Perhentian Island (Pulau Perhentian)

Location: Terengganu

Location Info

Address: Pulau Perhentian Besar, Kuala Besut Terengganu, Malaysia

District » Besut


Perhentian Island (Pulau Perhentian) is located 19km off East Terengganu, 64km South of Thai border. It's made up of 2 separate islands, namely Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian) and Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian). Mira Beach is among the popular beach located in the Perhentian Kecil Island.


Just an hour boat ride from the town of Terengganu/Kelantan, immediately you will recognized the relaxing and laid back atmosphere in the island. The islands remained untouched and the only permanent habitants are the fisherman living in a simple self-sustained fishing village. Most part of the islands remained untouched and preserved its best native nature beauty. Apart from soft white sandy beaches and colorful underwater world, the islands also have thick lush of greenery to offer. Hence, jungle tracking be it day or night tracking is amongst the popular activities. Of course, water activities are the main attraction that so many visitors make it a yearly event to come to Perhentian Island. Diving and snorkeling is absolutely gorgeous, where in knee high water level you will be able to see colorful fishes swimming between your toes. It's simple yet fulfilling surrounding make it easy for visitors to come back for more. Young travellers can sometimes set foot in Perhentian Islands for months, mesmerize by the charm of the islands. Backpackers nest are widely available here making in no reason not to come back for more, as oppose to the more up market Redang Island (Pulau Redang) nearby.

Of course, apart from the beautiful islands, Terengganu has more to offer. Among the must visit attraction is Lake Kenyir, Terengganu State Museum and Merang town. Hotel in Terengganu is widely available, ranging from luxury resorts to budget hotels and backpackers inn.


Apart from the boat transfer from nearby island like Redang and Lang Tengah, all boats to Perhentian depart from Kuala Besut jetty.

The nearest airport is Kota Bahru airport and Kuala Terengganu airport which is 50 km south and 110 north respectively to Kuala Besut.

From KL, there's direct bus to Kuala Besut (Mahligai and Mutiara coach) but most buses will head towards Kota Bahru and drop you off at Jerteh (15km from Besut). The journey is about 9 hours

From Johor/Singapore, Transnational provide overnight bus to Jerteh and will cost about RM 50 for the 9 hour ride.