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Perhentians ~ An Introduction

  An Introduction Getting There The Islands Diving

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• The Islands • Diving • When to Go • Climate & Weather •

• Getting There Marine Park Travel Tips •


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 Redang,

Pulau Bidong, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Tenggol.
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


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
March and 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.

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, bringing

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 calm.

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 resort

as it is the only resort open throughout the year.




The 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

From Jetty To Island
Kuala Besut / Tok Bali Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil
Merang Redang & Lang Tengah / Bidong
Marang Kapas / Gemia
Dungun Tenggol


Marine Park  & Regulations

The Marine Park is made up of the area around a group of islands namely

Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu,

Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara,

Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas


DO 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 up-and-coming

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

 mosquito coil (available locally), especially if your bed does not

have a mosquito net.

Tap water

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 that directly.





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