Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Perhaps Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and some other islands are too famous and crowded with too many tourists, Pulau Rhu Hentian which is only 5 nautical miles from offshore Kuala Besut is not known to most visitors. Because it is so close to the mainland, Pulau Rhu Hentian is accessible through Kuala Besut jetty on a 10 minutes speedboat ride. The ecology system on the island and the marine life is unspoiled.
There is only one chalet available with choices of rooms and dormitories. Among the activities indulged are jungle trekking, camping, fishing and beach activities.
Local agents in Kuala Besut are able to package visit to this island.
There are regular and daily flights from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Firefly. Journey from Kuala Terengganu airport takes 1 ½ hours driving. Taxis and car rentals are available at Kuala Terengganu Airport. Similarly those on flight arrivals from Kota Bharu Airport can arrange for an airport taxi or car rental to Kuala Besut which takes only 1 hour.
There are bus services available from most major cities and towns in Peninsular Malaysia. Bus service from Kuala Lumpur takes 6-7 hours to reach Kuala Besut. Kuala Besut jetty is the entry point to Pulau Rhu Hentian. Pulau Rhu Hentian can be reached in 10 minutes by speed boat which costs RM50.00 per person return. There are a number of low budget hotels for those who plan to stay overnight in Kuala Besut or in case of bad weather conditions.
Those travelling by train from Kuala Lumpur should stop at either Tanah Merah or Wakaf Baru Train Terminal in the bordering State of Kelantan. There are taxi services to Kuala Besut which takes around 1 hour.
Leisure driving from Kuala Terengganu through coastal road takes around 1 ½ hours to Kuala Besut. Situated 120 km north of Kuala Terengganu, the coastal road offers greeneries and beaches along the way. There are ample parking spaces at reasonable fees. Resort and travel agent offices are available at the jetty.
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