either you're a good swimmer or you don't even know how to put a snorkeling mask on, just go for it.. it is so much fun. you can book a trip with your chalet operator.. as for me, i would like to suggest lemongras snorkeling guide. a friendly local guy with a new & bigger boat (fyi, when i was there-june07, he's still operating with a small boat). 5 different spots for 5 hours including a lunch stop at a fishermans village & swimming at romantic beach is really awesome!!
Even if you dive in Perhentian Islands, plan 1 day for the snorkeling tour. You won't see the same as with scuba diving.
There are plenty of boats offering some snorkeling tours and they all do pretty much the same. I always did the one with Jeffrey, starting from Coral Bay, as his boat is usually less crowded than the ones from Long Beach.
He usually starts around 10am from Mama's Kitchen and stops at:
* Turtle Bay - big turtles
* Shark Point - small sharks
* Coral Garden - plenty of colourful small fishes
* Lighthouse - lots of corals and Nemo
* Romantic Beach
You will also stop at the fishing village to have lunch.
To arrange for the trip with Jeffrey, just tell him the day before. You will find him at Mama's Kitchen at the end of the day or during the diner. It is something like RM30 for the tour + RM10 to rent mask, snorkel and fins and it does not include the lunch at the fishing village. The boat is usually back between 3pm and 4pm depending on the time you spend in the water!!!
- Diving and Snorkeling
Located in the middle of a marine park, Perhentian Islands offers great dive sites
The minimum PADI level will be enough for most of the dive sites in Perhentian. There are plenty of sites but the most popular (and probably the most interesting) ones are:
* Temple of the sea
* The Vietnamese wreck
* D' Lagoon
* The Light House (from Coral Bay)
One dive usually cost between RM 70 and 100.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Pass your PADI Open Water Diver
If you stay more than 3 days on the islands and if you are interested: Pass your PADI. The first level gives you the ability to dive down to 18 meters under water.
There are plenty of dive shops on the beach. The price is definitely cheap compare to other places in the world. It was around RM 700, 2 years ago. Also, if you do an introduction dive (to check if you enjoy or not - to be taken into consideration) and then decide to go for the PADI, you get the introduction for free.
The PADI usually takes 3 days to be completed:
* Day 1: Theory and Questionnaire (you have to read a book and answer some questions)
* Day 2 and 3: You have to do many dives with the Dive Master.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Watch the Sunset from Coral Bay
Located on the west side of the island, Coral Bay is the only place in Perhentian Islands from where you can watch the sunset.
Make sure to be there before 7pm and be on time as the sunset does not wait... And as we are close to the Equator, the sunset does not last very long.
Jungle Trekking to Long Beach
On Perhentian Kecil there's 2 main beaches... One is called the Long Beach (most popular) and I dont know the name of the other beach which I'm staying on :p...
However, you can walk through the forest and you'll get to the other side of the island.. The 2 beaches are totally different... The water on one side is very calm while the other is very rough.. I think the Long Beach is facing the South China Sea that's why the waves are very rough...
While jungle trekking, you'll see many chalets are on construction... They are building more and more chalets so I assume Perhentian will be congested with tourists in few years time..
You'll get to see some interesting colourful birds and huge komodo dragon!
Keep your head underwater..
Snorkelling is the best during hot weather as the water will be very clear and you get to see more fishes and corals..
When i was there, it was raining in the morning so when we went to snorkel, the water was abit murky and couldn't see much.. Very disappointing...
However, we managed to have 1 day of good weather and we saw turtle, sting ray, clown fishes and many other colourful ones...
We went to the following snorkelling points:
1. Turtle point: Saw 2 turtles..
2. Shark point: No luck.. Didn't see any sharks..
3. Lighthouse: Sting Ray, Nice corals and fishes --> Must go in good weather cos there's abundant of underwater life here!
when i was there, it almost a season for turtle produce egg... and people start seeing it around the island... everyone would like to catch him... but he is swimming even faster than the better swimmer... that why we called it turtle.. hehehe
Since i cannot swimming, and still would like to do snorkeling, here i am, shima and swimming tools.. hehehe... that me when i did snorkeling.. and take a look on my leg... hahaha... sure it prove i cant swim.
sandles - Not neccessary
I meant to take a picture of the kitty, but this guy in the picture as well... and he has no sandels with him... so i would like to talk about sandels here.
when i was here during a few days i had sandel on, but it the same, the sand still stick on my feet and i have to clean it each time i walk into my chalet... therefore, since i notice not many people wearing the sandels and i feel a bit troublesome, so i walk around the island without sandals... and it convinient when i did that.... same thing if i am wearing it and not wearing it, still i have to wash my feet from the sand.
Walking around the island
Perhentian kecil is a very small island (as a name given), and the beach area are not so long eventhough it called long beach, but if you walk around at the jungle area, somehow you can reach to another bay which there are not many people around, and there will be a road which still under construction for tourist convinient in the future, you also can take a taxi boat to another bay. and sometimes it cost around RM10 to go to another island eg: perhentian besar.
baby gecko size like normal lizard size...perhaps it even bigger than that.... as i understand, there are two colors for gecko, red (male) and green (female)
i'm fobia with lizard, there is one time, the lizard fall off from the cyling and then its run towards me and missing... and after a second i feel weired (moving thing) under my skirt... and then i get freak out and take off my skirt right away, and saw a lizard in my skirt ... that is my i am fobia with lizard and dont dare to touch it... if snake i dont mind
would like to work there.
aaarrr... nice beach.. i would like to find a job there and stay there for a month at least.... u know, i just fallin in love with this island.... eventhough the salary a bit cheaper, but the employer will arrange accommodation also the meal... means it all paid off...
Big Lizard called "gecko"
As i was sitting at rock garden chalet and have a conversation with the owner, he ask me if i would like to see a big lizard, then i said... ya sure, i never seen it before... then he point at a room, and i was looking as he pointing... i was like... where? .. where?.. i didn't see it... then after a second, i saw it... yyew.. its huge...
then he point at another part... i only saw the chin of the lizard.. huge like frogs.... then he said, you want to see the baby... then i said ya... and he took it from the book shield...
There are alot of thing you can do... a lot!
1. Snorkeling - RM50/day from 10am - 3pm
2. Diving - RM90/day or at once
3. Learn diving - RM900 - RM1500 (1.5K is just estimation). PADI, Spicy Diving, Turtle diving.
4. Volleyball - free, just get a ball and friends, so you can throw and smack the ball to each other.
5. Kayaking - Not sure how much.
6. Reading book by the beach - either renting books or bring your own book
7. Learn swimming at the beach - bring your own guidance or learn it yourself... hahahaha.. just being silly here.
well.. when you get there, you know what you wanted to do.
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