Perhentians Dive Sites

There are over thirty sites to dive around the Perhentians. Here are some of our favourites...


Temple of the Sea (Tokong Laut)

Max. Depth: 24m
Av. Depth: 18m
Level: Open Water +
Info: Around 20 minutes boat ride from Long Beach, this 24m rock pinnacle rises up from a sandy bottom and just breaks the surface of the water. On a typical dive we swim round it in circles to check out the marine life living at all levels.
Marine Life: From the bottom working up, you're likely to see bamboo sharks, blue spotted rays, white-eyed morays, giant pufferfish, batfish, trevally, barracuda, hawksbill turtles, parrotfish, butterfly fish and damsel fish.

Swim Through

Three Reefs (Terumbu Tiga)

Max. Depth: 18m
Av. Depth: 16m
Level: Open Water +
Info: Dive between stacks of gigantic boulders that just break the surface of the water. Swim throughs are the big attraction here. There are as many as 32, and we'll take you to explore 3-4 per dive.
Marine Life: Soft corals and gorgonian fans cover the pinnacle, which attracts trevally, emperor angelfish, groupers, snappers, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, hawksbill turtles and Skippy, the three-legged turtle!

Air Pocket

Sugar Wreck (Kapal Gula)

Max. Depth: 18m
Av. Depth: 15m
Level: Advanced Open Water or Open Water with Wreck Adventure speciality
Info: This cargo ship sank in 2001 and is rumored to be an insurance job - the ship was old, and the accident report states the boat sank due to the anchor dragging on the reef¡­ There is no reef! The wreck lies on its starboard side, with the top only 6m below the surface. As well as exploring around the wreck it¡¯s possible to swim into the cargo holds and check out what¡¯s inside.
Marine Life: Yellowtail barracuda, giant pufferfish, bamboo sharks, filefish, sweetlips, cobia, stonefish and zebra lionfish are frequently sited here.


Vietnamese Wreck (Kapal Vietnam)

Max. Depth: 24m
Av. Depth: 20m
Level: Advanced Open Water or Open Water with Wreck and Deep Adventure specialities
Info: This boat was carrying refugees from the Vietnam war and sank after dropping them off on the island. The wreck lies upside down, and a couple of big holes in the hull allow you to swim in to have a look around.
Marine Life: The wreck is surrounded by sand, so acts as a magnet for any fish in the area. Here you'll see plenty of soft corals as well as barracuda, trevally, lionfish, scorpionfish and sweetlips, as well as sea pens and seahorses (in the sand).


Secret Reef

Max. Depth: 30m
Av. Depth: m
Level: Advanced Open Water or Open Water with Deep Adventure speciality
Info: One of the deepest sites around the islands, secret reef was so named because it was notoriously difficult to find! The relatively small site now has a permanent buoyline, so everyone can enjoy the secret!
Marine Life: The big attraction here are the huge schools of fish that swim over the reef. You'll find snappers, sea perch, moray eels, bamboo sharks, stonefish, scorpionfish, nudibranches and black coral.

Dive Site

Curtain Rock (Tanjung Butong)

Max. Depth: 25m
Av. Depth: 15m
Level: Open Water +
Info: Just off the small island, three boulders just break the surface of the water. The name Curtain Rock comes from the way the waves hit these rocks as the wind blows. The reef here slopes down gently to a sandy bottom. You can also dive along big boulders, and there's the possibility of doing drift diving when conditions are right.
Marine Life: Hard corals dominate here, and you may see pufferfish, boxfish, porcupinefish, clownfish, parrotfish, wrasse, morish idols, indian bannerfish, turtles, blue spotted rays and Jenkins whip rays (in the sand).


Iron Cape (Tanjung Basi)

Max. Depth: 22m
Av. Depth: 12m
Level: Open Water +
Info: A multi coloured coral garden that extends from a rocky headland, gently sloping down to 22m. North of the big island, this site is great for afternoon dives, and is also suitable for snorkellers.
Marine Life: Among big table corals and stag horn corals you can spot schools of bumphead parrotfish, giant moray eels, black tip reef sharks, yellow margin trigger fish, titan trigger fish, indian bannerfish, orange spine unicorn fish, potato groupers, diamondfish; and if you¡¯re lucky, napoleon wrasse.



Max. Depth: 14m
Av. Depth: 10m
Level: Open Water +
Info: A shallow reef that's indented my the sand in the shape of a 'd'... hence the name. This site's great for beginners or as a relaxing afternoon dive. Snorkelers can enjoy the reef here too.
Marine Life: Swimming around the hard corals and rocks you'll probably come across clownfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, parrotfish, wrasse, cleaner shrimp, blue spotted rays and titan triggerfish. You may also be lucky enough to spot a hawksbill turtle here!


Sea Bell

Max. Depth: 16m
Av. Depth: 10m
Level: Open Water +
Info: This site takes its name from the nearby lighthouse, which in the past was a big bell that warned boats of shallow rocks in the area. Good for training or a chilled out second dive.
Marine Life: Pufferfish, white eyed moray eels, snappers, blue ringed angelfish, butterfly fish, clownfish, parrotfish, trevally, squid and Indian ocean walkman are all likely to be seen here. Lots of rocks and boulders with soft corals growing on them.


Sail Rock

Max. Depth: 18m
Av. Depth: 12m
Level: Open Water +
Info: This colourful mound of corals was named by local fishermen who (in the past when fishing was permitted round the island) frequently got their nets caught in the reef because it covers such a large area.
Marine Life: During a dive here you're likely to come across butterflyfish, pufferfish, parrotfish, moray eels, yellow tail barracuda, batfish, triggerfish, bamboo sharks, scorpionfish, stingrays and Jenkins whiprays lying in the sand. And if you're fortunate, maybe a turtle too!

Batu Nissan

Max. Depth: 12m Night Dive
Av. Depth: 10m
Level: Open Water +
Info: This shallow reef is a good site for training, but more advanced divers can venture deeper at Batu Nissan Rock. This is a popular site for night dives, where you'll see how life on the reef changes after the sun goes down, and maybe see the moon from beneath the waves!
Marine Life: Parrotfish, butterfly fish, clownfish, goatfish and blue ring angelfish are all frequent visitors to the rocks and hard corals during the day. At night you can see spot faced moray eels, porcupine fish, blue spotted rays and flounders, as well as daytime fish sleeping! Zzzzz... Another big attraction of the night dive is phosphorescence. Torches off, you'll see thousands of tiny specks of light emitted by bioluminescent plankton.
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