Things To Do In Perhentian Islands Malaysia That Visitors Just Love

Things To Do On Perhentian Islands Malaysia That Visitors Just Love

Malaysia is one of the world’s most visited countries for a holiday because it offers so many amazing landmarks and attractions. This may be your chance to spend your time with your family or friends and explore Malaysia.

Checkout our travel tips to Malaysia and out things to do in Malaysia before going.

One of the top locations in Malaysia is Perhentian Island. Let us see how this Perhentian island can make your trip become more enjoyable and fun.

Brief Overview of Perhentian Island

Geographically, Perhentian Island is located in the State of Terengganu, the eastern part of Terengganu. It is a small island but it offers wonderful beauty.

Perhentian itself means stopping point, so it is a good place to stop by when you visit Malaysia. With Perhentian Island consists of two islands, they are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil that mean big and small island.

Perhentian island has an amazing view of its blue sea water and clean beaches. Perhentian island has become a popular tourist spot in Terengganu where many local visitors and international visitors come to this island for their holidays.

Things to do on Perhentian Islands Malaysia

Perhentian Island offers a wide variety of landmarks that are worth a visit. There is so many other things to do from water sports, beaches and landmarks. Here are a few things to do on Perhentian Islands Malaysia.

Try Snorkelling or Go Scuba Diving

The first thing to try when you visit Perhentian island is to try snorkeling and scuba diving. Since Perhentian island has a very bright and clear blue sea with a wide variety of sea species, so it will be a great time to go snorkeling or scuba diving to see the sea life and coral reefs.

Try Scuba Diving
Try Scuba Diving

Simply, you can rent some snorkeling tools or scuba diving equipment nearby and they will tell you where the best spots are. Anyway, this is really fantastic, especially if you have never tried these activities before.

Enjoy Your Day at Perhentian Kecil Beaches

Perhentian Kecil is one of the islands that you can visit when you come to Perhentian island because it offers a wonderful beach. This is the place that you can choose if you want to try snorkelling.

Perhentian Kecil Beach
Perhentian Kecil Beach

Most visitors also prefer Perhentian Kecil island because it has a lot of resorts and a beautiful beach. You can relax on the beach and soak up the sun or go swimming.

See the Amazing View at Long Beach

Pantai Panjang or Long Beach has become another choice if you really like to enjoy your day at a beach. According to its name, Long Beach is quite long and it forms a crescent moon.

It is a really beautiful and clean beach and also has become the best snorkeling spot in Perhentian beach. You can even rent a hotel or motel near the beach at affordable prices. This beach has no coral and it can be the best place to go swimming. When the night comes, you can enjoy the amazing shows that is held by Bubu Long Beach Resort such as Fire dance and Hula dance.

Visit the Fisherman Village of Perhentian

Maybe, if you are curious how the local people live and what they do for a living. Well, you can actually head to a fisherman village in order to mingle with some local people who simply work as fishermen.

Fisherman Village on Perhentian Island
Fisherman Village on Perhentian Island

The village is located at the Perhentian Kecil island. The village is also completed with a lot of facilities such as schools, firefighter, police office and village clinic. So, if you are coming from overseas, then it will be a great idea to join with the community and see how they live on this island.

See the big D’Lagoon Windmill

When you want to move from one place to another place on Perhentian island, you can actually rent a water taxi that you can find along the coast. This can be your best time to see a big D’Lagon windmill on the island.

D’Lagon Windmill is a generator that provides electricity for the local community. The windmill view is also perfect because you can also see the amazing scenery of the island. It is also your chance to explore the deepest part of Perhentian island.

See Some Turtles at Turtle Bay

Since the Perhentian island is a small island, you can easily access the beaches and sea areas in order to see some turtles. You can go to Turtle Bay where you will find loads of turtles there.

Sea Turtles in Sanur Bali
Sea Turtles

The location is also not far from Teluk Pauh. It only takes about 10 minutes by boat to get to this area. Moreover, this area is also go area to go snorkeling or scuba diving.

Enjoy Your Lunch and Dinner

After you finished exploring in Perhentian Island, then you will be feeling tired and hungry. Why don’t you try to take a rest at some restaurants available on the island?

In this case, you can also enjoy some typical meals of Malaysia such as Nasi Lemak, Asam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and much more. Make sure that you choose a restaurant that has a direct view of the beach while eating.

Best Time to Visit Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands has tropical temperatures staying close to around 30°C (86°F) all year round. The best time best time to visit the Perhentian Islands is between February and August.

As from October and February is monsoon season that bring stormy conditions and heavy rain.

How to Get to Perhentian Islands Malaysia?

To get to the Perhentian Islands, you will need to firstly get to Kuala Besut (port city for Perhentians). From the port, there are a number of boat operators in Kuala Besut offering boat services to Perhentian Islands, which takes about 30 to 45 minutes by speed boat and one and half hours by slow boat.

Here is a number of ways to get to Kuala Besut. Bus is properly the cheapest option.

From Kuala Lumpur: There is buses that travel from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Kuala Besut. This journey takes about 9 hours.

From Penang/Langkawi: Get the bus from Butterworth to Kuala Besut. The journey takes about 8 hours.

Where is Perhentian Islands Malaysia Located on the Map?

I have been asked regularly where places are located on the map. So I added a picture to show where Perhentian Islands Malaysia is located.

Perhentian Islands Malaysia Location on the Map
Perhentian Islands Malaysia Location on the Map

Where to Stay on Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands has a limited supply of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Perhentian Islands if you are planning to visit Perhentian Islands.


Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.

Cozy Resort
Rating 7.1, Prices start from $55 for Double room

Cozy Resort is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Pulau Perhentian Besar, Cozy Resort offers spacious suites with views of the garden or sea. It features free Wi-Fi in public areas, a variety of recreational activities such as dive, snorkel, or go on a canoeing trip and an on-site restaurant.

Suites come with elegant wooden interiors and warm lighting. All well-appointed units have a TV, seating area and private balcony.

Ombak Resort Perhentian Island
Rating 7.6, Prices start from $65 for Double room

Ombak Resort Perhentian Island is located in Gua Sai just a 10-minute stroll from the beautiful Long Beach. Enjoying sweeping sea views, the resort provides free Wi-Fi access and well-appointed guest-rooms.

Cooled with either air conditioning or a fan, cosy rooms here will provide you with a desk and an en suite bathroom with hot/cold shower facilities.

Alunan Resort
Rating 8.7, Prices start from $165 for Double room

Situated along the shores of Pantai Petani, Alunan Boutique Resort offers modern and tranquil accommodation featuring a restaurant and provides daily housekeeping service.

Offering sea views from the private sundeck, air-conditioned rooms are furnished with parquet flooring, a desk, clothes rack and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom includes shower facility, towels and free toiletries.

Wrapping Up

Finally, as you can see, these are a few things to do on Perhentian Islands that you must try just in case you choose Malaysia as your holiday destination. There are some more activities which will excite you and your family or friends.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Perhentian Islands Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go too.

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Things To Do On Perhentian Islands Malaysia That Visitors Just Love

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