• The Islands •
When to Go
• Climate & Weather
As long as you love the sun, sand and sea, anywhere you stay in these
islands promises a relaxing, enjoyable holiday. The true charm lies in
the white sandy beaches, clear waters and rich diversity of marine life.
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The Perhentian group of Islands here refers to the Islands of
Pulau Perhentian Besar & Pulau Perhentian Kecil,
Pulau Bidong, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau
Info on Beaches / Stay / Eat / Drink
Dive sites are very varied, from current swept rocks close to the
Perhentians and Bidong to gentle slopes covered with sea anemones around
Redang to underwater mounds in Lang Tengah.
All these places also have excellent house reefs that are good
for night dives or snorkeling
WHEN TO GO
Due to the eastern monsoon, the season in the Perhentians is effectively
limited to the period between April and October. Outside this, the seas
can be very rough and most accommodations are closed
April is especially good for diving where visibility can hit 40m
Some months may present greater opportunities to catch glimpses of
certain marine life. For example, green turtles nest in their greatest
numbers in August while September is probably the best month to spot
migratory whale sharks.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Tropical climate, with daily temperatures ranging from 22°-33°C,
and relative humidity between 80-87%.
May is usually the hottest month and January the coolest.
The northeast monsoon rains in the states of Terengganu and Kelantan
usually begin after the first week of November and are characterized by
heavy rain spells lasting 2-3 days duration accompanied by strong winds
and rough seas. Usually there will be a few of these rain spells,
rainfall up to 615 mm in December versus 120 mm in April. In between
these rain spells, weather is usually fair with little rain and seas are
So it is possible to enjoy good weather if you happen to visit during
such calm periods, though bear in mind you'll have to stay at Berjaya
as it is the only resort open throughout the year.
best way is to get to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu and proceed
to the respective jetty terminals to connect the boat ferry to the island
you intend to visit
By Boat / By Road / By Train / By Air /
Getting Around on the Islands
Kuala Besut / Tok Bali
Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
Redang & Lang Tengah / Bidong
Kapas / Gemia
Park & Regulations
The Marine Park is made up of the area around a group of islands namely
Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu,
Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau
Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara,
Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas
NOT BUY any souvenirs made from corals, shells and other marine animals such
as starfishes. Anyone found in possession of such items will be fined
RM5,000. If the villagers don't know better, advise them not to exploit
their environment. Even dead corals - the bleached ones sometimes found
washed ashore should be left where it is found.
For all their beauty, the Perhentians remain a bit of an
attraction and there are
some missing bits in the infrastructure to be aware of:
Mobile Phone Coverage
Coverage is spotty but generally adequate, especially on Besar
Money Changing & Credit Cards
Credit cards are generally not accepted, even at dive shops.
The only place on the
islands where you can get a cash advance or exchange money is the
Perhentian Island Resort, which charges accordingly.
There are no power supply
to the Islands. Generators provide most of the
electricity on the
islands. Power outages are not uncommon and
in many cheaper chalets
power is only provided at night
Can be a nuisance after
it rains. Bring repellent and consider burning a
(available locally), especially if your bed does not
have a mosquito net.
Generally not safe to
drink. Bottled water is widely available
at a fairly expensive RM
3-5 per 1.5L bottle.
There are concerns that
the coral reef will be gone in as little as
ten years because of the
intensive tourism industry.
But as long as you take
care and do not pick the living coral you will not be contributing to