Perhentian (Malaysia)

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General tourist information


Perhentian (Perhentian Islands, also Perhentian, Perhentian) is an archipelago of volcanic origin located in the territorial waters of Malaysia in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand South China sea, near the border with Thailand (Islands on the interactive map of Malaysia). The distance from the continental coast of the Malay Peninsula is only ten nautical miles (19 kilometers). Are administrative staff Terengganu (Trengganu), the Confederation of West Malaysia and are subject to a hereditary monarch. Composition of population is homogenous – over 90% of Malaysians, the remaining fraction is distributed among the Chinese, Indians and Thais. Population by religion predominantly Sunni Muslims.

The archipelago comprises two relatively large Islands Perhentian kecil small (Pulau Perhentian Kecil), Perhentian besar "big" (Perhentian Besar) and a scattering of conventionally inhabited satellites: SUSU Dara kecil, Rawa, Terumbu tiga, SUSU Dara besar, Tagong Louth, Strenghen and others. A significant part of Islands covered with dense tropical vegetation, and the terrain is dominated by a rocky plateau. The coastline alternates between sandy beaches and open coves with basaltic rocks capes and pointed reefs.

The archipelago at the legislative level has the status of a protected zone under the guise of a marine National Park Redang. There is a list of rigid rules concerning fishing, collecting of shells and corals, waste disposal. The stay in the nature reserve can be planned as a permanent residence, and in the form of day visits during sea cruises.



The main Perhentian Islands are replete with beaches quality of "bounty" with flat entrances into the sea, cleared of the debris of corals. Almost everyone equipped to the sand Bank accompanied by a beautiful coral reef. On Perhentian besar relatively crowded beaches of Gulf Tuna, located close to the pier can be contrasted with the Pacific beach hotel Abdul Chalet or 1000 Penang is the most remote, exotic access to the sea. On the small island stands the civility of long beach, however, the shadow there can be found only under the umbrellas, palm trees at a considerable distance from the sea. In addition, many private beaches with catchy titles (Romance, Turtle, and others), which can be reached by water taxi.

But not only beach holiday attractive archipelago. This is one of the best places in Malaysia for diving and snorkeling. Underwater world a National Park is unusually rich: turtles, whale sharks, clown fish, barracudas, stingrays, parrot fish, — this is not a complete list of sea creatures that you can encounter in local waters. Here's the best places:

  • Terumbu-tiga – island Wharf for fans of drift diving. This favors the sandy bottom, underwater visibility up to 15 m, shallow (depth up to 18 m), moderate flow.
  • Tokong-Louth – uninhabited rock with massive boulders forming the underwater slope. Immersion allows you to study changes in the landscape at depths up to 30 m.
  • Rawa island is a maze, riddled with many underwater tunnels and caves. The safe passages through them and the swimmers can swim.
  • Sugar Wreck is a sunken 90-meter cargo ship off the coast of Kuala Besut.
  • Reef the Rubik's Cube, named due to the implementation of the idea of construction of an artificial reef with concrete blocks.


Tourist infrastructure is found only on two Islands of the archipelago – it's a big small besar and Kechil. While there are differences in comfort and pricing on services between the Islands-twin cities, separated by a narrow Strait, whose width 1-3 km Kechil inferior to the elitism of the service and surroundings, tend not to shell out considerable sums for gifts and gourmet food in restaurants, while besar is more expensive with the respective hotels. Accordingly, the Hotels in besar is designed for the age category that prefer regular and quiet, and Kechil was chosen by fans of Backpacking, suiting night with karaoke. The other Islands tourists do not normally reside and visit them while boating or engaged in active recreation programs.

Lovers to spend time holiday shopping will be upset. Trading network on the Islands offers the only objects of tourist use, simple Souvenirs, groceries, fruit and soft drinks. Alcohol is sold at very high prices due to high excise taxes.

Weather, seasons, Perhentian

On Perhentian and other resorts of the East coast of Malaysia, stands out for two seasons:

High season (dry season)lasts from June to October. This is the best time to visit: not too high temperatures, almost no precipitation.

Low season (monsoon season), is from November to may. Constantly blowing monsoon winds create the sea high waves, frequent precipitation, the sky is often overcast. In this period the tourist life on the island is almost completely freezes, hotels, restaurants and entertainment close. At this time there is no sense to go to the Islands.

Seasons on Perhentian months*

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*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Hotels in Perhentian

The hotels are only two large Islands - kecil and besar. If your budget is limited, it is better to seek accommodation on kecil. On besar is much more expensive hotels, and the valuable prices are higher and infrastructure is more developed.

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How to get

On Perhentian no airport, can only get there by boat from the town of Kuala Besut in the state of Terengganu. From the pier in Kuala Besut from 09:00 to 17:00 travel speed boats no schedule for occupancy, the cost is 70 ringgit in both directions (40 one way), on the road for 30-40 minutes. From the Islands, boats depart at 08:00, 12:00, 16:00 or in the occupancy.

In Kuala Besut, in turn, can be reached by bus from Kuala Lumpur from the station to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) (not from Hentian Putra Station), cost 40 ringgit, departure at 09:00 and 21:00, 9 hours..

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Transport, than to move on

On the island there is no transportation, and you can only move on foot or by water taxis between beaches and Islands. All the beaches and tourist areas are connected by trails, to go on foot maximum in 30 minutes. Water taxis can be found on all the beaches, the cost 12 ringgit (refer to the currency of Malaysia and the exchange rate), price is negotiable, you can bargain.


In the archipelago there are no historical attractions, but in excess of the natural, and the greatest part of them is under water. On both Islands has several diving centres, offers Snorkling tours. On the Islands themselves, you can make trekking Hiking in the jungle.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Frolovskiy 20 Dec, 2017
Tell me, please, is there any Commission/fee for the exchange of travel cheques in KL? If so, what kind? ...
admin December 20, 2017

The Commission does not depend on the country, and from the exchange. Here can specify a city for sharing, the map will display the nearest locations, and for each you can see the conditions up to specify the size of the Commission. ...
Сергей88 25 November, 2018
Tell me, will there be any problems if we move to Malaysia for 10 days, then we will go to another country for 10 days, and then back again to Malaysia for 20 days. ...
admin July 26, 2018

Hello Sergey! Absolutely no problems, quiet ride. ...
Galina Z. December 14, 2018
May be someone knows if the exchangers at the airport in KL in the evening 20-22 h? ...
admin December 15, 2018
Hello Galina! There all round the clock. ...
Shura 11 January, 2019
Flying from Thailand to Penang.
It is better to drive - baht or dollars?
How are things with exchange? Is it convenient to pay by credit card? ...
admin 11 January, 2019

What you have on hand, and bring. The exchangers are in Penang, go to the area of Komtar or the Penang, there you will find the best rates in my experience. A map is certainly convenient, but not enough where pay. Hotels will pay, and for the transportation, Souvenirs in the small shops there. ...
Karin 27 January, 2019
Hello! The husband has a Grey passport issued by Estonia ( person without citizenship) . Do you need a visa in advance? Or maybe arrange it on arrival ?) ...
admin 28 January, 2019

Honestly, difficult to answer, after all this is a very controversial status without citizenship. It can at passport control not to pay attention to it, and the place of issuance of the passport to put the visa for 90 days as a citizen of Estonia, and can not supply a visa and even do not give, because there is in fact a list of countries that require a visa and persons without citizenship there is clearly no. Try to call the Embassy in Moscow, and even better to write them a letter at least e-mail to answer on paper just in case. And if not difficult, then let me know what happened. ...

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