The twin islands of Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar off the northeast coast of Kuala Terrenganu State in peninsular Malaysia have been attracting travellers for decades now, and while “back in the day” there was no electricity, no WiFi, no air-con and no worries, today you can have all those — including the worries sadly. While we’d encourage travellers to try and visit both ... Read more about Perhentian Kecil or Perhentian Besar? .
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 Perhentians is best answered with another question: how long have you got? You can't talk about how ... Read more about How long to spend on the Perhentians? .
When it comes to beaches on the Perhentians, there are some great strips of sand and others that are not quite so hot. ... Read more about Beaches of the Perhentians .
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 place for those new to diving to do an introductory course or an Open Water certificate, while those ... Read more about Diving on the Perhentians .
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 by 16:00) and an outlying island trip (out at 10:00 and back by 16:00). The beaches and islands ... Read more about Snorkelling on the Perhentians .
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 ... Read more about Trekking on the Perhentians .
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 our visit in April 2014, a new village to accommodate the growing population was being carved out of ... Read more about Fishing Village on Perhentian Kecil .