Pulau Perhentian, meaning ‘stopover island’, is not to be missed. Situated some 21km off the coast of Terengganu, it consists of the islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
Covered by virgin jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary to fishermen, migratory birds and, of course, discerning holiday-makers.
Located just off the edge of the Pulau Redang Marine Park, Perhentian’s coral-fringed waters have excellent underwater seascapes for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Arrangements can also be made for island cruises and boats can be hired to look for private small bays and secluded coves. A trip to these tropical islands is also a must for those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and deep-sea fishing.
Of the two islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil is the more secluded and isolated with only minimum facilities. Pulau Perhentian Besar is more developed and therefore offers better facilities. Nevertheless, there are chalets, dormitories and campsites on both islands.
From Kuala Terengganu, take a taxi or bus to the fishing port of Kuala Besut. Then board a boat at the Fisheries Complex for Pulau Perhentian. The boat ride to the island takes about an hour.