Perhentian Islands – A Remote Get-A-Way from the Hustle and Bustle of the Modern World

After our stay in Kuala Lumpur, it was time to head off to the islands….


We had a nice rest, then headed off to the Kuala Lumpur (KL) airport via taxi.  For any future travelers to KL, it is important to note that it takes about an hour to get to the airport from central KL, even more if traffic.  KL is a HUGE airport and it has a gigantic mall.  You need to be here at least 3 and a half hours before your flight.   We almost missed ours.   First you have to check in.  Then you have to check your bags at the counter.  Then go through security check.  Then go through immigration.  Then go through the entire huge mall.  Then you have to go through the second security checkpoint.  Then you have to go through more mall again.   Then you sprint to your gate which, I swear, another kilometer.   We barely made one of our flights.

The mall at KL Airport

The flight over the countryside is neat.  Did you know that Malaysia is the largest exporter of palm oil in the world?   I think they account for more than 60% of the world’s palm oil production.   From the sky, you see endless palm trees.  Once we landed, we found a taxi to take us to the port.  Perhentian Islands here we come!

Do we need a bigger boat?

The Perhentian Islands are a collection of seven islands (only two of which are inhabited) off the eastern coast of Malaysia.  This is a real get-a-way from it all kind of place.   It is so beautiful out here.  The waters are absolutely clear with turquoise hues. The pictures do not do it justice, but we shall try below.

These waters….. just beautiful…

Our first stay was at Mari Mari on the island of Kecil.    It is a very isolated place with only a few bungalows.  We stayed in a tree house.  You can check out my review of the place here.

Mari Mari

Our tree house…

Tree house at Mari-Mari

It was a lovely day on the island of Kecil.

Next we were off to the island of Bashir.  This is the bigger island and we stayed at this place called Bubbles Dive Resort.  You can read my review here.  This place is even more isolated as it is far away from any other resorts.  We completely enjoyed every second of our stay here.  It was pure paradise.

Pure bliss.


These are schools of little fish.  There must be thousands upon thousands of them swimming together in a counter-clockwise fashion.   Very surreal to witness.  We also saw a few sharks trying to catch the fish.  Nature in action.  Amazing to observe.




The swimming and snorkeling was just magnificent.   You see everything from little Nemos to large fish, sharks, turtles, tons of coral and much more.

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.   We did a little perusing in the jungle but it gets thick up in there to do a proper hike.

These flowers.
In bloom

Aimee is afraid of coming into the Jungle!



Look at the giant lizards here!

The Lizard!

Diving with the turtles was an incredible experience!

Very large turtle!

These kids are crazy!  They were not able to catch the school of fish!

Two People.  Little Fish.
Fish win.


The waters are crystal clear.   Swimming was just phenomenal.



More Chillaxing
Extreme chilling

These girls were amazing… They played the uke better than I ever could….  What a way to end out our last night….

Fun at night.
Talent right here.


We had an amazing time in Malaysia and look forward to going back someday.  Kind people, beautiful waters and amazing adventure.

Love and Namaste to all.




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