Paradise FoundJuly 15 in Malaysia
A new day, a fresh start, albeit late enough to have missed the best of the breakfast buffet. We hoped the crowds would abate when the weekend was over, making snorkelling more attractive, so we decided to explore the jungle instead.
It took me a while to get over the first hurdle - a single plank across the river, and a lot of the track was muddy, rocky and tangled with giant tree roots, but it was good to be in the jungle again. We saw a couple of monitor lizards, and some Europeans rescuing fish on their flippers but not much else. The journey seemed a lot linger than half an hour and very tough on my arthritic joints and asthma so I was utterly exhausted when we arrived.
But not too exhausted to take some (bad) photos of tbe dusky langurs Luka had spotted near the tennis courts. Perentian Island Resort was a much classier affair than Arwana, with inferior pool, but a truly magnificent beach, the genuine tropical paradise, well worth our arduous journey. If only we had brought our snorkelling gear. Even without we could see these clear waters were rich with fish. Small sharks and stingrays too.
We lolled about in the beautiful waters for a good while and then explored the beach. Some members of the party harboured fantasies about relocating at P.I.R. (hang the expense) but Luka advised caution - it's a beautiful day, our own beach may look nicer - so we trekked back through the jungle. Luka was in fine wildlife spotting form, guiding us to more dusky langurs, a giant millipede, squirrels, a vibrant green snake 🐍 and several more monitor lizards.
Cooled off in the pool and spent the rest of the day lazing. Debated about watching the World Cup Final in a bar further down the beach but we had an early start with our Discover Scuba Diving session so it was not to be.Read more