Getting to the Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
Getting to the Perhentian Islands Perhentian Kecil Reviews
Getting to the Perhentian Islands Mar 03, 2006
The Perhentian Islands are a fantastic pair of islands off the Malaysian north-east coast. They're not completely straightforward to get to, and so aren't completely swamped with people. That's one of their main attractions.
The easiest way to get there from KL is to get a flight to Kota Bharu. From there you can get a taxi down the coast and then get on the boat to the islands.
The taxis aren't particularly cheap, but there seems to be a set price.
Most of the boats go from a place called Kuala Besut. Here you have a choice of fast or slow boat. The fast boat is a speedboat with big engines on the back. The ride is fast but can be quite bumpy. The slow boat is a slow wooden boat and takes quite a bit longer, but is more relaxing.
There is one operator, with a prominent stand at the airport, who operates boats from a different village, slightly further north, called Tok Bali. He still offers tickets for either a slow or fast boat, but in reality only has one boat (of intermediate speed) so if you go with this option then save some money and buy the slow boat ticket. I wouldn't personally recommend going with this operator, as our boat broke down leaving us stranded at sea for about forty minutes.
When you get to the Perhentian Islands you have to pay two ringgit for the water taxi to take you to the beach. There doesn't seem to be any option here.
Part of the Round the World: 2005-2006 (Southeast Asia) travel blog
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