A holiday in Malaysia offers an exciting blend of city, rainforest and beach, with the lively mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures bringing a fascinating array of cultural attractions - and wonderful food! You can meet the famous orang-utans, go white-water rafting in the rainforest, explore the frenetic, ultra-modern capital and relax on idyllic resort islands - all in 1 wonderful trip. Unspoiled diving. Unspoiled scenery. Warm tropical waters. A focus on conservation. And no crowds. All reasons why those who have discovered diving at Perhentian Island come back again and again.
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As diving enthusiasts safety and conservation are the number 1 goals. The dive masters are from a varied multicultural background, all speak English fluently and all are qualified. All levels of experience from beginners to experts alike are catered for. Variety is the key word on the reefs around Perhentian: soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species in these waters.
Malaysia's climate is hot and humid with relative humidity ranging from 80 - 90 percent, except in the highlands. The temperature averages from 20-30 degrees C throughout the year. The tropical climate is experienced year-round with the rainy season varying on the coasts of Peninsular Malaysia.
The east coast and its off shore islands are in the wet season from October through to March; the best time to travel is between May and October.
If you would like to travel to Malaysia between October to March winter we suggest you consider a diving holiday to Borneo which has a year around good climate.
Located at the north-eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. About 21 km off shores the remote town of Kuala Besut. There are two lovely unspoiled island lie amidst exquisitely clear waters. Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) and Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) comprise the Perhentian Island, aptly named after "henti"(stop) as fishermen from mainland Kelantan and Terengganu have, for centuries, stopped over at the island for a rest or to shelter during a major storm. A rocky virgin jungle provides hour of adventures for trekkers who may chance upon flying fox, long-tailed macaques and monitor lizards, while the underneath marine life shows off a splendid garden of coral.
Planet partner with a super newly opened family run diver resort based on Perhentian Besar (the larger of the two main islands). Built right next to the dive school this is an exceptionally well organized accommodation specifically designed with divers in mind.
It is a great idea to combine your stay on the island with some jungle trekking on the main land or a day or two in Kuala Lumpur.
There is no ‘nightlife’ as such on the island, life here is about diving, eating and relaxing.
A passport is required and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond departure date. Most nationalities (including British Citizens) do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please check with your nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission or Tourism Malaysia office.
No cholera or smallpox vaccination is required for travellers entering Malaysia. Visitors arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zones and affected areas are required to present International Health Certificates showing Yellow Fever vaccination. Water and food are generally safe. Visitors may want to drink bottled water, especially in outlying areas.