Heading back to Kuala-Besut from the pier at Perhentian Island Resort
3. Take a taxi or minibus from the Kuala Besut pier. When the speed boat brings you back to Kuala Besut, you just need to walk outside the pier to get a taxi or minibus back to the airport. The minibus will be cheaper because they take in more people. The minibus fee is 25 RM per passenger. If you prefer a taxi, the fare should be around 70 Ringgit. Therefore, if you are travelling in a group try to hire a taxi to get from Kuala Besut to Kota Bharu. You can compare flight prices from Kota Bharu to your next destination using this link.
Accommodation Information: Kuala Besut and Pulau Perhentian
Where did we stay during this trip?
In Kuala Besut
When we arrived in Kuala Besut the night before we took the speedboat to Pulau Perhentian our main priority was staying within walking distance of the pier. The last thing we wanted to do was to wake up and arrange another transport connection. Eventually, we decided to book at T’Lodge. We don’t have a direct affiliation with this property or any of the properties in Kuala Besut or on Perhentian. Therefore, we have an unbiased opinion of the properties we stayed at. Overall T’Lodge turned out to be a satisfactory budget place to stay. The room we had was large, but slightly outdated with basic amenities. The staff was friendly. It’s literally about 2 minutes away from the pier and that was our priority. At the time of writing it had a score of 6.8 based on 85 verified guest reviews. We feel that this is a pretty accurate representation of what we thought of the place.
On Pulau Perhentian
The main priority we had when finding a room on Perhentian was staying near a beautiful beach. We didn’t want to make all the effort of going to the east coast only to stay on an average stretch of sand. We eventually booked at Perhentian Island Resort. True to the reviews that we had read before visiting, it boasts one of the nicest beaches we have seen in all of Malaysia. As an added bonus it also had snorkeling right off shore and great visibility. And now the downside – the resort itself needs a renovation. It’s a bit old and could use a face-lift. At the time of writing it had a score of 6.9/10 based on 645 verified guest reviews. Based on our experience there, this is quite accurate. Despite the slight disappointment we had with the resort upkeep, we would still go back due to the spectacular location and water.
How to find the cheapest rooms in Kuala Besut and on Pulau Perhentian?
Whether you are staying in Kuala Besut the night before you take a speedboat to Perhentian or staying on one of the Islands, it’s strongly recommended to book well in advance. The Perhentians are in high demand during peak season (March to September) especially with Europeans. The three sites that we continue to rely on for booking our rooms along Malaysia’s east coast are: www.agoda.com, www.booking.com and www.hotelscombined.com. Both www.agoda.com and www.booking.com are very popular with our readers to due their excellent room selections and prices. We also use www.hotelscombined.com all the time to compare room prices before booking. To save you some time, I have created links to their respective property lists for both Kuala Besut and Pulau Perhentian:
Rooms in Kuala Besut – www.agoda.com
Rooms in Kuala Besut – www.booking.com
Compare Room Prices in Kuala Besut – www.hotelscombined.com
Rooms on Perhentian – www.agoda.com
Rooms on Perhentian – www.booking.com
Compare Room Prices on Perhentian – www.hotelscombined.com
Be sure to double-check the location of your hotel with the map tool on these sites prior to booking to make sure that you’re near the pier (in Kuala Besut) and close to the beach (on Perhentian).
Flight Information: Getting to the Perhentian Islands
What is the best airport to fly into when you are trying to reach the Perhentian Islands?
The best airport to book your flight into is Kota Bharu Airport (Sultan Ismail Petra Airport).
How long does it take from Kota Bharu Airport to the pier?
During our recent experience, it took about 1 hour in a taxi to the Kuala Besut pier from the airport.
What is the best way to find the cheapest flights to Kota Bharu Airport?
I would suggest using a price comparison site to get a feel for the prices first from your point of origin. In our particular case, we used two different sites: Momondo and BookingBuddy. We were pleased with the fact that you can compare prices from up to 8 websites all at the same time with BookingBuddy. Momondo simply finds the cheapest available price by searching the sites at one time.. Here is a link to their price comparison pages if you have to purchase some flight tickets:
COMPARE FLIGHT PRICES TO KOTA BHARU – Momondo
COMPARE FLIGHT PRICES TO KOTA BHARU- BookingBuddy
Which airlines fly to/from Kota Bharu Airport?
At the time of writing, Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air and Firefly were servicing flights to Kota Bharu.
Does Perhentian Island have an airport?
The answer is no. Therefore, plan to fly into Kota Bharu Airport and then take a taxi from there to the Kuala Besut pier.
Enjoy safe and worry-free travels!
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