinity of Perhentian Island resort. You could consider visiting and staying at our resort that is bound to make you feel right at home as you detour from Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Apart from experiencing a relaxing, laid-back lifestyle in our well-appointed hotel rooms, our resort also offers a variety of holiday packages to suit your holiday requirements as well as diving course and diving package, either for Lang Tengah Island tours or even activities on Perhentian Island resort. If you are looking for a wonderful accommodation to rest your mind, body and soul, our resort could be just the place for you.

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Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with an island vacation for a refreshing change.

Well, that’s a wrap on Perhentian Island, the best tropical island vacation of all time! Hope this article serves as a helpful guide in exploring this wonderful island and island resourt in Malaysia.


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