August 20, 2003

Off to the Perhentian Islands

Just booked everything for tomorrow. I'm off to the Perenthian Islands in Malaysia. I should take the ferry back to Chumphon, then take the night train to Sungai Golok and find my way through buses and taxi to Kuala Besut via Kota Bahru, then the ferry, etc... I got the ferry + train ticket at B1084 at Tim Travel in Sairee Beach. It looks like it is barely the same price if you take the night ferry to Surat Thani followed by buses to the Malaysian border, so rather than travelling with pigs and bad weather with a tiring bus ride, I chose a more relaxed way.

From a dive point of view, the trip to SouthWest pinnacle was canceled due to rough sea and strong winds so we went to Laem Thian and King Kong Rock.

Laem Thian was an absolutely awesome dive. Yellow boxfish, unicornfish, blue spotted stingrays, nudibranchs, ... of course the camera was not working at all. For King Kong, visibility was ranging from 3 to 6m (barely) and it was useless trying to take any pictures. I spotted another yellow boxfish though ! Frustrating !

Redbarred rockcod (Epinephelus fasciatus) New Way dive center One of the many dogs around Koh Tao Keiko, Instructor Stu, Divemaster

Posted by stephane at August 20, 2003 11:16 AM