The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie 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”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.
map of the two Perhentian Islands
left: Pulau Perhentian Kecil (=small), right: Pulau Perhentian Besar (=big)
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Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands
Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar
Long Beach (Pasir Panjang)
Most popular beach on the small Island for backpackers with many chalets and restaurants, snorkel spots right at the beach
Coral Bay (Teluk Aur)
beach on the small Island, more relaxed and quite with excellent snorkel and dive spots and great sun sets
Pulau Perhentian Besar
The slightly bigger island offers more expensive resort style accommodation. For family travellers or those who like it more quiet and have an extra Ringgit to spend.
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
The small (=kecil) island. With plenty of low-priced accommodation the island is a backpackers favorite and can get quite crowded at peak season on Long Beach.
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach.
Lemongrass Chalets & Restaurant
Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Chalets at the southern edge of the Beach
Rock Garden Village
Chalets on the most southern edge of Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. One of the cheapest option on the Perhentians.
Watercolours Paradise Resort
affordable chalets on the big island (Pulau Perhentian Besar) with a dive centre