WOD: Pulau Perhentian 2012

Dates: June 2—5 (Sat—Tues); New student divers: June 2—7 (Sat—Thurs)
Payment due: 14 May (Mon)
Pre-trip briefing: 23 May (Wed) at 7pm, MNS HQ Auditorium (KL)
Trip starts from: 2 June at 10am, Kuala Besut Jetty

The Marine Group (Selangor Branch) is having a double event at Pulau Perhentian Besar to celebrate Dive in to Earth Day and World Oceans Day.  Open to all MNS branches; we are staying at Bayu Dive Lodge, and snorkeling and diving with SCUBA Schools International at Alu Alu Divers, Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar.

All packages include return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park’s conservation fee, insurance fee, marine group fund, and course fee EXCEPT for Package 2 (5 nights accom) and Package 5 (no course fee).

*MNS sessions are open to both snorkelers and divers and include a beach clean-up and data recording, low-tide beach exploration and after dinner activities.

PACKAGE 1: SSI Snorkel Diver course (June 2—5)

In the past we had the Marine-friendly Snorkelling Programme. This time, we are upgrading to certification level provided by SSI.

Day 1: Academic – Introduction to Snorkelling and Marine Life ID
Day 2: Confined water skills training and Marine Life ID
Day 3: Snorkel training
Day 4: Snorkel training and completion of course
 RM795/adult and RM398/child 12 years old or below.
Minimum age: 8 years old.

PACKAGE 2: Open Water (OW) combined with Ecological Diver course (June 2—7)

For members new to diving with a nature perspective; after completing open water, you will stay back to continue Perfect Buoyancy (how to hover with correct finning techniques) and Underwater Naturalist (identify marine life species).

Day 1: OW academic
Day 2: OW confined water skills training
Day 3: Training dives, final exam on academic
Day 4: Training dives and completion of OW course. Start Eco Diver
Day 5: Eco Diver
Day 6: Eco Diver/Completion of course
Cost: RM2,190/pax
Minimum age: 15 years old.

PACKAGE 3: SSI Advanced Adventurer (June 2—5)

More info: http://www.divessi.com/aa
Day 1: Free and Easy – no dive
Day 2: 2 adventure dives
Day 3: 2 adventure dives
Day 4: 1 adventure dive/completion of course
Cost: RM1,295/pax

PACKAGE 4: SSI Ecological Diver course (June 2—5)

For OW divers, this is a new course being offered, combining two specialty courses – Perfect Buoyancy and Underwater Naturalist.

Day 1: Free and Easy – no dive
Day 2: Start Eco Diver
Day 3: Eco Diver
Day 4: Eco Diver/Completion of course
Cost: RM1,230/pax

PACKAGE 5: Fun Dives (June 2—5)

For members with a certified dive card, 6 day dives with free equipment rental.
Additional day dive is RM60/dive and night dive is RM90/dive.
Cost: RM850/pax


1) An adult must accompany all children under 21 years old
2) For non-MNS individuals, please add RM70 for one-year MNS membership or for non-MNS families (parents and children up to 18 years old) add RM80.
3) Confirmation is based on a first come first fully paid basis. If you are an individual, we will find a roommate or two for you.
4) For PADI OW divers: Both PADI and SSI are similar in terms of skills set and recognized globally. You can take the SSI Advanced Adventurer (equivalent to PADI Advanced OW) and then take the next PADI course i.e. PADI Rescue.
5) Every participant who completes a snorkel diver or dive course will receive a certification card from SSI.
6) Transportation to/fro Kuala Besut is on your own. See below for transport suggestions and speedboat departures.

To BOOK with PAYMENT: contact Gary Phong garyphong@netscape.net or by mobile phone: 013-3836288.

For ENQUIRIES only: contact HonYuen at mnsmarinegroup-perhentian@yahoo.com.

Transport Suggestions:
How to get to Kuala Besut
Transportation is at your own cost to/fro Kuala Besut. Here are some options for you. Be sure to book early as flight prices increases closer to the date.

Car-pooling: If you are driving and want passengers, arrangements can be made after we conclude the pre-trip briefing. Please offer to share travel expenses and driving duties.

Flight: Air Asia / Fire Fly / Malaysia Airlines to Kota Bharu, taxi/van to Kuala Besut. Divers are advised to wait a minimum 24 hours after the last dive before taking a flight.

KTM Train: Due to early morning boat transfer, you can’t take this option unless you overnight in Kota Bharu, but you should have enough time to take the overnight train back to Sentral KL. Check KTM’s website for other destinations.

Bus: Long-distance buses serve Kota Bharu. Check with your nearest bus station.

If you wish to overnight in Kota Bharu before or after Perhentian, there’s a Hotel Politan conveniently located in town on Jalan Doktor, right in front of the taxi terminal and a 2-minute walk to the long distance bus terminal. One of the facilitators will be staying the night before the trip here so you can share a taxi to Kuala Besut instead of hiring one on your own.

Speedboat Departures

Boat transfer is included in the cost and is about 45-minutes long, and is likely to be bumpy. We will be dropped off at the Arwana jetty, then a short 500m walk to Bayu Dive Lodge where we will stay until June 5, but for students taking the OW-Ecological Diver course, you will stay on until June 7.

Besut Jetty: Please arrive at the jetty by 10am on June 2. Boats will depart once filled with passengers.

Arwana Jetty: Boat(s) pick-up is 4pm from the island on June 5 and June 7. Please plan your onward travel accordingly.