the boat from the mainland ferried dad and i across to perhentian besar. it dropped us off right at our resort door step, Tuna Bay. while at the islands we did what the islands are famous for; eat, dive, relax. in totaly we did 6 seperate dives in various dive sites the following is a small recap on what we seen on all dives combined. we seen over 20 green humphead parrotfish, massive in size weighing up to 46 kilos!! hawksbill turtle, barracuda, grouper, black tip shark, massive (meter big body) brown ray, bamboo shark, crown of thorns starfish, demon stinger, clown fish, morea eel swimming across the rocks, lion fish, grouper, box fish, puffer fish, scorpion fish, sea snake, angel fish, butterfly fish, bat fish, and a blue spotted ray, however im starting to think these are as common as deer on a saskatchewan highway. we seen a plethora of fish and aquatic wildlife but this is all i could remember right now. one dive was in 'the sugar wreck' a steamer that had sunk in 2000. it was abandoned at the time and therefore there were no casualties. it was neat to dive and explore the wreck.
besides diving we decided to go on a couple snorkle trips. the boatman here drops you off at a few good snorkle spots and lets you swim around for a good 45 mins before waving everyone back to the boat. we did 6 differant snorkle spots which were fabulous! we seen just about as much as snorkeling as we did diving!! there were 2 snorklespots worth mentioning. the first was 'turtle highway' the area between the 2 islands. we could see the turtles here before even getting off the boat!! tons of massive turtles up to a meter big were feeding along the bottom and swimming to the top to get air. we were able to trail behind them, pretty darn cool!! the second was shark point. this area was a really nice snorkle destination, we also dove here but had a better experiance snorkling this site. its full of colorful fish and beautiful coral, and low and behold it also has...SHARKS!! we chased them around, some up to 4.5 feet long! they are all black tip sharks and therefore are much more afraid of humans then we are of them. at first it was terrifying to be snorkling with sharks and so i did what every mature 23 year old would do.....i panicked and searched frantically for my daddy! much braver when your dads around! we also were able to do some pretty unbelievable snorkling outside our resort in the swimming area, in fact we seen humphead parrot fish (go ahead and google them they are weird) and dad even seen a shark swim under him!
besdies splashing around in the water we walked around the beaches on the island checking out the other resorts and swimmingholes! we found a few good "secret" beaches that were alsmost completely abandonded. white sand beaches and turquoise water, this place is really what one imagines when they think of the perfect beach. on our exploration walk we seen a moniter lizard right in front of us over a meter long! but neither of us had our cameras to capture the moment! some of the trails were not the flip flop friendly so to get home we opted for a water taxi to ferry us back to our chalet.
after all this time spent in the water we opted for a fishing trip one evening. dad caught a few hilariously small fish as well as some worth keeping. the boat captain seemed to catch fish before he even took the last one off the hook! i caught none! but the captain caught a puffer fish which was all puffed out and neat to look at before returning it back to the water. our time in the perhentians was fabulous although i didnt get much of a tan to show for it.