Photo: You can find cool spots when wandering.

Trekking on the Perhentians

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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 Kecil using d’Lagoon as a starting and finishing point, while on Perhentian Besar you can do a loop on foot to all the developed beaches save Bubbles (which is only reachable by boat). The trail on Perhentian Besar is considerably better marked and maintained than on Kecil, but on both islands be sure to take sufficient water, a hat and sunscreen.

The joys of getting lost. Photo taken in or around Trekking on the Perhentians, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

The joys of getting lost. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Aside from tramping through the forest, you’ll see plenty of birdlife and monkeys—the latter particularly near d’Lagoon where there is a bunch of macaques (including one that is prone to psychotic episodes on Turtle beach) that you’ll see, or hear as they munch on fresh mangoes, while between West beach and Tuna Bay there is a very playful chilled out family of dusky langurs—we saw them a few times on the roof of the Turtle Bay Divers office at the southern end of West beach.

Monitor lizards are everywhere on both islands and some resorts consider them pests as they tend to get into the garbage—note to resorts: perhaps consider better waste management policies? Some of the lizards are quite small, but in the lagoon behind Teluk Dalam on Perhentian Kecil we saw a couple well over a metre in length. They’ll often hear you and bolt before you see them, but don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a few.

Jungle trail. Photo taken in or around Trekking on the Perhentians, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Jungle trail. Photo: Stuart McDonald

On Perhentian Kecil, a trail leads from d’Lagoon first to Turtle beach (10 minutes), then Adam & Eve beach (20 minutes) and then eventually to the wind turbines (one hour in total). The walk this far takes about an hour. From there you can continue onwards to Long beach (we didn’t walk this leg). From Long beach there is a separate trail that leads to Coral Bay and takes just 10 minutes. From Coral Bay, walk south, past Senja and Butterfly, and just ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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