Malaysia | 2 days in the Perhentian Islands

06/05/2018 – 07/05/2018

I don’t now why but I took like no pictures, so this is going to be a short one. After visiting the Cameron Highlands and Penang, my last stop in Malaysia was the Perhentian Islands. I went to the smaller island, Perhentian Kecil, so read on to hear about what I did there.

Day 1

I arrived from my night bus tired and weary, and got the first boat to the island. I stayed at Rainforest Camping, an awesome campsite with it’s own secluded beach. After a nature shower (there were lots of bugs) I went to Coral beach to nap and chill at the beach. Rainforest camping was great but I don’t know if I’d stay there again, the walk to the main beach wasn’t too long but was a bit of an annoyance going back and forth.

That evening we had dinner at Ombak and stayed for the fire show and movie night. It’s a super cool and chilled out place. It’s a little pricey, but so is everywhere because it’s an island.

Day 2

On our second morning, we headed back to Ombak for breakfast. The banana and chocolate waffles were so good! Then we went on a snorkelling trip. Now, if you remember from this trip, I am awful at snorkelling. My only aim of the day was to learn how to snorkel!

I can’t remember the name of the company we booked with, and it’s a shame, because I would totally recommend them! No one else signed up so it’s like we had our own private boat with just my friend and I and the guide. We booked the half day trip so we could be back in time for our boat back to the main land at 4.

First, we went to Coral Bay. Snorkelling was easy peasy this time! It was incredible and I saw so much more than I ever expected. There was so much coral and schools of fish, rainbow fish (scientific name) and swordfish. It was like another world down there! Next we went to Shark Point and our guide took us around to spot some sharks. We saw like 3 or 4! It was scary but not scary, our guide was amazing.

Lastly, we went to Turtle Point. We did see a turtle but it wasn’t as impressive as the other points because the visibility was bad and there weren’t any other coral or fish. Then it was back to Ombak (again!) for lunch and then Rainforest camping where we chilled on our secluded beach.

Unfortunately, we had to leave on the last boat at 4pm. My time on the Perhentian Islands was over far too quick, it’s such a beautiful place! And an added extra that I finally learned how to snorkel – I definitely want to go again now! Malaysia was great again and I was sad to be going home, especially because I had the longest journey back to Hanoi that included a night at the airport.

Have you ever been on any good snorkelling trips? Have you ever been to Malaysia?

If you want to see more photos of my travels you can check out my Flickr



  1. I have visited the charming and unforgettable Malaysia but I didn’t get the chance to explore the Perhentian Islands. These islands seem to be the real hidden gem there. When’s the best time of the year to explore these islands and is it easy to find accommodation there?

    1. They are beautiful! I believe March – November is dry season, and I think lots of the island closes during monsoon season. I went in May and it was perfect. I booked rainforest camping on hostelworld, there are a lot of different accommodation options, but I’m not sure they’re all online

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