The idyllic Perhentian Islands are located only 20 kilometres off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the State of Terengganu (see map). They are quite close to Kuala Lumpur – but far enough away to remain unspoilt.
People often talk about Perhentian Island or (in the local Malay language) Pulau Perhentian. In fact, there are six islands in the Perhentians, but only the two largest – Pulau Perhentian Besar (the Big Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (the Small Island) – are inhabited. You can however visit the others by boat trip, which is well worth doing.
The word ‘Perhentian’ means stopover in Malay, and according to local legend, the islands were a stopover for treasure ships plying the east-west shipping lanes. Today, the Perhentian Islands are a perfect stopover for those looking for rest, rejuvenation or indeed adventure. There are no cars, indeed there are no roads on Perhentian! And the only ‘taxis’ you will see are small boat taxis, gently plying from one golden beach to another.
What you will find on Perhentian are lush tropical rainforests (with paths you can trek along); and a coastline dotted with palm-tree fringed white sand beaches lapped gently by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the South China Sea.
BuBu’s two resorts are both located on Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (the Small Island). With its perfect powdery white sand gently sloping far into the sea, Long Beach is probably the best beach in the Perhentian; indeed, it is arguably one of the best beaches in all of Malaysia. And it is not just us saying this: in a CNN survey of travellers, Long Beach Perhentian was rated the 13th best beach in the world!
What is more, the Perhentian Islands offer you not just paradise on land. The clear blue surrounding waters of the South China Sea also await you, with a dazzling array of colourful marine life. A designated Marine Park, the islands are rightly renowned for their excellent snorkelling and diving. Please note that all visitors have to pay a one-off Marine Park fee of RM30 (non-Malaysians) or RM5 (Malaysians) on arrival at the islands.
When to come
Malaysia’s climate is wonderfully hot and balmy throughout the year. There is though a pronounced monsoon season on Perhentian and the surrounding East Coast, from roughly November to mid-February. During that period, there can be heavy rains, storms and rough seas. Many resorts, including BuBu’s, close during the height of the monsoon. If you are thinking of coming around that season, please check with us first about weather conditions.
See here for more details of how to get to the Perhentian Islands.