From Kuala Lumpur - via Kuantan - Kuala Terengganu :
i) Follow Route No: 2 & 3 - via Kuala Lumpur / Karak Highway / Kuantan / Kuala Terengganu
(approx. 455 km)
From Penang - via East West Highway - Jertih - Kuala Terengganu :
i) Follow Route No: 4 - via Penang / Sungei Petani / Baling / Grik / East-West Highway / Jeli / Jertih / Permaisuri / Kuala Terengganu
(approx: 460 km)
From Johor Bahru - via Mersing - Kuala Terengganu :
i) Follow Route No: 3 via Johore Bahru / Mersing / Pekan / Kuantan / Kuala Terengganu
(approx: 534 km)
From Johor Bharu - via Segamat (Tun Razak Highway) - Kuala Besut :
i) Follow Route No: 12 via Johore Bharu / Yong Peng / Segamat (Tun Razak Highway) / Kuantan / Kuala Terengganu
(approx: 562 km)
From South Thailand - via Sg. Golok - Kota Bharu - Kuala Besut :
i) Follow Route No: 3 via Sg Golok, Thailand / Rantau Panjang / Kota Bharu / Jertih / Permaisuri / Kuala Terengganu
(approx: 198 km)
From South Thailand - via Padang Besar - East West Highway - Kuala Besut :
i) Follow Route No: 4 - via Padang Besar / Alor Setar / Sungei Petani / Baling / Grik / East-West Highway / Jeli / Jertih / Permaisuri / Penarik / Merang / Batu Rakit / Kuala Terengganu
(approx: 598 km)
Slow boat RM25/person (one way transfer) and RM40/person for return transfer AND fast boat /speed boat RM35/person (one way transfer) and RM60/person for return transfer.
It is better to book your accommodation before you arrive the jetty. There are resort offices at the jetty area. Usually, ferry transfer is available.
The fares on these Water taxis are more or less the same as it is pretty competitive. Use them to whizz across the Big and Small island. Nearly all chalet operators have their own fleet of water taxis ... prices are put up on notice boards there.
However, its still alright to negotiate prices if you do want the boat for an entire day or a few hours or whatever ... all up to your negotiating skills !!
You have first to reach the port of Kuala Besut (between Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu) by bus. Boats leave from there for the Perhentians; usually you are invited to decide in advance the resort where you'll stay, in order to get off the boat in the nearest location and to make an advance reservation (advisable during peak seaon).
Buy a ticket to Tanah Merah at the KTM counter, KL sentral. The train departs at 10.00pm and you can have a good sleep. The scenery during the dawn was beautiful.
Water taxi (speedboat) is available to bring you to any beaches, bay around the island with reasonable cost.
There's no motor vehicles around perhentian....that's the beauty of it all....you can take water taxis to other beaches of besar and kechil....long beach is a must-go if you're not staying there....