Babies sharks scared by the light of my flash. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Babies sharks scared by the light of my flash. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)

Perhentian: first dives

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 


I discover the underwater world of the Perhentian Islands, Peninsular Malaysia ...

Two plots per day

Located in Perhentian Kecil, Matahari ChaletSince July 1st, I have been diving at a reasonable rate of two dives per day.

Meeting every morning at 8:30 am at the club for the briefing, return around 11 am, lunch, new dive around 1 pm, which leads me then to the nap time, at 3 pm.

I then wallow in my hammock, suspended between the pillars of my new bungalow, and fall asleep without difficulty.

I asked to move to another "chalet" than the one I was assigned when I arrived. My new bungalow is less exposed to the eyes than the other one and far from the noisy TV of the restaurant, but unfortunately closer to the generator...

That said, I got used to the hum of the generator. And then, who says generator, says electricity, light, fan, recharging of the iPod...

The dives are nice, but not exceptional. A little below what I expected...

I meet the usual tropical fauna of clown fish, angel fish, triggerfish, balloon fish, fusiliers, barracudas, etc.. Enough to have fun, all the same!

Nemo and his dad say hello ... (Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia, July 2006)
Nemo and his dad say hello ... (Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia, July 2006)
Detail of the eye of a big starfish. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Detail of the eye of a large star balloon fish (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Stations to the spines of the lionfish flying! (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Stations to the spines of the lionfish flying! (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
A porcupine fish with a rounded eye all amazed. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
A porcupine fish with a round eye all surprised (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)

But the visibility, which I thought was excellent, given the amazing clarity of the water along the beach, is not so extraordinary during our dives... The fault of a storm of several days, which hit before my arrival, explained my dive-master to me. The rain run-off disturbed the bottom a bit.

Babies sharks

The dive that I prefer at the moment is the one of Sugar WreckThe wreck of a cargo ship transporting sugar, where a whole friendly fauna has taken up residence.

Here is a video I found on YouTube, which gives a good idea of the atmosphere (the diver who made it was lucky enough to have a good visibility).

I dived there with Erika, the Swiss who runs the dive-shop with her husband Yves. They also do photography (see here their website, Natural Scenes).

And it is thanks to her, who spotted them, that I was able to see these baby sharks, huddled under one of the debris of the hull.

Babies sharks scared by the light of my flash. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Babies sharks scared by the light of my flash. (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Fish soup ... (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)
Fish soup ... (Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, July 2006)

An exit in RedangThe trip to the island near the Perhentian, on a bigger boat, is planned on the 5th: it will be spectacular, I was promised...

I'll deliver photos in a future message!

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. There's a lot to read... Your articles are getting longer and longer, and that's a good thing.

    I've just discovered a Swiss writer, a certain Paul Nizon, who after undertaking a trip to Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Indonesia, and part of Malaysia, gives an account of his impressions, seven years later, in a story entitled "Adieu à l'Europe". You can see why I want to read it. Let's see if I can find it in the local bookshops tomorrow.

    To each his own flora and fauna, here we have ONLY (and that's still too much!) Mimi the mouse, back from I don't know where, some very fat flies that the heat is making crazy, no mosquitoes, and Minette the neighbor's cat who's been a mother since yesterday, not forgetting the fish in the aquarium who are dreaming of a better future...

    With all my tenderness, Lydie.

  2. Oh, a beast!!!! 😆
    Well, the beasts here are just like in Brittany!!! There's even a guy from "deratex" who came this morning to drop off his anti-German cockroach product!
    Otherwise, it's finally the weekend for me, 15 more days to go!!!! I can't take it anymore!!!
    Your descriptions are always so realistic, I love it!!! I follow you on your dives, thank you for these moments of escape, it does me good after these days of "auditioning"...
    Big kisses and good luck!

  3. Phew!
    The little person arrived (Thursday)! She's the prettiest girl in Nantes! As a result, I've lost track a bit; I'm going back to see her today, but I'll be a regular reader again next week.

  4. Long live Nemo!
    If you seem a little disappointed by your dives, I dream about them. I've just come back from Corsica where there really isn't much to see at the bottom of the water, even if my ear is still preventing me from going down. Your logbook is as brilliant and enjoyable to read as ever. What a piece of work. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  5. Hello everyone, and a thousand thanks for your respective contributions, I love reading you!

    Here I am on the island of Tioman, in the very south of the Malaysian Peninsula. I've found an Internet connection that works, but the slowness of photo transmission is exasperating. I'll see if I can find something better...

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