PADI Scuba Diving course for beginners in Perhentian Island

(438 customer reviews)


Package Highlights

  • 4D3N in Perhentian Kecil Island, with 4 dives at 4 different locations
  • Chance to see Turtles, Sharks, Barracudas, Jenkins Rays, Pufferfish, Boxfish and much more
  • Receive your Open Water Diver license
  • Dive Logbook upon completion

Use code TRAVL for discount up to RM 300. Valid for 3 more days.

  • The tentative schedule for the course is stated below. The schedule can be changed without prior notice and largely depends on the time of your arrival and your performance throughout the course.
  • First day:
08:00 am - Boat transfer from Kuala Besut jetty to Perhentian island
09:00 am - Arriving in Perhentian, course registration, meet your instructor
09:30 am - Video sessions and self-learning theory
12:00 pm - Lunch, at your own cost
13:00 pm - Briefing, knowledge review, and equipment set-up
15:00 pm - First open water dive (introduction dive) and dive de-briefing afterward
17:00 pm - Continue with video sessions and self-learning theory
  • Second day:
09:00 am - Briefing, knowledge review, quizzes, and equipment set-up
11:00 am - First confined water session and dive de-briefing afterward
12:00 pm - Lunch & rest
13:00 pm - Briefing, quizzes and equipment check
15:00 pm - Second confined water session and dive de-briefing afterward
  • Third day:
09:00 am - Briefing and equipment set-up
11:00 am - Second open water dive and dive de-briefing afterward
12:00 pm - Lunch & rest
13:00 pm - Final exam, briefing, and equipment check.
15:00 pm - Third open water dive and dive de-briefing afterward
  • Fourth day:
09:00 am - Briefing and equipment set-up
11:00 am - Fourth (final) open water dive
12:00 pm - Dive de-briefing and certification process
13:00 pm - Free time to prepare to leave the island
16:00 pm - Taking boat transfer leaving Perhentian Island to Kuala Besut jetty
  • The latest time to start the course on Day 1 is at 11 am. The earliest time to complete the course on Day 4 is at 11 am.
  • Theory, practical exercises, and the dives will be done on the island. There will be an easy 200-meter swim test and a 10 minutes float test during the confined water session. After each dive, you will come back to the dive center.
  • Dives will be done in the sea, including the confined water sessions. No dives in the swimming pool.
  • Each dive will take around 50 minutes. The dive sites are around 10-20 minutes away from the beach.
  • On the first day, you will start with the video session in the morning and the first open water in the afternoon. The confined water sessions will be done on the second day. On the third day, you will be doing two open water dives and the final open water dives will be done on the fourth day. Knowledge reviews, quizzes, and exams will be done in between the dives.
  • Please take note that after your last dive, you must wait 18 hours before taking a flight. Your last dive on the fourth day will be done at around 12:00 pm. Please plan your departure accordingly.
What's included in your package?
  • PADI Certification
  • Hotel/Accommodation (depending on selected package)
  • You will be accompanied by a PADI Instructor
  • All dive equipment
  • Dive logbook
  • 2 shallow water sessions for skills development
  • 4 open water dives done at 4 different dive sites
  • Boat transport from Kuala Besut jetty to Perhentian Island and return trip
What's NOT included in your package?
  • Food – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Underwater photo

Dorm Room at Quiver Dive Resort in Coral Bay

Available amenities: Aircon, Private bathroom, Shower with hot water

Standard Room at Senja Bay Resort

Available amenities: Aircon rooms, Private bathroom, Shower with hot water, Cafe

Deluxe Room at Cocohut Longbeach

Available amenities: Aircon, Private bathroom, Shower with hot water

How To Get There

How To Get There

In order to reach Perhentian, you need to take a ferry/boat from a town called Kuala Besut. You can go there with one of the following options:

By Flight

  • This is, by far, the fastest option. However, if you are also flying back after diving, you must wait at least 18 hours (24 hours recommended) before flying, otherwise you risk getting decompression sickness, also known as “The Bends”.  Plan your flight timings accordingly.
  • You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to either Kota Bharu or Kuala Terengganu. It’s a one hour flight either way.
  • Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo and Firefly all have flights from Kuala Lumpur.
  • After landing, you can take a taxi to the Kuala Besut Jetty. It’s about one hour from Kota Bharu, or one and a half hour from Kuala Terengganu.

