There will be many people there selling their chalet rooms .. can be mind boggling !
If you are a female solo tourist, expect more guys to come up to you ;-)
Unique Suggestions: 1) if you have not booked your accomodation yet, try to make it to the island as early as possible.
2) Do not be intimidated by the chalet owners there. Take your time to look at the chalets they have to offer.
3) Make sure you keep an eye on your stuff on the sand when you get into the waters. When there are loads of people there .. the higher the chances of losing your stuff ...
Fun Alternatives: Alternative ? :-)
Just smile at lot and greet locals there with "Apa khabar ?". "Apa khabar ?" means "How are you ?" in Malay.
Careful. Once you start snorkeling and/or diving in the water around the Perhentians it's hard to stop again. Be prepared to stay longer than expected on this island - and remember to bring cash - the permanent shortage on this island. You can get cash on your credit card at Shark Divers (for a 'small' fee).
There is miscellaneous along the way. But it's not much and may not applied to all.
1. Marine parks fees RM 5
2. Sea taxi Rm 2 (transfer from speedboat to smaller boat so that you can aboard safely to shore)
Unique Suggestions: Just act blur. Pay if they ask.
Fun Alternatives: Just pay
The food was all marked up few hundred percent. Avoid the "seafood restaurant" by all means. It is one of the corner shops at the jetty area. A bowl of plain vegetable soup was RM7-8 and I thought it was ridiculous.