from kl, take a bus at putra bus station. Ticket will cost you rm30.80 per way. Bus schedule at 8pm every night.. Reach kuala besut at around 5am.. Have an early breakfast at the jetty because you gonna have to wait for the first boat that will only starts operating at 7am.. get your boat ticket from the boat operator, it will cost you rm70 for return fast boat (the price has increase from rm60 lastyear).. don't forget to get your return bus ticket to kl from the same boat operator.. before you get on board, there will be rm5 collection for marine fee that you'll hav to pay.. catch the first boat to long beach - pulau perhentian kecil, if you plan to stay there (make sure you tell the boatman your exact prefered location as there will be few stops for other passengers). Long beach - you will have to pay add rm2 (same goes for return trip-prepare small change) for the small boat as the boat that you ride from the jetty will only send you half way, then there will be small boats to pick you up and send you right to long beach (this only apply to certain location with no jetty point). For return journey, you can take the last boat from the island which is at 5pm cuz, the bus from kuala besut to kl will only depart at 8pm.
It can be convenient for those who don't want to spend a night in the bus...
1/ Taxi from KL to the airport LLCT (Low Cost Terminal) or SkyBus from KL Sentral Station to LLCT.
* 1 hour
* The SkyBus runs almost 24/7 and departs every 30 minutes
* RM 70 by cab or RM 10 by bus
2/ Take an AirAsia flight from KL to Kota Bahru
* 1 hour
* Around RM 100 one way if there is no discount.
3/ Take the cab from Kota Bahru Airport to Kuala Besut
* 1 hour
* RM 80
TOTAL COST FOR ONE WAY = RM 250 with the cab option cab; RM 180 with Sky Bus option
The night bus is definitely the cheapest way to go to the island.
The easiest way: Bus from Hentian Putra Station in Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut.
* 2 companies: Mutiara or Mahligai
* Depart every night at 9pm
* Arrive in Kuala Besut around 5am
* RM 30
If there is no ticket left, the alternative way: Bus from Hentian Putra Station in KL to Jerteh + Taxi from Jerteh to Kuala Besut
1/ Many companies
1/ Depart every night at 9pm or 9.30pm
1/ Arrive in Jerteh around 4.00-4.30am
1/ RM 30
2/ Taxi from Jerteh to Kuala Besut
2/ From 15 to 30 minutes drive
2/ RM 15-20
You will still be on time for the first boat to the island.
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in Pengkalan Chepa
Take a taxi to kuala Besut from the airport. ($60)
If u drive from KL, use the Bentong-Gua Musang-Besut route. (Toll - $15)
Well, if u are a good swimmer, swim then..hehehehe..no boat service to Perhentian except from Tok Bali and Kuala Besut jetty.
Boats to Perenthian islands (both Kecil and Besar) depart from Kuala Besut, a small village on the inland that can be reached North from Kota Bharu by 20 minutes taxi or South from Kuala Terrenganu with a longer ride. Frequency of service, either regular boats or speedboats, depends on the season.
Kuala Besut is a very small village and you won't find much to do once you have reached the departing jetty, therefore, if travelling in the low season, you may want to get information on hours of departure. In my trip, at the end of October, I was unlucky enough to miss the morning boat by few minutes and had to wait hours just sitting and waiting on the jetty. My understanding is that they have a schedule of rides and they make additional ones if there is enough people to fill extra boats; in my case there weren't enough and I ended up sitting on the jetty for 4 or 5 hours.
The speedboat ride, which takes about half a hour, is itself a kind of adventure. Packed with tourist with their backpacks and locals with their goods, it goes fast and bumps on the sea, and you may want to assess whether it fits for you. None was wearing lifejackets on my rides and I did not dare to ask for one. As alternative, regular boats take about one and half hour.
