Thursday, 15 November 2012

Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu, Malaysia

Destination : Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu, West Malaysia
Date : 21 - 23 Sept 2012

A much needed family trip (from the stress and pressures of work!) together with Lai Kheng's family to Pulau Perhentian. The Perhentian Islands lie approximately 10 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. From Kuala Besut, it is only half an hour by speedboat. Our last trip to this beautiful islands was with Lawrence and family at least 12 years ago!

So, this trip was a much anticipated snorkelling trip and not knowing what to expect in terms of weather, water clarity, variety of marine life and the conditions of the corals. Our last few trips to Tioman and Redang islands left us disappointed in what we saw beneath the sea.

Our jouney to and fro was by car and the distance and monotony of the return journey and the thought of going back to work was alleviated by the choice of using an alternative route (by GPS) via Gua Musang, Cameron Highlands instead of the usual East-West highway via Grik. In the end, the journey was much quicker and shorter distance. I will probably use this route for my trips to the East Coast islands. It certainly won't be the last.

And for the first time, Mr Ong, the tour operator, managed to coax Lai Ying to actually go snorkelling, literally swimming in open sea with depths of 10 to 15 feet! She not only snorkel albeit with the life jacket on, see many fishes and corals but also managed to touch the resident turtle off the pier when it surface to breathe!!

Accomodation : Coral View Island Resort, Garden View Chalet RM240 per night w/o meals, 2 Stars
Speed boat plus 2 snorkelling trips - RM145 pp
Tour Operator : Mr Ong, 019-4475135
Mum's Rating : 7/10
Photos : Courtesy of Edward Lim
Conclusion : This is certainly not our last! But will try another resort perhaps PIR, it has a better front beach.
The pier

Coral View Island Resort

Thousands upon thousands of fishes at the pier

Resident turtle off the pier, reportedly being there for many years. That's the turtle that Lai Ying touched!

Elusive mermaids caught on camera!

Beautiful corals abound

Clown fish guarding its turf
A black clown fish. Something you don't see often.

A bed of anemones, awesome!

Thriving corals

The snorkellers

Mr & Mrs Jacques Cousteau


Anemone close-up

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