Sunday, May 1, 2011

Boat Service To Perhentian Island

There are two ways to get to Perhentian Island. You can either take the boat from Tok Bali or Kuala Besut jetty. However, Kuala Besut is a better getaway than Tok Bali as it is nearer to the Island and has more facilities including frequent boat trips for tourists. Travel time from Kuala Besut to the Island is approximately 40 minutes but 50 minutes from Tok Bali on a speed boat. Whereas the journey from both places to the Island would be much longer for 1 ½ hours and 2 hours respectively on the regular boat.

Speed boats from Kuala Besut to the Island operate between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm with no fixed departure times but they could leave as soon as there are enough passengers. For the return journey, the speed boats are scheduled to leave the Island thrice daily at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. However, departure and leaving times for group packages can be arranged.

Instead of rushing to or upon your return from the Island, you should stop over for the day or an overnight stay at Kuala Besut to see this unique and beautiful coastal town and enjoy sea-food at the fishing village restaurants. No problems here for a cheap and clean accommodation. For example, you can get a room with a common bathroom at ‘Yaudin Guest House’ for RM20.00 – RM40.00 per night. Or, if you are looking for something more comfortable, try the ‘NAN Hotel’ which offers a room with fan and attached bathroom for RM45.00 per night and an air-conditioned with bathroom attached room for RM65.00 per night.

You must also visit the ‘Long Beach’ or ‘Aur Bay’ area to see the beautiful corals and fishes in natural underwater environment with clear visibility. Since there are no jetties here, you have to make a transfer from your main boat to another smaller boat for the beach landing which is chargeable at RM2.00 per person for the service

Boat fare - Speed boat (30 - 40 minutes journey) RM70.00/person/adult & RM35/person/child - to and fro

RM40.00/person/adult & RM20/person/child - one way
(child : 3 - 11 years old)

RM50/person/way for the Oct - Feb

Boat schedule - Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island Sped boat - from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Boat schedule - Perhentian Island to Kuala Besut Sped boat - at 08.00am, 12.00noon & 4.00pm

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