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Perhentian Islands

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  • Perhentian Kecil or Perhentian Besar?
    4 stars

    While we’d encourage travellers to try and visit both islands, if time is limited or you just want to plonk yourself on one beach and not move for a week (or month) where should you head? Traditionally, Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) was the backpacker and party island and Perhentian ... read more

  • How long to spend on the Perhentians?
    4 stars

    This is a simple question with a complicated answer. The Perhentian Islands on the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia may only be separated by a small body of water that is easily crossed by speedboat, but they're a world apart in vibe. For many, the question of how long to spend on the ... read more

  • Beaches of the Perhentians
    4 stars

    When it comes to beaches on the Perhentians, there are some great strips of sand and others that are not quite so hot. Garbage, especially on Perhentian Kecil, is something the islands are struggling with, but some of the best beaches on both islands are near totally undeveloped and litter and ... read more

  • Diving on the Perhentians
    4 stars

    Scuba diving is one of the primary reasons people visit the Perhentian Islands and, with more than 20 dive schools to choose from, it is very well catered to -- and quite price competitive. For the region, diving in the Perhentian Islands is best described as non-challenging, making it a good ... read more

  • Snorkelling on the Perhentians
    4 stars

    Snorkelling trips are easily arranged on both islands, with prices coming in around the 30 to 50 ringgit per person mark, including snorkelling gear. Trips come in three main varieties: a half-day trip (out at 08:00 or 09:00 and back by midday), a full-day trip (out at 08:00 or 09:00 and back ... read more

  • Trekking on the Perhentians
    4 stars

    Despite being best known as a diving and laying around on the beach destination, both the Perhentian islands have some decent (and not-so-decent) forest walks that will appeal to those looking for something a little less sandy to do. It's possible to walk almost the entire way around Perhentian ... read more

  • Fishing Village on Perhentian Kecil
    3 stars

    The Fishing Village on Perhentian Kecil is not exactly the 'cultural experience' that one might expect, but for those looking for an insight into how the non-tourist part of the island works, it may be worth a visit. Over the years the village has grown considerably in size and at the time of ... read more


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