Our time spent in Malaysia consisted of visiting some fascinating places, including the lush jungles of Taman Negara and the bustling, atmospheric city of Kuala Lumpur. However, my favourite spot in Malaysia is the idyllic Perhentian Islands, hands down. Why was this, you may ask?
To put it quite simply, the small grouping of islands situated off the coast of Northeast Malaysia is an absolute postcard-perfect paradise.
Arriving at the Perhantian Islands
As our little long-tail boat drew into the shores of Perhentian Kecil (the more ‘backpacker-esque’ spot of the Perhentian Islands), I drank in my surroundings. The water was a spectacular bright blue hue, the stretch of golden-white sand was lined with tiny hippy-style shops and bars, and alluring clusters of coral peeked above the waters. I knew straight away that I’d love this island getaway spot.
The Snorkelling and Diving Opportunities
I was lucky enough to spend my twenty-third birthday in this idyllic location, and my friends and I spent the day snorkelling in the translucent blue waters of the islands. It was the best snorkelling I’ve ever done to this day as we were able to swim with turtles and plenty of blacktip reef sharks – definitely a birthday first. I spent the rest of the day enjoying blissful massages and fruity tequila sunrises on the beach – relaxation at its prime.
Since diving in the Perhentian Islands is famous, we took advantage by taking our PADI open water diving course there and had a wonderful experience learning with Panorama Diving Centre. The instructors were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, so if you’re thinking of diving in the Perhentian Islands, I’d recommend them.
Exploring the sugar wreck dive after completing our course was a highlight of our time in the Perhentians. The 90-metre cargo ship sank in 2000 and exploring it underwater felt like a surreal aquatic dream.
If you’re not into snorkelling or scuba diving, then admittedly, things to do on the islands are pretty limited. However, if you’re partial to some laid-back chill time, then perfect. As well as our underwater activities, we spent a lot of time beach-bumming, watching gorgeous orange sunsets and gauging on delicious beach barbeques.
It was an incredibly relaxing time during our travels, so if you take a trip to Malaysia, don’t hesitate to make a stopover at the Perhentians.