Diving Perhentian Islands!

Universal Divers

In the perhentians I stayed at the Tuna Bay island resort a great resort! (another post all about it will be posted soon). They had a dive centre, which I had read all about, Universal divers (http://www.universaldiver.net)   right next to the resort which was excellent! Great people and a very professionally ran center.

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The perhentian island or pulau perhentian is offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia. And its name means “stopping point” as it used to be a stop point for travelers and traders travelling between Malaysia and Bangkok.  There are two main islands Pulau Perhentian Besar, where I stayed, and Pulau Perhentian Kecil which attracts more backpackers.

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Diving in the Perhentians was excellent with plenty of coral, fish, turtles and sharks, I had the chance to dive at:

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Batu Layar (sail rock)

A shallow reef with  lots of beautiful coral and massive table corals

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Tokong Laut

A pinnacle reef

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Sugar ship wreck

A popular dive site, this is a 3500 ton sugar carrier

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Sea bell

This site takes its name from the nearby lighthouse, which in the past was a big bell that warned boats of shallow rocks in the area.

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Turtle beach

A lagoon with many turtles!!!

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Shark point

A very popular dive and snorkeling site with loads of coral and a great site to see black tip reef sharks. was very lucky to see a baby shark family sleeping.

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Tangung  Basi

A multi coloured coral garden that extends from a rocky headland, gently sloping down to 22m. North of the big island, this site is great for afternoon dives, and is also suitable for snorkellers.

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Big thanks to Alirosli Othman who was an expert in the area, an excellent underwater photographer and had a great eye to show me everything.

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Tips/Recommendations

  • Book early for Tuna bay island resort
  • Do have all sorts of Medicines with you as you can only find a doctor at Kecil the opposite island
  • Time to visit june to late october
  • universal divers website: http://www.universaldiver.net

 

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