With a Kota Bharu ravaged by zoombies due to the final celebrations of Ramadan -Hari Raya- we decided to skip the city bus station and chose to order a taxi at the hotel where we were staying to get to Kuala Besut, place of departure of speed boats to arrive at the idyllic Perhentian islands.
We went out for 70 ringits and in about an hour and a half we crossed the city and the villages that kiss the east coast of Malaysia.
The trip was quick and, once at the Kuala Besut port office, we paid the round trip ticket to the Perhentian Islands (70 ringits per person, it seemed that that day it was going to cost 70 ringits ...) and in just 15 minutes our ship sailed with three more couples and half a dozen Malaysian locals.
Turtle Beach in Perhentian Besar
We arrived at the Perhentian in half an hour. The boat tour, as on the island of Tioman, makes stops according to the place where people stay and in our case only made a stop at the small Kecil to then leave us at our final destination in Besar.
The transparency of its waters, the reef and its thick jungle gave justice to word of mouth That had come to us from other travelers. Both sister islands, Kecil and Besut, welcomed us with a splendid sun, something that had cost us to see during the whole trip that we had in our backpack in Malaysia.