Pulau Perhentian Besar

Travel Guide
Pulau Perhentian Besar which includes landscape views, tropical scenes and a sandy beach
Enjoy the stunning natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of these Malaysian islands covered with lush jungles and surrounded by crystal-clear water.

If you’d like to swim, camp and explore an island wonderland, head to the Perhentian Islands. The white-sand beaches here are fringed by lush coastal jungle, and lead down to clear waters inhabited by turtles and reef fish.

The waters and islands are part of a National Marine Park and fishing is prohibited. This makes the area a snorkeling and diving paradise. For divers, there are several sunken police boats in shallow water to explore, as well as an older sugar cargo hauler, a Japanese ship that served in World War II and underwater geological formations, such as the world-renowned “Pinnacle.”

Perhentian Besar is the larger of the two islands and offers accommodation within a medium price range. Perhentian Kecil’s accommodation caters to those on a tighter budget, and is the busier of the two islands. Accommodation is seasonal, with most places closing down from September to February because of rough seas and monsoonal weather, so plan your visit from March to October.

The islands are fairly undeveloped, so pack some good books and a Frisbee, and enjoy the gorgeous tropical outdoors. Relax in one of the many spas that offer traditional massages and beauty treatments. Dine at one of the resorts, or explore the village restaurants and cafés offering both local and western dishes. If you’re feeling ecologically minded, join the turtle conservation programme, which accepts volunteers every Monday.

Once you’re done exploring the water and lazing on the beaches, check out some of the jungle trails for a close encounter with dusky leaf monkeys, who live high in the trees. This greyish brown monkey has white markings like spectacles, and babies that are born bright orange!

The Perhentian Islands are just over 12 miles (20 kilometres) off Penisular Malaysia’s northeast coast. The only way to get to the islands is from the mainland villages of Kuala Besut and Tok Bali by speed boat.

Eco Marine Perhentian Island Resort - Hostel
Eco Marine Perhentian Island Resort - Hostel
2.5 out of 5
Lot 174, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Teluk Dalam, Pulau Perhentian Besar, 22200
The price is RM189 per night from 19 Jul to 20 Jul
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2.7/5 (51 reviews)
"overall is a nice stay."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Eco Marine Perhentian Island Resort - Hostel
Perhentian Island Resort
Perhentian Island Resort
3 out of 5
Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, 22200
The price is RM483 per night from 14 Jul to 15 Jul
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3.7/5 Good! (279 reviews)
3 night stay.
"Warm welcome at reception and was allowed to checkin an hour before the official tine. Decent sized room. Could have been a little cleaner (hairs in bathroom on arrival). Towels provided. Little fridge although internet only available in restaurant area. Beach towel service and beach chair was excellent. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

Perhentian Island Resort
The Barat Perhentian Beach Resort
The Barat Perhentian Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Lot 136, GM19, Kampung Seberang Genting, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, 22300
The price is RM209 per night from 8 Jul to 9 Jul
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4/5 Very Good! (149 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay, close to activities. Great shuttle service. Would recommend!"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022

The Barat Perhentian Beach Resort
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Perhentian Cabana
Perhentian Cabana
1 out of 5
Pulau Perhentian Besar Besut, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, 22300
The price is RM52 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
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3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
"For experienced campers, this place is ideal to set up and get local!"

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022

Perhentian Cabana
Terrapuri Heritage Village
Terrapuri Heritage Village
3.5 out of 5
Kg.Mangkuk, Setiu, Terengganu, 22120
The price is RM593 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Love the kampung houses
"Love the place. Beautifully restored old kampung houses bringing back nostalgic memories of my childhood. In a quiet corner of Terengganu with long stretch of beaches just for yourself"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Terrapuri Heritage Village
Sekeping Penarek Homestay
Sekeping Penarek Homestay
3 out of 5
Jalan Penarik - Mangkuk, Kg Mangkok Chalok, Setiu, 21090
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Sekeping Penarek Homestay
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