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Underwater World of Malaysia – The Perhentians

Funky Friday it is! Hi, I’m sorry I haven’t been on the blog much lately. The wifi is a bit disappointing in Malaysia so far and we’ve been very busy traveling with my parents-in-law. We left Kuala Lumpur almost a week ago and went up to Kuantan to stay for the night. Beautiful beach there with a Hyatt resort, beautiful! Unfortunately we didn’t stay there for the night ;-) Next time! After that we drove to Lake Kenyir. A beautiful hand-made lake in the middle of almost nowhere. After a few days at the lake, it was time to hit the road again. This time a short ride to Kuala Besut to take a speedboat to the Perhentian Islands!

The Perhentian islands are located 45 minutes of the east coast of Malaysia in the South China sea. This is also the sea where for example Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Toa are but, the Perhentian Islands are much better! Except the beaches, less touristy and the people are the Perhentians situated in the clearest sea I’ve ever seen. Magnicificent! It is incredibly blue, clear and clean so you can imagine how happy and blown away I was when we went snorkeling and we could enjoy this gorgeous ¬†ocean even more!

I think the photos will explain it all and don’t need any words to encourage everything.

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

The first dive we made was when I saw this beautiful turtle. I’ve never seen a turtle before in my life. It was so big and so calm, even when about 20 divers were around it. At first we spotted the turtle at the bottom of the ocean but then it came up for some air and when it went down we were amazed by what was underneath him.. A little shark was hitch hiking!

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

The captain of our boat took us with him the last dive at Romantic Beach at the Perhentian Kecil Island where he found this toxic stingray. He played with it as if it was his pet. Incredible! One bite and he would be dead…

Malaysia - Perhentian Islands

A view of Romantic Beach and the ocean… Paradise isn’t it? I really loved it here, the vibe, the nature and the temperature was perfect as well. Hot during the day and cool at night. I would definitely recommend these islands!

What kind of cool creatures of the underwater world have you seen and where? Leave a reply at the bottom of this post, because I would love to know!

7 thoughts on “Underwater World of Malaysia – The Perhentians

    1. Ah thanks Stacey! Turtle is amazing right? I was so surprised by the hitch hikers beneath it.. never heard of that before. Who knows you will visit Malaysia one day.. Why not right? Would you like to or do you prefer another part of the world? xx

  1. Nice post Claudia! Three weeks ago on the Maldives I saw a lot of BIG under water life: white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, moray eels, manta rays, eagle rays, black spotted stingrays, whaleshark… And some smaller stuff like turtles, garden eels, and “nemos” of course… Such an amazing scuba diving trip!

  2. Wow, truly amazing Claudia!!! I love your pictures, and I have never seen a turtle in my life too – that is: not underwater close to me. I’m scared of diving so I have never seen any wildlife when snorkeling. My hubby did on our honeymoon in Cuba (I stayed safely on the boat) and saw many cool fish, even swam with dolphins too! But I just took pictures from out of the boat… :-)
    I really feel stupid about being so scared, because it must be so cool to go snorkeling and see all these wonderful things that Earth has, but I don’t know… It has got something to do with myself: I had a lot of ear problems when I was younger and went through loads of ear infections (very painful ones), especially when I went swimming. The pain still scares me so much I prefer not to dive and get problems with my ears.
    Ok, I’m babbling now… ;-) I just wanted to say I’m grateful I can travel along with you through this blog, it really looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it! :-)
    Hugs, Inge xxx

    1. Oh, wow you’ve been to Cuba? That must be amazing! Not only for the underwater world but for.. everything! I’m jealous!! You shouldn’t feel stupid about being scared in the water. It’s pretty serious down there and you should feel 100% comfortable. I feel comfortable snorkeling but diving is a bigger step for me. I’ve some problems with my left ear as well, also because of when I was young. We have a lot in common :-) By the way, we are scared for water.. but other people are scared for something else. Everyone has his own boundaries right? xx

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