By Bus

  • This is a cheaper alternative to flying, but takes significantly more time.
  • It takes about 8 hours to get from Kuala Lumpur too Kuala Besut by bus.
  • If you reach Kuala Besut after 4pm, you will most likely have to spend the night there and take a boat to Perhentian in the morning.
  • You can book bus tickets online using websites such as CatchThatBus and EasyBook.

By Car

  • You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to to Kuala Besut Jetty (approx.7 hours drive) by following these directions:
  • Follow Highway MRR2 to Gombak Toll on Karak Highway
  • Continue with East Coast Expressway to Kuala Terengganu (Gemuruh) exit
  • Take the left exit to Sungai Tong, Hulu Caluk
  • Drive straight to AH18 to Kg Bukit Balai Jerteh
  • Turn right to T153 Kampung Kuala Besut , Kuala Besut Jetty

After reaching Kuala Besut Jetty, you need to take the boat to Perhentian Island

  • A two-way boat ticket will cost you about RM70. Drop us a message at if you would like us to book this for you.
  • You can also hire a private boat, but keep in mind that this will be significantly more expensive. It will cost RM400 or more.
  • Before getting on the boat, you will need to pay an environmental fee. The fee is RM5 for Malaysians and RM30 for foreigners.
  • Boats leave from Kuala Besut to Perhentian once an hour from 8am to 5pm.
  • To get back to Kuala Besut, you can take the boat from Perhentian at 8am, 12pm or 4pm.
  • The boat ride will take about 45 minutes.
Payment & Cancellation

Payment & Cancellation


  • Upon booking, full price will be collected.
  • You will receive a confirmation email in 24 hours or less.
  • If your dates are not available, we will suggest alternative dates.


  • If you cancel 7 days or more before your booked date, you will receive a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel 6 days or less before your booked date, no refund will be issued.
Other Information
  • A diving license is NOT required for this package.
  • Minimum age is 10 years old.
  • Dive season is from Mid March till End October.
  • It is advisable to bring enough cash for the entire duration of your stay because there is no ATM on the island.
  • A medical questionnaire must be completed before starting any course. A single “yes” answer will require you to be examined by a doctor to ensure that you are medically fit to dive. It is advisable to review this form before arriving on Perhentian as there is no doctor on the island.
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (e.g. ID or passport). Dive operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own.

438 reviews for PADI Scuba Diving course for beginners in Perhentian Island

  1. Rustyslass

    What a brilliant team of people. We had our first ever dive and they took amazing care of us. Settled early nerves and took it slow and steady whilst ensuring we had a brilliant experience. We will be back!!

  2. henkw1975

    Staff professional helpful and always friendly. Great team. I had a great time even thought visibility was terrible at the time of my visit

