Stop! You’re at Perhentian:
Of sun, sea and sands, I thought I had seen them all. How different could one island be from the other? And then I reached an enchanting paradise of a cyan blue ocean, of cascading waves – the “Perhentian islands”. The briny and nippy air breezing through the most pristine water on earth touches your face to make you go– “Oh! Let me soak my feet; Oh! Let me take a dip”. A visit is not enough! How could you possibly let the vastness of the island and its ocean blue seep into you? You could just return home with fragments of it to form an everlasting memory.
What are these islands?
Situated at the north east coast of West Malaysia, these islands literally mean “stopping point”. The main islands at Perhentian, the ‘Besar’ and ‘Kecil’ sure have been attracting tourists from all over the world. Such gorgeous banks of shells and corals infest your mind with endless thoughts and excitement. The beauty and line up of activities at these blue jeweled tones was way beyond my expectations.
Land at Kota Bharu (Malaysia) airport. Take a 40 minutes cab ride to the jetty point Kuala Besut. The ferry or jetty (pre-booked preferably) will take you straight to the enchanting ocean in no more than 30 minutes.
Kecil or Besar?
Kecil: if you want to party at night
Besar: if you are looking for a calm and quiet stay
- Deep sea diving
- Sleeping in the hammocks
- Walking along the beach
- Taking part in the Turtle Conservation project
- Island hopping
Must carry along:
- Strong sun-block
- Basic toiletries
- Snorkels and masks
- All the madness!
- Limited wifi – you find wifi signals at most restaurants
- Sad connectivity – bad mobile reception, who cares! (focus on real connectivity)
- 2 days are good enough for the not-so-beachy beings
- 4 days minimum for water enthusiasts and beach lovers
Best time to go:
Avoid the monsoons between October and March (most of it is shut then anyway)… Besides that… enjoy!
- Group of friends
- Solo travellers
…. Basically everyone!!! 🙂
Recommended stay at…
Bubbles Dive Resort at Perhentian Besar! They have the entire bay to themselves. Beautiful scenery, dense jungle trail, brilliant instructors, lip-smacking food and I can just go on and on…. They have never disappointed me!
Of cyan waters and crystal drifts:
We walked across inter-connected beaches, followed the jungle trail, went snorkelling and deep-sea diving, enjoyed a ferry and jetty ride more than once. The highlight of the trip was that there was absolutely no agenda! Our only aim was to lie by the hammocks, walk along the beach, end our fear of deep-sea diving and sit by the shores to absorb the endless ocean right in front of us. Just the two of us, just two hands to hold without any disturbance or turbulence of any sort.
The Perhentian islands, as I would say, are treasure houses of pristine perfection on earth. The drifting clouds, rippling waters, connect to nature and our diving escapades are all part of a wholesome experience. What are you waiting for? Book a stay there, capture some picture-perfect memories and bring home a whole new experience; a whole new you!
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