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From Kota Bharu to Perhentian Islands

How to get to the Perhentian Islands? Bus and boat schedules, prices, etc. Informations and useful tips to organize more easily.  îles PerhentianFrom Kota Baru

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Transport

From Kota Bharu to Kuala Besut – Perhentian Islands

To go to the Perhentian Islands from Kota Bharu is not very complicated. You have to go to the bus station and from there take bus no. 639 to the Kuala Besut pier. The ticket costs 6 RM. The journey takes approximately 1h30. The bus stops 50 m from the pier.

Bus timetable 639
From Kota Bharu to Kuala Besut From Kuala Besut to Kota Bharu
06:15 AM

07:30 AM

09:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

02:00 PM

03:00 PM

04:00 PM

05:30 PM

06:30 PM

07:30 AM

09:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

02:00 PM

03:00 PM

04:00 PM

05:30 PM

06:30 PM

 

It’s possible to go to Kuala Besut by taxi, the price is about 60 RM.


Boat

From Kuala Besut to Perhentian Islands

At the port, there are two possibilities:

  1.  you got your ticket through your guesthouse – there is always a small discount (about ten RM).
  2. you buy the ticket at the port. The price is 70 RM round trip.

There are regular departures for the islands. You must know in advance which island you want to go to: Kecil or Besar. You will also need to indicate in which part of the island you wish to stay.

There are regular departures for the islands. You must know in advance which island you want to go to: Kecil or Besar. You will also need to indicate in which part of the island you wish to stay.
It is necessary to find some information in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises. Or on the contrary, let yourself be carried away by your instinct or chance. Up to you !! Some information about the islands see this post here

For the return, when you leave the island, you must know that there are only 3 departure times: 8:00, 12:00 and 16:00. Some will tell you that it is necessary to report a day or two in advance your departure, … there too, Up to you !!


Information and advice

Some tips before arriving on the island:
  • Think about taking cash. There is no ATM. Hotels or restaurants accepting credit cards take large commissions on each transaction.
  • Take mask and snorkel. It is possible to rent them on site. All items sold or rented on the islands are excessively expensive.
  • Beware the prices change a lot between grocery stores. Example: a bottle of water bought at a supermarket in Kuta Bharu costs about RM 1, the same on the island goes from 3 to 7 RM.
  • Think of going to a supermarket on the mainland to avoid spending too much.
  • Do not forget your special Malaysia power adapter.

Some tips when you arrive on the island:

Danger for your feet:
Many boat ropes and fastening inks are planted on the beach. Every day, one or two clumsy or distracted tourists hurt themselves.
There is a “dispensary” on Kecil. If there is a big problem, there is a hospital in Kota Bharu.


Hotel and guesthouse


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The Good Prices


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