So, we arrived on the Perhentian Islands after an overnight bus journey with a screaming baby and a bumpy boat ride- and to top it all off, 1 dodgy stomach from a curry eaten by Abby the night before. Remind me never to eat curry the night before a long journey again!
When we finally arrived at 8am we had nowhere booked to stay on Kecil. We found a room free at D’Lagoon and decided to pitch up there for a few nights, A private beach, a sea view chalet and a lagoon in the bay made us comfortable for a few days! J We did a lot of snorkelling- no point in spending money on diving when you can see even more with just a mask and a pair of fins! We saw a large group of Napoleon fish which swam with us for a while. We also saw parrot fish, clown fish and cornet fish. As it’s egg laying season for turtles at the moment we were hoping to see some action in this area, especially at night, but unfortunately we didn’t. L
We moved to Long Beach after a few nights for a bit more night life and a change of scenery. Long Beach is geared more towards swimming compared to D’Lagoon. We spent a few days lying on the beach and swimming- clear, turquoise waters, white sand and a few beers in the evening- not many though as at 8-10 ringgit a pop it starts to get expensive! L
Later we moved to Besar which is the bigger of the two islands. This island is a lot quieter and aimed towards couples and families. Here we stayed at Abdul’s Beach Chalets which was our favourite spot on the islands- quiet; a beautiful clean beach; clear water with a pristine swimming area and a pontoon to jump off of! J The food was good too!
Next, and finally was a move to Bubbles Dive Resort, Here we did a refresher dive and a second dive in order to prepare ourselves for our trip to Sipidan. The diving was good to get back into after a year, but unfortunately the visibility and the coral wasn’t the best we have seen.
Next, onto the Cameron Highlands for some well needed exercise, trekking and a little bit of cold! Wearing hats and scarves will be a nice change! J