Become PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified and take a course at any diving center at Perhentian Island. Various diving courses that are run by qualified instructors include PADI scuba diver, PADI open water diver, advanced open water diver, rescue diver, diver master and much more. Rental equipment such as wet suits and scuba diving gear will be provided for the course.
Perhentian Island consists of two main islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, which make up part of the National Marine Park of Malaysia. The Malay name Perhentian is translated as “a place to stop” and this is exactly what these two islands were for when traders travelled between Malaysia and Thailand many years ago.
The only permanent inhabitants live in a small fishing village on Perhentian Kecil and there are no roads on the island apart from footpaths that cut through the forest. You may even encounter wildlife such as mouse deer, monitor lizards, squirrels, wild magpies, nicobar pigeons and fruit bats. If you come between June and late August, you might even get a chance to see giant green turtles laying eggs along the beach.
Perhentian Island is closed during the monsoon season, from mid-November to mid-February, so be sure to plan accordingly.
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