15.05.2012 - 22.05.2012
The Perhentians islands in Malaysia are what tropical dreams are made of. A pair of idyllic islands just of the cost of the Malaysian peninsula that have some of the nicest white sand beaches and best water visibility in the world. We visited Perhentian Besar, the larger of the two islands, and at first we stayed at Arwana beach resort on the Teluk Dalam side of the island. The Teluk Dalam bay is extremely shallow which makes swimming difficult and the beach is white and beautiful but a bit rough on the feet as you walk into the water. Regardless, we really enjoyed ourselves:
After a few days we decided to move to other side of the island, specifically to the Coral View resort. The sand here was a PERFECT powdery white that felt wonderful under our feet and the water was absolutely crystal clear. As if that was not enough, there was also some amazing snorkeling just steps away from the beach, with no need to take any expensive boat trips. Just step into the water, submerge your head, and gaze at the amazing underwater world. We had truly found our tropical paradise:
Getting to the Perhentians is ridiculously easy with modern airconditioned buses from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut (gateway to the islands) on a perfect asphalt road leaving multiple times per day. There are also multiple boats per day in Kuala Besut that will take you the islands from a modern and well organized pier. If you prefer, you can also organize such transport with the resorts ahead of time but we preferred to just show up and bargain.