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Perhentian Islands

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Perhentian Islands

We arrived on Pulau Perhentian Kecil by boat and set our eyes on Longbeach, the most vibrantly beautiful beach I have ever seen! The tide was out and the very fine sand bar stretched for over 50 meters with a small layer of crystal clear water on the surface. The water faded from sandy white into a vibrant majestic turquoise color. It almost seamed surreal.

View from our balcony
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I had been eyeing these bananas and one day the branch just fell!
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Within a couple of days the waves and current picked up and brought with it plenty of rubbish. The beach was never the same after that. The waves were so strong they carried away many people, 2 of whom lost their lives trying to save someone. The man they were trying to save was found later that night clinging to some rocks for his life.

Longbeach
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The Island is small and there wasn't much to occupy our days. Although we enjoyed the beauty of Longbeach, the party scene was a bit too much for us. We spent most of our time on the other side of the island at Coral Bay. Coral Bay seamed to have more like minded people and better food selection. We met some fellow Canadians and made friends with the locals Malaysians. We did some wicked diving and snorkeling with the newly opened Ombok Divers and had the pleasure of swimming with a Turtle that was close to the same size as me!

A day trip to the big Island of Pulau Perhenitan Besar provided some beautiful untouched beaches to frolic around on. The atmosphere on Besar was more resort like but if you walk a few hundred meters you can find yourself in sublime seclusion.

Beach on Pulau Besar
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After spending two weeks in the Perhentians we were well out of things to do. We hopped a cheap Air Asia flight and headed back to KL on route to Bali! We will spend the tail end of our trip touring around Bali, Gili, and Lombok before heading to KL and shortly after heading back to Canada.

Posted by H-Dizzle 21:31 Archived in Malaysia Tagged beaches waves perhentian_islands Comments (0)

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