Perhentian islands consists of the 2 islands, named Besar and Kecil.

You will need to take a small speedboat to reach one from the other.

It is 5 to 10 minutes speedboat distance between Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil.

This article will compare Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil island, and see which one suits you the best.


The transporting methods to get to both islands are the same.

Both Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil island are accessible from Kuala Besut Jetty.

They have the same weather and best season to visit of a year.

They have similar island packages and activities on island, such as snorkeling, diving and etc.

They both have a lot resorts options, and share some amazing snorkeling points.

The things you should pack in luggage to visit both islands are the same.

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map of perhentian besar island and perhentian kecil island



Perhentian Besar is more for family and honeymoon couples.

There’s better privacy in Perhentian Besar.

Perhentian Kecil is more for youngsters, solo travelers and friendsm


Both Perhentian Besar and Kecil has upmarket, luxuries good quality accommodation, and also budget one for backpackers.

Perhentian Kecil is smaller than Perhentian Besar, so there are fewer choices of resorts on it.

Most of Perhentian Kecil resorts are located on the hilly part of the site and need some stairs climbing to access. 

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Pulau Perhentian Besar can satisfy your soul that needs the calm atmosphere.

Night in Perhentian Besar is quiet.

While Perhentian Kecil is quite lively with tourists, especially in Long Beach or Pantai Panjang.

You could watch one of those fire shows or just chill at a cafe having coffee or smoking shisha.

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perhentian island jetty with awning above clear sea water


Perhentian Besar is more convenient.

You could hikes through the jungle, or snorkeling from the shore.

The shore is more superior to Perhentian Kecil.

The beaches were longer stretched, you could have nice walks on the beaches with nice sunset views. 

Perhentian Kecil is more social with fewer water activities.

Two main beaches in Perhentian Kecil are Long Beach and Coral Bay Beach

Walking around these two main islands are just 15 minutes.

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Both Perhentian Besar Island and Kecil Island are amazing places to visit.

You can take a water taxi for 5-10 minutes to across both Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil.

Perhentian Besar is more family oriented and have more resorts options and day time activities.

Perhentian Kecil is for friends and youngsters, it has lively nightlife and more social activities.

Perhantian Islands should definitely be on your bucket list. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy here!

woman diving in perhentian island sea with yellow fins

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Which island do you like more, Perhentian Besar or Kecil ?

Comment us your preferred one and your reason!