Made up of two islands, namely Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar, they were the connecting points for traders plying the Malaysia- Bangkok route in the past but holiday seekers have found pleasure and the islands continue to buzz with life. Perhentian Kecil has made a name for itself as a scuba diving hub and its vibrancy is evident with the younger crowd favouring the beach bar and it is almost as though the night is always young at this island. Perhentian Kecil is also the home of the annual Perhentian Island Challenge that draws many participants and visitors alike.
Magnificent. Awesome. Beautiful. Great. Magical…We could go on with descriptions of nature’s beauty but at times; words are just not enough and best to experience it for yourself. A place like Perhentian Island fits the bill as the getaway of sorts – transforming into a beach bum, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life or meeting our friends of the sea, you deserve a reward!
Get ready your walking shoes and gear for the islands are devoid of roads, safe for footpaths cutting through the jungle. The nature lover will welcome the notion of possibly coming into contact with wildlife and monitor lizards, fruit bats, squirrels and the elusive mouse deer being sighted. Aqua fans cannot resist the crystalline waters, soaking for as long as they possibly can, snorkeling or going deeper into the ocean’s realm with scuba diving.
Temperatures are fairly uniform all-year round ranging from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF) with high humidity of 85-95%. Annual rainfall ranges from 2,000–2,500 mm with monsoon peaking between end of November and end of January and most resorts do not operate from end November through end of January. Perhentian Island greets an influx of visitors between May–August therefore advanced bookings are recommended.
Perhentian Island can only be accessed via a boat ride from the Kuala Besut jetty, or chartering a boat from nearby Redang or Lang Tengah islands. The speedboat ride from Kuala Besut jetty to the islands generally cost RM 70.00 two-ways or RM 40.00 one-way with a frequency of approximately 5 times daily, depending on the number of passengers. The ride takes 30-45 minutes but if you fancy a bit of nostalgia, you could hire a traditional slow, wooden fishing boats that costs up to RM300, takes 2 hours and requires a group of at least 12 people.
Kuala Besut is located in the Peninsular Malaysia state of Terengganu can be reached via:
The closest airports are Kota Bahru and Kuala Terengganu and airlines plying the route are AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly.
Most buses bound for Kota Bahru will stop at Jerteh where a taxi can be easily hired to the Kuala Besut jetty. A bus ride can take between 7-9 hours, depending on where you depart from. You can also take a direct bus to the Kuala Besut (Besut Jetty) bus station.
Driving would take between 7-9 hours, depending on departing spot and you would need to leave your car at the Kuala Besut jetty.
Located at Coral Bay, Ombak Lodge is a welcomed alternative for visitors seeking a tranquil and cozy retreat spot overlooking the sunset at Perhentian Kecil.
The gentle breeze whistles around as you take in the island’s beauty and after a day in getting a tan or mingling with sea creatures, the Ombak Lodge is at your service to refresh you. Located between 2 beaches that are Long Beach (10 minutes walk) and Coral Bay (5 minutes walk), the lodge marks a simplicity that is still adequate in facility. Options at the lodge range from single, twin, triple, quadruple sharing rooms and exclusive suites for couples, built with solid walls for privacy and security. All rooms are furnished with brand new latex beds together with an attached bathroom with some rooms having a private balcony. Rooms feature high ceilings to allow better air ventilation as electricity on our resort is self-generated by Ombak to provide 24 hour electricity to all rooms.
When on vacation, it is only justified to treat yourself to good food! What more, when the day was spent on fun-filled and energy consuming activities on the island. Being with nature continues as dining furniture is set up on the smooth sand and overlooking the sunset. Truly an al’ fresco experience as you delight in sumptuous choices of local, western, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Thai cuisines or lip-smacking barbequed offerings served up by our qualified chefs and crew maintaining the highest standards in hospitality and hygiene. Sip on beer, classic and creative cocktails, mocktails, freshly squeezed juices, bottled and can beverages, ice blended drinks and hot drinks. We also provide the popular Shisha for enjoyment.
Ombak Café serves from 8am–11pm with a’la carte breakfast from 8am-11am, a’la carte lunch from 11am-3pm, tea time from 3pm-5pm and a’la carte dinner from 5pm-11pm. If travelling in a huge party of more than 20 pax, you could order for a buffet meal to cut down on meal time hassles. Enjoy a movie with dinner by the terrace and if you’re our in-house guest, you can pick the movie as well!
With many sought after dive sites surrounding Perhentian Kecil, Ombak Divers is the one-stop centre for diving enthusiasts. We are a certified PADI Dive resort and offer diving courses for various levels of expertise, in multi languages with qualified and experienced instructors whose friendliness will put you at ease. Underwater photography and videography can be arranged to help capture diving memories. Partnering Aqualung, equipments can be rented and are brand new from our chosen brand, Aqualung as it is reliable and trustworthy by virtue of being one of the pioneer brands in scuba diving equipment. We also provide brand new air compressors that are beneficial to have smooth clean air during a dive. Non-divers try fun activities like snorkeling which would be guided by our personnel familiar with the waters as well as underwater photography services or should you prefer to stay dry, there is kayaking for you. Specific courses of water exercises can be conducted at a private beach.
Perhentian’s pristine shores lure many to enjoy a vacation under the warm sunshine, smooth sand and crystal clear waters. Taking a leaf from the Ministry of Tourism of the industry presenting abundant opportunities for local entrepreneurs, Ombak Resort was established as a centrepoint providing travelers with all that they need.
Incorporated in 2011 with 3 entities, namely, Ombak Lodge, Ombak Café and Ombak Divers we specialize in meeting the comprehensive needs of travelers – a place to lay their bodies after a day of fun, a central point to nourish their stomachs and a hub for all things diving for deep-sea enthusiasts.
We envision being a selected travel partner for tourists to islands in Malaysia mainly to Perhentian island through our accomodation services, as food & beverage provider and as an operator for everything related to diving and we are working towards it together with our people sharing the same foresight.
First and foremost, “customers are our focus” and “service is everything” for we desire for their experience at Ombak to be memorable because our “attitude affects everything”. “Respect others – have fun” represents the importance of acknowledging our co-workers or customers to create a harmonious environment. And we also believe in “profits for everyone” to create a sense of ownership and joy in carrying out our responsibilities.
We aim to provide our customers with a great island experience, guided by these values:
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Kuala Lumpur Office
No 32-2 Jalan Metro Wangsa
Seksyen 2 53300 Wangsa Maju
T +603 4143 8414 / +603 4149 3414
F +603 4143 5414
Lot 406 Teluk Aur
22300 Besut Terengganu
T +609 691 4011 / +609 691 1021 / +609 691 1002
M +6019 791 1002
F +609 691 1021