The Perhentian Islands lie just 21km off the northeast coast of Terengganu in Peninsular Malaysia. The islands comprise Pulau Perhentian Besar – The Big Island, Pulau Perhentian Kecil – The Small Island, and some smaller islands in the area, all with palm-fringed white sandy beaches, azure blue sea and a laid back lifestyle.
The Island is located about 35 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea. Most visitors to Tioman depart the mainland from the port town of Mersing, located on the north east coast of Johor, the southern-most state of Peninsular Malaysia. Shaped like an inverted apostrophe, it measures about 22 km long and 11 km at the widest point, and has an areas of about 130 sq km, making it the largest island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia
Diving possible between March and Ootober.
Traveling during the monsoon season from November to February is not advisable due to the strong winds.
Bus from Singapore to Kuala Besut, about 11 hours.
Boat from Kuala Besut to Perhentian, about 45min
The Perhentian islands offer multiple dive sites for begineers, as well as some more challenging dive sites for those more experienced divers.