Here I’ve pulled together a selection of photos I took on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia.

The photos were taken on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) and on Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island). The former is more popular with backpackers and the latter with holidaymakers. I was based in the Fisherman’s Village on Kecil, but also camped with the turtle project on Besar.

I hope you enjoy these blue-tinted beauties.

The tip of Kecil viewed from a boat
Tourists leave the turtle nesting beach on Besar at dusk
Fishing boats near Fisherman’s Village on Kecil
Setting sun reflections
By the pier at Fisherman’s Village
The floating mosque, Fisherman’s Village
Camp on Turtle Beach with shipwreck
Crystal clear water at Coral Bay, Kecil
A fishing boat at sunset
Coral Bay, near popular tourist beach Long Beach
The pier at Fisherman’s Village
Cloud reflections, Coral Bay

These pictures show an archetype of paradise islands, and the area certainly has outstanding natural beauty. However, issues with infrastructure such as waste management are amplified by tourism. As a consequence of this and of the rubbish that drifts in from overseas, not all of the Perhentian Islands are as pristine as the parts captured here. It’s worth mentioning as I think holiday posts taken in relatively disadvantaged places can often offer a distorted or one-sided representation of an area, but these beaches won’t stay beautiful without responsible and sustainable tourism.

I hope you enjoyed my photos of the Perhentian Islands. Would you like to go? 🙂