Monday, January 11, 2010

The Perhentian Islands are a Tropical Paradise

The Perhentian Islands are a small group of coral lined islands off the coast of Malaysia not far from the Thai border. These islands offer something for every kind of traveler and are amazing tropical islands that everyone should see.

The two main islands of Perhentian are known as the big and small, or Besar and Kecil. Besar is a bit more expensive as it is geared towards families or vacationers wanting a more relaxed and luxurious stay. Kecil has cheaper accommodations and is popular with backpackers. The other three smaller and uninhabited islands lie off the coast of Kecil.

You will want to visit the Perhentians between March and October, as outside of this period is monsoon season where a lot of the islands close down. There is no airport on Perhentian, so you get there by ferry. The main form of travel on the islands are either on foot, or by water taxi which will take you to other beaches or to the other islands.

perhentian islands beach

The islands are pretty much untouched by any human construction, making for a beautiful scene of white sandy beaches, pristine water and a backdrop of the green lush jungle. Activities on the islands are mostly water-based. You can snorkel, dive, kayak, and of course sun bathe. If you are more adventurous, you have the option of venturing into the jungles on a trek.

The Perhentian islands are known especially for its great diving spots and for the sharks and sea turtles that you can view. If you are not a diver, you can normally spot the marine life by snorkelling. The coral around the islands is also known for being extremely colourful and abundant with different species of fish.

The Perhentian Islands are definitely a tropical spot that you should see. And as they are still not overly popular with tourists, they offer a more authentic island experience.

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