"This morning they had paid my salary again, that's nice, if you're on vacation! Unfortunately it was rainy this morning on our tropical island. After breakfast we sat on our veranda overlooking the sea. Rain, what do you do? Harmke started typing the penultimate two records and I went for a walk. To the other side of the bay and a piece of the jungle trail that runs to the other side of the island. Armed with the umbrella I went through the drops, but it was not too bad. On the way I came across two of those big monitor
lizards. One was really a nice big adult animal. He plunged into the river where he was still holding his head above the water. You can approach them up to about 6 meters, then they flee. They can also run fast ..... After my walk Harmke had written two stories and I persuaded Harmke to go
snorkelling. It was not that rainy anymore and I had already checked my sight with the snorkel. Fine to do. We are at the end of the beach along the rocks about 500 meters
snorkelling to shark point .... yes ... shark point .... The visibility became better and at one point there was a lot of
beautiful red coral and all kinds of fish to see. The clownfish, you know those nemo girls, are really nice. They swim between the coral and come to swim in your mask. Cheerful critters. Also beautiful parrot fish, triggerfish, sea urchins, sea worms, large living shells. The fish are not afraid of you, so you can see them nicely at a distance. The coral looks like beautiful fungi, brain coral and soft coral with those moving tentacles. Suddenly we came across a very big fish, what an ugly monster that was .... he looked threatening with his big mouth, so there was only a short distance around ...".
Perhentian Besar (Perhentian Great) is the largest island of the two. Both islands are beautiful. Perhentian Besar is mainly the larger resorts and many families. Most accommodations are also slightly more expensive and the island is fairly quiet. Around 11 pm it is quiet on the island and everything is closed. Besar is cleaner and the beach is better maintained. Yet there is plenty to do in and around the island. There are diving schools and you can get your Padi here, but also
snorkelling, canoeing and walking through the jungle is part of the possibilities. To make life a little more confusing, the words "beach" (pantai) and "bay" (teluk) are often used near-interchangeably as well, and a few English place names are not literal translations.
Both islands, Besar and Kecil, are separated by a narrow strait.
Almost all major beaches on Besar have calm waters (in season). So you do not have to worry about the children. Beaches that are good for children are PIR, Teluk KK, Teluk Dalam and Bubbles on Perhentian Besar. The beaches are slowly declining, so they are great for tourists with younger children who can not swim as well. The beaches are surrounded by palm trees and palm trees with intense white coral sand.
However, some of the beaches have busy traffic from boats and are therefore not ideal for swimming /
snorkelling. In addition, the boats that come and go also have very sharp anchors, which are thrown into the shallow water at best and inaccessibly. On Besar applies to Tunay Bay and West Beach.
The prices of the accommodations are on the high side on both islands. This is because they are very popular with a large part of the tourists. At Besar, the better hotels are the Perhentian Island Resort, Coral View Island and Tuna Bay Island Resort. For the requested price you get more luxury on the mainland.
Perhentian Besar has a reasonably well marked network of jungle trails on the island, which can provide a good non-beach day. Some parts of the forests are reasonably well maintained. Beware of monkeys (mostly langurs and macaques) and large monitor lizards.'s There is not much to do in the evening. Some hotels have organized an activity. You can also go for an evening walk on the beach, but apart from a few resorts and restaurants there is not much to see.
An easy 30 minute walk starts behind the Arwana resort on the southern bay of Besar and comes out in the Perhentian island resort on the north west bay. The other is a more adventurous 45 minute trek between the camp site (Teluk KK) on the west bay and the west corner of the south bay. If it's damp, mosquitoes can be a menace. Apart from the main tracks on both islands, everywhere else is dense jungle.
If you are going snorkelling you discover the colours of the coral and the diversity of fish. They ensure that you go up and down in the water for hours. Try an organized half-day snorkel trip (or dive for those who have the experience) and let the locals take you to the best reefs. Just jump off the boat, put your snorkel gear on your head and try to absorb everything. If you are lucky, you will encounter a harmless reef shark, but you can also have fun while observing the orange and black striped Clown fish. Make sure you snorkel right between the Besar and Kecil Islands to find turtles and see how far you can swim with them.
Rent a kayak and paddle to a few quiet beaches where you can not walk. The water is always calm - it looks like a mirror - so you do not have to worry about high waves. And if your arms get a bit tired of paddling, stop, look around, catch your breath among all the beauty and dive into the water for a quick dive to cool off.
For those who are tired of hanging out on the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia, a trip through the jungle should be made. A trek through the jungle works you in the sweat (probably you wish you were back on the beach!). Although it is humid in the jungle and there are many insects, such a trek has its advantages, because you see animals in the wild, you can encounter waterfalls and you can discover a spotless beach.
In 2011 they started the project Ecoteer House Teaching and Community at Besar.
In 2014 they started a sea survey. Since 2015 there is an island wide project for the conservation of sea turtles.
They have started protecting the second highest turtle beach in the Perhentian's
at Bubbles. This new turtle project has everything to do with helping all the turtles that use the Perhentian Islands as breeding grounds.
You do not only protect them on the breeding beaches, but also help them gain more knowledge while they are in the waters around the islands. This project forms a complete project for the conservation of turtles and corals.
Perhentian - Have a close look where you want to stay
Shari-la Island Resort
Shari-la Island Resort is ideally situated on Perhentian Kecil; at one of the most popular beaches of the Perhentian. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the islands myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Pulau Perhentian Beach.
At Shari-la Island Resort, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping.
Guests can choose from 99 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the watersports equipment rentals, snorkeling, private beach, diving, fishing. Shari-la Island Resort is a smart choice for travelers to Perhentian Island, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.