"The Perhentian Islands was high on my bucket list. Turquoise blue waters. A mecca for divers and snorkelers… both beginners and advanced. And now that I have been, I am in love with the place. Everything is on island time, so just grab that cocktail and chill by the beach.
I truly could not believe my eyes when our boat arrived to the Perhentian Islands. The water was blue like a swimming pool – no photoshop, no editing required… It was blue as blue can be, and it was gorgeous."
Perhentian Island Resort
The Perhentian Islands are a cluster of islands off the East coast of
peninsula Malaysia. They are in the South China Sea about 21km off the coast of
Terengganu. There are two main islands: Pulau Perhentian Besar
(big island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small island). Both islands have rocky forested
interiors with a few jungle paths. Both islands are rich in wildlife for such a small area.
You can see monkeys, lizards large and small. flying squirrels, butterflies and many other types. In the waters of Pulau Perhentian, one is guaranteed to see coral gardens as
even many beaches are strewn with dead corals. The best time to visit Pulau Perhentian is from March to October, outside of the monsoon season.
A trip to this exotic tropical island is a must for all nature lovers and those who enjoy scuba
diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating, and canoeing. It is surrounded by a virgin jungle, swaying
palm trees, white sandy beaches, warm sapphire blue waters, and a
colorful coral garden. Perhentian Islands is renowned as one of Malaysia's marine paradise.
The boat for the Perhentian is leaving from Kuala Besut. If you're leaving from
Kota Bharu to the Perhentian, you can take a taxi to
Kuala Besut. If you're coming from Kuala Terengganu, you can better take the bus to
Kuala Besut. Boat tickets are sold in Kuala Besut only and by some selected agents in
Kota Bharu (Kelantan). It takes almost two hours to take to the islands. There's another town, where you can leave for the Perhentian. This town is
called Tok Bali. From towns: Kuala Besut and
Tok Bali are special pages with a very map.
Most people, who are coming for these islands, are coming for the snorkeling and diving. There are no roads on the islands and the only way to get around is by the many small boats which ply round the islands delivering guests, food, and collecting rubbish. Tourism is new to these islands, in fact, the past five years has seen rapid
increases in tourism numbers and we now have many new rooms and services to accommodate guests. Pulau Perhentian is fast developing.
Pulau Perhentian is a National Marine Park and special laws and
regulation apply. The fines and penalties are severe and each year sees reports of arrests and fines. Activities prohibited and not allowed are:
Collecting and taking of aquatic life ( corals, shell or fishes whether living or alive ).
Fishing without a license & Causing Pollution, i.e. littering Possession of spear fishing equipment.
If you are lucky you may find yourself swimming next to a turtle - the
bigger they are the older they are, possibly 100 years old - a wonderful sight. They are cautious animal and slow in movement
because they conserve energy, so please do not approach too closely or touch them. When you see a turtle in these waters it is here for
mating and laying of eggs and must not be disturbed. Turtles are an endangered species. They feed on plankton and other surface marine
life and they often found dead due to eating plastic bags which they cannot digest that they mistake for jelly fish, so please do not throw
your rubbish to the sea. Watching turtles as they lays their egg on the beaches has to be extra cautious or else it will disturbs them and they
will go away. Before, turtle were in hundreds but recent years have seen rapid decline in numbers. Perhentian and
Terengganu are the few remaining sanctuaries for them in the world.
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Shari-la Island Resort is ideally situated in Pulau Perhentian Kecil; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's 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.