This was our family's 1st camping trip in tents together! 1st trip for the boys to the East Coast island. We have booked a few tents for camping at the newly opened Rainforest Camping at Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
We arrived at the Kuala Besut jetty late, at almost 4pm. We parked our car with SafePark Holidays cos they offered us a covered, secure parking lot. Boat tickets to the Perhentian island is RM70 (return) per pax and RM5 each for Marine Park fee.
We're anxious to get to the campsite before any change in weather. The sky was more cloudy by then and a bit overcast (let's hope they got the weather forecast wrong).
First sight of the Campsite, with its own private beach against the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky.
The front of the campsite. The huge tent was occupied by the staff and volunteer workers.
Our tents. We have 3 tents, and they're all on platforms, in the rainforest. The tent comes with two airbed mattresses and pillows each.
Checking out the toilets and open shower.
This was the slope leading to our tents from the toilets. I lost count of how many times we walked up and down a day!
We usually spent our day relaxing in the hammocks cos it's too hot to go inside the tents.
It's Bliss we could pop in and out of the beach at anytime of the day. The water is very clear and the colours of the sea were amazing.
The older boys learned snorkeling for the first time. Brandon was more cautious and only observed us in the beginning.
Wei, Sam and I went snorkeling around the big and small islands the next day. The beaches were so pristine and beautiful. There're so many foreign tourists especially on the Long Beach.
Snorkeling spots at turtle point, shark point, fish garden and the best was, Blue Lagoon. The fishes swam to you even at ankle-deep water! It's such a sad state that there's no control in the number of boats ferrying the snorkelers and they're allowed to wear fins during snorkeling, which could easily damage the corals.
Free play at the campsite beach.
View of the forest from our hammocks.
It's very relaxing to watch nature, birds singing, colourful lizards from our hammocks. Zzzzzz......
This was our favourite hangout - the cafe. Breakfast is provided, ie 2 slices of toast with butter and jam and a hot drink. We could order our lunch or snacks, and Brandon gave full marks for their Glamping sandwiches. Dinner is at RM15nett per head, usually rice, vege, meat, salad and a dessert.
The day to day business at the campsite and cafe is run by a group of foreign volunteers. It's like a mini United Nations with volunteers from Spain, UK, Europe, South America, etc and we're the only Chinese family there. They take turns to cook at the cafe, so you get to taste different flavours and style every day though you may have the same food. Honestly, it felt like you're in a foreign land here.
A purple heron at the beach. There're plenty of small fishes at the shallow water to attract many birds here.
Jungle trekking to Coral Bay beach. The trail was not well-maintained, it's pretty secluded and with many fallen trees blocking the way. There're many Saga trees on this part of the island, and we have even collected a full jar of the red Saga seeds.
Beach view of Coral Bay. Clear water but more sharp corals lying just below the surface of the water.
The sea cucumber squirted water from their anus as though it's pee-ing, but instead it's the water it had absorbed!
The barnacle is a hardy animal!
Ripley's Believe it Or Not!
Brandon - finally - floating on shallow water! He has a breakthrough after the camp ie. he overcame his fear of water.
Beach soccer siesta time!
Brandon was very attached to a family of cats here and went the extra mile to give it a Feline Spa Sand-rapy!
Sunset by the sea.
Our campsite is on the west coast so we couldn't see the sunrise.
Have a ball at the beach, not dictated by time clocks.
The tranquility of the forest at night....disturbed by the strange noise, snapping twigs and kicking branches and the sigh of wind against the trees, but the loudest thing in the woods by far is the snoring of a human being!
Between sunset and twilight
Skylight just before nightfall.
We've really fine weather throughout our stay. The first night, there was a brief rainfall when we're asleep. On our last night there, we saw this rapid fire rainbow phenomena, something like a dispersed rainbow at the background of the sunset. That night, just when we're in the tents in the forest, there was a 15-minute strong winds, followed by a terrible thunderstorm. It's very scary, some water came into our tents. The whole beachfront was a mess the next morning. There's no harm done, except for a damaged boat. And we have a new experience which made this camping trip so memorable and unforgettable.