Perhentian Island, meaning 'stopover island', is not to be missed. Situated 21km off the coast of Terengganu, it consists of the islands of Perhentian Besar Island and Perhentian Kecil Island. Covered by unspoilt jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Perhentian Island is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, discerning holiday-makers.
Located just off the edge of the Redang Marine Park Island, Perhentian's coral-fringed waters have excellent underwater seascapes for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Arrangements can also be made for island cruises, and boats can be hired to go exploring for private bays and secluded coves. A trip to these tropical islands is also a must for those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and deep-sea fishing.
Of the two islands, Perhentian Kecil Island is more geared towards backpackers. Here, you'll find a wide range of budget options for both food and accommodation.
Perhentian Besar Island, on the other hand, is more developed and therefore offers better facilities. Nevertheless, there are chalets, dormitories and campsites on both islands.