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Perhentian Islands

Discover the jungle-clad and coral-fringed Perhentian Islands

Boat tours of the marine park, snorkelling, diving and nature hikes

Malaysia’s wonderful and still beautifully preserved Perhentian Islands lie off the northeast coast within the confines of Terengganu National Marine Park and are easily reached by a 40-minute boat ride from Kota Bharu on the Malay Peninsula. The small islands, with no roads or mechanised transport (apart from boats), have largely unspoilt, mountainous, jungle interiors, and are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs which are home to a wealth of marine life.  Despite the ease of access the island resorts are low-key and low-rise.

Our recommendation for the Perhentian Islands is the well-appointed but low-key Perhentian Island Resort situated on Coral Bay of Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) with a turquoise bay on one side and lush forest on the other.  Aside from their dive courses activities include snorkelling, boat tours to explore the marine park, nature hikes into the interior, visits to local conservation projects, as well, of course, just supping sundowners with your toes in the sand.

The Perhentian Island Resort is reached by speedboat from Kuala Besut, close to Kota Bharu Airport, which is in turn reached by a short domestic flight from either Penang or Kuala Lumpur international airports and so is a suitable add on for any of our Malaysia tours starting or finishing at either location. (Note flights to and from Kota Bharu and not included in our published price.)

The price of £275 is per person based on two people sharing during the March, April, May and September period.  In high season – June, July and August – the price increases slightly to £295 per person. while reductions are available for larger groups or families.  For one person wishing to do this extension, it’s £325 in low season, and £380 in the Summer. (Our suggestion and corresponding price, is for a 4 day, 3-night stay though obviously, you can stay as long as you want!



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Arrival on the island

Transfer by taxi from Kota Bharu Airport to Kuala Besut for a 40-minute ride by speedboat to Perhentian Besar. Check-in and at leisure.

Our standard Perhentian extension is 4 days and 3 nights though extra nights can, of course, be added on request

Overnight: Perhentian Besar Transport: Taxi, Boat,

Day 2 and 3 - Perhentians - at leisure on the island

At leisure on the island. Optional activities that are easily arranged with resort staff include a range of scuba diving courses, snorkelling in the bay or boat tours through the marine park, nature hikes into the jungle interior and visits to local conservation projects.

Overnight: Perhentian Besar Meals: B,

Day 4 - Perhentians and departure for KL

Boat transfer to Kuala Besut and on to nearby Kota Bharu airport for a return flight to Kuala Lumpur. There are several flights per day so departure time can be scheduled to correspond with your international departure from KL. (Flight not included.)

Transport: Taxi, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Malaysia, Perhentian Islands sunset

Just a few of the many highlights

Extend your 10-day Malaysia tour adventure with a stay on the unspoilt coral-fringed Perhentian Islands. The option is available from March to September and a variety of activities can be arranged with resort staff.

  • A 4-day stay on Malaysia's superb Perhentian Islands in the Gulf of Thailand
  • A wide variety of exciting actities to choose from during your stay
  • Beachside bar and a wide range of awesome food on offer
  • Stay in a comfortable, friendly and low-key beachfront resort
  • Beautifully preserved jungle-clad and reef-fringed islands set in a national marine park
  • Some of the regions best and most easily accessible snorkelling opportunities

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Perhentian Island Resort view

  • Individual chalets in a tropical garden
  • Beachfront location on scenic Coral Bay
  • Jungle hiking and reef snorkelling from the resort

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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