Right next to a flight of rickety steps leading up to a short concrete trail through the jungle is Coral View Island Resort, one of the top-end accommodation options on Perhentian Besar.
Private bungalow chalets and chic A-frames sit amongst coconut trees and miniature gardens. Rooms, while spacious and straddled with plenty of varnished wood, look out to a sea of rocks so it's probably not a stretch to say the RM240 you pay per night is mostly for enjoying the breeze while seated at the verandah and the room itself. Although a tiring walk for the less cardiovascularly stout, many guests prefer to climb the aforementioned rickety steps to Perhentian Island Resort, where the beach is ideal for swimming.
Sri Tanjung is Coral View's in-house restaurant, and despite the room rates, food prices are quite decent. Tantalizing specialities include mango curry with vegetables (RM15) and fish wrapped in banana leaf (RM25). A large notice near the restaurant informs guests that Coral View is an Islamic resort, and alcohol is strictly forbidden near or on the premises.
Other amenities include a Padi-accredited dive shop, international phonecalls, a souvenir shop, boat trips and a massage center. Mastercard and Visa are accepted at Coral View.