Pulau Perhentian, meaning 'stopover island' in Malay, is calling out to tourists to make stopovers here and enjoy its pristine beauty. Located 21km off the coast of Terengganu, it consists of the islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Pulau Perhentian Kecil attracts more travellers as it has affordable accommodation, while prices on Pulau Perhentian Besar is a little pricier and caters more to families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene.
Pulau Perhentian Kecil is named as one of the top 50 beaches in the list of the "World’s 100 best beaches" survey conducted by CNN in 2013.
With unspoilt jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, discerning holiday-makers.
Located just off the edge of the Pulau Redang Marine Park, Perhentian's coral-fringed waters have excellent underwater seascapes for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Arrangements can be made for island cruises, and boats hired to go exploring at 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. There are chalets, dormitories and campsites on both islands.