On March 2009 I went to Perhentian Island with my dive buddy Fazlee. He was with me when I did my Discovery Dive with Azmi's Dive at Salang Beach, Tioman Island. Tiomand hmm... another paradise island.
In Penisular Malaysia, there are so many islands that most Malaysian have not set their foot on it such as Perhentian, Tenggol, Lang Tengah, Tioman, Redang, Rawa and some other that I have not been.
We went to Perhentian Kecil Island by night bus and stop at Besut Terengganu. From Besut we took a boat to Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil. After that we need to take the 'taxi boat' to the beach that cost us another RM2 per person.
The unique about the chalets in Long Beach, you cannot make any room reservation in advance. They only entertaint walk-in customer. Funny isn't it? We only managed to get a room only after 2pm, that's also because Fazlee know the front office staff. He has been here the previous year.
Nothing much I can complaint about the room since we only paid RM50 per night. It's a raise twin wooden room with a balcony that facing the bushes. The bushes is the main highway for the Komodo lizards from the small jungle behind the resort to the available food behind the small restaurents near the beach. You will be surprised with the size of the Komodo lizard, they are huge!!! No need to be scared since no report on human been attacked by the lizard.
Not only Komodos are huge, the cicak or Geckos are also big. I felt tempted to catch the Gecko and bring it back with me. The squirels always playing around at the trees infont our rooms and there also some birds and burung ayam-ayam. Such a nice and cooling place to stay.
I bet you will never notice tha lady owner that every morning will sweep the resort compound, she such a humble person.
What can I say about Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil?
Blue water, soft and white sand, shallow until you can see the white sand, it is hot just like any other beach. I was transformed from brown to fully dark tanned when I was there even I can see the line of my Oakley sunglasses on my face.
One thing that I notices when I was there, I felt that I was like a tourist in foreign country. Every where I look, I will only see mat/minah salleh. Heard the locals prefer to stay at Perhentian Besar where it is more to family oriented. I quess at Perhentian Besar has not may girls with tiny bikinis lying on the beach and don't forget all the topless.
Night life really happening here. There are so may open concept bars by the beach.
You don't have to drink beer or liquor to have a good time. They still serve Coke or soft drinks. You can hangout with them and listen to the music and chit-chat with the bar patrons until morning if you want to.
For the divers, it is not advisable to drink alcohol if you want to dive the next morning. It is dangerous for you and also your dive buddy. Please divers. don't drink and dive.
Wish that I will have the opportunity again to visit this island
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