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Coral Sky Divers is the only dive center on Pulau Perhentian Kecil recommended by the Lonely Planet. Coral Sky Divers are the first dive center to open on Perhentian Island and thus, have the most experience in guiding divers around the best divesites of both islands!

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Perhentians

Boasting some of the best divesites in the South China Sea the enchanting islands of Pulau Perhentian – Besar (big) and Kecil(Small) lie approximately 50 km east of Kota Bharu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. For hundred of years, merchants plying the trade routes of South East Asia, carrying food, jewellery and spices, would stop at the islands providing a resting place for the crew and an opportunity to replenish ships stores. The islands therefore, became a sort of “one stop island” for traders, and so the islands received their name, “Pulau Perhentian” or “one stop island”. These are arguably the most beautiful islands in Malaysia, with crystal-clear aquamarine water and white-sandy beaches.

Activities on the islands include snorkeling, diving, jungle walks, swimming, canoeing, wind surfing, boating, sunset cruising, inter-island hopping or just hanging around on the beach waiting for the coconuts to drop.

Hey, What About the Diving?

The Perhentian Islands are renowned as one of Malaysia’s premier marine paradises. Soft and hard coral, schooling pelagics, warm tropical waters, excellent water visibility and the occasional whaleshark are all elements of this beautiful marine environment.

And if this wasn’t enough, we offer the best value in fun diving and PADI dive courses that money can buy. 2 Tank boat dives, for example, start at as low as USD 30. Chalets along the beach provide cheap and clean accommodation with a distinctively island feel and the western and local cuisines are guaranteed to whet your appetite.

Dive Sites

Tokong Laut (Temple of the Sea)

A pinnacle in the middle of the sea.
Maximum depth 24m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

This is one of Perhentians best known divesites because whalesharks have been spotted here several times. Even without whalesharks it’s a great divesite. Lots of hard corals, soft corals and anemonies with at least 4 different types of clownfish make it a very colorful site. Since it is surrounded by sea there are lots of pelagic fish like trevallies, queenfish, snappers and fusiliers as well as the occasional mackerel, tuna or shark. The whole site is crowded with coral fish like parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, porcupine and pufferfish and lots of others. The occasional turtle may be seen here and there are bamboo sharks and moray eels.

We dive this site every second day because every diver should have the opportunity to see it at least once!

Twin Rocks

A jumble of large boulders coming all the way up to the surface.
Maximum depth 20m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

This is another very well known divesite in Perhentian and I personally feel it is the best site we have. The possibility to dive around and between the rocks, through canyons and over large crevices makes it a very exciting dive. On top of that it is full of black corals and has some huge gorgonians as well as lots of hard and soft corals. When there is some current whole walls become yellow with daisy corals and you can often see a big school of barracudas. This site has many coral fish, an occasional turtle, some humphead parrotfish and even cobias and white tip reefsharks.

This is a must for everyone who dives Perhentian!

D’Lagoon

A hard coral garden.
Maximum depth 16m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

D’Lagoon is one of the most beautiful coral gardens in Perhentian. All types of hard corals grow abundantly here and the formations are stunning. Since there’s never any current on this site it also makes it a very relaxing dive after the morning dive which is usually a bit more of an effort. Every diver who’s been here wants to return to see this coral garden again, especially when they have had the good fortune of seeing the humphead parrotfish that often are around. Recently we have also discovered huge Jenkins Whiprays at this site.

Batu Laya

A nice coral reef a bit away from shore.
Maximum depth 17m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

This is another stunning reef full of beautiful hard coral formations.We often see black tip reefsharks here and there is a big school of barracudas inhabiting the reef.
The whole site is full of different types of coralfish and we often do the “fish identification adventure dive” for the advanced course here because of the diversity of fish encountered.

Gua Kambing (Stingray Alley)

Coral garden and sandy bottom dive.
Maximum depth 15m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

This dive starts over a coral reef along the shoreline and then turns over to some big Porite corals standing alone on a sandy bottom. We often find some huge Jenkins Whiprays around these corals which makes it worthwhile swimming around the sand for a while. After having a look at the stingrays and getting a manicure from some cleaner shrimps we move back on the coral reef to end our dive.

Mullet Point

Rocks and coral reef along the shoreline.
Maximum depth 18m.
Certification requirements: Open Water Diver.

At the beginning of the dive there are some very big rocks and boulders along with lots of smaller rocks. This is a great spot for finding giant moray eels, napoleon wrasse, malabar groupers and reef sharks as well as nudibranches and shells. Further on in the dive the rocks are covered in hard corals where all types of coral fish can be found. Here we find the rare surgeon fish and we often spot the humphead parrotfish and turtles.

