The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Malay language) are a small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, not far from the Thai border. r. The name Perhentian means “stopping point” in Malay (and were known as “Station Islands” during the British time). This is because the islands became a staging point used by traders traveling from Malaysia to Bangkok. The two main islands in the group are Pulau Perhentian Besar (“big”) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (“small”); the others are small inhabited islets. Both the islands have palm-fringed white coral sand beaches (that can be tough on the feet) and turquoise blue sea. Popular tourist activities include scuba-diving, snorkeling, and swimming. On most beaches, the water is shallow with many rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish. For diving, there are dozens of divesites around both main islands, as well as several off-shore sites. Apart from these, activities like camping, canoeing, fishing, jungle trekking are also available. Access to the islands is restricted during monsoon period (usually from November until March).
|Languages||English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hokkien)|
|Currency||Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)|
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