Perhaps I’m still hopped up on the Valentine’s Day buzz, or maybe that truckload of day after chocolate I ate has me all confused. Whatever the reason is, the facts remain the same. I’m in love and I want the world to know about it! It’s no simple love either. I’m talking feet-on-Oprah’s-couch love. The Perhentian Islands stole my heart last year and this is my love letter to them.
What are the Perhentian Islands you ask? Good question. They are two islands named Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island) located off the coast of Malaysia. Now that that is covered let’s get to the “why I love them” part already.
I would have never guessed that the islands casually mentioned on a date Kat went on, would a couple months later be the place I could not stand to leave. An hour boat ride from Kuala Besut we arrived on the island and right off the bat it was nothing but spectacular. Lined with beach huts, restaurants and dive centres, I instantly knew I was going to like it.
Our steps from the beach accommodation at Perhentian Island Resort was in my opinion one of the greatest located on both islands. The beach directly in front was crystal clear, and access to the younger skewed small island was a short boat ride away. Every morning we would wake up, have a mango shake and bask in the sheer paradise around us.
The water surrounding these islands can only be compared to the unique blue of some Kool-Aid drinks, and many times I had to stop myself from reaching out and drinking it. This wasn’t just close to the shore either. We would swim out as far as we could, and the blue would only get deeper, and the clarity equally amazing. Never have I been somewhere where swimming in the ocean felt like swimming in a giant pool instead.
When we got bored of swimming (kidding! I was never bored) there was still so much to do! One day we spent hiking the foot trails and exploring the islands. Another we spent diving, which I could write a whole other post about. The visibility was phenomenal and there was so much diversity. We did four dives in one day and saw a wreck, sharks and thousands of different fish species. And another day we went bar hopping on the small island and got a taste of some nightlife.
By far, the most remarkable of them all was the snorkeling. Knee deep in water we were able to see black tip sharks, sting rays and beautifully coloured fish. Out a little further were massive green sea turtles that you could float around and watch come up for air. Simply magical.
The food was delicious, the scenery was magnificent and the water was… Unbelievable. I am in love with you, Perhentian Islands and if I could marry a place it would be you!
P.S If you are looking for alcohol it is very easy on the small island but not impossible on the big. We found one place along the water where you could buy beer! (near the Barat Perhentian)