10km is a new distance for 2024 challenge.

A quick overview of the event - Detail information to be provided in 2024 racebook.


About the swim:  The challenge is to swim about 10KM in distance around one of Perhentian Islands called Pulau Besar. It is one way swim starting at Bubbles Dive resort beach. The Perhentian Islands are a small group of beautiful, coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu.  2024 is the 6th edition of the event. It was started in 2017.


Organizer:  swimon


Swim Course : Marathon Swim along Perhentian Island Besar shore (Anti-clockwise)


Distance : Aprox.10km Starting at Bubbles Dive Resort beach and ending at Teluk Pauh Beach.


Flag off :        9:00am - Cut off 5 hours

Event Date: Saturday – 28th Sept Saturday


Support requirement:  Every swimmer must have a boat to escort throughout the race - one to one.  A swimmer may bring his/her own feeder or opt for a feeder arranged by organizer.  A boat will be arranged by organizer. 


Swimmer Safety/cut off time:

In the best interests of the health and safety of swimmers, all swimmers who have been in the water longer than the set cut-off time at each point along the Swim Course are required to leave the water and will be recorded as “did not finish”. It is the responsibility of the support boat skipper to ensure the swimmer leaves the water. Failure to leave the water at this time will result in disqualification. Race Officials will monitor adherence to the cut-off times at each location. 


Location  Cut-off Time (after flag off)

10km      5 hr



Safety measure

The event is patrolled with governmental rescue teams such  APM, Bomba and also life-saving academy team.  Medical team is also presence.


Water temperature:It will be around 28-31 ° C


Champion Trophies and Commemorative trophies for finishers & Challengers

Finisher Medal  

Certificate for Finisher

Finisher Gift (Towel)

Event T-shirt

1 meal Dinner ,  lunch pack, high-tea meal (award ceremony) at Perhentian Island Resort.

Safety and medical support


Registration Fees

Registration + Boat + Skipper- RM1190

Registration : www.malaysiaopenwaterswimming.com  

The Minimum age for participation is 18 years.


Tentative Itinerary:


4:45pm    –  Swimmers/guests arrival at Kampung Jetty  

5:00pm    –  Meet skippers/Feeders  @Kampung

7:00pm    – Racepack collection (10/16km only)  & Race Briefing @Perhentian Island Resort Hall

7:45pm   –  Dinner Buffet (10/16KM only  at Perhentian  Island  Resort (PIR) *


6:30am   – Site registration , RP collection,  body  Marking  at PIR

7:30am   – Meeting  between swimmers & boat crews @PIR Beach

8:15am  -  Swimmers/boat move to the starting point 

9:00am   –  Flag off  at Bubbles Dive Resort beach

2:00pm   – cut-off time @finishing

5:00pm   – Hi Tea & Award Ceremony  at Perhentian Island Resort



Recommended Accomodations:  The Coral View,  The Barats,  The Reef,  Perhentian Island Resort (race venue),  The Mama's ,  all are walking distance to the starting venue.

race report by Sofian; one of participants:



 Any further question please email to us:  info@malaysiaopenwaterswimming.com 

Travel Recommendations:
Flight: Ensure your flight destination is to Kota Bharu airport. A flight from KLIA/Subang Airport will reach Kota Bharu airport in about 45 minutes. Then another 45 minutes from the airport to Kuala Besut Jetty by land transport. 
If you wish to come by bus, you can take a bus that stop at Kuala Besut Jetty or Jerteh. If you are at Jerteh, you need more 10 to 15 minutes to reach the Kuala Besut Jetty.
Highly recommended to book an early flight to Kota Bharu as the first trip from Jetty to the Island is at 11am. More importantly to book a return flight no later than 3PM to avoid unnecessary rush.
about boat transfer:  Boats leave Kuala Besut (Jetty)  for Perhentian from 8 am to 4.30 pm and return at 8am, 12pm and 4 pm. The boat trip takes half an hour but allow for one hour for planning travel times.
You can book our panel boat ride via this link please click here