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Pulau Perhentian is situated 21km off the coast of Terengganu, it consists of the islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Of the two islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil is more geared towards backpackers. Pulau Perhentian Besar, on the other hand, is more developed and therefore offers better facilities.
Popular tourist activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, and swimming. On most beaches, the water is shallow with many rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish.
The Perhentian Islands have plenty to offer both the experienced and the amateur fisherman. The period from March till October is always the best season to cast your hook in the sea. Experienced anglers usually come prepared, and boats are available for charter through Platinum Charters. Just jump into the boat, with your rods, sun block, hat, snacks and not forgetting sufficient drinking water, and you’ll be ready to go! Deep sea fishing is always challenging, not only because of the unpredictable conditions of the sea but also the fish seems prepared to test your fishing skills and your equipment to the limit. Not far from Perhentian, the islands of Redang and Kapas which are popular places for deep-sea fishing trips as well. Bear in mind though, that you must never fish within the Marine Park waters as fishing activities are strictly prohibited. In the evening, squid jigging is also available. Learn from the local East Coast fishermen the art of catching cuttlefish using lights and multiple lines with hooks. Various fishing trips can be easily arranged through Platinum Charters.