Still travelling with Dave, we made our way to coral bay, only to find out that all the rooms were doubles, and that all the nightlife was in Long Beach! Not to worry we trekked through the jungle in flip flops to long beach and found an A frame hut for 25 ringit a night (3 pound 70!). It was pretty basic though, just 2 crappy beds and 2 even worse mosquito nets! However the attraction of the islands is not in the accomodation, but the setting. Even less developed than Kho Tao, and even perhaps more beautiful! (sorry Emma, I know you will be jealous!). We took a snorkelling trip which started in Shark Bay. While waiting to get in the boat, thoroughly fed up at being the only one to miss the sharks, I looked down and saw a Black Tip Reef shark about 5ft long! It was excellent. After that we stayed in our snorkel and fins ready to jump off the boat at the sight of a turtle. Not to be dissapointed again, I was the first one in when one was spotted. Immediately I was being stung all over by some kind of sea lice! We all followed the turtle which must have been at least 4ft long til we were knackered. Then it was back to the beach for lunch. In the afternoon we did a few more sites, and saw lots of nice fish and coral, and a few squid. We were then taken to a deserted beach only accesable by boat for some sunbathing and frisbee!
Nightlife in the Perhentian’s was limitted to one bar which sold alcohol, which was predictably pretty busy in the evenings.
A couple of days lounging on the beach, and topping up my tan and I was ready to move on.
Tags: Malasia, South-East Asia, Travel