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