The Perhentian Islands are the ultimate stopover, an opportunity to just forget the modern world and be free with nature.
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Lying just off the north eastern coast of Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands are perhaps one of the country's most well known secrets. Ringed with exquisite coral reefs, the islands are an unparalleled oasis of natural beauty and calm, a perfect destination for anyone in need of some solitude and tranquility.
The five islands that constitute the Perhentian Islands – Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Kecil, Susu Dara, Serenggeh and Rawa – are part of the Redang Island Marine Park. Consequently, the islands' natural beauty has been unmarred by the excessive development that marks so many tropical resort locations. Bereft of commercialised activities, visitors to the islands are treated to the many wondrous sights of nature. Nature hikes through untouched virgin forests filled with a myriad of wildlife and snorkelling and diving explorations through coral gardens home to frolicking marine creatures showcase the very best nature has to offer at these islands.
The islands represent the ultimate escape from modern life, a way of existing entirely off the grid. The idyllic pace of life and the seclusion adds to the tranquil and calm atmosphere. Many of the islands beaches are just perfect for an afternoon of basking in the sun, especially Pasir Panjang beach on Perhentian Kecil, with its powder white sand and perfect azure waters.
The islands are also an important nesting site for turtles, although the number of nests has declined in recent years. Conservation efforts led by governmental and charitable organisations have stopped the decline and aim to rehabilitate the sea turtle population that uses these islands as a spawning ground, and offer visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.
The weather around the island is affected by the north east monsoon season between November and early March every year, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas. Diving activities are not encouraged during the monsoon season as visibility is very low. Frequent rain showers and generally wet conditions are to be expected during this season. Boat transfers may be affected by choppy seas due to the weather conditions.