My Malaysia : Perhentian Island

Perhentian Island, Terengganu, Malaysia

Travel Profile :

Destination : Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu, Malaysia

Date : 16 – 18 May 2015

Duration : 3D/2N

Accomodation : Abdul’s Chalet, Pulau Perhentian Besar

Travel Buddy : 3 pax


Cost Breakdown :

  • Flight Fare (Return) : RM172
  • Airport Transfer from Kota Bharu Airport to Kuala Besut Jetty (Return) : RM52/pax (RM78/way – max 3pax)
  • Full Board 3D/2N Package at Abdul’s Chalet : RM370/pax (family garden view chalet)
  • Water Taxi (Return) : RM40 (RM20/way)

Total Cost : RM634

Full Board 3D/2N Package include : 

  • Boat transfer from & to Kuala Besut Jetty
  • Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch & 2 Dinner)
  • BBQ menu on the last night
  • 1 Snorkeling Trip around Perhentian Island

Life has been really exhausting lately, so we decided to take a short break and rejuvenate. Perhentian Island crossed our mind as destination of choice – convenient, economical and simply nature at its best.

Kuala Besut Jetty

The Journey

We took an early flight departing from Subang Airport (SBZ) at 815 am, a 65 minutes journey across Peninsular Malaysia airspace to the east coast and landed at Kota Bharu (KBR) Airport at 9.20 am. From the airport we hired an airport cab for another 1 hour journey to Kuala Besut Jetty plus another 45 minutes speed boat ride to our destination, Perhentian Island. Within 3 hours we have experienced all 3 rides – air, land and sea and the journey was totally worth it as when we were approaching the island, we were greeted by the majestic view of the clear blue sky, sparkling emerald sea and lush green hills, they whispers serenity.

Abdul’s Chalet, Perhentian Besar

The Crib

We checked in at Abdul’s Chalet at 1230 noon, a garden view chalet which is only a few steps away from the sandy beach. The room was newly refurbished, really clean and spacious, with basic amenities such as air-conditioning, water heater, towels and toiletries which i personally think was a real bargain. The meal included in the package was superb with variety of meal set to choose from.

The chalet is adjacent to the Jeti Taman Laut Pulau Perhentian (Besar), which was really convenient. The best thing about Perhentian Besar is the fact that, it has less resorts as compared to Perhentian Kecil hence the beach is less crowded and offers more privacy as compared to Perhentian Kecil.

A perfect score for value of money and we will surely come for visit again. Link :

Chalet ‘s Reception
The chalet
View from our balcony

The Snorkeling Trip

There are 2 snorkeling trips daily, the first is scheduled at 10 am and the last trip is at 2 pm. You’ll be riding the boat under piercing hot sunny day if you choose the latter trip, so if you do not fancy hot weather, take the earlier trip as the morning heat is slightly more gentle. The basic Snorkeling Trip (snorkeling gear provided) will covers 4 points i.e. Turtle Beach, Turtle Point, Fish Point & Shark Point, we were lucky enough that our guide took us to additional point, The Spring Valley.

Warming up at Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach : Get the snorkeling gear ready and start warming up. For a first time snorkelers, this is the place to get familiar with the gear and to warm up. All the following pitstop will be a deep water pitstop.

Turtle Point : 5 minutes boat ride from the Turtle Beach. This is the turtle residential area, some swim freely in the sea while some were just lazing around on the ocean floor.

The fish point

Fish Point : Picturesque underwater view surrounded by colourful corals and fishes. Bring some bread and you may lure the colourful ornamental fishes to gather around you waiting to be fed.

Shark Point : Personally i didn’t have the guts to dip in this area and envy those who are bold enough to jump off the boat to greet Mr. Shark and family. Fellow boat mates told us they saw a few and we were happy for them. Shark is totally not my forte.

Amatur snorkeler attempt to take an underwater shot
The spring at Lata Air Berani

Spring : Our guide took us to a bonus point, to rinse off the salty sea water with refreshing spring water at Lata Air Berani.

Magnificent sight from top of the hill

The Windmill

This is my personal favorite in the entire trip, a 15 minutes water taxi ride from Perhentian Besar took you to the Windmill Jetty. An adventurous 500 stairs (as told by the locals, I lost count on the numbers of stairs we’ve climbed, intoxicated by the beauty of the scenery from the hill)  to be climbed to reach the peak from a partly submerged jetty.

The leaning jetty of perhentian
The jetty close-up

Let me describe the jetty which i found quite interesting, the jetty was partly submerged into the water, leaning at an angle of approximately 5 degrees, the jetty is literally not perfectly horizontal. It was displaced from its main walkway bridge due to heavy storm years ago and the locals re-connected the jetty and the bridge with a simple wooden ladder which will be the first obstacle before you climb to the windmill.

The Windmill

View from the Windmill Observatory Deck

The scenery along the hike was totally magnificent, it took our breath away. Since climbing down the wooden ladder to the leaning jetty is a bit traumatizing, we decided to take an alternative way to the beach via jungle trekking trail, around 15 – 30 minutes trekking before we land our foot on the soft white sand at the Long Beach.

Jungle trecking trail to Long Beach
The Long Beach

Our water taxi driver picked us up at the Long Beach Jetty and dropped us at the Blue Lagoon upon request. We took a dip into the crystal clear water, enjoying every second and spend the rest of the day there before sunset.

Our short getaway to Perhentian was really A.W.E.S.O.M.E . The beauty is beyond words, totally worth to be listed among the best island in the world. Come experience Perhentian and let the beauty speaks itself.

Relax and enjoy the view, let beauty speaks itself



Perhentian Island

May 2015


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