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Present Situation

The major land utilization in Pulau Perhentian includes the areas locating the tourists and the jungle areas. There is only one settlement area in whole island. It is in Kampung Pasir Hantu, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with an area of 9.87 hectares. This settlement was involved in the Relocation Of Traditional Fisherman's Village Program. Through this program the construction of houses were implemented in a more arranged manner. The total population of Pulau Perhentian is about 1,300 people with almost 80% are involved in tourism sector, 20% in public sector and retail traders.

Tourism areas are focused around Teluk Pauh, Pasir Jong, Teluk Keke and Teluk Dalam in Pulau Perhentian Besar while in Pulau Perhentian Kecil it concentrates in Pasir Pasir Panjang, Teluk Kerma, Teluk Aur and several other places in the eastern side.

A major portion of both the islands are still full of virgin forest with the plant species such as Cengal, Balau, Bitangor Laut, Kelat Laut and Rhu.

Corals are found in the sea surrounding the islands especially around Pantai Tiga Ruang, Teluk Dalam, Tajung Tukas Laut, Teluk Kerma and in the waters between Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar. According to a study conducted, fifty species of corals have been found around Pulau Perhentian. At certain spots, twenty different species of corals are found in every 200 square meters of sea areas.

Six sandy beaches of Pulau Perhentian attract turtles, Penyu Karah and Penyu Agar, to lay eggs. The beaches include Tanjung Gantung and Pasir Pengalau in Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pasir Tiga Ruang, Tanjung Tiga Ruang, Tanjung Tukas Laut and Tanjung Pinang Seribu in Pulau Perhentian Besar. There are also the swallows species, the walet, which build their nests in the caves around Teluk Batu Tabir and Gua Buaya.