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Perhentian Islands

  • Coral Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
Coral Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil
also known as:
Pulau Perhentian
Priority: Midd
Location Type: Destination
The Perhentian Islands, surrounded by turquoise water, are located 21 km off the coast of Kuala Besut. Pulau Perhentian Kecil (the small island) is the most popular backpacker island destination in Malaysia.

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Wikipedia - Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Kecil seen from Perhentian Besar
Perhentian Kecil seen from Perhentian Besar

Sheer beauty of Pulau Perhentian makes it the destination of tourists. Both the islands have palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea. One can have a number of activities on its beaches and forests. Scuba-diving, snorkeling, and swimming are the most popular tourist activities here. On most beaches, the water is shallow with lots of rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish. For diving, there are dozens of dive sites around both main islands, as well as several off-shore sites. Apart from these, you could also enjoy activities like camping, canoeing, fishing, jungle trekking, and banana boat riding. As for accommodation, most of it can be found on Perhentian Besar, the larger island. Hotels are usually aimed at budget travelers.

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Wikitravel - Perhentian Islands

Map of the Perhentian Islands

Perhentian (pronounced Perhen-TEE-AHN, not Perhen-SHEN) means "place to stop" in Malay, and the islands got their name as a staging point used by traders traveling from Malaysia to Bangkok. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar ("Big Perhentian") and Perhentian Kecil ("Small Perhentian"). Kecil attracts more travelers as it has cheaper accommodation, while Besar is a little more expensive and caters more to families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene. The small, uninhabited islands of Susu Dara, Seringgi and Rawa lie off Kecil. All the islands belong to a protected marine park, which means that fishing, collecting coral and littering are strictly prohibited.

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