The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Malay) are islands approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar ("Large Perhentian") and Perhentian Kecil ("Small Perhentian"). The small, uninhabited islands of Susu Dara (Virgin Milk), Serengeh and Rawa lie off Kecil.
Residents speak Kelantanese Malay, however English is widely spoken and understood to accommodate the growing tourism market. The Perhentian Islands are a popular travel destination for families and backpackers alike due to the many lodging options that accommodate almost any budget. It is site of the Raleigh Round Island Challenge, an 18 km circumnavigation swim around the island of Perhentian Besar organized by Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur where open water swimmers and kayakers in 20 teams of 4 compete in the 18 km circumnavigation with 2 athletes swimming while 2 athletes kayak simultaneously.
2016 Perhentian Island Marathon Swim
by José Luis Larrosa Chorro of Spain
Perhentian Channel is a 17 km wide channel between Pulau Perhentian Island and the mainland Terengganu in Malaysia.
Open Water Swimming
Ridzwan A. Rahim completed an unprecedented 17 km Perhentian Channel crossing from the Alunan Resort on Pulau Perhentian Island to Damai Beach Resort Camp on Bukit Keluang Beach on the mainland Terengganu of Malaysia in 8 hours 56 minutes 30 seconds on 21 March 2021, called the Perhentian Channel Solo Swim 2021 at the age of 44. Ridzwan covered a distance of 19.087 km with the help of the escort crew Abdul Razak Abdul Aziz (team leader and observer), Mohd Hafizuddin Amlin (kayaker), Damien Ong-Yeoh (escort crew member), Tsuyoshi Amzar Sawada (observer), Ariff Budiman Abdul Halim (photographer), Mohd Fahmi Zainal Aripin (drone videographer) and escort boat pilots, Wan Nor Hisham Wan Razak and Azrol Mohd Yusof.