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Perhentian Islands - a little piece of paradise

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The Perhentian Islands, a.k.a. the Perhentians, are a small group of sun-kissed, coral-fringed islands about 10 miles off the far northeastern Malaysian coast, just below from the Malaysia-Thai border, in the state of Terengganu. Perhentian Islands consist of two main islands: Perhentian Besar, which is Malay for “Big Perhentian” and Perhentian Kecil. You guessed it, “Small Perhentian”.

Generally, Kecil is popular with backpackers and other budget travelers, because it offers mostly the low-cost kinds of accommodation, i.e. longhouses, dorms, bunk beds. etc. Besar, on the other hand, tends to be in vogue with families and travelers more prone to splash out a little. Mind you, there is not that much in the way of real luxury accommodation on Besar, decent air-conditioned chalets being pretty much the fanciest lodgings available.

One of the main draws to Perhentian Islands, apart from the breathtaking vistas and awesome beaches, are the fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling to be had here. The entire shallow part of the sea around the islands is peppered with brightly coloured swathes of coral gardens that are inhabited by tropical fish of sheer countless shapes and sizes. Best of all, you're likely to come across your fair share of sea turtles and dolphins too.

Bus to Perhintians

Other activities on Perhentian Islands are jungle trekking, SUP and kayaking. That said, most travelers come to Perhentian Islands to laze around on the beach, eat, drink and be merry. And truth be told, if ever there was an ideal place for doing just that, it's Perhentian Islands.

Bus to Perhintians

If you'd like to travel to Perhentian Islands on a shoestring budget and you have plenty of time, as well as a keen interest in off-the-beaten-track villages and authentic Malay makan, not to mention eye-popping panorama views from your bus seat window, then nothing beats taking the bus to Perhentian Islands.

Bus to Perhintians

Just select your current location in the dropdown in de form above and choose "Kuala Terengganu" as your destination. From Kuala Terengganu, you can take a short bus hop to the Kuala Besut jetty, from where a Perhentian Islands speedboat will take you direct to Perhentian Islands.

Bus to Perhintians

Mersing Harbour Centre

This is where you collect the ferry tickets you booked online. The complex also has a great food and drinks section, as well as a decent number of cool shops for some last-minute retail therapy, before hopping onto your ferry. Find out more...

Tioman Spa

Pulau Tioman offers several Spa and Wellness Centres that you should give a try. You can select the type of treatment you want from this website, as it lists each of Tioman's resorts and hotels that feature Spa therapies. Find out more...

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