Malaysia is one of the countries in Asia that has excelled the most in terms of tourism in recent years. Today travelers want to explore beyond what is known and enter exotic corners where great surprises await them. The Perhentian Islands is one of those paradises that are worth visiting. Are you coming with us to find out?
A visit to the Perhentian Islands
The small archipelago of Perhentian is considered one of the best paradises in Southeast Asia. It is an almost virgin place. Here you will not find large buildings or roads that break with the beauty of its landscapes.
In the Perhentians, moreover, you can enjoy white sand beaches and turquoise waters. And its depths, of enormous wealth, are one of the most beautiful marine treasures on the planet. If you like snorkeling, you will enjoy here.
These islands are located northeast of Malaysia. They are about four kilometers off the coast of Terengganu, which is within the Pulau Redang National Marine Park.
There are only two islands that make up this archipelago. The larger island is called Perhentian Besar and the smaller one is Perhentian Kecil. Both are beautiful, with the green of the vegetation contrasting with the turquoise blue of its waters and the white of its fine sand on the beaches.
Although both islands are prepared for tourism, it is advisable to book well in advance, especially in high season.
How to get to the islands
To access them there are no planes to take you. You will have to do it by boat from Malaysia. A) Yes, you will have to fly to Kuala Lumpur first and, if you want, from there fly to Kota Bharu. It is from this place that you can sail to the islands.
You must bear in mind, however, that these internal flights are very cheap. In this way, the trip will not involve too high an extra expense, far from it.
The duration of the boat trip from Kuala Besut, which is the place you will have to go by taxi from Kota Bharu, is about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the weather. On the islands you can stay in some of the rural hotels and traditional that are on the shore and enjoy a fairytale vacation.
When is it best to visit these islands
Although it may seem like an unimportant question, it is not. When it comes to places where natural disasters occur with some frequency, you have to think well and choose the right moment to avoid seeing each other in the middle of one of these.
The monsoon season in this part of the world occurs between November and March.. In this way, the best time to visit this Malaysian paradise is from April to October. Although it is true that this time of year rains or some cloudy days will not be avoided, the appearance of monsoons is almost impossible.
Which island is better to visit
Surely you are wondering which of the two Perhentian Islands you should choose to spend a few days. Well, we’ll tell you both are beautiful and calm.
However, it is true that despite its size, Kecil is somewhat more civilized. In it you can find cheap accommodation, a lot of atmosphere and places where you can hire water activities. It is the liveliest of the islands.
But everything will depend on what you are looking for on your vacation. If absolute tranquility is what you want, then go to Besar. Here are the most expensive hotels, those in which they will give you everything done and you can enjoy a real vacation. But as we said, it all depends on what you are looking for…
Of course, as it is a small archipelago, moving between the islands is very simple. In a single trip you can get to know the two main islands. There are some small boats that will take you from one to another whenever you want and for very little money.
But it is not just about watching or practicing water sports. On both islands you can find good restaurants in which to try delicious dishes. You will be able to taste exotic flavors in which sweet and sour, spicy and many others mix perfectly.