Speedboats stop at the jetty of the Perhentian Village, and eventually get to Long Beach. They don't drop visitors on the beach though. They stop about 200 meters off the coast (see picture) and a smaller boat will pick you up an drop you on the beach. This last ride will cost you additional few RMs. Same on the way back from the island. I don't know whether to consider this a trap or not (once there you don't have any other way around than paying this additional money to get to the beach), but be aware.
Go To My Perhentian Home Page
If you get a ticket to perhentian island, basically the travel agency will get you a return ticket which cost you at RM60. and if you lost one ticket eg:return ticket, you have to pay the boat pilot around RM30. i guess it fair enough.
and basicaly the boat will not land at the beach, but there will be a taxi boat take place from the main boat and get you to the beach, it not costly, it only cost you RM2 only for one way, and if you would like to go to another bay, you have to pay around RM10 for one way trip or round trip, i am not sure but somehow you can ask.
If you would like to get here by bus and if you are from Kuala Lumpur, there are 2 bus company which going to Kuala Besut bus station directly.
K.L - Kuala Besut
1. Mutiara bus Express - only night time
2. Mahligai Bus Express - only night time
you can get the ticket at terminal putra near to PWTC.
K.Besut - K.L
The bus express Same as above but the bus time table is fixed 9am and 9pm.
if you cannot get the ticket to Kuala besut you can get to Kuala terengganu and after that get a taxi (RM50-RM60) or mini van (RM18) to Kuala Besut. it a bit costly but if you going with friends then better get a taxi rather than mini van.
Or you also can get a bus to Pasir Putih kelantan and then get a taxi to Kuala Besut which it only cost you RM20. which is not that bad...
The buses have a standard rate unless its a luxury coach or something ridiculous like that. Its about RM 30.80 so to the gringos out there, you do the math. 1 USD is equivalent to RM 3.5 (this is after it has been depegged) and 5.6 euros or so. there are various bus companies that offer this services i.e. going straight to Kuala Besut where the pier or jeti is so dont worry but it's best if you purchase it 2 to 3 days before you go and especially if you plan to go there during the weekends. A lot of desperate beachbums wannabes and pseudo bohemians in KL. If you take the night bus, you'll arrive there by 6 in the a.m. and you can take the most immediate boat to the islands. If you are in a rush, then take the immediate boat and the speedboat which will cost you RM 60 to and fro but if youre not, I suggest you spend a bit of time having Malaysian breakfast like roti bakar (toasted Malaysian bread with butter and kaya, sweet and good) and nasi lemak and a potent combination of the good ol' teh tarik. This sweet breakfast and slight bitterness of the teh tarik is what travelling in Malaysia all about. There are lots of colonial era coffee houses (extinct in KL) If you just want to eat eggs and saussages and all other european cuisines I suggest you stay home. I mean whats the point of travelling if you want the comfort of home dragged around your lazy conservative legs? Try look for those small stalls by the alleys or road and ask for Nasi Dagang. A good ol' local ,as in Terengganu, breakfast served with delicious fish cooked with cocunut milk and spices because ironically, despite being in terengganu, you cant find it on the island. The schedule for the boat would be 8 am, 12 pm and 4 pm so you choose. If you dont have that much its ok, you can take the slow boat at RM 40 to and fro and add RM 10 if you want the speedboat back. One thing important, if you have to get back to KL by sunday, its best if you purchase the bus tickets on your arrival there because if not, its going to be full especially on a Sunday.
From Kuala Lumpur, buses leave from Hentian Putra [ near PWTC] and there are several bus companies to choose from.
To get to Perhentian island, the gateway is Kuala Besut and there are only two bus companies which runs this track - Mutiara and Mahligai
Alternative, take a bus to Jerteh and take a short cab ride to Kuala Besut.
For those who wants to save up on the transportation cost, you can take an express bus from Putra Station, Kuala Lumpur to Jerteh, Terengganu.
I would recommend the Express Budaya First Class which will cost you RM30 one way. They offer wider seats that can recline and are also clean and well-maintained.
However, be prepared for a long journey, coz it's going to take you about 8 hours to get to Jerteh. I usually just sleep on the bus.
