Trip to the Islands – Pulau Perhentian
Had a quick trip over the long weekend to Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia. It was sun, sea, sand and some great company.
Pulau Perhentian (Perhentian Islands in English) is on the East Coast of Malaysia – part of the state of Terengganu. We got there through a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bahru (in Kelantan) and then took a 45 minute – 1 hour taxi ride to the jetty in Kuala Besut (Terengganu). From there we caught a fast boat to Pulau Perhentian – about 40 minutes.
When we were planning the trip we decided to stay at Pulau Perhentian Kecil (small Perhentian Island) vs Pulau Perhentian Besar (big Perhentian Island). The idea was to stay in the slightly more “happening” island – the general consensus is that Perhentian Besar has bigger resorts and it is more family oriented vs Perhentian Kecil which caters more for back packers. We traveled in September which is towards the end of the season (which lasts from March till October) – not the best time as the rain clouds would gather in the evenings and the visibility in the water would be affected the next morning for the divers. However, there was still ample sun, sand and sea to satisfy us.
We stayed in some chalets along the Long Beach area. Went diving, snorkeling and did some lazing by the beach. All in all a pretty great weekend break and we were sad to leave for the mainland once it was over.
- Accommodation available is basic and pretty affordable. However, if you have the cash to spare, Bubu Long Beach Resort may be more to your liking.
- When planning your transportation to and from the island do take note of the times the ferry / fast boats leave to / from the island.
- The ‘island lifestyle’ reigns supreme here. Be prepared to wait more than half an hour for your food to arrive. A few times we had to wait a whole hour.
- Treat yourself to a Snickers milkshake at Daneila Cafe, Long Beach.
- Most cafes along Long Beach serve the same food, so differentiation is an issue. However, for some decent Malay food, head over to Kak Yah Local Food or if you are in the mood for something more fancy, to Santai Restaurant at Bubu Long Beach Resort.