The two Perhentian Islands are rated as some of the most beautiful islands in the world.a virtual paradise for snorkelling and diving in crystal- clear water or just for lazing on one of the white sandy beaches waiting for the coconuts to drop.
Pulau Perhentian is located in the South China Sea 25 km from the coast of Kuala Besut. It consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Both islands are surrounded by beautiful palm-fringed sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise-blue sea.
All manner of aquatic life is visible both near and far from the beach such as turtles, sharks, coral and thousands of tropical fish. The interior is covered by jungle with a wide variety of species. You can watch monitor lizards, monkeys, geckos, flying squirrels, butterflies and many other types - sometimes right in front of your chalet. There are no roads and not many paths, so the islands are mainly peaceful and untouched - so far.
On Perhentian Kecil you find the only village, Kampung Pasir Hantu, which is a cluster of wooden houses, police station, school, clinic and mosque. Accommodation on Kecil is distributed over more beaches than on Besar. The best and most popular beach of the island is Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) providing dazzling white sandy beach and crystal-clear shallow water. The back of the beach is now almost completely covered with chalets, restaurants and cafes.
Better don't expect a peaceful, deserted beach. Also the many arriving and leaving boats are quite noisy. Who has been here before will probably be disappointed about the way Long Beach has been developed. But nevertheless it is still a fantastic beach, also if it's not a sleeper any more. The atmosphere is according to the visitors (backpacker, average age end of twenties) very relaxed and laid-back. You hang out in one of the many cafes, play beach volleyball, go diving or just laze away on the beach.
Please note that waves at Long Beach can be quite high and hazardous at some time so boats cannot land. Then you have to walk to Long Beach in 15 minutes from Teluk Aur on the other side of the island. Teluk Aur (also known as Coral Bay) is not as attractive as Long Beach, but it is not so crowded - yet. There are good corals for snorkelling in the bay and around the short beach behind the Rajawali Resort. Further more here you get a great view of the breathtaking Perhentian sunsets. The rest of Perhentian Kecil's beaches are more secluded and peaceful. They are home of only one resort each or are entirely uninhabited.