Family Trip to Perhentian!

Hello hello again! I've been meaning to write about my trip to Perhentian Island for the longest time, but I just never seem to hav...

Hello hello again! I've been meaning to write about my trip to Perhentian Island for the longest time, but I just never seem to have the time to write about it. But today's the day. Lol

This was my first time traveling to Perhentian Island! Flew down with my sisters and cousins last June for a 4D3N stay at Perhentian Kecil. Perhentian is pretty small and there aren't much things to do, so you could always cram all your activities in a 3 day trip. That said, we didn't want to rush everything so the trick was to spread it out into four instead. And I'd say, it was a pretty relaxing trip. 

We covered a few islands/snorkeling sites, grabbed good seafood, drinks and night entertainment in the span of 4 days. Even managed to fit in nap time each day as well! Quite a number of my friends have asked me about my trip and tips to traveling there, and I thought this post could help you guys if you're planning to go there as well. So, here's a rundown of my trip in a whole. 

There are a lot local airlines offering cheap flights for you to choose from. I got a super cheap one from Malindo, RM98 for a return flight from Subang to Kota Bahru. 

Oh, and before you go to Perhentian, make sure you do A LOT of researching and planning beforehand. 

We took a shuttle van from the Kota Bharu airport to Kuala Besut Jetty which took about 1.5 hours and then hopped on a speedboat for 45 minutes from the Jetty to Perhentian Kecil. It cost about RM90 for both shuttle and boat per person for a return trip. 

If you're bad at geography like me, remember to always Google the weather before traveling to any beach sites for a holiday. You wouldn't want to end up staying all day and all night in the hotel because of the weather right? 

So yeah, I went last June which was perfect because the East always has good weather from May to September. Unfortunately for us, it happened to be the beginning of puasa month, so our snorkeling guide couldn't go down into the water to help attract some of the pretty fishies out. :(

Basically, Perhentian Island is made out of two islands - Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. Perhentian Kecil is where the snorkeling sites, food and entertainment areas are; whereas Perhentian Besar is mostly popular for its deep waters which is perfect for scuba diving. Non of us had the time or money for scuba diving, so Perhenian Kecil it was. 

Perhentian Island generally doesn't have that many hotels as it's a pretty small island. So no posh, expensive hotels for all you tai tai's out there, sorry. Hahaha. 

We stayed in a chalet called Shari-La. Yes, fooled me too. But turned out, our chalet was pretty awesome. We had a private beach right outside our rooms!! 

The entire island was powered by generators, so it kinda blacked out once or twice a day. But I guess this happens anywhere in the island, so don't be shocked or anything if it happens to you ey. One thing I really hated though, was the crazy huge ass mosquitoes breeding on that island. They were insanely huge and we basically opened a buffet spread for them in our bathing suites. Hahahah. 

All in all, the experience was really good despite the mosquitoes on steroids. And the private beach was a major plus point! 

This part was the highlight of the trip, I'd say. All your activities can be booked at the receptionist, like we did; otherwise you could always walk around the island to get better deals. 

Day 1 - When we arrived, it was already 2pm which was a tad bit too late to get a snorkeling guide. So we opted to snorkel nearby on our own. Remember our private beach? Yea, we rented a snorkel mask for RM10 by the beach and went out into the clear waters. Hotel staff even gave us bags of bread to feed them fishes! :D :D

Took a 2 hour nap before we proceeded to dinner. 

First night, we walked to the other side of the island called Long Beach, which was... well, long. Hahaha! Long Beach is a long stretch of restaurants and bars by the beach, so the best time to go there is during the night. But be careful walking there because you practically have to walk through a jungle with only lights flashed from your phones. 

Anyway, we had good mediocre grilled seafood and coconuts for about RM25 per person which wasn't very cheap in my opinion, but there wasn't really much choice anyway. 

Ended the night with some drinks by the beach watching fire dancers dance to some fine deep house. Freaking A. 

Day 2 - Took a boat out to a few snorkeling sites with the fam bam. The boat only costed us RM30 per person to all 5 popular spots inclusive of snorkeling gear and all. We started our journey at 10AM and ended around 3PM. 

Each snorkeling spots had different attractions; there was one where there were more fishes, one for its coral reef, one for turtles and another for its shark bay. 

It was my first time snorkeling so I had to use the life jacket which made it so much easier to snorkel but gives you a funny tan and it doesn't look so good in photos. Hahahah. But then again, anything looks good in these waters. So blue, I cannot!

Back to our chalet for a nap. 

For our second night, we dicided to grab something nearer since the dinner we had at Long Beach on our first night wasn't THAT great. So we tried our luck at this restaurant nearby (no need to walk through the creepy jungle which we did later on anyways. Hahahaha). 

Food was GREAT! A full 7/10. :D

Went back to the same bar at Long Beach after that because the music and fire show was really very good. 

Day 3 - Day 3 was more fun as it didn't only bring us around for snorkeling, but to a few fun sites as well. We went to a snorkeling site, another shark bay, the lighthouse and a beach to relax. 

The lighthouse is a place for people to jump from. Sorta like cliff jumping, but not. Lolololol. It was actually a restricted place as the ladders were cut to restrict people from climbing it. But who is stopping us? Hahahah. Our guide even helped all 9 of us get up there.

Cousin tried to feed the fish from his mouth, lol.

At the last stop - the beach, we saw this super giant parrot fist, big enough to smash us k. Parrot fishes are known for coral smashing. Apparently they eat corals and poop out sand. 

Went back to our chalet for a nap again. Told you we had ample amount of time during this trip. 

Since food was really cheap and good, we decided to have dinner there again. I highly recommend this place (although I forgot the name) because it's really good and cheap. Since it was our last our last night, we decided to try out another bar in Long Beach instead. Ended up wishing we went back to our fire place. Hahaha. Yep, when you find something you like, stick to it. Lol

Day 4 - Didn't do much on our last day but spend some time at our private beach before checking out. The last day was the best because a huge parrot fish came up close to me!! And we saw sharks!! 

Like, how cool is that! Ok, I'm overreacting.

Well, that's all for my trip to Perhentian Island! Overall, I had heaps of fun and I really really enjoyed my time away from the hustle and bustle. For those who want to travel but do not have the cash for it like me, this is the perfect place! Now, who said you had to travel far and spend shitloads just to see crystal clear water? 

Here's a picture of the sunset, just because I can.

Hope this blog post helped! :) 



  1. that "huge parrot fish came up close to me" is actually a Trigger Fish and they cant get aggresive and start biting. we divers always avoid it :D just fyi