Coral Bay Chalet
Coral Bay, Terengganu, 22300, Malaysia
More about Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Lots of little fishes!
Bay where we stayed at
with 'Cikgu" the owner of Spice Divers.
Accomodation in Perhentian Kecil
Hi, I really need your advice as I do not know exact dates when I will be in Perhentian I can not book any place to stay. So maybe someone knows how possible would it be just to arrive in Perhentian at mid March 2011 and get a room without reservation?
Thank you so much in advance for the help.
Re: Accomodation in Perhentian Kecil
Seriously, in March, the season just starts right after the monsoon. Shouldn't be a problem but you should best check in Kuala Terengganu town when you arrive there before taking the boat to Perhentian. There are a number of travel agents in town.
Have a good trip there! I miss Perhentian too. Lat time I visited there, I stayed here - http://blog.malaysia-asia.my/2009/11/coral-view-island-resort-perhentian.html Was a decent family run place but was slightly on the 'lodge to resort' style here.
Travel Tips for Pulau Perhentian Kecil
quiet non gringo beaches
simple. rent a canoe for Rm 25 the whole day or RM 15 half a day and canoe the island. you can find quiet almost private beaches around the island where serenity lay rest. If you just want to be there to be 'seen' that you are there so you can boast about how bohemian you are around europeans or locals, then long beach is the place. For gringos with the aspiration of escaping the repetitive ambience of home, I suggest you rent the canoe. Its beautiful out there and you wont get much exasperating noise on these shores. Rent snorkelling gears which costs only RM 10 or about 2 euros for the whole day. You would definitely want to snorkel once you see the quiet and beautiful shores. If you really want to get away, do it and this is the only way. The other way is pulling the trigger in your mouth. For KLites like me, buried deep in the soil of alienation and narcissism, drowsy with the sound of technology and the *** vanity dump in every ***ing square inch of dim space, the sea and nothingness is all i need to recuperate, to reflect and to lay a path stronger forward. Thank you canoe, thank you sands of the quiet shores. Thank you RM 15..
General Tip for Perhentian.
* Bring plenty of cash before to Kuala Besut and Perhentian Island, there are no bank on Kuala Besut and Perhentian Island. But some of the resort or chalet on Perhentian Island accept credit card or travellers cheques. You can pay by credit card at our sales office (Anjung Holidays) at Kuala Besut jetty.
* You can change your money with some of the resort or dive shop, but with poor rates.
* The nearest bank (Jerteh town) around 1/2 hour by taxi. MYR15.00/car one way.
* There is no jetty at Long Beach and Aur Bay, so you must take small boat (boat taxi ) if you want go to the beach from the main boat. You must pay MYR2.00 each for the boat taxi from main boat to the beach.
* In Kelantan & Terengganu state, office are closed on Friday. 1st and 3rd day of Saturday also closed. But open on Sunday - Thursday.
* If you've your own transport, there are car park MYR5.00/day around Kuala Besut.
* While there are some trails around the island, the easiest way to go from beach to beach or island to island is by boat (boat taxi). Most resort/chalet owners can arrange the boat for you.
* Remember, before you buy the ticket, you must ask them. Are they provide boat from Tok bali or Kuala Besut. You should take boat from Kuala Besut Jetty to Perhentian Island.
* From Kota Bharu Bus stand (north), you can take bus straight to Kuala Besut. You must tell the driver that you want to stop at Kuala Besut Tourist Terminal (Kuala Besut jetty) not other jetty.
* PASSPORTS & VISAS
Many nationalities, including the citizens of most European countries, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the USA, do not require a visa to visit Malaysia. A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and a return ticket or onward travel arrangements need to be presented upon request at your arrival in Malaysia. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.
Blue skies n the beach...
Check out Long Beach... What can i say, a picture paints a thousand words?
The sight, yes, just by looking left me speechless for a few minutes...its something which cant be described by everday words...
On the way to Perhentian
1. Bring currency. Perhentian is a cash-only society. I cant even remember seeing a cash machine in Besut. I've seen trips cut short or travellers having to stretch their mealtimes longer! My sources tell me that they now have a small forex stand on one of the islands but the rates are heavily weighted - against you, of course.
2. Bring small change (RM2) for the water taxi - from the ferry to the shore. They dont always have change.
3. If overnighting from a bus, take layers with you. Malaysian buses have three settings for the AC:
COLD - what you and I would know as OFF
ICE CAP - the first of the settings known normally as LOW, and
SUSPENDED ANIMATION - you will need more than just the Perhentian sun to thaw you out after this.
4. Overnight buses will normally drop you off in mainly in Jerteh or Besut (the ferry town itself) - usually before the cock crows, which can be a little unnerving to some.
5. If staying at Long Beach, hike across island to Coral Bay for sunset views
6. There is alcohol on Kecil Turtles, anchovies, beach babes
The Perhentian islands, comprises of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil lies 20km from the coast of Kuala Besut. Since they are located within Trengganu Marine Parks, no major jetty is to be built except at those fishing villages.
At Long Beach, you will need to get down to water after you are transferred from your ferry/speed boat to water taxi.