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Perhentian Islands

The popular Malaysian holiday destination of the Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian) is made up of two islands, Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) and Perhentian Besar (Big Island), which are situated about 12 miles (20km) off the north-east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula.

They are located within the Terengganu Marine Park and offer a largely undeveloped tropical paradise with stretches of white sand, wildlife, and nearby coral reefs. Diving and snorkelling trips around the islands are offered. Perhentian Besar offers more upmarket accommodation than its neighbour, and Three Coves Bay on the north coast is the best place to watch turtles between May and September. There is not much in the way of nightlife on either island as no alcohol is allowed.

The islands can be reached from the town of Kuala Besut; taxi boats shuttle visitors between the two islands. The east coast monsoon often renders the islands inaccessible between November and January.

Information & Facts


Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but English is widely spoken and is the language of business. Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka are spoken by the Malaysias Chinese population and Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi among the Indian population.


The Malaysian Ringit (MYR), also referred to as the Malaysian Dollar, is divided into 100 sen. Malaysian banks charge in the region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission; their rates however are variable. Pounds or dollars are the easiest to exchange. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at upmarket hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.

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