Roughing it at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island – What’s Cool? What’s Not?

What the experience is all about

Hammock for lazy afternoons at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
Hammock for lazy afternoons at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island [Source: Hostel World]

On Perhentian (Kecil) Island off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, you’ll find a newly established (2015) campside operator. Situated by Rainforest Beach (also known locally as Sandy Coral Beach/Pasir Karang). Right by the camp area is a secluded private beach. Enjoy total privacy being at nature’s doorstep while experiencing island living to its fullest. And you should, with Perhentian being the last paradise island in Malaysia.

Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island offers basic forest camp and tent living for nature lovers looking to experience island living in all its glory. Enjoy sea life and island creatures such as monitor lizards, squirrels, and birds in their natural habitat.

Due to its secluded location, lots of walking is involved to access the more ‘happening’ parts of the island like Coral Bay, Long Beach and the fishing village.

What You Get

Available lodging options: Dome tents on wooden platforms, with pillows and mattresses

Dome tent at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
Dome tent at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island [Source: Hostel World

Bathroom options: Shared bathrooms (cold showers) and toilets

Cheapest option: RM60 /night (max 2 pax) in a tent

Most expensive option: RM60 /night (max 2 pax) in a tent

Meal arrangements: Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunset BBQ menus with local and western options.
(Local style ‘FREE’ breakfast for stays of 3 nights and above)

Food Options at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
Cafe at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island [Source: Hostel World]

Day trips available: No

What can we do there? Day time – Swim, sun bathe, relax in hammock, chill by the beach, snorkeling, trekking, fishing, walk to fisherman village, Coral Bay and Long Beach
Night time – Watch the sunset, wait for turtles to come lay eggs on the beach, swim with glowing plankton, star gazing

Relax at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island
Relax at Rainforest Camping Perhentian Island [Source: Hostel World]

Reviews

What people love: Good, sturdy, clean tents that do well in rain, beautiful grounds, great staff, electricity from 7 pm – 12 am, power banks available, clear water, great natural outdoors, great view, private beach, clean mattress, cheapest place to stay on the island,

What people wish were different: Dirty toilets, can trip/slip while accessing tent, overpriced excursions, nowhere to store valuables, can get hot, far away from main beaches, mosquitoes, bad showers, bugs, really basic

Experience levels if you go for the most basic option shown in table below:

Adventure LevelMaximum
Nature ImmersionMaximum
Cultural ImmersionMinimum
Relaxation LevelMedium
Roughing itMaximum
Suitable for young children?No
Mobile connectivityFREE wifi internet between 7pm-8pm but with very limited speed. Tip: Use CELCOM Magic SIM Pack if you need connectivity.

Location & Contact

Location: RainForest Beach, Perhentian Kecil, Terengganu,, 22300 Kuala Besut, Terengganu

URL: www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/RainForest-Camping-Perhentian-Island/Perhentian-Island/98609

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