Mullet Point Reef

Rocky reef away from shore
Maximum depth 28m.
Certification requirements: Advanced Diver.

This reef lies quite deep and is subject to strong currents. There isn’t much coral because of that but you’ll find some black coral and anemonies here. It is an impressive site because of its rockformations and the big fish that can be found here – Malabar groupers, schools of barracudas, schools of mullets and snappers and the occasional eagle ray can all be seen here.

Mystery Reef

Rocky reef in the middle of the sea.
Maximum depth 30m.
Certification requirements: Advanced Diver.

This reef lies very deep and is well known as a fish nursery. All types of fish can be found here in big schools, especially brown stripe snappers. There are literally thousands of them, blocking your view as you swim along. In the cracks between the rocks you’ll see Bamboo sharks and Coral Cat sharks lying around everywhere, there are lionfish and razor fish among the black corals and porcupine and pufferfish among the rocks. Swimming around are fusiliers, trevallies, barracudas, batfish and the occasional queenfish, cobia or reefshark.

This site has more fish then any other site in Perhentian!

You can dive here if you are an Advanced diver or when you do the Adventure Deep dive of the Advanced course.

Petani Wreck Dive

Japanese Landingcraft, used by Vietnamese Boatpeople to come to Malaysia, sank in 1973.
Maximum depth 22m.
Certification requirements: Experienced Open Water or Advanced Diver.

The wreck lies on a flat sandy bottom and usually gets strong currents. The average visibility is no more then 4m. So why would people still want to dive here? The challenge of diving in different conditions and the technical nature of this dive as well as the great atmosphere of this divesite makes it well worthwhile! It is possible to have a look underneath the wreck with a good chance to see giant barracudas as well as big schools of trevallies and snappers. There are a lot of boxfish, angelfish, pufferfish and porcupinefish. There are always lionfish suspended over the wreck and you may find a scorpionfish or a moray eel. The top of the wreck is overgrown with soft corals, black corals and gorgonians, there are shells lying all around it and lots of nudibranches.

If you’re interested in somewhat more challenging divesites then this is a dive for you!

Rubix Cube Reef

Piles of blocks in the middle of the open sea.
Maximum depth 22m.
Certification requirements: Experienced Open Water diver or Advanced Diver.

A big wooden fishing boat used by Vietnamese boatpeople sank in 1972. The government decided it would make a great artificial reef with the help of some concrete blocks. They hoped it would attract lots of fish for the fishermen, which it did. But the fishermen can’t fish it because their nets and lines get stuck in the blocks, the result is a fantastic divesite teeming with fish!

The wooden boat has long since rotten away but the iron cranes and engins are still there. What is most striking about the site are the huge piles of concrete blocks with fish all around and in between them.

Types of fish you may find here are: fusiliers, snappers, trevallies, barracudas, scorpionfish, lionfish,

pufferfish, porcupinefish, filefish, boxfish, sweetlips and flatheads. There are also bamboo sharks, moray eels, stone fish, stingrays and lobsters.

Again it is a site on a flat sandy bottom open to all kinds of currents with an average visibility of no more then 4m. Still it is one of our best sites because of the diversity of fish and the fun of a bit more challenging diving.

Shark Point

Deep Reef.
Maximum depth 29m.
Certification requirements: Experienced Open Water diver or Advanced Diver.

There used to be quite a few reefsharks around this area, hence the name of the site but over the years they have chosen different sites to go to and now you seldom see one around here. The site is still beautifull with lots of black corals and soft corals. Among and around the coral snappers, groupers and barracudas can be seen as well as the occasional big stingray or cobia.

We often get strong currents in this area and the dive can become quite a challenge.

Burgess Rock

Rocky reef away from shore.
Maximum depth 24m.
Certification requirements: Experienced Open Water Diver.

A jumble of rocks on a flat sandy bottom reaching from 24m depth all the way up to 8m.

Spending the dive looking in every crack and hole can be good fun to the experienced diver who wants to see something different. There can be strong currents on this site so it may be necessary to hide among the rocks to stay out of the current. At this site we see bamboo sharks and cleaner shrimps, moray eels and barracudas, turtles, shells, nudibranches and all sorts of coral fish.

Courses and Adventures

FUN DIVES

To start the day, you’ll receive a thorough dive briefing that is informative as well as fun to listen to while, most importantly, increasing diver enjoyment and safety. After a short boat ride to the divesite, you will be ready for a whole hour of diving Adventure. Our experienced PADI Divemasters/Instructors will guide you around the most interesting parts of the reef in small groups (max. 4 pax!).

