It’s a long weekend for us here in Malaysia and I finally have some time to write! Before that though, Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends!
So this year, I can only manage one trip up to my favorite island holiday in Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands. I was there on a “routine” 4 day 3 night trip with my dive buddies. I realized that I have not really written about getting to Perhentian from Kuala Lumpur.
I used to drive up to Kuala Besut, which is where the boats to Perhentian depart from, up til a few years ago during a long holiday weekend, it took me 16 hours to get back to KL compared to the usual 6-8 hour drive! So now we take a short 1 hour flight up to Kota Bharu (alternatively, you can also fly to Kuala Terengganu, but the taxi ride to Kuala Besut from the airport is further), a 1 hour van ride from Kota Bharu airport to Kuala Besut jetty, and a short 30 minute boat ride (depending on sea and weather conditions) and you will arrive at the Perhentians!
We pre-booked our airport transfer and ferry tickets way earlier, so we were picked up right after we collected our luggage, hopped into a van for the 1 hour ride, and we arrived at Kuala Besut jetty. There, we collected our ferry tickets at the shop, paid the Marine Park fee at a counter in the jetty building, and we hopped on to a speedboat for a 30 minute ride to the islands.
We stayed at the usual resort, The Barat Beach Resort Perhentian, which is really cosy and friendly and the restaurant serves arguably the best food you can find on the islands.
Diving at the Perhentians have never been disappointing, but this has to be one of the more productive trips, as I encountered some really rare macro subjects, as well as some that I have never even seen before! Most of my diving was done at the same site, and every dive yielded different creatures for me to photograph.
So without further ado, here are some of the photos I got from the trip! Please follow my instagram as I regularly update photos there as well.
If anyone of you have any questions about the Perhentians, how to get there, where to stay, etc or you’d want to join me on the next underwater photography trip, please feel free to contact me via the comments or email and I will respond! And thank you for all the encouraging emails, I will try my best to introduce more wonders from the underwater world. Til the next post, dive safe!