If you want to spend time with your children on a beach, building sandcastles, and maybe going snorkelling in the beautiful clear blue sea, the Perhentians are worth a visit.
What to expect:
The sea is calm, the sand is mostly white and soft; but watch out for falling coconuts (seriously)! We got told to move away from a shade-providing coconut tree as a girl had been hit on the head- squirrels have been nibbling the coconuts… Also beware the odd bit of broken glass (it’s worth wearing shoes for this and bits of broken coral). It’s a relaxing place (read potentially boring if there for a long time).
Some things to do with your little one when there:
If bored of dips in the sea and making sandcastles, try one of these:
A 3-4 hour snorkelling trip- 4 stops, lots of swimming and a bit of beach time (do check there is in the route you take though).Current cost 50 RM for an adult with mask hire and life jacket and half price for a little one.
Take a taxi boat to a destination of your choice and arrange pick up.
This option worked better for us, as we could choose where to go and when to come back. We actually chose another beach, but it was really pretty and as they say, a change is as good as a rest. We went to one of the furthest points on Besar ( Blue Lagoon/ Turtle Beach) and it cost 80 RM; no snorkel included but you can hire for 10 RM. They don’t have little masks, though.