When you get back to the dive center after the dive, we don’t just send you away. You’ll enjoy a piece of our FAMOUS HOME BAKED CAKE with some coffee or tea. You may flip through our large collection of fish and coral books and the Divemaster will be at hand to help you fill in your logbook and find the names of all the wonderful fishes that you have seen during your dive. We will also gladly answer all questions you may have relating to diving.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

INTRODUCTORY DIVE

After only a short briefing you will go for a dive over the coral reef, watch the fish, swim around and experience the fantastic feeling of breathing under water, of the silence and weightlessness that makes diving such an exceptional experience. It will only take 2 hours to discover the adventure of a lifetime!

REFRESHER COURSE

YOU’RE A CERTIFIED DIVER BUT HAVEN’T DIVED FOR A WHILE YOU’RE NOT SURE YOU’LL REMEMBER IT ALL? THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!

Repeat the most important skills of your Open Water Diver course in shallow water and go for a guided tour over the coral reef. There will be a maximum of 2 divers with one Divemaster and you will get all the attention and tips you need to make you feel like you never stopped diving!

YOU NEVER DIVED BEFORE? Don’t hesitate any longer! Sign up now for our Open Water Diver course and go diving straight away during the first day of your course!

OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

With the new PADI program of education there are no more long, tiresome, boring theory lessons! Just a few short, enjoyable classroom sessions during which you’ll be watching videos. You only need to be a reasonable swimmer to be able to dive well.

The experienced PADI Instructors, adhering to PADI’s high standards of education, will give you the necessary information and guide you through your first diving adventures in a safe and enjoyable manner. In as little as 2 days you can become a certified PADI Scuba Diver and it takes only 4 days to become a PADI Open Water Diver, so time need not be an obstacle any longer! Both PADI certifications are recognized all over the world for life! You’ll be amazed at how much FUN it is to dive and your only regret will be that you didn’t start earlier.

ADVANCED COURSE

Continue your diving experience with this great course that allows for additional diving experience in areas that interest you most. This course focuses on actual diving so there are no classroom sessions! Discover new challenges and improve your diving skills while doing some fantastic dives!

MEDIC FIRST AID COURSE

Learn the necessary skills for emergency care in day to day life, such as CPR, Shock Management and how to prevent being injured yourself when you want to help others. This certification can be used to meet PADI’s requirement of First Aid training for Rescue Diver.

RESCUE COURSE

Did you ever wonder how you would react in a diving emergency? Stop worrying now and sign up for this extremely rewarding program that will not only teach you how to respond to problems for yourself an your buddy but more important still; How to prevent problems altogether! After only 3 days of great fun you’ll find you have become a lot more aware of other divers and your environment and that you have increased your diving safety tremendously.

DIVEMASTER

TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS BECOMING A PADI PROFESSIONAL Since this is serious business we recommend an extended time to do this course beyond the 2 weeks course offered by most Dive centers. Through internship and working with actual divers and students you’ll acquire the necessary skills to act as an Instructional Assistant as well as the knowledge that will enable you to take responsibility for dive planning and control.

Getting There

From Bangkok

You can take a flight to Naratiwat and then travel to the border by taxi. You’ll have to cross the river by boat and then take another taxi to Kuala besut. Or you can travel by train from Bangkok to Sungai Golok. Sungai Golok is a border town of Thailand and Malaysia. This border is separated by the river of Golok. On the Malaysian side of the river is the town of Rantau Panjang. After you check in at the immigration station, you need to take a taxi to Kuala Besut. At Kuala Besut you will find a lot of travel agencies. You can buy a boatticket to the island here.

From Kuala Lumpur

Take a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Alternatively, you can take a bus express at Pudu Raya Bus Station or at Putra Bus Station.

From Kota Bharu

Take a taxi cab to Kuala Besut. At Kuala Besut you will find a lot of travel agencies. You can buy a boatticket to the island here.

From Singapore

Board the VIP coach to Kota Bharu from Lavender Street, and stop at Jerteh, Terengganu.

From Jerteh, Besut Terengganu (Malaysia)

Please take a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut. It is about 14 KM. At Kuala Besut you will find a lot of travel agencies. You can buy a boat ticket to the island here.

Fontaine January 22, 2018

Hi i am barbara from reunion island. I live in france i want to spend a week or more at perhentian islands in august I want to pas my padi open water and i am looking for a french instructor? Is there one who works at your school?

Thanks a lot

Barbara, Lyon

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