"Geekettes" with wifi on the beach. Perhentian Besar, Malaysia, July 2009.

Geekette on the beach

  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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Last night on Perhentian Besar. I'm not the only "geekette" with a computer... All around me, a lot of people are chatting on Facebook or downloading photos on their mobile phone.

At the end of the world but connected!

My diving buddy, Mandy, a German woman who has been living in Japan for ten years, just bought a nice MacBook Pro, which made me regret mine. The night before last, we transferred our photos from one computer to another, while waiting for our meals.


And I do not know who, of Bettina (another German woman found by chance here, two years after our meeting in Sulawesi) or Aziz, the king of the barbecue at Mama's (the famous little restaurant next to Watercolors), took the picture ...



I recommend the address if you are staying at Paradise Beach. Basic bungalows at Mama's Chalets are cheaper and better damn (no terraced room and there are electrical outlets inside) than those in Watercolours-Paradise. And we eat really well.

Beaches almost deserted

Today was my last day at Perhentian Besar.... Already! Day without diving, since I have to fly to Borneo tomorrow.

I took the opportunity to go for a walk on the other side, on the very south of the island. I bravely crossed a small piece of "jungle", in flip-flops and pareo (without getting any mosquito bites, I even met a varan on the way!), to reach the beach of Cozy Resort and Abdul Chalets.


Behind (it's "after the last coconut tree, to the left of the rocks.", said the waiter from Abdul), there is an old concrete staircase, with a little surreal colonnades, which leads to other beaches. Desert or almost.

No restaurants or resorts, anyway. Just a pontoon where are moored fishing boats, closed wooden houses that sometimes host groups or holiday camps, a wave boui-boui ...

If I rely on the unearned cards, the place is called Teluk KK. At the end, a new cove, even more deserted. Perhentian Besar almost looks like Seychelles, with these big round rocks bathed in the azure waves.


I know, it's provocation. But I assume my geek status at the beach. I feel obliged to transfer these ultimate images ...


  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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  1. Pfff, même pas mal 😡
    In Paris, we have a bandwidth of hell, it is a superb time, the cafe terraces are full of zolies girls, we will have Paris-Beaches and the aquarium of Trocadero is open ...
    Really do not see why some people go to the antipodes look for everything?

  2. @The Furry Troll: Chic, le retour du troll!!! 😆
    Have fun at Paris-Plage, it'll be great! A little splash in the Seine, maybe?

    @Nono: The sand changes, from one beach to another, and on the same beach it is not uniform. In places, it is rather blond, with debris of coral in it. Elsewhere, it turns white, very white, it is fine as flour, very soft, and does not burn the soles of the feet. A dream sand ...

  3. I wonder how is this blond sand. End? Very fine? He slips between the toes? Is it too hot to walk barefoot?

  4. @ Marie-Julie: Yes, I almost burst out laughing when he took out his little sentence. I do it again in VO "broken english" is too good: "You go after last coconut tree, left to the rocks ..." I love it!

  5. Woaw the cow ... last time to the Perhentians, it's been 12 years for me. My little girl, the insecure spas with her red bucket on the beach. Chasing a snake - at two years and a few, all the snakes are funny - in the alleys of the PIR, and I running behind him ...
    I always have in mind the beauty of Perhentian Besar when approaching with the old ferry, in the pass between the two islands and the crystalline bottoms.

    But it's true that looking at your photos, I told myself that it still stands well Perhs. Now that you have traveled quite a lot of ASE's coastline and despite all the changes, what would you do with the Perhentians?
    Maybe I'll go back to it again ...

  6. @ Ludovic / Wet & Sea: The Perhentian is good for a few days of relaxation, but if you do not dive, you must be bored ... The beaches of Besar are beautiful, but the two islands are not very authentic. On Kecil, they built a kind of hideous building in the middle of the beach, which is seen from afar and was not there three years ago. I saw it from the boat.

  7. @Nono: Coral sand is an organic and non-mineral material like the sand of our European beaches. One of its particularities is not to burn your feet

  8. Hello,

    I arrive at your home by Romain (and his tour of the world) and I thank you for the good memories that bring up your photos!
    I do not dive (well no other than snorkeling) but it does not prevent me to find myself on the beach after the end of the old staircase or on the terrace of one of the cottages at Mama's (where we stayed at the time) !

    Du coup, je voulais juste te remercier en ce lundi matin… 😉

  9. @Sofiso: I'm glad it brings back good memories. It's my turn to thank you for leaving this nice little message here, it's always a pleasure to discover the comments of travelers who have appreciated the same places, when one is oneself at the other end of the world.