Stairway To Paradise: Perhentian Kecil’s Windmill Stairs & Blue Lagoon

On this “no hurry no worry” island, as we’ve dubbed it, you can spend your days lounging, diving, snorkeling, hiking, boating, or trekking through the lush jungles and white sandy beaches. This island has something for everyone. One thing that “should” be on your list though (if you love off the beaten path explorations like us) is the Windmill Staircase and the Blue Lagoon below. 

Panoramic views, windmills in the background, lush jungle, a myriad of winding stairs down to the water, and the crystal clear, turquoise ocean greet you at our favorite spot on Pulau Perhentian Kecil. The Blue Lagoon and the hike to get there are an absolute must. This adventure is one of our all-time favorites 🙂 ! 

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon At The Bottom Of The Staircase

Plus, it’s a bit more remote so you’ll often have the place to yourself as not too many make the trek to the windmills much less traverse the path with 500+ stairs wrought with holes and rusted supports. But that makes it all the more exciting! 

Windmill Stairs
Staircase Down To The Blue Lagoon

Windmill & Lagoon Hike At A Glance 

Location: Pulau Perhentian Kecil, one cove over from Long Beach
Difficulty level: Moderate (some slight uphill and lots of stairs)
Hike Time: 40min – 1 hr 15 min (depending on comfort level with stairs and where you start from) 

What To Pack For Your Adventure

  • Sunscreen 
  • Water 
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Snacks or lunch (if you plan on staying a while… and why wouldn’t you?)
  • Sturdy shoes (unless you’re comfortable climbing in flip flops) 
Walking along the support beam, since the stairs had eroded, down to the Blue Lagoon
Walking Where The Stairs Were Eroded

Getting To The Windmills Above Blue Lagoon 

Time to Windmills from Long Beach: 30-40 min

There are a few taking off points to reach the windmills, which is how you access the stairs to the Blue Lagoon (unless you’re arriving by boat or kayak). The best are on Long Beach side and take off right next to Mohsin Chalet (for a slightly longer trek) or next to the Santai Restaurant near the tent camping (for a more direct route). With either, you’ll find signs along the way pointing you in the right direction. 

Entrance to Mohsin Chalet and the hike to the windmills from the Long Beach side of the Perhentian Kecil
Entrance to Mohsin Chalet And The Windmill Path

From Mohsin Chalet walk to the inter-island path and heads towards Coral Beach. Turn right at the Tropicana Inn and follow the sign to the Windmills and the Blue Lagoon. Following this path, you’ll walk in the jungle for a ways instead of on the beach like you would if you took off from the camp site. 

After a few minutes, the path will disappear and be replaced by housing developments and some local homes. Walk straight through until you find the housing development road. Turn right on it (walking towards the beach again) and you’ll see the path pick back up on your left 100 feet down. 

Housing development road on the way to windmills and blue lagoon
Housing Development Along The Path

Back in the jungle, you’ll continue straight for a little while before coming across a sign pointing you uphill towards the windmills. Follow it and not too much later you’ll be standing face to face with the fence that surrounds these giant machines. Now onto the staircase! 

One of the windmills on Perhentian Kecil above the staircase down to the blue lagoon
One Of The Windmills Above The Blue Lagoon

Getting To The Blue Lagoon 

From the Windmills: 10-35 min (depending on comfort level and number of photos taken 🙂 

From the windmill fence, you can turn left or right. We prefer going right and walking around the perimeter of the fence till we’re on the other side. You’ll see a lookout. You’ve arrived at the staircase! 

Top Of The Staircase

Enjoy the view, grab some water, and begin the journey down the dilapidated steps to the amazing Blue Lagoon when you’re ready. Make sure to take your time as some of the steps are loose and you’ll want to test your footing from time to time. 

Missing stairs and planks on the way down to the Blue Lagoon
Watch Your Step!

If you want a rest part way down, or on your way back up for that matter, there’s another lookout spot about halfway down to the water. 

If you’re like Alli, you’ll probably want your camera out to capture the amazing views from different angles! Enjoy the Blue Lagoon! 

Staircase down to the blue lagoon with its crystal clear water
Getting Closer To The Bottom

Once you reach the bottom of the stairs you’ll need to make it onto the broken dock – the best place to jump (or climb into the water from if that’s more your style). It’s best to leave your stuff on the flat surface before climbing down the log ladder to the sinking dock so that it doesn’t slide off into the ocean. We almost lost a pair of glasses and had to go swimming for them! 

Log ladder connecting the staircase to the broken dock at the blue lagoon
View From The Log Ladder – So Many Stairs

Depending on the water level you can jump from the broken dock or the flat part above. Just make sure you check the depth before you jump. 

Flat part of the dock before the log ladder into the blue lagoon
Flat Dock Before You Reach The Broken Dock

Enjoy jumping, swimming about, and floating around for as long as your heart desires. You can even climb on some of the rocks at the water’s edge if you’d like to explore some more. 

Alli and TJ jumping off the broken dock at the bottom of the windmill staircase and enjoying the blue lagoon
Now Jump!

Have you been – what were your first impressions? Eager to explore more of the Perhentians – try kayaking around the entire island! 

Share this: Let us know if you have any questions in the comments and be sure to share the stories of your adventures with us on Facebook and Instagram (tag @LifeIsMeantForExploring we will see it). Pinterest fan? Pin one of the images below! Have fun exploring the Perhentians!

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