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Perhentian Islands Honeymoon Travel Guide

The Perhentian Islands provide the perfect island destination for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

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Perhentian’s main beach
Main beach, Pasir Panjang, Perhentian Kecil – Image courtesy of Lother/Wikimedia Commons

Introducing the Perhentian Islands

Of the five islands that make up the group, only Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) and Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) are inhabited. The smaller island, Kecil, offers a lively atmosphere, is popular with backpackers and provides numerous low-priced chalets.

The larger island, Besar, offers a more relaxed atmosphere, is popular with honeymoon couples and has better accommodation options, including the island’s best resort, the Perhentian Island Resort, which nestles among coconut palms facing a crescent of powder-white sand.


Terengganu Marine Park

What to do and see

Fringed with gorgeous white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal clear turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, the Perhentian Islands offer world-class diving for adventurous honeymoon couples.

The Perhentian Islands are part of the Terengganu Marine Park (photo) and are renowned for soft and hard coral reefs that teem with manta rays, sea turtles, small sharks and colourful reef fish.

Dive centres are easy to find on all the main beaches and offer a variety of excursions to nearby reefs as well as a range of PADI diving courses at competitive prices.

Sunbathe on a choice of gorgeous beaches, go snorkelling, diving and sea kayaking. Volunteer to help protect the island’s green sea turtles or hike through the jungle-clad hills, home to giant meranti trees. Along the way look out for long-tailed macaques, flying squirrels, shy mousedeer and large monitor lizards.

If you’re here during the nesting season between April and August you may get to witness a miracle of nature as hundreds of green sea turtles return to some of the island’s beaches to lay their eggs.


Perhentian Tunabay Island Resort

Where to stay

The Perhentian Islands offer several accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including Watercolours Paradise Resort, Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort (photo) and the Perhentian Island Resort, all located on Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Tuna Bay Island ResortTuna Bay Island Resort
Location: Pulau Perhentian Besar
Rating: 3-star
Prices: from AUD99 per room
Description: Located in the south west side of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Tuna Bay Island Resort faces a powder white-sand beach surrounded by tropical jungle, with breath-taking views of Pulau Perhentian Kecil and the South China Sea. Timber based, tastefully appointed chalet type questrooms are just a 2-minute walk from the beachfront, with ceiling fans, air-conditioning and modern bathroom with showers. All rooms have with a private verandah. Facilities incl.: restaurant, internet, laundry service, dive centre and watersports.

Perhentian Island ResortPerhentian Island Resort
Location: Pulau Perhentian Besar
Rating: 3-star
Prices: from AUD77 per room
Description: This beachfront resort is located on Pulau Perhentian Besar. In addition to a restaurant, Perhentian Island Resort features an outdoor tennis court. Guestrooms open to balconies with sea views and feature air conditioning, coffee/tea makers and direct-dial phones. Facilities incl.: restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis court and watersports.

Abdul ChaletsAbdul Chalets
Location: Pulau Perhentian Besar
Rating: 3-star
Prices: from AUD83 per person
Description: This inexpensive resort faces a white-sand beach lapped by clear water perfect for snorkelling and diving. The chalets offer either sea or jungle views, with balconies, airconditioning and separate bathrooms. Facilities incl.: restaurant and watersports.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about resort accommodation in the Perhentian Islands at TripAdvisor.


Best time to honeymoon in the Perhentian Islands

The best time to visit the Perhentian Islands is between February and August, with July and August being the high season. April through May is considered the best months for scuba diving.

Temperatures are fairly steady throughout the year, averaging around 30°C (86°F).

For more climate info: Perhentian Islands Weather Guide


Getting there

The Perhentian Islands lie 19km off the north-east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, 64km south of the Thai border. The Perhentian Islands are easily accessible by ferry from Kuala Besut – about 30 to 45 minutes by speed boat.

Informataion about how to get to Pulau Perhentian


Latest update Perhentian Islands honeymoon destination: 6 February, 2017


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