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Perhentian Island - Malaysia





  • The Perhentian Islands lie approximately 19 km off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu.
  • In direct English translation, “Perhentian” means stopping point.
  • The island got its name as traders use it as a staging point when traveling from Malaysia to Bangkok.
  • The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil.  
  • Kecil attracts more travelers as it has cheaper accommodation, while Besar is a little more expensive and caters more to families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene.
  • Popular tourist activities include scuba-divingsnorkeling, and swimming.
  • On most beaches, the water is shallow with many rays, cuttlefish, Bumphead and other parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, different types of pufferfish, lionfish, surgeonfish, cardinalfish, lizardfish, hawkfish, shoals of sweetlips, snappers, shrimpfish and fusiliers.
  • Other than that, black coral, Gorgonian Sea Fans, Harp corals, cowrie, murex and many others can be seen 7 metres below sea level. Pelagic and reef fish include while dolphins, Pilot Whales, stingrays, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks.
  • For diving, there are dozens of dive sites around both main islands, as well as several off-shore sites.
  • The Perhentian Islands is home to a significant green and hawksbill sea turtle nesting population.




Sugar Wreck

A genuinely incredible jump, this 80 meter freight transport that sank amid the rainstorm during the period of 2000/2001 while bearing a heap of sugar, is presently home to a gigantic plenitude if marine life.

The disaster area, sitting in just 18 meters, remains flawlessly in place, lying on her starboard side.


Vietnamese wreck

An American arrival of a landing craft which sank in 1976, this disaster area pulls in a mind boggling exhibit of marine life. The sandy base is secured with nudibranch and the disaster area itself with ravishing delicate corals. Schools of barracuda and truly immense schools of snapper food in the current, which is frequently strong here.

Tokong Laut

This stunning pinnacle dive is celebrated as one of the best dives in the Perhentian Islands. Covered with anemones and soft and hard corals of every color and surrounded by schools of fish, this site boasts a huge range of marine life. 

Terumbu Tiga

This formation of large boulders is potentially the most beautiful site in Perhentian. Soft corals including beautiful, whip and fan corals are plentiful while daisy coral, anemones, nudibranch and many other colourful critters have made these rocks their habitat. The collection of rocks also offers many exciting swim-throughs and canyons. 

Batu Layar

With an enormous staghorn coral field in good condition and huge table corals, this site has a portion of the best hard corals anyplace in Perhentian. An occupant school of Fosters barracuda encompass you on the drop and inside the stones, an assortment of moray and crab can be seen. Sea turtles are consistently seen here. This is presently likewise our most utilized night jump site


Encompassing a little sandy tidal pond is an energetic bed of brilliant hard corals. This relaxed plunge will bring you up close and personal with a wide assortment of reef life, going from the amazing school of Bumphead parrotfish to the cute Clownfish. You can even stop in for a nail treatment provided by obliging cleaner shrimp.


Shark point

Ruled by staghorn coral, this site offers not just chances to see blacktip reef sharks cruising the shallows, additionally a wide assortment of fish and other marine critters. There are a few alternatives for how this site can be dived allowing either drift diving or a protected relaxed dive in the bay.

Tanjung Basi

With awesome hard coral and rock boulders to explore, this is an unwinding plunge which offers an extensive variety of coral and fish life. Delicate corals, including fans and whips are in plenitude, additionally offering great odds of spotting sea turtles and giant moray eel. Three types of triggerfish can likewise be seen here.




The Perhentian islands encounters an overwhelming storm season between October and March resulting in a large portion of the islands being basically cut off to voyagers. Resorts and ship administrations are at quits amid this time because of the climate. All things considered every year, the Perhentian Islands get more than 100 inches of downpour and encounters approximately 12 sunshine hours overall. The best time to visit the islands is amongst April and September because of the warm and humid climate.

April – September: Peak Season

October – March: Monsoon Season

Live Coral Cover: >50%

Visibility : ranges from 8m to 20m depending on the season and where you dive.




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