Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian Islands

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.

Perhentian Islands, Long Beach
Perhentian Islands
Long Beach
Perhentian Islands, Malaysian flags on the speed boat
Perhentian Islands
Malaysian flags on the speed boat

map of Perhentian Islands
map of the two Perhentian Islands
left: Pulau Perhentian Kecil (=small), right: Pulau Perhentian Besar (=big)


Excellent alternative online resources:

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands

Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island

How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands

Things to Do & See

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.

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Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant
Chalets, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
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Panorama Divers
Dive shop at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil offering dive courses and snorkel trips. Panorama also has accommodation options and a restaurant. ... more
ACCOMMODATION

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.

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Hotels in Perhentian Islands

Rock Garden Village

Chalets on the most southern edge of Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. One of the cheapest option on the Perhentians.

Moonlight Chalets

Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecial

Related Flyers / Brochures
Matahari Dive Resort, Pulau Perhentian
brochure Dive Resort on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil including dive sites ... more
Quiver Dive Team, Pulau Perhentian
brochure for the Quiver Dive Team on Long Beach and Coral Bay (Pulau Perhentian Kecil) and at Arwana Resort (Pulau Perhentian Besar) ... more
Mohsin Chalet, Perhentian Island
6-page brochure of Mohsin Chalet and Cayaku Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small island) ... more