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, the original and correct version can be found here:
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
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.
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!).
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 ...