Penarik Firefly Sanctuary

Peninsular Malaysia's Northeast

Come nightfall thousands of fireflies dance among the mangroves, flashing in synchronisation. This synchronisation is unusual and believed to be associated with mating behaviour.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Peninsular Malaysia's Northeast attractions

1. Love Beach


This secluded beach at the south of the island can be reached by a steep and rugged track (around 800m, 20 minutes) from Teluk Dalam.

2. Teluk Dalam

20.4 MILES

The big island’s ‘southern bite’, this circular bay has a white-sand beach and accommodation in all budget ranges. There are good snorkelling spots on the…

3. Main Beach

20.47 MILES

Besar’s main beach stretches along the west coast of the island to the southern tip, interrupted by several rocky headlands – you can walk around them on…

4. Petani Beach

20.91 MILES

This small sandy beach is the location of a couple of upmarket resorts.

5. Masjid A R Rahman Pulau Perhentian

21.03 MILES

This attractive mosque, built over the water, makes an impression as you arrive at the island's main village. If you go inside, you should be respectfully…

6. Coral Bay

22.24 MILES

Dead-coral-strewn Coral Beach is aptly named. A construction boom has diminished the quaintness of this once-quiet spot but it's perfect for those wanting…

7. Long Beach

22.47 MILES

This attractive stretch of sand offers umbrella-shaded lounges and the most party-ish vibe on the Perhentians. Those looking for a natural paradise might…

8. Wind Turbines

23.08 MILES

This pair of wind turbines can be reached either by the hiking path between Long Beach and Teluk Kerma or by a water taxi that will drop you off at a set…