Malaysian tourism industry has experienced a real boom in the last few years mainly because of the ease of getting there and around, its world class metropolises and its tropical paradises like Langkawi. Its islands are fast becoming famous with the tourists looking for a break from their routine life. One group of such islands called the Pulao Perhentian, which in Malaysian language means “a place to stop”, is attracting more tourists than the rest of the Malaysian islands. And the reason is quite obvious, its beaches are white and soft, water is calm and clear and the surroundings are lush and tranquil.
You can get to the islands by hiring a boat from the coast of Kuala Basut, the closest mainland city of the Malaysia to the Pulau Perhentian. But if you are flying from outside the country then the best option will be to take a and make the rest of the journey to Kuala Basut by the local transport service or by hiring a car. There are two major islands in Pulau Perhentian group of islands, first is the larger Pulau Perhentian Besar and the second is the smaller Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
While both the islands are comparable in natural beauty but the cost of having vacation on each of them is different than the other. Kecil is famous with the back packers and the tourists who want to enjoy a tropical paradise but want to do it while staying on a budget because of its cheap hotels and resorts. While the Besar is more of a Langkawi kind of island, with a lot of luxurious resorts that provide world class service but on a much higher price than the ones in Kecil.
The restaurants in the luxurious hotels of Besar offers the best cuisine of the country and also serving the international cuisine as well and the best thing is that even if you are not living in the resort you will be welcomed for dinning here as a non guest. The restaurants and cafes on the Kecil Island may not be as stylish and their menu may not be as elaborate as on Besar but the good thing is that they are cheap and the quality of the food is decent.
The area is famous for the amount of rains it gets in the monsoon season and the most of the resorts of the islands have to shut down in the season starting from mid November and finishing in Mid February. But the prices really soar up in the high season that starts in the mid April and leads up to the middle of July.
There are tons of activities you can indulge in both of the islands, swimming and snorkeling in its clear waters is perhaps the most famous of them all. The place is also one of the cheapest scuba diving destinations and if you have a license you can hire the gear from the local resorts. In the Besar Island you can also go on jungle walks as the central part of the island is covered by the lush vegetation.