I took the bus from Hentian Putra to Kuala Besut. A single was Rm 40. The overnight coach was air-conditioned & comfortable. We arrived at about 5 am. I lived at a really cheap basic chalet by the beach. Bring a mosquito coil & apply repellant. Of course, sunblock is mandatory.
I did the Open Water Diver course which was all right. In retrospect, I think I need more time to learn to dive & acclimatise to the water pressure. Everyone has a different learning ability; so a 3 day course might suit some whereas others might take a slightly longer time to learn. The instructors at the Dive shop were friendly & the course was a reasonable price.
I was quite surprised by the party atmosphere on Pulau Kecil. That was pretty awesome although I didn’t drink because I was diving.
Best to bring cash because I didn’t see an ATM machine at Pulau Kecil. You might be able to pay for your course with credit card but check to see if there are extra charges for using a credit card.
Angel divers at Perhentian Island on Pulau Kecil Phone: +0319- 923 8840/ +6013 – 946 7073
Check out this useful post on Diving at Perhentian.