PADI Diving Courses & Holidays

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

the beautiful tropical perhentian islands off the north east coast of malaysia are a great place to relax and enjoy some great diving.  the fringing reefs are full of life with black tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, barracuda, spanish mackrel, triggerfish, spiny devilfish and much more to see.
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  • Clear water ensures excellent coral life on the Perhentians
  • Barracudas patrol the reefs around the Perhentians
  • Clown Fish are abundant amongst the reefs
  • A typical day on the picturesque Perhentians

Diving and Snorkelling Holidays to Perhentian Islands

Ideal for: Singles, couples and families of all diving and snorkelling abilities

The Perhentian Islands lie off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, just south of the Thai border.  There are two islands: the smaller one, Perhentian Kecil, is perfect for backpackers with cheaper accommodation, while the resorts on the larger island Perhentian Besar, are great for families and couples.  

Fringing reefs, wrecks and pinnacles surround both tropical islands, with good coral life and a diverse selection of marine life, including regular sightings of Black Tip Reef Sharks, Hawksbill Turtles and the occasional Green Turtles, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Spiny Devilfish, Barracuda, Scorpionfish and much more.

Other than diving, there is also great snorkelling for those who want to stay above the waves, sea kayaking, a selection of white sand beaches, and plenty of nature concealed in the jungles with large monitor lizards, colugos (flying lemurs) and the odd snake to find.


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  • Lighthouse Deep
  • Batu Layar
  • De Lagoon
  • Terumbu Tiga



  • Experience Level: All
  • Big Stuff: **
  • Reef Life: ***
  • Wrecks: ***
  • Life on Land: ***
  • Budget: £££

More Info

  • Time: GMT + 7-8hrs
  • Flying Time: 14-16hrs (twin centre recommended)
  • Language: Bahasa Malaysia
  • Climate: The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has a hot and humid, tropical climate. The dry season runs April to November and is the best time to visit as most islands are difficult to reach during the monsoon. 
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringg £1 = MYR 5
  • Visa Requirements: A 30-90 day holiday visa is granted on arrival for many EU passport holders


  •  All inclusive
     Full Board
     Half Board
     Bed & Breakfast
     Room only
  •  Twin
  •  Silver
  •  Whale Sharks
     Tiger Sharks
     Great Whites
     Manta Rays
     Reef Sharks
     Oceanic White Tips
     Coral reefs
  •  Nightlife
     Quiet area
     Sea views
     Tennis courts
     Kids area
     Suitable for non-divers
  •  Open Water
     Advanced O/W 20+ dives
     Advanced O/W 50+ dives
  •  Adults
     New divers
     Experienced divers


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