Faces of
Malaysia
Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

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.

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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
jetty in Kuala Besut with speed boats
  • Mainland departure point is Kuala Besut
  • Boat ticket fare is RM35 (one-way) or RM70 (return ticket / round trip) per person
  • Transport is in small open-air speed boat (be prepared for a fun and bumpy ride)
  • Departure Times from Kuala Besut: 9am to 4.30am
  • Depaurt Times from Perhentian Islands: 8am, 12pm, 4pm
  • Travel Duration: 30 - 45 minutes depending on sea conditions (1h30min slow boat)

 

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Kuala Besut - Perhentian Islands

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