Pulau Perhentian Kecil - Could this be paradise?

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 27, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Terengganu,
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

You join us on our quest for the perfect beach resort and quite frankly, here it is. Thailand offered some brilliant places like Ko Tao but we never found the one.

We stayed on Long Beach which is probably the busiest beach on the two islands but we fancied enjoying a little nightlife as many of the beaches here are still very much underdeveloped. After checking out the rooms at Symphony Guesthouse which had dirty beds, cold water, cracked walls and induced vomiting we settled on Panorama which was a little pricey but did include a free meal. Though we still had cold water and frequent visits from the lizards the room was quite nice and the food was the best we've had in all SE Asia.

 The lizards in the room were nothing compared to the Monitor Lizards that stalked the surrounding area. We were sat watching Seinfeld on the Ipod when I caught out of the corner of my eye a 4 foot long beast crawl from under our chalet, this was one of the smaller ones, over the next few days we saw plenty, the biggest of which was at least 8 feet from tip of tail to nose. They crawl around completely oblivious to the tourist crowd, any trouble and they would whip their tail at you, didn't happen to us though (thank god).

So back to the beaches. We booked on a snorkeling trip and found that the quality of marine life combined with the crystal clear water made it so much better than any of the snorkeling on Thailand. The water was completely clear blue, perfect vision even down to 20 feet or so. The coral was all still alive and thus, the range of fish we saw was incredible. Clown fish, trumpet fish, napoleon fish, rays, turtles and even a reef shark. I guess that maybe in ten years or so this may deteriorate due to increasing tourism (we counted ourselves lucky that we're seeing the islands as they are now, it can only get worse).

Our last stop on the snorkeling trip was to a secluded beach that was ................. the one. The clear blue, warm water rippled onto the white sands and with just those few of us there, it felt magic. That night we celebrated the birthday of a guy on the trip with us. We stayed at a reggae bar until the early hours drinking Orangutan Whiskey which tastes like butterscotch, needless to say we spent the following day recovering on the beach.
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Where I stayed
Panorama Bungalows
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stephen.j.booth on

Glad you agree
We went to the little reggae bar at Panorama and saw the little monkey chained up there, all very surreal. Wow, can't believe you rate the snorkeling higher than the Great barrier reef, but i'm glad, I don't have to go there now. Thanks for the comment.

bart on

haeyy dude that Bar belong to me, acctually not Raggae Bar it is Monkey Bar,
Hopefully you guys enjoy at Perhentian Island.

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