Jungle trekking on Besar is nothing short of an adventure and like its sister island ‘Kecil’, it offers some cracking highlights.
Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to the Perhentian Islands takes about the same effort as getting to Koh Lipe in Thailand. With some top tips, travelling there isn’t hard, but it takes about 5 hours and requires a few changes. Which is just enough time to escape the main tourist trail and enter the pristine beauty of Malaysia’s East peninsula.
For over 30 years, tourists have been visiting the Perhentian Islands for a piece of its paradise. Unlike other islands off the Malaysian Peninsula, it has resisted the erection of flash hotels and maintained its local feel. Whilst this is a part of its attraction, there’s generally a large disparity between accommodation quality and the price you pay to be there.
The beaches of the Perhentian Islands are a mermaid’s paradise. Lined with fine white sand as far as the eye can see and coral just a few steps into the water, it’s brimming with an array of sea-life. But the islands’ beauty doesn’t cut off at your beachfront chalet. Upon approaching the Perhentians by boat, you are struck by their lush, green hilly peaks. Inside them, away from the bathing tourists, you can peacefully hike for hours and feel connected with the world amongst the calming, sweet-smelling vegetation.
Far away from city bustle and car fumes are two coral-fringed islands that offers the best snorkelling and diving opportunities off the coast of peninsular Malaysia. There are few places on the world that inspire me, fill me from head-to-toe in zen vibes and make me fall in love with the world again. But these islands have pulled it out of the bag for the second time now.