Pulau Perhentian Besar

Date Links: Sun 05/06 │ Mon 06/06 │ Tue 07/06

Accommodation: Abdul's Chalet

Introducing Pulau Perhentian
A short boat trip from Kuala Besut will take you to the beautiful islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil, just 20km off the coast. With their crystal-clear aquamarine water and white-sand beaches they are among Malaysia’s biggest tourist attractions.
Kuala Besut jetty is the only getaway to Perhentian Island. Boat transfer from Kuala Besut to the Perhentian Island available between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm with no fixed departure times but they could leave as soon as there are enough passengers. For the return journey, the speed boats are scheduled to leave the Island thrice daily at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. However, departure and leaving times for group packages can be arranged - Boat: RM70.00 / Return

The smaller island, Kecil, has an abundance of cheap chalets and lively café-bars, and is popular with the younger backpacker crowd, while Besar offers higher standards of accommodation and a quieter, more relaxed ambience. The undecided can cross the strait from island to island for around RM10 (about five to 10 minutes).

The more-expensive resorts on Besar have excellent restaurants, with seafood and barbecues being particularly good; all are open to nonguests. Over on Kecil, there are a few reasonable cafés serving up the usual burgers, pasta, beach barbecues and fish and chips. Alcohol is available in cafés, shops and hotel restaurants on both islands, though it’s not always advertised and you may have to ask for it. Prices are, naturally, higher than on the mainland.

Activities on the islands include snorkelling and diving, jungle walks and the always popular self-basting on the beach.

Note that many places on both islands charge ‘high-season’ prices, usually from late May to September, and sometimes on weekends year-round. Prices quoted here are for the high season. These islands basically shut down during the monsoon (usually from mid-November to mid-February) although some hotels remain open for hardier tourists. However, a few of the cheaper places don’t bother opening until April or even later.

GSM mobile phone coverage is available on both islands as all three (Digi, Celcom and Maxis) operators have placed their respective cell towers (huge red and white ones). They look a bit weird coming out of the green jungle. Celcom and Maxis provide UMTS 3G coverage though coverage is more limited than GSM, the best coverage is in the band between the islands (east coast of Kecil and west coast of Besar). There are some points where reception cannot be reached on the more secluded beaches. In particular the whole southern beach on Besar has very poor reception and no 3G reception.

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