Perhentian Islands are a group of islands in Besut District in Terengganu state of Malaysia. They are an abode of beauty packed with clear-turquoise water, lush-green forests, white grainy sand and untouched coral reefs. They are a part of Pulau Redang National Marine Park. Having well-developed resorts, Pulau Redang are perfect swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Perhentian Islands, like Redang Island, also falls under the Marine Park which aims at preserving the rich flora and fauna of the area. As a consequence, fishing is not allowed in or near the island. The corals and marine life of the Perhentian Islands are rich and mesmerising. It is popular for water activities like diving and snorkelling. There are several diving schools on the island that provide the tourists with diving training and open sea license called PADI. These schools charge approximately RM 100 per dive per person. Snorkelling is also very popular among tourists. Snorkelling equipment can be rented for RM 13 per day per equipment set. Adam and Eve Beach and Turtle Bay beach on Besar are ideal for snorkelling. While on Kecil, D’Lagoon is perfect. You can also visit and explore the Turtle Sanctuary at Turtle Bay.
Perhentian Island consists of seven islands out of which two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. Perhentian Kecil is the smaller and busier island among the two. Rest five are uninhabited. Perhentian Kecil has two main beaches: Long Beach and Coral Bay. Perhentian Besar is also referred to as the bigger island and attracts families and couples. Perhentian Besar is more expensive, luxurious and peaceful than Perhentian Kecil while Perhentian Kecil is known as backpacker’s go to beach.
The conservation fee for entering Perhentian Islands is payable at the Kuala Besut jetty, which is the only way of reaching the island. (Adult: RM 30, Child: RM 15)
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