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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil June 28th 2006

Hi Everyone, Perhentian Islands,just 2 small islands 1big 1small the big island is only 5miles long and 2 miles wide, fabulous diving, snorkelling in the warm warm sea 29 degrees plus cheap good food and the downside, (has to be one at least!!) the beer was expensive!!! 1pound twenty pence a can but the best "apres diving" bar we have found. It took 5 hours in a minibus from Cameron highlands to reach Kota Besut, 45 k south of the main town of Kota Bharu. From here its 3/4 hour by fast boat. We had debated on coming to this side of Malaysia as there's some trouble on the Thai side of the border and we were advised not to cross the border just north of Kota Bharu, However we've spoken to so many other people ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil June 25th 2006

So usually i'd just start the blog with us arriving in Pulau Perhentian, however on this occasion i will have to start with our journey from Taman Negara.... We arrived back on our motorised kayak to the dock where a guy had previously booked us on a coach to the jetty, a boat to Perhentian and our hostels on the island, this was our first mistake, TRUST NO-ONE! When we arrived back he advised us that our coach was running half hour late, no problemo mate still more than enough time... An hour later we were started to get a tad annoyed as the man advised the bus may not be here in time ad we may need to take a cab. Fine as long as we don't have to pay anymore, but he was attempting ... read more
Fi and Gi relaxing in the very clear sea!
View from long beach
Long Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil June 22nd 2006

Rick says: Right hello everyone and welcome to another fascinating log of the web variety. We've had an amazing time in Malaysia (and Singapore) since leaving Oz and done sooo much and all in less than a month!! There is a huuuugee amount of photos for you to trawl through if you wish, but please do as I just couldnt stop adding more and more pics to this good damn thing! In a nutshell: Singapore - 4 days, clean (apart from Little India where we stayed!), fairly cheap, hot & humid, skyscrapers, colonial, they all spoke English, Tescos and M&S!. So a nice easy introduction to Asia. Malaysia - There for just under a month and on a whim decided to fly to Malasian Borneo, Sabah. And what a great decision it was cos it was ... read more
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Cricket Pitch!
Old and New Singapore

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar June 22nd 2006

We've just left the Perhentian Islands to go back to KL. We had a really great time there. None of the hectic dives as we had on Pulau Mabul - just one dive a day and snorkelling in the sea. We saw reef sharks and turtles while snorkelling. We had two really great dives and the second one at Tokong Laut (Temple of the Sea) was truly spectacular. You'll just have to wait for Russell to describe it. As far as I'm concerned it was simply, "big fish, small fish, balls of yellow-coloured fish, clown fish living around ananome with purple coloured covering". Confused? You won't be when you see our pics! Almost end of hols :-( Love swimming in the sea every day.... read more
More of the beach
Sunset
Russell and Sean diving

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil June 20th 2006

A quick update from my Malaysian paradise... least for now. Here are some photos of the latest development - a 60m two storey concrete building slap bang in the middle of long beach. As for myself - I'm alive and well working as a divemaster for Dive Tribe on Coral Bay. Lots of fun, diving most days, taking people to my favourite sites and showing off the fish and underwater life. That's it for now... more to come soon. ... read more
Long Beach Barge
The Building Site
Pet Snake

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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar May 27th 2006

... but my mind was there. caught the game elsewhere but I saw it at least. Off we went the following day to the Perhentian islands and boy are they like heaven we had bad weather for a day but then as if by divine intervention the next day it cleared. We went diving and saw beautiful things like turtles and sting rays. I also read the Da Vinci code in 3 days. Speed reader I am. Here are some photos of the beach and Joel looking very scared on the speed boat out to the island... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 23rd 2006

So we have ended up on yet another paradise island! Yes I know, it's hard. You wouldn't believe the dilema that faced us! We were struggling with which paradise island to go to! See the Perhentian Islands is made up of the big island (Besar) and the small island (Kecil). Well in the end we chose Kecil, long beach. It was a good choice. Upon arriving at the jetty we were mobbed by only one boat tout, which was surprising. Andy checked out the options of getting to the island. There are slow and fast boats, the slow ones being half the price, but when asked about the slow boats he was given blank answers. Why? So we caught another speed boat over to the island, this time I (Melissa) went on willingly, but held on ... read more
On the speed boat
Our shed with a bed
Long Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Terengganu May 14th 2006

The last time you had heard from us we were in Jerantut. From here we decided to go to Kuala Terengganu (a strict Muslim city) for a couple of days as we had time to kill and we read that it might have been an interesting stop over, off the tourist track, on our way to Pulau Perhentian. Rather than do the jungle train that gets you into the jumping off point for the Perhentians at silly o'clock at night. On the bus ride we headed up the east coast and passed through lots of little Kampungs (villages) some with just wooden shacks, women sitting around on their doorsteps in groups and of course little shacks for places to eat (asia seems obsessed with eating). The bus rides were quite pleasant and were a good opportunity ... read more
Bags of Turtles eggs.
Melissa at the central market
The local KFC

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar May 12th 2006

So after our stay in Penang we decided that we needed a holiday, so we purchased a combined bus and boat ticket to the Perhentian Islands on the other side of the country. The only reason for purchasing bus tickets was that there were no direct flights to our destination. Ah well, the bus departed at 9pm and would arrive at 5am the next morning, before boarding a boat over to the islands. Just before we got on the bus we remembered that we had read somewhere that there aren't any ATM's on the islands, so we made a quick dash over to one and withdrew some cash. The bus ride wasn't too bad, even Suz survived it. During it's 8 hours we got one stop for refreshments etc. We both managed to get a little ... read more
The boat ride over
Our Bungalow
Look at that....

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 11th 2006

Our last goodbye in Thailand was with Wine. It was, like all others, another tough one. Her and all the guys had been more than helpful and great company over the past three weeks but when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go! We jumped on a bus to Betong on the border of Malaysia. The border crossing was a bit of a hassle, infact more so than any we had done before. We paid over the odds for taxi fares and on either side of the border any signs of life were miles away. We had every intention of getting a bus to the Perhentian Islands as soon as possible but when we arrived at Baling bus station we were told that because the Buddhists were on an annual holiday in honour of Buddha’s birthday, that ... read more
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