If you're stressed out and just want to get away from it all, then Pulau Perhentian is an ideal place to go. Situated about 21km from the coast of Terengganu, you need to take a boat to get there which might take about half an hour. You can catch the boat ride from the jetty in Kuala Besut which is about 75 minutes away from Kuala Terengganu.
The Perhentian islands is made up of two islands namely Pulau Perhentian Kecil ( Small Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhantian Island). Perhentian in Malay means a place to stop and that is exactly what the islands was in the days gone by. A transit and stopping place for traders between Malaysia and Thailand in the past. And today it serves as a place where one could stop, relax and recuperate, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, from the cares and stress.
Lush green tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches, swing palm trees and crystal clear blue that stretches out as far as the eye can see. Its all here in Pulau Perhentian. Still untouched and unspoilt the only way around is by walking through the jungle or taking a sea taxi. If you tread carefully, you may come across some of the islands’ shy wildlife on the way, such as monitor lizards, fruit bats, squirrels or even the elusive mouse deer. Simple chalets and some moderately luxurious resorts line the picturesque beaches along with restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services with hand-painted signs.
There are many activities one can do to occupy the time. You can rest and relax by the beach, Go snorkelling or diving and enjoy the colorful marine and coral life underwaters or simply have fun feeding the fishes. Yes there are plenty of fishes in the sea. Here's a video that shows what I mean.
So have fun and enjoy yourself, if you still have any doubts about how beautiful Pulau Perhentian really is, take a peek at this short video clip.