For those who are wondering how much it'll cost you for a trip to Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil, here are some costings that might be useful for you in coming up with a budget..
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu
- between RM30.00 - RM160 (one way).
If you choose to take the bus instead, you can take them from the Putra Station in Kuala Lumpur. Mahligai Express and Mutiara Express will stop at Kuala Besut. Budaya Express First Class will stop at Jerteh (15 minutes cab ride to Kuala Besut). Bus usually depart from Putra Station at 9.00pm
- between RM30.00 - RM35.00 (one way)
Cab from airport to Kuala Besut Jetty
- RM53 per cab (one way).
Marine Park Conservation Fee
- RM5 per person.
Fast Boat from jetty to Long Beach
- RM60 per person (return trip).
Taxi boat to the beach
- RM2 per person (one way).
- between RM25 - RM80 per night (per room).
- RM40 per person.
- between RM5 - RM20 per meal.
Hope this will help!! : )
Basically, the island will start opening end of monsoon season which is early March and will be closed at the beginning of monsoon which is around November.
The best time for snorkeling is between April and September.
As for diving, the visibility will be at its best between April and August.
However, both snorkeling and diving are available from March to September.
Most dive center will close early or mid October and snorkeling will not be advisable either due to the fairly rough seas.
Peak season will be around July and August when the beach will be most crowded.
What better way to spend your birthday, than to be 25 meters below the surface in muddy water (maybe 2 meters visibility) as you try to navigate your way through the narrow jagged passageways beneath a sunken landinig craft (with the silouettes of big barracudas off in the distance) ?
I personnally can't think of any....
THe visibility was not great on any of the three dives that we did around Perhentian. (Vietnamese Wreck was the worse...)
Not sure if it is a seasonal thing, or maybe just bad luck... I'd love to come back and do the "Temple of the Sea" dive again on a clear day, though...
Between dives around the Perhentian Islands, we did a beach landing at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil for Lunch.
Felt kinda funny wading up on the beach then just walking right into a beach side restaurants, dripping of sand/sea water and holding nothing but a waterproof camera...
Guess thats the way the old explorers used to do to, minus the digital camera of course...
The most convenient method to get to Perhentian from Kuala Lumpur is via a 50 minute direct flight KL-Kota Bharu.
Upon arrival in Kota Bharu Airport, exit the Arrival Hall and cross the driveway to the Taxi booth and purchase a ticket voucher to Kuala Besut. The drive to Kuala Besut takes approximately 1 hour. It is highly suggested that you book a taxi for your return journey to Kota Bharu as taxi's can be hard to find in Kuala Besut, especially on Sundays.
On the edge of the Pulau Redang's Marine Park, Perhentian's coral fringed waters provide excellent underwater scenery. For divers, the group of small rocky islets to the northwest of Pulau Perhentian Kecil is a location not to be missed. Common to the area are harp and black corals, while large hard corals are also present. The waters at Perhentian is crystal clear and within the turquoise waters of the islands dwell an amazing variety of marine life. Don't be surprise if you see dolphins and pilot whales in July and August, which is during the peak of the dry season. There are abundant of corals in Perhentian, especially the colourful soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.
Facts extracted from Planet Scuba site.
Although the board says Taxi services, but no taxi will drive pass here. The taxi here is referring to water taxi (a.k.a boat in many part of the world) & these water taxis will not pick you up from this stand as well.
This stand is very much used for gathering of passengers returning to mainland or short boat transfer between beaches or islands.
Some ferry/speed boat companies offer 10am, 12pm, 2pm boat transfer to mainland will meet up their customer holding return tickets here.
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.
Favorite thing: They are big and ugly and they'll gladly eat a kitten, but they har harmless to people. So if you're lucky when walking from Coral Bay to Long Beach you might see one of those big reptiles. The biggest I saw was approx 2m incl the tail, but a few of them should be 3+ m.
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.
Fondest memory: 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..
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
Fondest memory: Turtles, anchovies, beach babes
Check out Long Beach...
Fondest memory: 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...
* 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
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I was walking on beach while looking up at the moon on sky. Felt at once the silence of this beach ... only moonlight showering all over white sands and coconut trees. And light rhythm of the tides as background.
It was a quiet February and so I felt like I had the whole peaceful beach by myself!