The Perhentian Islands are basically two islands, small (Pulau Perhentian Kecil) and large (Pulau Perhentian Besar).
We visited both but were staying on the second. Apart from a small community on Kecil, islands are not permanently inhabited. There are only a handful of resorts on both islands and the main mean of travel is either by water taxi or good old fashion jungle tracking.
We stayed in Tuna Bay Island Resort and truly made the best of the few more days we had.
The resort was everything we hoped for but the beach was not all that great. At least not compared with the beach on the other side of the island next to Perhentian Island Resort that is.
We soon made it a daily routine to track dense jungle all the way to paradise.
White powdery sand, wide beach strip and crystal clear water made us not want to leave. With tons of fish and even occasional turtle this is a great snorkeling spot.
This is also the only spot we ever saw a turtle without other 30 people splashing around. Food in Tuna Bay Island Resort was good but a little too pricey for our taste, so we ate at the neighboring restaurant most of the nights.
It was a relaxing end of our otherwise intense vacation and we all agreed that this was one of the best vacation spots we’ve been so far.