  3. Lingcy329

    I met two good instructors and friendly team members at quiver:1. Richard (2019) : He was guiding me what I must do and what must not to do. He is very strict but he always remind me he is there, don’t be nervous, keep slow and continuously. Well, I was not adapt to dive last time, because of the nose, eyes, heels, balancing, and a lot. But luckily he is very focus on safety, even you always forgot to deflate, and make ascend fly too fast, he will immediately pull you down and give you a safety stop with him. He teaching us on how to plan our next dive, how to calculate the nitrox, max depth and time. Habitual action : flip his mouth to either left or right side and make sounds “bab” while we’re doing discussion or chatting.Unfortunately I was sick on my second day last time, so I have to reschedule next dive without charges except dorm fees.2. Santiago (2020) : He is an excellent PPB and navigation instructor. Teaching me how to make longer streamline or stop at anywhere anytime without kicking the fins, without moving the hands. I would say it’s damn hard for the beginners, but he give me a very very professional example that motivate me. Once I’m trying to stop and looking on something he show me…I will follow the water flow and stick too close with him…He will need to push me away without any choices because I had used the tank kick off his head before, used the fins slap his face many times while searching him. I have use double air supply compare with him, seriously I have a lot of space to improve myself. The great things is he found my fault, solve my problem, give me suggestion, and teach me all the skills. He is more on theory, he always let me know why I need to do, how I can do, and what will cause if I can’t make it. His Mantra : “make sense?” “You have to think every time before you do anything.” He will just let you try again and again, from shallow to deeper, no matter how long you need to find the right way to do it right, he will keep waiting you and explain to you how to be better. He will give you a very big confident like “You’re good. But you still not perfect today, I think you can do, that’s why I want you to be perfect.” I really really enjoy his lessons and teaching methods, no matter how painful on my heels, or sleepless, or tired I will do all the homework within the said limit time to make sure I can go diving with him as well. And I realized that I done my OWD and AOW in just 4days with 9dives with him. Super compact and effectively. PS: his eyes is light blue color, super beautiful eyes + long eyebrow. I fall in love with his eyes~3. Mike (2019-2020) : My helpful photographer and buddy, he take care of me a lot.Thank you to my lovely instructors, photographers and friendly quiver dive team members.I love diving now.

  4. W9853NLmikel

    This diving center, is like no place i have been. The atmosphere, and people who have their daily life in this shop, are absolutely wonderful. The are very friendly, and accommodating which is perfect when you arrive in a new place. The instructors are patient and understanding humans, which makes a perfect space for scuba learning. I only have love for these people, and hope many others will

  5. Cherti Z

    My husband and I decided to take our open water course at this school. Best decision we made. Our instructor, Santi (from Argentina) was the best. He really showed us in a really profesional way all the exercises and made the diving so much fun. Thanks to him I learn very well the theory as well as the practice. Although the weather conditions were not the best we had a great time.Also the whole team at the school was very helpful and friendly specially Sylvia and Thank you

  6. hafizawang97

    Diving experience with Quiver Dive Team could be said one of the best experiences I ever had. Quiver Dive Team which is located at Coral Bay, Perhentian Kecil is easily accessible once you reached at the jetty. I could say that the dive centre is quite spacious and comfortable and it’s the best place to chill after your dive. Here is the breakdown of my review.Dive centre: No doubt, it’s one of the best or probably the best here in Perhentian Kecil. The location of the DC is perfect. The cleanliness is very clean. And the facility of the DC is top notch. And the staffs, they are friendly.Accomodation (dorm): Cleanliness is okay. The room is not quite spacious, it’s just for us to sleep after our activity. It’s a dorm of four, so don’t expect a very spacious room. The electricity is not running for 24 hours, but they are going to improve it. As for the key, they are going to provide one for the customer so you have to be nice with your roommates cause the key is shared among the one who stays in the dorm. As for the owner, hopefully you guys can prepare clothesline cause the clothesline provided maybe is not enough for the four people in that dorm. So, extra clothesline at one place could be nice. Price: As for the price, they are slightly expensive compare to other, but, you pay for what you are going to get, a good diving experience at a good place. If you guys don’t believe me, you guys can take a walk at Coral Bay and see it for yourself and be your own judges.Food: There are a lot of food stalls along the dive centre, but you guys can buy food pack just for RM5/pack through the dive centre. Pre-booked can be arrange too. The menu are variety just check with them. As for the Muslim, don’t worry, it’s halal.Thank you

  7. cherubin2052

    So much fun doing open water dive with my instructor Courtney and mike!! See you soon. Good luck in future !

  8. Keatsim

    I am Mr Sim from Selangor, travelled with my family there last summer. The dive masters there were professional and helpful, I forgot to bring my Atomic B2 regulator home, they found it and send it back to me. My appreciation for their kindness. Highly reconmended.

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