Pier, Perhentian Besar

The Perhentians, a Little Tropical Paradise

The Perhentians are a small archipelago off the coast of North-Eastern Malaysia. The two main islands are Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (meaning big and small Perhentian island, respectively).

We were there at the end of August, which is in the wet season, but the weather was incredibly good during the days, with thunderstorms arriving only in the evening.

There are no cars on the islands and the only ways to get around are on foot or by one of the numerous and very cheap taxi boats. The atmosphere is very relaxed and laid back.

Pier, Perhentian Besar

Pier, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

Approaching Storm, Perhentian Besar

The Perhentians are a perfect place to fly your drone. The scenery from the air is stunning and nobody will complain if you fly responsibly.

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Perhentian Besar

If the night skies are not cloudy, the conditions for astrophotography are very good, as light pollution is low. Here, the yellow glow on the horizon is from the distant Malaysian coast.

MIlky Way and Distant Storm, Perhentian Besar

MIlky Way and Distant Storm, Perhentian Besar

Beside the two main islands, there’s a group of uninhabited islets, including Rawa and Tokong, that are easily reached by motor boat. These are great places for snorkeling, as marine life is incredibly diverse and abundant.

Pulau Rawa, Malaysia

Pulau Rawa

Pulau Rawa, Malaysia

Pulau Tokong, Malaysia

While in Perhentian, I started diving and got my PADI Open Water license. Why I waited so long, I don’t know. What I know is that I’ll have to go back there with an underwater casing for my camera and start doing some serious underwater photography.

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