Pulau Perhentian Besar Travel Guide

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    Perhentian Besar
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Pulau Perhentian Besar Highlights

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    backpackerbaby says…

     wonderful underwater world, amazing locals, great to get away from reality... 

  • Con
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    jenniferchin says…

     It can be quite crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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    bkoon says…

     Go! Go! Go! Highly Recommended! 

Pulau Perhentian Besar Things to Do

  • Scuba Diving @ Batu Butuk, Perhentian...

    This dive site is a jumble of boulders descending to sand, with good stony corals. The fish and shell fish life is average. Turtles are sometimes found on the west side of Tanjung Tukas.

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  • Scuba Diving @ Teluk Dalam-Perhentian...

    This dive site cosist of a jumble of rocks going down to sand. The deeper rocks support many black corals and these in turn support many wing oysters. On the sand, you can find many sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars or starfish, nudibranchs and shells, plus the occasional stingray.Average depth is 9 metres and maximum depth is 15...

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  • Scuba Diving @ Tiger Rock, Perhentian...

    Terumbu Tiga or Tiger Rocks is a dive site that should not be missed and is claimed to be the best off the Perhentian islands - three large boulders jutting out of the sea mark the entry point to the site.The shallow rocks are carpeted with leathery soft corals and purple Dendronephthya soft tree corals, while down around the 9 metres mark are good...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Restaurants

  • Be patient at Watercolors restaurant

    We ordered for dinner items like Seafood fried rice, fish & chips, Pizza. We waited and waited and waited and finally lost all our patience. The children were getting impatient, but there is nothing much we could do. It takes a long time for them to serve food, specially during dinner time. So consider this when you are ordering food in Perhentian....

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  • Right by the waters edge

    The restaurant at New Cocohut resort, close to Tuna Bay, is located partly over water, and when it gets dark only candles light the tables. It is maybe even a bit too dark, but that kind of creates the excitement factor that one can’t actually see properly what one is eating ;). Anyway, it is very atmospheric to dine by the water edge.They...

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  • Resort's Restaurant

    Meals will be serve daily in buffet for Breakfst, Lunch and Dinner. Hassle free for those who choose fullboard package.Meals served is in two type; local and western dishes.For foreigners, ala carte is an option for you to enjoy the meals as you used to be. Or perhaps try our local dishes for your bon apetite experience.

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Nightlife

  • Quiet night life at Perhentian Besar

    We just sat in front of the beach and were gossipping till late night. Kids were dancing and singing at the beach. Other than our group, there was nobody else at the beach. But it was a moonlit night and enjoyed the cool breeze and the pleasant sound of the sea waves. It was very soothing. No formal dress code.

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  • Quiet Nite, Sleep Well

    No nitelife here on the island. The beach will be so quite by 9pm onwards. But you can enjoy the resort beach bar till midnite.

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  • Tuna Club

    There isn't much of anything in the way of nightlife on Pulau Perhentian Besar but at Tuna Bay Island Resort there is a nice bar called Tuna Club. The bar serves many alcoholic drinks without regard to Islamic law, including Tiger Beer, and a diverse variety of mixed drinks such as daiquiris, margaritas, pina coladas, tequila sunrise, Singapore...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Transportation

  • By boat to Perhentian

    You should first decide to witch resort you want to go, the boat brings you for the same price to every beach, but if the place doesn´t have a jetty you get a free transfer if you stay).In Kuala Besut you can buy only (open) retourn tickets, in case of bad weather the slow boat (70 minutes) is less likely to cancel the trip then the fast boat (40...

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  • Bus from KL to Kuala Besut (Perhentian...

    I'm not sure if there're buses going to Perhentian islands from Cameron highlands. From KL, one can fly or take a bus to Kuala Besut, then a boat to Pulau Perhentian.By Road (Taxi/Express Bus):Distance by road from Kuala Lumpur - via Cameron Higlands - Kuala Besut: Follow Route North/South Highway - via Kuala Lumpur/ Simpang Pulai Toll/ Kampang...

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  • Beach to beach by boat

    Even though there are some trails around the island, the easiest way to go from beach to beach or island to island is by boat. Most resort and chalet owners can arrange for a boat and driver. From island to island, the trip costs from MYR 10 per boat and from one beach to another on the same island costs from MYR 8. You can charter a boat for a...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Shopping

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    The shop next to Abdul's Chalet.

    by backpackerbaby Written Oct 8, 2004

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    It's open every day and you can find nearly everyth' there: films, batteries, snacks, sunblock, drinks, snorkelling equipment....

    More importantly, you can buy lots of nice T-shirts there. RM20 each after bargaining : )

    What to buy: Island Tee!!!

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Local Customs

  • Tolerance

    Perhentian Island Resort is up on the "family friendly" end of the island, but all indices seem to suggest that Tuna Bay Island Resort may well be the gay friendliest beach on Pulau Perhentian Besar. Although mainly heterosexual couples make up the majority of the population at Tuna Bay beach, we happened to notice two couples that bucked the...

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  • How about an after lunch nap in a...

    Perhaps it's low season, locals were less busy and got more free time in the day. What's better than an after lunch nap? From my observation on the beach of Flora Bay, I saw at least 10 hammocks with people sleeping inside. What a life?NoteYou can find hammocks at the shops inside Flora Bay Resort and that one next to Abdul's chalet. It's around...

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  • Put something on....please!

    I saw some people bathing in the nude which made me feel uncomfortable let alone the staff and people who live here. Malaysia is a muslim country and you should respect local traditions. Nude bathing is out, this is a fairly strict muslim area of Malaysia and you won't even find much alcohol available. I'm not sure I understand the mentaility of...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Warnings and Dangers

  • Stings / scratches by sea urchins or...