The bus will leave daily at 9.00pm from the Putra Station, KL and will arrive at Jerteh around 5.00am.
Be warned that it will be pretty cold in the bus and there will only be one stop during the journey at around 1.00 am. So try not to drink too much water and have a sweater or a blanket ready.
From Jerteh, you can take a cab to the Kuala Besut Jetty for about RM10 per person, which will take you about 20 minutes. If you are lucky, you can catch the first boat to Perhentian Island at 8.00am
There are also Mahligai Express and Mutiara Express that will stop directly at Kuala Besut Jetty. Although the seats are not as big and comfortable as Budaya Express, these buses might be more convenient since you don't have to take a cab from Jerteh.
To get to the Perhentian Islands, you'll have to take a boat from Kuala Besut Jetty.
I would recommend the fast boat which will cost you RM60 for return trip. The boat ride will be approximately 20 - 30 minutes long.
There are a few counters at the jetty that can help you make the arrangements. One of them is Anjung Holidays.
The first boat will usually depart from the jetty around 7.00 am and the last one will be around 6.00 pm. Sometimes the boatmen still provide boat service after 6.00 pm. But that depends on the weather and you will be charged a higher rate.
There have been cases where tourists were tricked into going to Tok Bali Jetty instead. Try to avoid that and insist on going to Kuala Besut Jetty. The boat ride from Tok Bali will take more than one hour and they will still charge you the same rate.
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, the fastest way to get to the jetty would be by flights.
For budget travellers, you can get flight tickets from KLIA with Air Asia Airline for as low as RM29.99 (usually if you do early booking) one way to Kota Bharu, Kelantan. This is the closest airport to the jetty since the jetty is close to the Kelantan border.
Please also note that for Air Asia, the flights will now depart from the new low cost carrier terminal (LLCT) which is about 20 minutes away from KLIA. There are buses that provides transport service between KLIA and LCCT. The cost is RM 1.50 one way.
The flight is about 50 minutes long and once you arrive at the airport, take a cab to Kuala Besut (jetty). The cost will be around RM 56 per cab.
There's a special counter at the airport just outside the arrival hall which can arrange for your cab to Kuala Besut. The cab ride is about 1 hour long.
If you catch the morning flight which is at 7.40 am, you can be at the jetty by 10.00 am and catch the 11.00 am boat.
I believe I have a tip on my Perhentian Besar Page.
In any case, water taxis by small speed boats are the only mode of transport if you want to get around the Perhentian islands. The charges will depend on where you are heading to. You can get to the other side of the Perhentian Kecil or even get to another island. There are many shops providing this service. Ask around should you need it. Bargain too.
See my Perhentian Besar Transportation Tip for transport to the jetty at Jerteh.
To get to Perhentian Kecil, the boat ride will depend on whether you take the slow boat of the speed boat. The speed boat is fast. The standard price for a return ticket on speed boat is RM60 per pax. You can bargain down the price though. I paid RM50 for my return speedboar ride. If you book a package from the resort, transport is usually included.
As the boats cannot go in further to the beach, we will need to get on to another small boat which you need to pay RM2 to get to the beach of Perhentian Kecil. I am referring to Long Beach here.
Going back is the same. There is a boat taxi stand just outside Matahari Chalets. Just wait there at the stipulated return time and your boatman or person-in-charge will let you know when the boat comes.
Since both of the Perhentian Islands do not have any roads, the fastest way for you to get around the two islands would be via the Taxi Boats.
These taxi boats are available at all the occupied beaches around the islands. Some chalets and resorts will arrange the service for you upon request.
At Long Beach, these taxi boats are scattered along the beach and it won't be a problem for you to find one.
Make sure you ask around for the rates before chosing a taxi boat coz there can sometimes be some price difference.
Mostly, the rates are pretty fixed but it doesn't hurt to double check. For example, rates for a ride from Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil to Perhentian Island Resort at Perhentian Besar will cost you RM10 per person.