You can get to and from the Perhentian Islands using speedboats. Round trip tickets to the mainland are RM 60 apiece and the journey takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on how many stops there are to pick up and drop off people at the various beaches. You can buy tickets at the airport in Kota Bharu or book them in advance along with your chalet reservations at the more expensive resorts that take advance reservations by e-mail. Watch out for high winds as VTer xingfa enjoyed in this pic.
En route to the Perhentian Islands, you will most likely have to transit through Kuala Besut jetty, which functions as the mainland port providing boat service to the Perhentians. Kuala Besut is full of offices of travel agencies, resorts and chalets, as well as a range of restaurants and some shops that have everything from minimal foodstuffs to power adapters to typical knickknacks. There is a good restaurant to stop at for lunch while you're waiting for your boat, just next to the jetty, on the right hand side as you approach. They have a tv that blares Bollywood musicals and the menu has a nice selection of fried rice concoctions with fresh ingredients, and an assortment of juices. You can also stop to feed the hungry cats that prowl under the tables, just as Don Guan did, pictured in the 2nd photo shown here...
Getting to Perhentian Besar Island is basically the same as getting to the Perhentian Kecil Island (you can refer to my Perhentian Kecil transportation tips).
You will need to take a boat from the Kuala Besut Jetty. The ticket price is the same which is RM 60 for roundtrip.
All you need to do is to inform the boatman at the jetty that you are going to Perhentian Besar and which chalet you are going to.
There's about 20 boat operators, and all would charge the same price anyway, RM 60 return. When you arrive, just go to the Coral View Resort office (in front of the bus stop), and the lady will arrange the boat for you. Ignore the other boat operators - they are quite pesky. The boats are speedboats, with a canopy roof, and takes 30 mins to the islands. Make sure you take off hats, etc as it gets very windy! Don't forget to pay RM5 for the conservation charge before you get on the boat!
they are all along the beach. just bargain and get what you deem affordable and hop in - if they agreed that is. hahahah. prices oso varies due to the location and your destination. just hunt around and compare and squeeeeze them..
You are going to need boat like these to get you to Perhentian. The boat will pick you up from the jetty, Kuala Besut, to Perhentian islands (can be Kecil or Besar, depends on which one you're going.). The boat will need close to 30 minutes to get to the island. Round trip to Perhentian should be about RM60.
Malaysia Airlines(www.malaysiaairlines.com) and AirAsia(www.airasia.com) operate daily flights from KLIA to Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bahru Airport. Kota Bahru Airport is nearer to Kuala Besut, a fishing village, where you are to take the ferry into Perhentian.
If your resort doesn't provide any speedboat connection for you, don't worry, you can get speedboat tickets at RM60 (return) from many agencies near the jetty in Kuala Besut.
If the sea is calm, it takes about 30 minutes to get to the island. If the sea is rough, expect to spare at least 45 minutes on a scary boat ride!!! Grab the metal bar tightly!
When you jump off the train at Tanah Merah, some local taxi drivers will approach you. Most of their taxis are actually cars or vans, so don't expect any meters. Just agree a price before getting into any one. We paid RM40 for an air-conditioned (so-called) van to the jetty at Kuala Besut though the driver asked for RM50 at the beginning.
Although the train is famous for its delay, it's a great experience to ride on it. It departs from JB at around 20:55 daily and schedules to arrive in Tanah Merah at around 08:00 the next day. However, we experienced a big delay and we arrived in Tanah Merah at 10.30!!! Anyway, the scenery outside the window was awesome. It's other name - the Jungle Railway - can tell!
You can reserve your ticket online and pick them up at JB on the day of departure.
It's much cheaper to start from JB than from S'pore!!!
You will need to board a boat at the Kuala Besut Jetty to cross over to the perhentian islands. Just buy your ticket from the operators near the jetty.
1) Fast RM60 return (30 mins)
2) Slow RM40 return journey (90mins).
Recommend: speedboat ride... fast & EXCITING!!!
The Transnasional Express runs a service from and to Singapore and Kota Bahru
Buy your tickets from Kallang Basin Interchange, opposite the Singapore Casket. Book a one-way ticket to Kota Bahru at around SGD 35. Be sure to book a day in advance.
Bus leaves at the evening daily around 7.30pm, and you have to request to stop at JERTIH, 15 kilometers from KUALA BESUT before the journey's final stop - Kota Bahru. You will reach JERTIH at 5.30 am in the morning (If the bus left Singapore at 7.30pm).
There is 1 company at Goldenmile that has direct Super VIP to Kuala Besut jetty. Is more costly though.
Get off at Jerteh (if you are taking a coach), walk along the passageway between the 2 rows of 2-storey long shop houses and turn right up along the road at the end of that passageway. There is a bus station as well as a taxi stand to. It's only a short walk of about 150m. The taxi there charges RM10, which is the standard published fee.
If you hop on to a taxi where the coach stops, is more expensive, usually RM15-20.
Between the Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, there are water taxis that ply the routes. Rates double after 7:00 p.m. Fares between the small and big island are about RM8-10.
There are some paths on both islands. On Perhentian Kecil, you can go between Long Beach and the other side on a fairly well-worn path in about 15 minutes.
On Perhentian Besar, there are two trails. A very challenging one goes between the jetty at the very south of the island about 15 minutes after Abdul's to Flora Bay and Teluk Perhentian Dalam, taking about 40 minutes. It is steep and not very well kept but manageable. The other between Teluk and Perhentian Island Resorts is better and takes about half that and is not nearly as demanding. Then you can walk through the beach and climb rocks to get back to the Abdul's side although this latter path is a bit treacherous and can take about 30 minutes.
There are also taxis and organized trips to D'Lagoons and the fishing village.
The jetty to Perhentian is located at Kuala Besut. Besut is located about 18 km from the town of Jerteh and 36 km from Pasir Puteh. From Kuala Terengganu, there are direct buses leaving at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and arriving about 2 1/2 hours later. It is best to try to catch the earlier one. Alternatively, you can bus to Jerteh which leaves every 2 hours starting from 7a.m. from the local bus terminal. From Jerteh, you can take a direct bus leaving every 40 minutes to Besut and taking 30 minutes. Alternatively, taxis to Besut cost RM10 per person.
From Kota Bharu, you can either take an RM8 taxi ride or take a bus (leaves every 30 minutes) to Pasir Puteh and then another bus to Besut leaving every 40 minutes. The cost difference is about RM4. On the whole, the journey will take about 2 hours from KB to Besut.