Perhentian

Perhentian

Off the coast of northeastern Malaysia at the border with Thailand lies the small group of Perhentian Islands. These beautiful islands (‘Pulau’ is Malay for ‘island’) are surrounded by coral reefs, making them spectacular places for snorkelling and scuba diving. Some of the more popular dive sites include the Pinnacle (or Tokong Laut, ‘Temple of the Sea’) and the Sugar Wreck, an easily accessible 3500-tonne sugar hauler that sank in 2000 and sits 18 metres down on the seabed.

The islands’ picture-perfect beaches offer crystal-clear turquoise water that’s perfect for swimmers and snorkelers of all ages, and there’s a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget.

Pulau Perhentian Besar boasts fine white sand beaches, perfect for lazy days spent swimming and relaxing. Tall, slender palm trees line the beaches, adding to the beauty of this special island retreat. The water is crystal clear, and a number of reefs lie close to the island, making it an excellent spot for snorkelling and scuba diving to experience the abundant sea-life. A large range of resort and other is accommodation available.

The magnificent Pulau Perhentian Kecil is the smaller of the two main Perhentian islands, and offers visitors a calm escape from the everyday. The stunning beaches are where you will spend your days swimming, snorkelling and lazing about. Turtle and shark watching are popular activities, and jungle trekking and camping are also available.