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45 miles from Terengganu

PERHENTIAN CHANNEL. 5°54N, 102°44.208E

This pair of islands is the last shelter with provisioning opportunity before crossing the Thai border. Rounding the point of Pulau Perhantian Besar to enter the protected channel from the south, what may have appeared to be a relatively uninhabited island is actually full of bungalows, hotels and restaurants on both sides of the channel.

Pulau Perhentian Besar chart

It is easy to anchor virtually anywhere in the channel in 5-8 metres, looking out for the occasional isolated shallow coral patches closer in on the east side. Our spot, in the south at the narrowest part of the channel, is offshore from several rustic dive bungalow resorts with plenty on offer day and night.

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