wind in my hair, the sun on my face, the speed of the boat and the view on
the Perhentian islands. This is my favourite holiday feeling.
Years ago we went to Pulau Perhentian Besar for the very first time. We
selected the island because we couldn't find much information about it at
that time, meaning it is not the most touristic place. And we were right.
Now we come back to this special place every year to relax and enjoy nature
at itís best. The islands getting a bit more developed, but in the meantime
we found our favourite place to stay in paradise: Bubbles Dive Centre and
a half day trip from KL via plane, car and boat we arrive around 1.30 hrs at
the island. Our private beach Tanjung Tukas. The waters are so clear that we
can see the housereef. The staff of Bubbles is waiting for us on the beach.
They help with our bags and welcome us. It feels like coming home.
Bubbles Resort and Dive Centre is very laid back and has itís private beach.
This part of the island can only be reached by boat, so there wonít be other
guests at this beach, meaning it is now ďourĒ private beach. The A-frame
bungalow which we always have is basic but all what we need for these 11
days. They even have hot water. Before that time we always tried to be at
the shower first after diving and a day at the beach because the first
shower of the day had warm water as its was warmed up by the sun in the
pipelines. The one who went second had a less nice shower, brrr.
Our typical day at Bubbles starts with a relaxing breakfast. Then to
the dive shop to prepare our dive gear. What I like from Bubbles is
that we setup our own gear, it helps us in getting familiar with it.
After a nice and detailed briefing we head to the boat. Although
Bubbles is located on a isolated part of the islands they always go
to the best dive sites, even though itís the furthest away. They
want their guests diving at the best dive sites. This is completely
different from what other Dive Centres at Perhentian do. Other
Dive Centres look at the number of divers, are there only 2 or 4
divers, then to bad, you will go to a dive site nearby. With Bubbles
we always go the best dive sites, and if you like you can even tell
them where you want to go and they will try to fit that in.
Diving with the
Bubbles staff, Ronnie, Peisee and Eric is really great. They know so
much about the marine life, about diving and about nature in
know about every fish and coral that can be seen around the Perhentians and
they are always happy to explain and tell about it. And also important, they
are very professional. We both always feel very comfortable and safe diving
with them. The dive gear is always clean and nothing broken, old or missing.
Not to mention the dive shop itself. It has a unique setup which I have never
seen before at other Dive Centres, totally designed for divers routine and
the dive we always take some time to fill in our logs. The Bubbles staff is
always helping to identify the fish and corals which we have seen. There is
something to drink and to snack. Then itís beach time. Relaxing, snorkelling
and having lunch. In the afternoon we go for a second dive with same
routine; setting up gear, briefing, diving, log, and then back to the beach.
This is the daily life at Bubbles at Perhentian. Around 18.00 hrs we go for
refreshment taking a shower. After that itís dinner time. The restaurant
improved so much since the first year. The food is tasty and fresh, and
of course the Asian dishes are best. It may happen that they donít have a
certain vegetable, but then they will find something else which is delicious
too. That can happen when living on an island where everything has to come
from the mainland. After a delicious dinner we relax further, maybe play a
game or read a book, and then itís bedtime.
dive sites at Perhentian are very nice and can be quite different as well.
There is even a wreck dive. My favourite dive site is Tokong Laut meaning
Temple of the Sea. The name says it all. Itís beautiful. But also Tiger
Rock which is just around the corner is one of the best dive sites of the
islands. And then the dive site found by Bubbles last year, the Tufclub. Itís
a sandy bottom, but there are the strangest marine life to find, and....
seahorses! Also snorkelling is very nice at the Perhentians. Bubbles has a
fantastic housereef. Really one step in the sea and there it is.
the housereef we work on a conservation project named PIBAR. We are 2 of the
founders of PIBAR, the artificial reef. PIBAR stands for Perhentian Island
Bubbles Artificial Reef, but it also stands for the first letter of the
names of the founders: Peisee, Ilse (thatís me!), Brian (my boyfriend!),
Alan and Ronnie. We created PIBAR using loss rocks and loss dead coral which
we found on the sand bottom after a storm. We placed it together and already
in the first half hour life began to develop. Little fishes came to see and
find a hole as home. Now after some years itís a small reef, developed with
more life and even anemones with the resident anemone fish (Nemo). Every
year when we come back PIBAR is bigger with more life.
is not the only conservation project. The beach is not only for us, it is
especially for the turtles who come and lay their eggs. When this happens at
night the staff will wake you up (if you like) so you can experience this. I
love the turtles. They have a hard time crawling up the beach, looking for a
good spot, dig a deep hole to lay the eggs, close it and cover it up, and
then crawling back. This can take hours, but itís so peacefull to sit there
on the beach, in the moonlight with sounds of the sea, watching this
experienced the hatching, it is really so cute to see these tiny
turtles crawling to the sea. And then we hope they make it through
the housereef without being catched by natural predators.
There is a
volunteer program on turtles and nature reserve at Bubbles. This shows how
much they care and love nature and our earth.
can see in this story, we fell in love with Perhentian and Bubbles. We
should not tell about this special place to everybody, because it will get
more busy. But the Bubbles friends are really so nice and they deserve to
have a good business. So if you want to relax on a private beach and snorkel
and dive in pristine waters then Bubbles is the place to be. Check their
bubbles, happy diving! Maybe we meet once at Perhentian.
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