|Pasir Panjang ( Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil)
The phrase 'the grass is always greener' is certainly true of most travellers who have zig-zagged the globe thrice over but not have even ventured so far out of their home state. Well, this has proved true of me in any case.I have certainly travelled to faraway locations but never has it crossed my mind to spend time travelling through my own birth country. Until that is, this February, after meeting countless Swiss, Finnish and Australian backpackers who were perpetually raving on about the Perhentian Islands..I thought to myself, "This is pretty embarrassing, I better go see for myself what the hoopla's all about". So off I went on my search for this Malaysian paradise..me, my backpack, heaps of sunscreen and a big thick book for company. The journey there was relatively stress-free, a bus ride from KL to Kuala Besut, and a 30 min boat ride (fast boat, expect to pay more than the 1 hour slow boat) to Perhentian Kecil. Despite my doubts, I have to admit that my first glimpses of the Perhentian islands were pretty breath-taking.
|Click on picture of map above to get you to the
The island itself is rather small, there are a couple of walks that take you to the other parts of the island, but I found the best beach to be on Pasir Panjang.
|Hawksbill turtles kept in a pail for release
There were a couple of interesting marine life to be found like the trigger fish, turtles, whip-rays and large schools of fish. However, my regret is that I left it 10 years too late in paying a visit to this once-idyllic paradise.
|the best sunsets can be seen over at coral bay
|Women travellers please take heed!
If you're travelling on your own or with a few fellow women travellers, please try not to take privately arranged snorkelling trips or tours while on the islands. Private boat operators may approach you and offer cheaper rates than what the resort can offer, but it is at your own risk. Best to stick with the resorts and make sure that the boatmen that is providing the service from the resort is validated by the resort itself. There have been several unpleasant accounts of harrassments and indecent proposals.