Perhentian Island is accessible from a small fishing town of Kuala Besut,which situated in between Kota Bharu, Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.
Kuala Besut Jetty is the official Jetty to Perhentian Islands. Kuala Besut is easily accessible through Kota Bharu & Kuala Terengganu airport, Tanah Merah train station, Jerteh bus station and Kuala Besut bus station
BOAT SERVICE TO PERHENTIAN ISLAND
The Perhentian Islands are located around 25 KM from Kuala Besut. The islands are reached by speedboat or ferry from Kuala Besut jetty (peer), or by chartered boat from the nearby Redang and Lang Tengah Islands.
Apart from chartered boat services that depart from nearby islands (Redang, Lang Tengah) all boats to the Perhentian Islands depart from Kuala Besut.
Speedboats cost RM70 return (RM40 one way) and depart according to demand, usually four to five times per day, starting at 08:00 in the morning. Boats will drop you off at the resort or beach of your choice and the trip takes 30-45 minutes.
Slow wooden fishing boats are also sometimes available but need to be chartered. The cost is RM500 per trip and they usually require 12 persons minimum. It can take up to 2 hours to reach the island with this way.
If the sea is rough you can be assured of a bumpy ride and you may even get wet. You may need to disembark in shallow water if there is no jetty at your beach, so dress and pack accordingly.