Thursday, August 20, 2015

Camping at Rainforest Campsite, Sandy Coral Bay.Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Trengganu 17 July 2015

With the new extension of East Coast Highway, our journey to Kuala Besut, exiting at Kuala Trengganu was cut down by 2 hours! 
We took a public boat with Save Park Holidays S/B (tel no : +601110843199 located at the tourist terminal building at RM70 per adult and RM35 per kid (to and fro). A private boat costs RM450. It took about 20 minutes from the jetty to Rainforest Campsite. Perhentian Kecil is nearer to Kuala Besut jetty as compare to Perhentian Besar.
We parked our car at Save Park Holidays 's designated parking area at RM10 per day. 

It felt so good the moment I stepped onto Rainforest Campsite beach. Perhaps I was waiting too long to escape the city. The moment reminded me of how Leonardo Dicaprio found the magnificient beach at Phi Phi Leh in "The Beach" movie. 

The wonderful huge tent in front of the sea is where the owner, Woklan and the staffs sleep. How awesome! 

Looking at the beach photo made me wanna go back now. 
Over here, the local boatman told me you can see clown fish and sharks. There aren't much coral and fishes. Water is crystal clear and good for swimming. 
We paid RM40 per adult and RM30 per kid for a snorkelling trip, arranged by Woklan. The trip took us to 4 top spots around the island and a lunch stop at Perhentian Island town. 

Woklan threw a queen size airbed onto the water for the kids to play!  Needless to say, they had lots of fun with it. 

En and her friend chatting away, on one of the few hammocks available here.  

Atah Batu Cafe is beautiful. While we were here, the chef was on leave and he was replaced by a Brazilian lady. She dished out delicious and refreshing meals. 
For info, guests are not allowed to cook at the campsite. There is a USB charging station at the cafe to charge our powerbank or phone.

Atah Batu's menu. 

Across Atah Batu, up the steps, is the campsite. 

Our 4-men tents on the ground. 
RM50 per tent per night for two persons. 

The tent has airbeds, bedsheet and pillow. 

The view in front of our tent.  
Bring mozzie repellant. Mosquitoes are much bigger here.  

There are two open air shower cubicles with cooling water and two toilets, located near to our tents. 

There are eight more raised-up tents on wooden platform at the back of our tents. These tents are slightly further away from the shower and toilet area. 

 Banana fritters 

Serene morning breakfast by the sea.  

Snorkel mask and flipper on rental. RM 5 per day. 

I spent two evenings here, watching the stunning sunsets. 
On the first night, we caught a bright, long shooting star. At night, the sky was filled with stars.  

En climbed the rock to unfurl the Trengganu flag. 

There! She did it. 

1st snorkel area - Turtle point. Here we saw green turtle. 

Affordable and delicious lunch at Siti Cafe, Perhentian Island town.

2nd snorkel area - light house. There is a lot of coral and fishes here. 

3rd snorkel area - romantic beach. We found many sea cucumbers which reminded us of Teluk Keke beach where we camped two years ago. Teluk Keke was also our last snorkelling spot of the day.

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