Long Beach, in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)
Long Beach, in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)

Head to Perhentian Kecil!

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, click on the French flag below to access the original text:

I leave Kota Bahru, his stuffed women and his concrete for the Perhentian Islands. Perhentian Besar the Great, and Perhentian Kecil the Small, renowned for their crystal clear waters and coral reefs ...

I share the taxi for Kuala Besut, from where the boats leave, with two young English girls. Kind, but not very causative ...

After, everything is done very easily. The driver drops us in front of the small agency for which he works, and who collects tickets for the crossing.

Transparent water and white sand

Long Beach, the aptly named, main beach of Perhentian Kecil Island. (Malaysia, July 2006)
Long Beach, the aptly named, main beach of Perhentian Kecil Island. (Malaysia, July 2006)

We are a dozen young people backpackers to cram into a big boat, equipped with two powerful engines: 45 minutes of jumps in the waves and we are there.

We all go down to Perhentian Kecil. This is typically the island of young travelers on a budget, with backpacks ... The accommodation is more rustic and less expensive than Perhentian Besar, the bars line up along the beach.

The first impression is consistent with the information gleaned here and there on the internet: transparent water, white sand, coconut trees, deep green forest behind. Nice decor, very postcard. The sun is beating, it is a terrible heat.

The water is incredibly transparent on Long Beach in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)
The water is incredibly transparent on Long Beach in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)
Long Beach, in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)
Long Beach, in Perhentian Kecil. (Malaysia, July 2006)

Just deposited on the beach, I head for the big red sign of Coral Sky Divers, the dive club that I contacted by e-mail before leaving.

WARNING : this trip dates back to 2006, and Coral Sky Divers no longer exists for several years.

Cottages in Malaysia

Perhentian Kecil being crowded in July-August, it is a little difficult to find accommodation, especially when you arrive for the weekend, like me.

As a result, the club took care of keeping me a bungalow, bungalows that carry here in Malaysia the name of chalets (sic!).

The Matahari Chalets. (Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia, July 2006)
The Matahari Chalets. (Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia, July 2006)

I am therefore housed in Matahari Chalets, which adjoin the diving club (mata-hari means "sun" in Malay, literally "the eye of the sky"). Convenient.

I'm not going to have a long way to go in the morning, when I get out of bed, to equip myself before the first dive of the day ...


  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. In addition to the interest of your chronicles, that of the day does not lack of flavor, I explain: the chalets out of alpine context, it is already not banal, but that they are called Matahari, it gives you a small air of seduction and intrigue of the past century; As for the island of Perhentian Besar, I can not help thinking that "besar" in Spanish means "kissing"; here are some ingredients that may inspire many novelists ...

    Hello to the underwater world, tell me to transmit fish from the aquarium ...

  2. Ben quoi, des chalets, y en a plein ici!!! 😆

    This description of the islands made me crazy ... a little exotic ... ah ...
    Here in Switzerland, always so hot, but there is not the sea and the beach next ... sniff, sniff !! Still 3 weeks to hold !!!! Tonight, the Blues go to the final, they will play against Italy. You have not finished hearing about Zidane there ...

    Big kisses, and hello fish, remain cautious !!!!

  3. Hi !
    I am doing research to spend our padi in Asia and why not in Malaysia. Do you have another address for Coral Sky Divers because your link does not work anymore?
    On voudrait un centre de plongée familial et francophone. 😉
    thank you

    1. @Christelle: This trip to Malaysia and this stay on Perhentian Kecil date from ... 2006. Everything changes very quickly in Asia, and Coral Sky Divers has closed several years ago, now (I will specify in the article). I do not know what is the name of the center that took over the structure ...

      Otherwise, I returned to the Perhentian Islands three years later, it was in 2009. I was this time on Perhentian Besar, really very nice, that I prefer, with hindsight, to Perhentian Kecil. And I had dive with the Watercolors center, very well, which will fit your criteria, I think. They are still active, and I have since received feedback from other travelers that they are very happy with their services. I think they also have an annex, a bit isolated, on Perhentian Kecil too. I advise you to visit their site and write them for more info:

      To learn more about Perhentian Besar and Watercolours, all the posts about my 2009 trip are here:
      -> http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/voyage-borneo-malaisie-indonesie-2009/

      Good preparations !!!