    Many of us who scuba dive will think that it is troublesome and hot to wear a full wetsuit. Therefore, we usually choose a shortie instead because it is easier to wear and not so hot but you will not be protected from the hard corals.The dive centre that I dived with does not have full wetsuit for rent. I suffered some itchy stings and scratches...

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  • Sunburns

    I would strongly urge the visitors to carry tubes of sun screen/sun block lotions, as the tropical sun is very strong during the morning and afternoon time. Apply the lotion several times during the snorkeling/swimming sessions. My wife and daughters had sunburns in spite of applying sun screen lotions, perhaps because they applied just one time...

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  • Know the tides

    It is advisable that you know the low tides and high tides during the day. If you plan to canoe, low tide is an essential information because you would want to get stuck with it.

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Tourist Traps

  • Long way to Perhentian island unless you...

    Do some homework by reading up and asking around before you depart for Perhentian islands (eg. VT tips, guidebooks, magazines or friends).If you drive or take bus/coach from Singapore, it will take around 10 to 12 hours drive in order to reach Kuala Besut jetty. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur by car or bus, it will take you 5 to 7 hours.It...

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  • Snorkel and Flipper rental

    Snorkel and flipper rental are really expensive here, even by UK standards. Generally it costs between 10-15 MYR for snorkel, mask and fins for a day. If you can buy a snorkel and mask before you come, I'm sure you could get them for 20 MYR in Malaysia, they only cost about 5-10 pounds in the UK. You dont really need flippers, all the coral is...

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  • A taxi driver without change?

    A water taxi ride from Flora Bay to Tuna Bay cost RM7 per person. We paid RM20 but the taxi driver didn't have any intention to give us the change. I asked him and he just said causally, 'NO change.' Believe it or not?! A taxi driver without change?"OK, then we'll pay exactly what we should pay." I handed out RM4 and asked him for the RM10 note...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar What to Pack

  • A few essentials

    Get a waterproof bag for your stuff if you go kayaking. Sunglasses on a string - good for kayaking - can't lose them if they go over board! Bring a cover up shirt if you are doing a lot of snorkelling and wear it all the time you are in the water to avoid getting sunburn. Bring some DEET against the mossies. There is very little at all for sale...

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  • Underwater Camera

    This's a must have for taking pictures underwater. Kodak's is not as good as Fuji's. The color on Fuji is better compared to Kodak. Both of them cost the same, it's RM35 in KL. More expensive in the island, but with some hard bargaining; like my travel mate, Antonio, you can get it at a very decent price too. But we find shooting pictures...

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  • Beach wear and mosquito repellant a must

    A backpack is sufficient. Sandals or flip-flops For just in case situations, it is advisable to bring your own basic medical supplies. Remember to bring sunblock if you are prone to sunburn. Thin cotton clothes as the weather is humid and warm.

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Off The Beaten Path

  • Get lost

    Literally get lost in the jungle and end up on the other side of the island. Then you can trek back along the beach, but beware, there are spots where you need to either walk on some large slippery rocks or swim the coast around them. Explore!

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  • Secluded Beach

    There is a very nice beach not far from Tuna Bay. You have to walk towards Abdul's Chalets, go up 2 flights of stairs and 2 piers to get to this beach. Kept on walking until you get to the very end of the beach. There is spot that looks like a small lagoon, very few people will venture out this far. But it's totally worth it. I went there late...

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  • Building on a rock slope

    Instead of cutting the slope, buildings are founded on the some columns down to the rock. This construction method not only shows a special style but also helps preserve the natural terrain. 5 Stars!!!

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba diving around Perhentian islands

    The world is made up of 75 percent water and only 25 percent land. You get to see the world on land everyday but how often do you really get to see the other parts of the world underneath?There is a whole new world awaiting to be dicovered and explored. You will not regret if you have try it. Do it while you can. Please bring your wetsuit if you...

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  • Scuba Diving

    Scuba Diving allows you to explore the marine life. It is incredibly exciting to see the marine life in Perhentian. There are many dive sites and my favourite being the Tokon Laut Site. It is 25 minutes boat-ride away from Perhentian Besar.I strongly recommend the Sea Horse Dive Centre which provides good service.Other Dive Sites include :- Secret...

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  • Perhentian Besar Seahouse Dive Centre

    April 2007 - We dived with Seahorse Dive Centre, directly to the left of Tuna Bay Island Resort. RM70 (AUD$25) for each dive if you booked 2 or more (this included all equipment and morning tea). No need to book days ahead. Just walk in the day before. Our instructor 'G' was great. She took us to batu nisan, tanjung basi and sugar wreck, all about...

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Pulau Perhentian Besar Favorites

  • Monsoon Season in the East Coast of...

    In october to Feb, normally its Monsun on the East Coast of Malaysia that is the states of Terenganu and Kelantan. So snorkeling its out of the question. Just make sure on your room bookings at the hotels on the islands as I have heard that most hotels are closed during the Monsoon Season.

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  • on the way to perhentian

    Where are you starting journey? KL to Kota Baru is a long train journey. YOu might want to consider a stop over like Penang where there are many photographic opportunities (culture, food, people, architecture) before crossing to the east side. Kota Baru has amazing food & culture. Many traditional practises still alive here. Then head over to Kuala...

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  • Local Fauna

    Nothing to worry about, but you might cross paths with a monitor lizard. There are a few on the island that measure over a meter and a half, but they are much more scared of you than you are of them. So just stand still for a few minutes, observe, and enjoy.We also observed a local variety of squirrel clinging to a bunch of ripe bananas and helping...

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