HAWAII OF MALAYSIA : A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

by Dhya Menet11

Eight hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, you will reach Kuala Besut, where there is a jetty for you to take a 30 minute boat ride to the world-famous Pulau Perhentian. Pulau Perhentian is situated just off Kuala Besut, Terengganu, in the east coast part of Peninsular Malaysia. There are two parts of Pulau Perhentian, which are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. One can get to Pulau Perhentian by taking a bus from the Hentian Bas Putra to Kuala Besut, where the bus stops directly at the Jetty. It only cost Rm40 for a one way ticket, so it is the cheapest option for an island lover to get him or herself there, and also the best option for those on a budget.

Once you are there, there are various chalets that one can choose from, depending on the budget. The prices ranges from as low as RM25 to RM160 per night, depending on the type of accomodation they opt for. the boat ride only costs RM70 for a return ticket. Omce you are close to the island, the boat will stop and you will be picked up by a water taxi, as the bigger boats are not allowed to sail closer to the shore as it will damage the precious and beautiful coral bays. But most of the chalets there are powered by generator for their electicity, so the electircity power is only available from 7pm to 8am.

There are variety of food that can be found here, from delicious and very fresh seafood to western and local cuisines. But the main dish would be the delectable BBQed seafood, ranging from rare fishes, prawns, squids and even sharks. they also offer various types of thirst quencher, from lemonade to the very popular ice-cold be

9Other than its beautiful white sandy beaches to the clear blue water, Pulau Perhentian is also famous for the beach scenes, where the beach is very alive with its various activities from te tourists here. One can find that most of the tourists will spend most of their time at beach instead of their comfortable rooms. Among the activities on shore are sun bathing, volley ball and playing beach soccer. They also offer various offshore activities, such as snorkelling, diving, banana boat ride and many more. One also can get their scuba diving license here in Perhentian Island, which is certified by PADI.

All of the businesses in Pulau Perhentian are run by the local occupants of the island. They are very friendly and helpful to everyone. It is a haven for tourists because it is one of the most beautiful beach in Malaysia, as compared to Port Dickson and Melaka. If you are looking for a getaway fro the hectic life in the metropolitan, then Pulau Perhentian is definitely one of your better options.

Aizat Roslan7

Very good gateway spot from city life.

Azza Yusof12

Definitely different from most islands in Malaysia and plenty of goodlooking people to look at in the heat.”So nice!”

Dahlia Johan Soh8

Very relaxing place but the bloody hot weather is too hot.Air condition would help a lot .But all in one,a very lovely place to waste your time.

Farah Nashrina

10

A breath taking beach with sands that felt like powder or flour.Clear sea that lets us realise we were actually swimming with the jellyfishes.

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