The Perhentian Islands are most visited place in Malaysia. Thousands of travelers come each year from around the world to see a small group of good-looking, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, close to the Thai border.
The Federation of Malaysia situated in Southeast Asia. It is one of the developed and attractive countries in Asia region for the traveler. It has thirteen states and three federal territories in with a total 329,847 square kilometers landmass.
Perhentian means “point to stop” in Malay, and the islands got their name as a staging point used by traders traveling from Malaysia to Bangkok. There are two main islands such as Perhentian Besar (”Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (”Small Perhentian”). Kecil attracts more tourists as it has cheaper accommodation, on the other hand Besar is a little more expensive as well as caters more to families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene.
Both islands have white sandy beach, and the reefs with crystal clear water are host to a range of variety coral, jellyfish, small sharks, sea-turtles as well as reef-fish. These islands’ highest elevation is around 100 m and those are regularly covered in coastal tropical jungle, and few interior foot-trails with no roads. These beaches have no monuments, museums, historical traditions but the beaches are a beautiful sight in themselves. The white sandy beaches with crystalline water and flanked by rolling rain forest covered hills make the sights to the travelers. Coral Bay, the only beach, on the small island offers a sunset although construction of a new jetty has damaged most of the sight.
The small, tiny, uninhabited islands of Dara, Seringgi, Susu and Rawa lie off Kecil. All these islands belong to as a protected marine park, so fishing, collecting coral as well as littering are strictly prohibited in here. There are some limited activities for the visitors such as snorkeling, sea-kayaking, scuba diving, jungle trekking as well as sunbathing.
There are cyber cafe is available in Kecil and Besar. But the connections are very slow and costly. You may use pre-paid GSM sim card in your cell to connect with net and stay touch with your family.
As a result of the eastern monsoon, the season in the Perhentians and all other east coast islands are in fact limited to the period between mid-February and late October. Outside this the seas can be very violent and most of the accommodation options are closed.
To reach to the Perhentian Islands, there is only to go there is by the sea particularly a boat services from Kuala Besut. There are two types of boat such as speed boat and slow boat. Speed boat takes just around half an hour to reach there. After entrance there water taxis are only transport. The entire visitors to the islands have to pay a marine park conservation charge of RM5.
There are many smaller resorts offer meals as part of an all-inclusive package. These are generally buffet-style with various Western and Malaysian dishes. Larger beaches, for example, Pasir Panjang, provide various types of eating options except seafood on the othe hand, Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) only provides you in the islands with any semblance of nightlife. Alcohols are very expensive here and no Muslim-owned restaurants sell it to you.
In these islands, you find out very little luxury accommodation with the top of the line being air-conditioned chalets and the bottom being a bunk in a longhouse. However, discounts are typically negotiable in the period of off season, or weekdays, or longer stays, if you reach there late and they have available room. But the best places can get snapped up fast, particularly on weekends and holidays, so it is good for you book in advance for better place or arrive here early to get a suitable room as your requirement.
The sun may extremely hot and burning in the afternoons to evenings. So use sun screen and wear T-shirt and cap to protect your skin. You must use net in your bed to get rid of from mosquitoes. Credit cards accept here only some shop and they charge an additional 3-6%.
These Perhentian Islands are rated as some of the most attractive and beautiful islands around the world. Go there to make your vacation memorable for the future.