Perhentian Islands Quick Guide
Perhentian Islands, meant Perhentian Besar Island & Perhentian Kecil Island, have all the sunshine, sea breeze, fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful coral reef which everyone craves to see. It’s certainly a tropical paradise for both foreigners and locals alike. You can get everything in order easily as transportation is pretty flexible at all times; meals, accommodations and island activities can be arranged in advance according to preferences.
Getting to Perhentian Islands
Situated in the Northeast of Peninsular West Malaysia, the islands are easily accessible via Kota Bharu City. Traveling to the islands via Kuala Besut Jetty is rather hassle free.
Self drive to Perhentian Islands
Self drive to the Islands go through Kuala Besut Jetty with 45 minutes of speed boat ride.
From Kuala Lumpur - 6.0 hours
From Penang Island - 6.0 hours
From Johor Bahru - 8.5 hours
Bus to Perhentian Islands
Best is to get express bus direct to Besut Express Bus Terminal, the bus station is main access to Perhentian Islands, similar journey as self drive and pick up from bus station can be arrange.
From bus station to jetty
15 minutes of walk or 5 minutes of taxi transfer.
Flight to Perhentian Islands
The most convenient airport to access Perhentian Islands, pick up from airport can be arranged. This domestic airport can connect flight from:
Connecting flight to KBR Airport
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Flight journey: 1 hour
Airlines: Airasia & Malaysia Airlines.
From Subang Airport (SZB)
Flight journey: 1 hour
Airlines: Firefly & Malindo Air.
From Penang International Airport
*Flight journey: 1 hour
Airport to jetty land transfer
It's an hour from Kota Bharu Airport (KBR) to Kuala Besut Jetty.
Sea transfer from jetty to Perhentian Islands
It's about 45 minutes with speed boat ride.
Affected by northeast monsoon strong wind and rough sea, most of the resorts are closed during month of December to January. Yet, the peak season during July - August is kind of happening with expect groups of tourist around.
Terengganu Marine Park Conservation Fee
Perhentian Islands are part of Terengganu Marine Park, 20 kilometers away from Terengganu coast which fishery activities are prohibited. This made the Perhentian Islands corals and tropical fishes can normally be seen just a few meters from the beach.
Terengganu Marine Park Conservation Fee collect by Taman Laut Malaysia
Adult: RM 5
Child: RM 2
Senior Citizen: RM 2
Adult: RM 30
Child: RM 15
Senior Citizen: RM 15
Perhentian Islands recommendation
Island hopping to Redang Island and Lang Tengah Island can be an ad-hoc part of your itinerary. Whether it’s a backpacker's inn or luxury secluded resort, you can find the well-established lodging facilities on 2 of the main islands, Perhentian Besar (Big Island) & Perhentian Kecil (Small Island). Also, there are plenty of dive sites to accommodate divers of all level. Untouched islets with flour like sand and pristine corals are also among the major highlights here. This place is highly popular among travelers around the world. Hence, come over, gather about, and meet new people!