Pulau Perhentian Besar Pulau
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Pulau Perhentians consists of two islands - Perhentian Besar (Big
Perhentian island) and Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island)
Accessed from the mainland by boat from Kuala Besut (1.5 hours), the two
islands of Perhentian are a marine paradise and part of a marine
The small, uninhabited islands of Susu Dara, Seringgi and Rawa lie off
Perhentian Kecil. All the islands belong to a protected marine park,
which means that fishing, collecting coral and littering are strictly
Kecil, the more popular of the two, has cheap accommodation and a bit of
a backpacker party scene, with Long Beach being the most popular.
Perhentian Besar is the larger island and has slightly more
sophisticated accommodation and tranquil beaches to Perhentian Kecil.
Northern Beach is regarded as being the best, but is dominated by the
large, expensive Perhentian Island resort.
PULAU PERHENTIAN BESAR
To the north of the Pulau
Perhentian Besar island, Green and Hawksbill turtle await to be seen in
the months of May to September.
The Teluk Pauh in front of the Perhentian Island Resort, holds the main
beach area with most of the resorts dotting south from here along the
west coast to Teluk Dalam on the island's south-east coast. Teluk Pauh
is a beautiful half-moon bay with white powdery sand and water as clear
as in a swimming pool. There are good coral around the points on either
side. Here you can snorkel with some turtles, black tip reef sharks and
hundreds of reef fish.
At the western end of the bay a wooden footbridge leads over a few rocks
to Coral View Island Resort's small beach, which consists almost only
out of broken up coral pieces. The main beach of the island starts at
the resort's western side and stretches over 1 km to Abdul's Chalet only
interrupted by some rocky headlands. The beach has fine sand with
scattered coral pieces and is bordered by many coconut palms.
Teluk Dalam, on the south of the island is a beautiful wide curved bay
with a white fine sandy beach. The water is quite shallow here, the
corals mostly destroyed. You can laze away in hammocks under shady
casuarinas. Here it is in contrast to the other beaches still quite
Stay-in Perhentian Besar
Perhentian Island Resort, offering the best digs on the islands, is
located on Besar's nicest beach and equipped with the only swimming pool
in town. A 5-minute walk away is Besar's main beach, featuring the
Coral View Resort at the north end of Besar's main beach. This resort is
a close number two, offering air-con chalets, much the same facilities
as Perhentian Island Resort (minus the pool) in attractively done
surroundings. Crossing over to the next beach will bring you to the
southwest beach and a bit further south, to the New Cocohut Chalet. One
of the more attractive options on the south beach, New Cocohut offers
air-conditioned chalets. Tuna Bay is one of the newer and classier
outfits, offering all air-con chalets, including hot showers and even
safety deposit boxes in every room. The seaside restaurant is also
Watercolors Restaurant, next to the dive shop of the same name on
Besar's main western beach, is a simple but attractive restaurant that
is packed every night with people feasting on fresh seafood. Affiliated
with the Paradise Resort, the prices have gone up lately, but rock
lobsters or fresh barramundi in banana leaf, served with a giant baked
potato and salad, are still a steal by Perhentian standards.
Teluk KK, at the southwestern tip of the island near Teluk Keke, is a
little place that is frequented mostly by locals and consequently offers
the cheapest grub around.
Perhentian Cafe, between The Reef and Paradise chalets on the western
beach of Perhentian Besar, has undergone a transformation from a
no-frills fried noodle joint into the islands sole nightlife spot,
featuring several kinds of beer and the ability to procure more or less
anything with advance notice.
PULAU PERHENTIAN KECIL
Experience the rustic seaside charm at the small fishing village called
Kampung Pasir Hantu, where traditional dances are occasionally held and
monkeys are trained to fetch coconuts from lofty trees
The best and most popular beach of the island is Pasir Panjang (Long
Beach) providing dazzling white sandy beach and crystal-clear shallow
water. The back of the beach is now almost completely covered with
chalets, restaurants and cafes with many boats arriving and leaving.
Better not to expect a peaceful, deserted beach.
Those who have been here before will probably be disappointed about the
way Long Beach has been developed. But nevertheless it is still a
fantastic beach, with an atmosphere that is meant more for the young and
adventurous (backpackers, in their twenties). You can hang out in one of
the many cafes, play beach volleyball, go diving or just laze away on
the beach. Please note that waves at Long Beach can be quite high and
hazardous at times, so there is a chance that boats cannot land. If that
is the case, you will have to take a 15-minute walk to Teluk Aur on the
other side of the island.
Teluk Aur (also known as Coral Bay) is not as attractive as Long Beach,
but it is not so crowded - yet. There are good corals for snorkelling in
the bay and around the short beach behind the Rajawali Resort. Further
more here you get a great view of the breathtaking Perhentian sunsets.
The rest of Perhentian Kecil's beaches are more secluded and peaceful.
They are home to only one resort each or are entirely uninhabited.
Stay-in Perhentian Kecil
Accommodation on Perhentian Kecil is distributed over more beaches than
on Perhentian Besar. The most popular backpacker destination is Pasir
Panjang (Long Beach) on the eastern coast of Perhentian Kecil. Bubu Long
Beach Resort is the first and so far only ferroconcrete hotel on the
islands, offering air conditioning and other creature comforts. D'
Lagoon is located in the bay north of Long Beach offers wooden chalets
with mosquito nets, and its own restaurant.
Panorama Restaurant, on the southern side of Pasir Panjang, one of
Pehentian Kecil's more attractive eating options, offers a larger range
than usual of Western and Asian fare at decent prices. No alcohol, but
you can bring your own.
Pasir Panjang on Kecil is the only place in the islands with any
semblance of nightlife. Alcohol is expensive at RM10 and up for a can of
beer, and Muslim-owned restaurants can't sell you any, though bringing
your own is also permitted in most otherwise dry restaurants.
Diving at Perhentians
There are about 20 dive sites at Perhentian, spread across the two
islands. Other sites, such as Tanjung Batu Chaping on the east coast of
Perhentian Besar, features gardens of giant soft corals, some as tall as
a metre. Some of the more popular dive sites here are described in
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