The Perhentian Islands are two small Islands (Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar) off the of the state of Teregganu. The islands can be reached by boat from the jetty in Kuala Besut, which is about 45min south of city of Kota Bahru (the capital of the state of Kelantan). Taman Negara is a National Park in the middle of the rainforest of the state of Pahang. The fastest way to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian is by direct mini bus to Kuala Besut jetty. Another option would be by taking the "jungle train" from Jerantut (closest station to Taman Negara) to Wakaf Bahru (closest station to Kota Bahru) and from there the taxi to Kuala Besut.
distance: 415km (Route 8 via Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang) / 507km (via E8 highway towards Kuantan then up the eastcoast)
total travel time: 6 hours with minibus
If you book a Taman Negara package tour (by default from and to Kuala Lumpur), you can change your arrival / departure destination to Kuala Besut for an extra charge of RM35.
more information on a Taman Negara tour here
Jerantut - Wakaf Bharu or Tanah Merah station
Jerantut (jetty for longtail boat ride to Taman Negara)
Wakaf Bahru is near Kotha Baru (for stopover in KB or 1h30min / 60km taxi ride to Kuala Besut - jetty to Perhentian Islands), price from RM17 - RM37 (depending on class / sleeper coach)
Tanah Merah (2 stops before Wakaf Bahru, 1h10min / 60km taxi ride to Kuala Besut - jetty to Perhentian Islands), price from RM16 - RM36 (depending on class / sleeper coach)
train times: 4:08 am (coming from KL / Gemas), Tanah Merah (11:49 am), Wakaf Bharu (12:32 pm)
book train ticket online:
Jerantut - Tanah Merah
Jerantut - Wakaf Bharu
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Boats to Perhentian Islands
4 to 5 times daily 9am - 5pm depending on demand
price: RM35 (one-way)
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